South Carolina Pulled Pork Tacos

South Carolina Pulled Pork Tacos
Staff Writer
Delicatessan

 

There’s one dish that we’ll enjoy whether it’s football season or the Fourth of July, and that dish is pulled pork. This recipe, featuring a South Carolina version of it, makes it easy to enjoy the barbecue classic during the summer in taco form, and it's topped with a refreshing cabbage slaw. From the barbecue sauce and rub to the slaw, you’ll keep going back to this recipe over and over again this summer. 

6
Servings
771
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the barbecue sauce

  • 1/2  Cup  yellow mustard
  • 1  Ounce  dark beer
  • 2  Tablespoons  apple cider vinegar
  • 2  Tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon  tomato purée
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1  Tablespoon  black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2  Tablespoon  garlic powder
  • 1/4  Cup  ketchup

For the pork, slaw, and assembly

  • 2  Tablespoons  plus 1/3 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1  Teaspoon  chipotle powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  brown sugar
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  mustard powder
  • 1  Tablespoon  salt, plus more to taste
  • 2  Pounds  pork shoulder
  • One  of each of the following, diced into large pieces: apple, orange, lemon, fennel bulb, onion, and carrot
  • 2  Cups  apple cider
  • 2  Cups  dark beer
  • 2  Cups  finely shredded Savoy cabbage
  • 1/4  Cup  mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2  Tablespoon  vinegar
  • 1  Teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  celery salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 12  small corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped chives, for garnish

Directions

For the barbecue sauce

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl, stir to incorporate, and set aside until ready to use.

For the pork, slaw, and assembly

In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika, chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon of black pepper, brown sugar, mustard powder, and the 1 tablespoon of salt to create the rub. 

Heat a grill to medium-high. Rub the pork shoulder all over with the rub and grill all over to give it a nice char, about 2 minutes per side. 

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large roasting pan, combined the diced fruit and vegetables with the cider vinegar and dark beer. Add the pork shoulder to the mixture and roast in the oven for 3 hours. 

While the pork is roasting, make your coleslaw. Add the cabbage to a large bowl and set aside. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery salt, lemon juice, and 1/3 teaspoon of paprika in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with the cabbage. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Place the saucepan of barbecue sauce over low heat. When the pork shoulder is fork-tender, remove the bone and shred, discarding the bone and any extra fat. Combine the shredded pork with 1 cup of the warmed barbecue sauce and keep warm until ready to serve. 

To serve, fill the warmed tortillas with a little bit of pulled pork, then top with the coleslaw and chives. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
38g
54%
Sugar
43g
48%
Saturated Fat
19g
79%
Cholesterol
103mg
34%
Carbohydrate, by difference
66g
51%
Protein
43g
93%
Vitamin A, RAE
228µg
33%
Vitamin B-12
7µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
66mg
88%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
137mg
14%
Choline, total
161mg
38%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Fluoride, F
26µg
1%
Folate, total
62µg
16%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
215mg
67%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
588mg
84%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
60µg
100%
Sodium, Na
766mg
51%
Water
278g
10%
Zinc, Zn
11mg
100%

Pulled Pork Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Pulled Pork Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.