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3-Ingredient Sweet Potato BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled pork sandwiches seem to be a go-to crowd pleaser, and today I present to you a super-quick way to get that sink-your-teeth-into-it BBQ flavor on a bun with no pork. 

It’s hardly a recipe, but I’ll make a recipe card anyway. Basically, grate a raw sweet potato into a skillet, cook it, add your favorite BBQ sauce, and serve on a whole grain bun.

  • 3 ingredients
  • 15 minutes
  • Filling
  • Nutritious
  • Cheap

I’m not claiming this tastes just like pork or anything. It’s simply an easy, very filling meal that tastes delicious. We’re not comparing, but if we were, this sure would blow the nutrition of pork out of the water. Pork has no antioxidants, no fiber, no vitamin A, no claims of being fat-free and cholesterol-free. Not to mention the ethical and environmental impacts of sweet potato verses animals.

But, we’re not comparing.

If you’re like me, you just need a vehicle for sauces. Sweet potato makes a great vehicle.

What BBQ Sauce to Use?

There are several BBQ sauces that are plant-based, and that contain no refined sugar or oil. Primal Kitchen BBQ Sauce and G Hughe’s are two that I know of. I bought the G Hughe’s brand at Walmart once and couldn’t believe there was no sugar in it.

If you’d like to make your own BBQ sauce, it’s pretty easy! You might just already have all the ingredients.  Here is a recipe that looks delicious from Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures and one I’ve tried from the famous Del Sroufe of Forks Over Knives. I would double the recipe to make your efforts more profitable!



If you love quick meals with minimal ingredients, you’ll also love my Pantry White Bean Salsa Verde Soup, and all the recipes in my 20-minute meals e-book!

5 from 3 votes
3-Ingredient Sweet Potato BBQ Sandwiches
Prep Time
15 mins

A simple, delicious sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, pulled pork, sweet potato burger, vegan
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Author: Faithful Plateful
  • 2 medium orange sweet potatoes/yams
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (see post for healthy options)
  • 4 whole grain sandwich buns
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • smoked paprika
  1. Peel the sweet potatoes. I use 1 potato for every 2 sandwiches I want to make. Sometimes I don't even peel them.

  2. Grate the sweet potatoes.

  3. Cook them in a skillet on med-high heat, adding small amounts of water every minute or so, until they look soft but not mushy. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and/or smoked paprika if desired for even extra flavor.

  4. Remove from heat and pour the BBQ sauce over it, and coat well. Serve on a whole grain bun with additional BBQ sauce, if desired.


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  1. I was checking my email, not wanting to make dinner… When I saw this recipe. I realized we had the ingredients (substituted bread for buns), so I made it for dinner. It was an instant hit! My 3-year-old LOVED it and kept coming back for more!! SO easy, quite tasty, and will become a staple. *I can’t think of it as pulled pork.. it’s just not that. But we all liked it and this will be a meal we frequent because of that and how nourishing it was.

  2. This recipe was very tasty. I didn’t cook the sweet potatoes long enough so will cook longer next time. The bar-b-que sauce was really good as well!

  3. This was a big hit for us! I love how easy it is and we all loved eating it. I like it waaaaayyy better than regular pulled pork. Thank you!

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