Garlic brined pulled pork tacos (Q-view)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by cab2g, May 4, 2015.

  1. cab2g

    cab2g Fire Starter

    This weekend I went all out. I made a pulled pork shoulder with a garlic brine from The Fatted Calf's cookbook: 

    I have made this recipe several times, but this was the first time I used it to make tacos. And let me tell you, you'll never want to eat regular tacos again!

    I brined the shoulder for two days. The recipe said to de-bone the shoulder to allow more smoke to touch the meat. I left the bone in but sliced the shoulder a few times to make it more like an accordion. This was a really effective way to prep the shoulder. It cut my smoking time to about 6 hours. After cooking to about 195, I wanted to let it rest, but I got hungry so I only let it rest until it was barely cool enough to touch. I pulled it and poured about a cup of reserved juices (with the fat skimmed off) and mixed it all together. Then I put it on some still warm homemade tortillas with and drizzled them with a chimichurri sauce and chipotle salsa. Then I garnished them with cilantro, chihuahua cheese and a splash of lime. They were to die for. I am so glad I made enough to have a second meal of this.

     


    Recipes:

    Garlic brined pulled pork - http://food52.com/blog/8522-the-fatted-calf-s-pulled-pork

    Homemade tortillas - http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/05/homemade-flour-tortillas/

    Chimichurri sauce - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chimichurri-sauce-107159
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good to me thanks for sharing
     
  3. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Looks awesome! And only a second helping!? I'd put away 10 of those tacos!!

    Did you ever try crisping up the meat a little bit under a broiler for some tasty carnitas?
     
  4. cab2g

    cab2g Fire Starter

    Hmm, I've never thought of adding a bit of char to the meat. I bet, that'd add a nice dimension! I wish we had more than only 1 more meal's worth. But my fridge doesn't have enough room to brine two shoulders!
     
  5. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great! The home made tortillas are super tasty!
     
  6. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    Those look fantastic! Nice job.
     

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