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Pulled Pork Tacos

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Pulled pork and tacos are definitely two bro meals. I've made bbq tacos in the past, but I wanted to make a simplified recipe that any bro could master! When I made this meal, all of my roommates asked me one by one how to make the pulled pork and were shocked by how easy it was. The best thing about this recipe is it makes a large amount and it's perfect for your next bro-down watching the game this Sunday.


I generally prefer a roasted pulled pork(if you don't have a smoker), but I understand that it isn't practical for most people, and especially on a weeknight. This picture is taken after I got home from work. I was too groggy in the morning to take any pictures. Let's just say it's been a rough week.



Its pretty easy to shred at this point. It basically falls apart on it's own.



All the fixins. It's up to you to make or purchase whichever of these ingredients you want. There are some vague recipes at the end of this post.  Also, pulled pork tacos need slaw instead of lettuce.  Duh.



These tacos were pretty fantastic. All the roomies loved them.  My other bbq tacos were more bbq than taco. These were a nice mix of some pulled pork flavor and some taco flavor.



We had some soft corn shells, some crunchy, and some soft flour. Lots of variety!




Buy a pork shoulder. This is often also called Boston butt, or picnic shoulder. Before you buy it, take a look at your slow cooker and imagine how big of a shoulder would fit in it. Then at the store buy that size of shoulder. Also purchase a bottle of a nice BBQ sauce. Ideally HFCS isn't the first ingredient of this BBQ sauce (as it is on many store brands.) When you get home, rub your pork with some taco spices. I use cumin, coriander, a little clove and cinnamon, and some oregano. you can go ahead and use a taco seasoning packet if that's your thing. Put the pork into the slow cooker and pour your bbq sauce onto it. Next fill the empty bottle of bbq sauce with half vinegar (any type is fine) and half water, and shake it out shake it out shake it out shake it out oh whoaaaaa. Pour this over the pork, put on the cover, and turn the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.

When you get home from work, pull the pork out of the liquid and shred it up, discarding the bones, skin, and fat. Pour some of the liquid back over the shredded pork with some fresh bbq sauce.

As for the rest of the toppings, you could either make or buy them, but they are all pretty easy.

For the salsa, I literally place 1 onion, 4 jalapenos, a handful of cilantro, pinch of cumin, clove of garlic, juice of a lime, and 2 cans of tomatoes with green chiles into a food processor and call it a day.

For the guac, I mix a clove of garlic with a small amount of onion and cilantro with a bunch of avocado and finish it with lime juice and salt

For the slaw, I bought a bag of shredded cabbage and added mayo, sriracha, and lime juice, until it seemed like it was wet enough.


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I get your blog via Google Reader. I cruise a lot of food blogs but yours is at the top of my list - inventive, great pictures, concise. Thanks for all the effort you put into it and all the great ideas you share.

I'm sad I wasn't a part of this bro-week recipe tasting :(
Looks awesome, Florence, I mean Dan.

If you roast the pork at a high heat for a few minutes after slow cooking to let it get a little crispy and caramelized, you've essentially made carnitas.

I laughed out loud, because that Florence song has been in my head for a WEEK. I really thought I made that up.

Hey- I made this, sortof this weekend! It was fantastic. Only thing I did differently was the pulled pork. I used rootbeer + ketchup + chili pepper, and cooked it all day. The pork was very good!

We ended up making breakfast tacos the next morning with pulled pork + scrambled eggs + potatoes. Yum!

This is definitely chick-approved too, I'd say! Now you've got me in the mood for some pulled pork!

Could I create a similar effect by slow cooking chicken breast? Not a big pork guy.

Just swinging by and saw Gabe's question. You can't use a chicken breast for this (it will dry out rather than shred) but chicken thighs are great. They will cook far more quickly than the pork butt though; adjust cooking times accordingly.

You can try putting a bottle of beer in, in lieu of the BBQ sauce, while cooking. I generally mix the sauce in after cooking and find the dry rub spices and beer have yielded a super tender pork with flavor all the way through. The BBQ sauce bath tends not to flavor the meat all the way through when I've used it. (Most recently with a rack of ribs, which obviously isn't as meat dense as a roast).

Been looking for a good pulled pork recipe for ages and this is my favorite so far! Thanks

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