Pulled Pork and Pigskin Playoff Party

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It’s that time of year again, and our Pats are kickin’ butt and taking names. We’re ready for the playoffs and, even though we got a first round bye, we’ll be watching all the teams closely! We’re gearing up for our football playoff party with some spicy pulled pork stuffed potato skins and a whole bunch of football food that’ll have your party guests foaming at the lips!

Football Playoff Party Ideas

Pulled Pork & Pigskin Playoff Party

If you’re from New England, you know we have the sports teams everyone loves to hate! Well, everyone except us New Englanders… We love our sports teams no matter how well or poorly they do, and hopefully we’ll take it all the way again this year!

Tailgating Football Party

Anyways, regardless of which team you’re rooting for in this year’s playoffs, we have what you need to throw a rocking playoff party. Everything from my famous loaded spicy pulled pork potato skins (say that 5 times fast!) with my secret ingredient – El Yucateco hot sauce, to the perfect table set up to entertain your guests!

Football Party Food

Serving up delicious food will assure you the spot as playoff host for many years to come. Our spicy pulled pork potato skins will have you leading the charge like your favorite quarterback! So fire up the slow cooker, toss the pork in (follow the recipe below) and head outside to throw the old pigskin around while you’re waiting for game time!

To throw a great football party, here are some food ideas to get you started:

Use the slow cooker to make melt-in-your-mouth spicy pulled pork and then turn them into delicious spicy pulled pork potato skins.

Spicy Pulled Pork Potato Skins Recipe

Set out a nice cheese and cracker spread. Cheddar cheese along side pepperoni and crackers will do the trick.

Cheese and Crackers Homegating

Of course you can’t forget your football themed desserts. We’ve made some cupcakes! Cookies are also another easy option for dessert.

Football Homegating Cupcakes

Serve drinks you know your guests will love, this could be coffee, soda, water, or something else – you know your guests best!

Football Party Drink Station

Football Party Decorations

For our football party, we’re setting up a nice table with food and decorations. Choose your table, or tablecloth, you can use what you have or you may even find a stylish football tablecloth at your local Walmart. Use these ideas to get your football party rolling and you’ll score a touchdown for sure!

Find some green tissue streamers and game day pennants to begin sprucing up your wall and around the edge of your table.

Football Playoff Party Game Day Pennants

I found this cool Tailgating Zone caution tape which I wrapped around a wire basket which contains the drink pitcher and cups. I also used a mason jar as a straw holder.

Tailgating Zone Party Tape

Choose fun and festive cups, plates, napkins and straws to keep the party going!

Tailgating Party Cups and Plates

I happened across these fun toothpicks with game day flags on them. On one side they read “Game Day” and on the other, they have lines and numbers, like on a football field.

Cupcake Flag Picks

Finish off your wall decoration with some balloons and football cut outs to fill in the spaces between your streamer swag.

Football Party Balloons, Cut Outs and Streamers

Since we’re talking spicy pulled pork and El Yucateco Hot Sauce, you have to check out the El Yucateco Gear Shop and grab yourself a hoodie, they’re awesome and will help heat things up all winter long!

The El Yucateco gear shop has something for both men and women and something for every season. They have shorts for the summer and hoodies for winter! Show your love for El Yucateco Hot Sauce and hop over to the gear store today.

Tailgating Football Party

Spicy Pulled Pork Recipe

It’s time to fire up the slow cooker and cook our pulled pork. It takes about 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. I think cooking it on low gives you a better pulled pork, in my opinion. Don’t be afraid to cook the pork the day before and heat it up before you assemble your potato skins.

We’ll begin by cutting an onion into quarters, which we’ll put into the bottom of the slow cooker. Once the onion is in we’ll add our pork, about 3lbs of pork roast cut into two or three pieces works great for this recipe. You will have left overs for pulled pork sandwiches, too! Just toss the pork right in on top of the onion.

Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Recipe

Now we’ll make our pulled pork sauce to pour over our pork in the slow cooker, the El Yucateco hot sauce takes this recipe to the next level! Find complete, printable instructions below.

Spicy Pulled Pork Recipe

After stirring your sauce together, pour it slowly over the pork.

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

Cook the pork in the slow cooker, I like to cook it first with the fatty side up, and flip it with tongs about 4 hours into cooking.

Once your pork is cooked (check the temperature and make sure it’s at least 165 degrees), you can pull it out of the slow cooker. Let it rest for 10 minutes before pulling it apart. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the pork. Pull the pork apart with two forks, it will fall apart and strip easily at this point. Once you have the pork pulled apart, use a ladle to spoon the juices from the crock pot all over the pork! Oh yes! It’s finger lickin’ good!

