Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Sauce

Pulled pork isn’t just for sandwiches any longer. These spicy sweet tacos serve up an easy transition into Mexican food, which is a big part of my food inspiration. I grew up eating chips and salsa, enchiladas and tacos, and although I’m not Hispanic, I have a craving for the spicier part of life. The sauce I created doesn’t burn your taste buds  but eases them into a complex layer of sweet and spicy freshness.

Mom and I made about 15 pounds of pulled pork tacos for my best friends  bridal shower, and every shred of meat was gone by time the party was over. Add my special barbecue sauce, and you’ll be making this dish weekly for your family and friends.

Pulled Pork

Ingredients

3 pounds Boston Butt roast

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder

1/2 Tablespoon paprika

1/2 Tablespoon onion powder

Mix together spices.

Rub spice mixture on meat. Let sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 300*. Cook for 5 to 6 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 170*.

Let cool for 10 to 20 minutes before shredding the pork. I pulled the meat apart with my hands, but you can use two knives. Don’t shred the pork too finely. Leave some meaty hunks, or you will be left with a sloppy joe-like texture. Be sure to pull off fat and sinews, or tendons, when you’re pulling the meat.

Coat pork pieces in barbeque sauce.

Serve on tortilla with fresh cilantro, a squirt of lime and some hot sauce, if desired.

Sweet Sauce

Ingredients

2 jalapenos, deseeded and diced

1 small onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon butter

3/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 to 2 Tablespoons of hot sauce (I used Valentina Salsa Picante, but Tabasco or Cholula would work fine here.)

1 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Saute jalapenos, onion and garlic together in butter, about five minutes.

While still in pan, toss saute mixture with brown sugar, chili powder and cayenne.

Add catsup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and stock. Bring sauce to boil.

Puree sauce in food processor or blender until smooth. Return to stove, and simmer for 10 minutes.

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One response to “Pulled Pork Tacos with Sweet Sauce

  1. Rebecca R

    Yummm!! Definitely going to be trying this out 🙂

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