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smoked pork tacos recipe

Smoked Pork Tacos

  • Author: Crafted Cook
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Charcoal Grill
  • Cuisine: American


For these smoked pork tacos I wanted to try a cheap cut of meat, in this case, a five-pound seven dollar pork shoulder to prove that you can get great flavor and easily create delicious smoked pork tacos on a budget.



For the brine:

For the dry rub:


For the brine, take the brine ingredients above and mix them in a large plastic bowl.

Place the pork shoulder into the smallest container it can fit it in and fill with the mixed brine. Securely cover with a lid and place in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of 12 hours.

Place the pork shoulder on a cutting board and coat with a nice layer of olive oil on the shoulder. From here it is ready to cover generously with a dry rub. I used the dry rub ingredients above. You can make your own if you wish.

The pork shoulder is now ready for the grill. Using the charcoal snake method described above, place the charcoal and wood chips around the outer edge of the charcoal grate so that it will burn slow at 225 degrees.

Place a small container of water on the charcoal grate under the pork shoulder to help maintain moisture as the water vapor will condense on the meat making it a bit sticky to hold on to more smoke flavor.

At the two hour mark, I began to check the temperature of the meat. At 140 degrees you will want to wrap the shoulder in aluminum foil for the final cook to 180 degrees.

Wrapping the shoulder not only speeds up the cooking time but also starts to hold in the moisture and juices of the meat. Once the shoulder reaches 180 degrees, pull it from the grill and let the shoulder rest for 4 minutes.


  • Serving Size: 1 Pork Taco
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 1049.2 mg
  • Fat: 10.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.5 g
  • Protein: 11.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.4 mg

Keywords: Pork Tacos, Smoked Pork Tacos, Pork Shoulder