Pulled Pork Tacos with Salsa
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Pulled Pork is one of the greatest things on this earth. Period.
Yes it does take a long time to cook, but there’s little work involved for such great reward. Oh how I do love it on a fresh white roll with coleslaw, but equally amazing is pulled pork on a taco. It just works so well, and a great meal for entertaining where everyone can build their own at the table.
Pulled Pork Tacos
- 1-2kg shoulder of pork, skin removed
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 green capsicum, diced
- 2 tbps white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 250-300ml bottle of good barbeque sauce
- Splash of liquid or powdered smoke (optional – if you don’t have make sure you use a smoky bbq sauce instead)
- White corn tortillas and good quality store bought chilli (jalapeno or habanero) sauce to serve
Mix together all the ingredients except the pork, and pour half in the bowl of your slow cooker. Cut the pork shoulder into 2-3 pieces, depending on the size, place in the slow cooker and pour over the remaining ingredients. Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours.
After 8-10 hours remove the pork and shred the meat, discarding any excess fat. The pork should fall apart and shred easily, and the bone should come out clean. If it doesn’t, it means it needs more cooking time.
Transfer the sauce to the stove and bring to the boil. Reduce the sauce by around 1/3 – 1/2 (you need enough sauce to thoroughly coat the pork, so if you have a larger piece of meat you may only want to reduce the sauce by 1/3). Once the sauce is reduced, transfer the shredded pork back into the sauce and toss to coat.
Heat the tortillas in a hot pan for 1-2mins each side. To serve the tacos top each tortilla with the pulled pork, salsa (recipe below) and chilli sauce.
- 3 tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
- 1 red onion, finely sliced
- 1/3 cup corn kernels
- 1/4 bunch fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
- Juice of 1-2 limes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine. You can add more or less of each ingredient depending on what you prefer. Taste to check the seasoning and balance of lime juice and olive oil, and adjust if necessary.
A quick note on the good quality store bought jalapeno or habanero sauce, I recommend seeking out Byron Bay Chilli Company sauces. I just recently discovered them and they are awesomely good, a fantastic option if you can find them near you.