This Pulled Pork Cornbread Topping with black beans recipe is a one-pot, comfort meal with a crusty cornbread baked on top!

pulled pork with black beans and cornbread topping

Friends, enjoy this easy Pulled Pork Cornbread Topping! This is a repost from January 2015 that I think you’ll enjoy (the story). Plus a great FALL recipe!

Pulled Pork Cornbread Topping

You may also want to try my 2-Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Verde. If you have an instant pot, try my Instapot Pork Carnitas Recipe.

one pot crusty cornbread baked on pulled pork

Ingredients One-Pot Pork and Corned Bread Recipe

  • Bottled barbecue sauce
  • Chicken stock
  • Chili powder
  • Boneless, country-style pork shoulder ribs
  • Onions
  • Frozen corn
  • Black beans
  • Eggs
  • Sour cream
  • Honey
  • Boxes corn muffin mix
  • Scallions and more sour cream

This is a repost from when my family went snow camping up to Crater Lake, leaving Haggis and me behind. Which was just fine, exactly the way I wanted it. Happy, fed, warm house, cozy bed … we snuggled together while my family was out freezing, literally freezing, in the vast, great Oregon outdoors.

round pot of pulled pork with a corn bread topping

Comfort Pulled Pork One Pot meal

When they came home, this Pulled Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping was hot out of the oven …

Haggis was originally heading out with the crew (my husband and 3 adult kids), until they researched “no dogs on the trail.”

Trail? What trail? I’m not sure they were ever on the trail.

outside snow camping at night

Before they took off.

family winter snow camping

Up by Crater Lake.

snow camping Crater Lake

Snow camping at Crater Lake, OR

Coming home to a delicious home-cooked meal made my family very happy. I’m so glad I had the Pulled Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping waiting, because it was exactly what weary, hungry, campers needed!

In the meantime, my husband shared his story on Facebook on New Year’s Eve, and I thought it was so endearing, and beautiful, I wanted to share it with you today:

Stronger Than Strength, More Powerful Than Power–by Paul (my husband)

We don’t know for sure. We guess the low was about -5, not counting windchill, which probably put the 4 of us in the crosshairs of -10 to -15 weather just below the rim of Crater Lake two nights ago. What we do know for sure is that something large and wild sniffed our tent that night—inches from Abby’s head–then patrolled on. We were too cold (and afraid) to open the fly to learn exactly what.

Our frozen tent smelled like pure and wholesome ice. Each breath turned to crystals that clung to the inside, making it shimmer like a cheap disco ball. The next morning was so cold that it was all we could do to break camp and escape to our car, which we prayed would turn over.

That’s when I faultered. Dehydration, hunger, sleeplessness, hands so cold they made me sick from pain. I couldn’t zip zippers or tighten straps. Garrett put my snowshoes on me. I still can’t feel my fingertips. But there’s a more likely and humbling reason why I felt doomed.

Though I approach 50, I still think I’m a young 30, able to play 90 minutes + overtime of soccer and make the winning goal. That vain deception hasn’t been true for many, many moons. Each step through deep and powdery snow stole life from me, exposing the real me. My knees buckled and my head spun and my stomach got worse. I kept eyeing a safe place to collapse and let fine snow blanket me.

No father wants to show weakness in front of his children. You want forever to be alpha, never omega. But that cheap vanity dissipates when you walk through a clearing and blizzard winds shove you in the back like a bully and you have no strength to fight back. When you can barely lift your legs like a drunk to a soup kitchen, when you lose the will to wipe the nose-sickles that turn you into a gross caricature to be pitied. I broke that morning. Prepare for crash landing.

Then something snowshoed toward me. My children put their strong arms under mine and carried me on. They willed me forward by speaking hope into their old man’s spirit, repeating the same lines I’ve told each of them when they were weak:

“Looking good. Almost there.”
“You got it.”
“Doing great, dad.”

Holy words that shine an odd truth.

My weakness allowed something that pride and strength oppose. It paved the way for their love to shine, and we’re all blessed for the experience.

Survival of the fittest? What a myth! Darwin was stolen from death’s doorstep more than once by his loving wife, something textbooks forget. Oh weakness, where is thy sting? You were mocked that blizzard morning. You’re mocked every day because a quiet irony swirls in the firmament above and graces this frozen land below, something stronger than strength and more powerful than power.

It’s God’s cosmic Love, who with her twin sisters Hope and Faith make the weak strong.

This New Year’s Eve, let’s do something truly daring. Let’s raise a cold glass not to our strengths, accomplishments or aspirations, important as they can be. Let’s honor what weakness and humility do, or want to do, with God and man: Allow love to shine brighter and warmer than we ever thought possible.

Thank you, Friends, for letting me share this beautiful story of love, hope, and faith from my hubby!

Pulled Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping

More about the dinner. It’s an easy recipe!

Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping

Scrumptious – add the ingredients.

Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping

Baker and serve–the perfect black bean and cornbread topping!

It feeds a lot of hungry travelers!


a plate of cooked pulled pork with a crusty black bean corn bread on top

More cornbread & pulled pork recipes:

Chili Cheddar Cornbread [Spend with Pennies], Ham Cheddar Onion Cornbread [Foodie with Family], and Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sliders.

Also try this 5 ingredient Mini Pork Meatballs with Farro or Pork Meatballs in Aromatic Broth recipe.

one pot crusty cornbread baked on pulled pork
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Pulled Pork with Black Bean Cornbread Topping

Adapted from Rachael Ray December 2014 magazine. You can cut the “crust” or topping in 1/2 if you want to make it less thick on top.


  • 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, country-style pork shoulder ribs, cut into 12 pieces
  • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 12 oz. frozen corn, cooked and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can Bush’s Black Beans
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 T honey
  • 2 6 1/2 oz box corn muffin mix
  • Scallions and more sour cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large, heavy ovenproof pot or Dutch oven, whisk the first 3 ingredients. Add the pork and onion and bring to a simmer over medium; cover. Roast until the pork is tender, 2 hours.
  • Remove the pot from the oven and increase the heat to 400 degrees . Using 2 forks, shred the pork in the pot.
  • In a bowl, stir the corn, beans, eggs, honey, and sour cream, then gently fold in the muffin mix. Spoon the batter to cover the pulled pork. Bake (400 degrees) uncovered, until cornbread is golden and tester comes out dry, 30 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream and scallions!
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