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

Like I said, you can cook your pork the day before and heat it up, or you can cook everything on game day. Which ever works best for your schedule.

Spicy Pulled Pork Potato Skins

Now we’re ready to put together our potato skins! Poke holes in your potatoes with a fork and bake in the oven, directly on the rack for 50 minutes.

As soon as you’re able to handle your hot potatoes, you can cut them the long way down the center and scoop out the potato flesh, leaving about a quarter inch of flesh and skin. Brush melted butter on the inside and outside of the potato, place potatoes on a baking sheet and broil each side for 2-3 minutes to brown the skin nicely – see printable recipe below.

Cook your bacon how ever you normally would, make it crispy and easy to chop!

Tip: Set aside your scoopski potatoes and serve them with the left over spicy pulled pork for lunch tomorrow!

Making Potato Skins

Now that we have our potatoes baked and ready to go, our bacon nice and crispy and the pulled pork is smelling and looking delicious – we’re ready to assemble these awesome ingredients to make the ultimate spicy pulled pork potato skins!

Pulled Pork Potato Skins Recipe

Fill your potato skins with the spicy pulled pork, then top with cheese and cooked, chopped bacon – toss them in the oven until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream – add green onion for a splash of color.

Potato skins are great for those who like finger food, and won’t make you look too pretentious if you choose to use a fork to eat one either!

Spicy Pulled Pork Potato Skins Recipe

Tip: Round off your party foods with cheese and crackers and some football themed desserts! You can’t go wrong with easy to eat finger foods like loaded spicy pulled pork potato skins, crackers, cheese and cupcakes!

Loaded Pulled Pork Potato Skins

Yields 20

Pulled Pork and Pigskin Playoff Party

Slow Cooker Spicy Pulled Pork Potato Skins

20 minPrep Time

9 hrCook Time

9 hr, 20 Total Time

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2 to 3 pounds pork roast
4 tbs El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce
4 tbs honey
18 oz BBQ sauce
12 oz root beer
1 yellow onion
5 - 10 potatoes, depending on your guest count
2tbs - 4tbs melted butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
4-6 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 cup sour cream to serve with potato skins
Green onion for garnish


  • In a separate bowl, stir together all of the liquids to form (El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce, honey, BBQ sauce, and root beer) the sauce
  • Cut onion into 4 pieces, add to slow cooker
  • Slice pork in half and place on top of the onions - place pork fatty side up
  • Slowly pour the sauce over the pork, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until internal temperature has reached 165 degrees or greater
  • Remove pork, allow to rest 10 minutes and then shred with forks. Spoon some juice from the slow cooker over the shredded pork
  • Poke holes and bake potatoes in the oven for 50 minutes, or until skin is crisp and can be easily pierced with the touch of a knife
  • Cook bacon to your likeness & reheat pulled pork if necessary
  • Once potatoes are cooled enough to handle, cut lengthwise and spoon out potato until you leave about 1/4 inch of skin and flesh remaining
  • Turn on oven broiler (no need to move rack)
  • Brush insides of potato with butter, salt and pepper to taste. Flip and butter, salt and pepper the outside of the potatoes.
  • Place potatoes on a baking sheet and return potatoes skin side up to the oven, under the broiler for 3-5 minutes until crisp, but not burned. Remove and flip potatoes, return to oven under broiler for another 3-5 minutes or until the outside edge of the potatoes are a nice brown, but not burned.
  • Remove from oven and fill potatoes with pulled pork, top with Mexican blend shredded cheese and cooked bacon
  • Bake in oven under broiler until cheese has melted
  • Remove from oven, serve with sour cream garnished with green onion
Recipe Type: Appetiser

This recipe really comes together with use of El Yucateco Hot Sauce. It wouldn’t be the same without it! There are a bunch of different labels available, from Red and Green labels, to the really hot XXX Hot and Black label – all of which you can find right at Walmart!

My personal favorite is the Red label, it’s made with fresh red habanero peppers, tomatoes, and select spices and seasonings. It’s the ultimate all purpose hot sauce you can use for just about anything you can think of, from pork to wings and even your spicy drinks.

Walmart Aisle with El Yucateco

While you’re getting ready for your playoff party, don’t forget to shop the El Yucateco gear shop. You can score everything from shirts to hoodies, aprons and even shirts for the casual evening out, or watching your favorite game with friends. El Yucateco knows how to keep things hot!

Tailgating Football Party

Which El Yucateco Hot Sauce will you use for your party dish?