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My family loves to have a baked potato night, and it is so easy to make. Really, the most time consuming part is making the bacon!
Overloaded Baked Potatoes
1 bag of Baking Potatoes
1 Boston Butt
1 pack Bacon (you could also go with real bacon bits if you want)
1 bag of cheese
1 onion (if you want)
1/2 to 1 cup water or broth
Salt and Pepper
Chives (if you want)
Before you leave in the morning: (You could prep the night before and put in the fridge, pull it out first thing and let your crock warm a bit before turning it on) Put the Boston Butt in the crock pot, add about 1/2 cup water or broth and a little liquid smoke. Shake a little salt and pepper on the meat. Chop onion into fourths and spread around the meat in the crock pot. Cook on low all day.
Wash potatoes and prick with a fork or knife. Cook in the microwave at about 5 minutes per potato. (ie. if you are cooking 5 potatoes, cook all at the same time about 25 minutes). Cook your bacon. (This is also something that could be done ahead of time, like Sunday afternoon). Once the potatoes and bacon are done let everyone assemble their own potatoes.
You should probably make a few extra potatoes for seconds.
Pre-cook your bacon and hide it from your family in the fridge (or it will be gone when you go looking for it)
The boston butt will likely be way more than your family can eat. Freeze the leftovers and save for the next potato night. Or make a brunswick stew or BBQ sandwiches later in the week.