• 5 lbs. pork shoulder (pork butt)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. cayenne
  • 2 tsp. ground coffee
  • 1 18-oz. bottle BBQ sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1 can of baked beans
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, chili powder, onion, garlic, paprika, cayenne, coffee; then, rub all over pork.
  2. Place the pork in a slow cooker, pour in BBQ sauce, and let it cook on high for 8 hours.
  3. Shred pork with 2 forks. Let it sit in the slow cooker.
  4. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  5. Spray the bottom of an 8-by-11-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
  6. In a bowl, combine the pulled pork and baked beans.
  7. Spread the mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish and top with shredded cheese. Then, add a layer of tator tots on top.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tator tots are starting to turn golden brown and the casserole is just slightly bubbling at the sides.
  9. Remove from oven, and sprinkle the tator tots with more cheese. Bake for 5–10 minutes to let the cheese melt and the tator tots to continue to crisp up.
  10. Grab your fork, spoon or spatula and friends, and dig into this Midwesterners’ dream dish!