Although it’s officially nueve de mayo, I’m still clinging on to my cinco de mayo dinner. I may have mentioned recreating my favorite cheese dip on earth just the other day, but what I didn’t mention is that I also (with the help of my lovely sister) made bbq pork tacos. With a jalapeno coleslaw and homemade bbq sauce.
Let’s just say that I knocked this one out of the park. But because I’m not clever or creative enough to make any of these from my own noggin, I used a variation of Taqueria Del Sol’s Memphis Pork Taco recipe and my sister’s friend’s pork bbq recipe and adapted them to make what you’re about to read below.
*Disclaimer: this was a day and a half event. Be prepared with a slow cooker in tow.
1 (4-5 lb) boston butt
for the rub:
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp onion salt
1 tbsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp salt
1st bbq sauce:
3/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2nd bbq sauce:
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup catsup/ketchup/that red thing in your fridge door
1/4 cup butter
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp ground mustard
1 tsp salt
soft taco shells
(stick with me kids. I promise that a) this really is easy and b) the pay off is worth it in the end)
The night before, combine garlic salt, onion salt, pepper and salt in a bowl. Rub pork with spice mixture. Set in refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, go ahead and place the pork in a slow cooker. Combine 1st bbq sauce ingredients: cider vinegar, brown sugar, salt, red pepper, and black pepper. Pour over meat.
Cook on low 10-12 hours.
About 30-45 minutes before you’re ready to hunker down and eat, start working on bbq sauce #2.
Combine butter, sugar, worcestershire sauce, paprika, ground mustard, white vinegar, ketchup, pepper and salt in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Start pulling pork apart. Add as much or as little as you’d like to the bbq sauce #2 and heat over low for 10-15 minutes making sure pork is thoroughly coated.
When ready to serve, warm tortillas and add pork and more bbq sauce to make taco.
And the conveniently located printable version is here.
ps. happy mother’s day to all the amazing mothers that pass along their incredible cooking and baking skills to kids like me.