So what to do with such a large butt? And you do know I mean the pork butt we smoked a while back, right? 'Cause let's not get personal and start judging each others' butts. That's an entirely different blog buddy!
So one way to improvise and take leftovers and kick 'em up a notch (unintentional ode to Emeril there) is by doing what we like to do every now and then with chili and other toppings; we make LOADED POTATOES.
Start with the best ingredient in the world: Caramelized Onions. Did you know cooked onions in everything is delicious? Even with ice cream and cornflakes for breakfast. Trust us.
Allow them to get really soft and caramelized. Slow is good here. The rewards will be huge!
While they caramelize, take your butt - no, again, your other butt - and cut it up into chunks. As you cut, admire the pinkness which symbolizes the smoking process inserting its smoky flavors into the butt.
Place your butt chunks, remember, the pork butt chunks, not your hinie, in the pan with the onions. Take some of your homemade - or favorite store-bought - barbecue sauce and add to the pan to help make it saucy. But not too saucy, just moist enough to make it nice and lubricated.
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Keep cooking it until the onions and butt chunks are hot, or if you're like us, you cook it a bit longer over high to get some chunks to crisp up. When it reaches the point you like, turn it off.
While your butt's toasting up, take a potato and "bake" it in the microwave. BAKE IN THE MICROWAVE? Sí. Poke it with a fork, and nuke it 4 minutes on each side and your potato will be ready. No need to spend an hour or so and lots of electricity waiting for it to bake in the oven.
Cut the potato in half and - if you want - cut and slice it across the flesh in a criss cross pattern. Why? So that when you season it with salt, pepper, and less than 1/2 a tablespoon of butter it covers each nook and cranny. And it makes for easier eating with no need of a knife later on. The fork will be enough.
Actually, those potatoes look really good just like that: butter, salt, pepper. All you really need, right?
When you're done "baking" your potato in the microwave, quickly reheat some of the smoked baked beans that were also leftover from the day you smoked your butt. When the beans are done heating up, pour over potatoes. We used like 2-3 tablespoons per potato HALF. Oh yeah, ONE potato was used for two people. No need to pig out folks. Get it? Pork butt? Pig out? Sigh...
After topping with beans, top the potatoes with the onion and pork butt chunks from the pan.
Finish it off with a dash of shredded cheese.
Here we took the easy route and used store-bought shredded cheese. You can put it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt the cheese or eat as is. You could also top it off with sauteed mushrooms, sour cream and scallions, or whatever else you want. It's your butt, right?