Pulled Pork Tacos Recipe

Yields: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 hours (slow cooker, low heat)



  • 4-5 pound boneless pork shoulder (also called pork butt)

Spice Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Tacos and Toppings
  • Small corn or flour tortillas
  • Your favorite toppings (examples below)


  • Slow cooker
  • Large bowl
  • 2 forks for shredding


  • Prepare the pork: Trim any excess fat from the pork shoulder. In a small bowl, combine all the spice rub ingredients. Rub the mixture liberally over the entire pork shoulder.
  • Slow cook: Place the sliced onion and minced garlic in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the seasoned pork shoulder on top. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and chicken broth (or water).
  • Cook: Set the slow cooker to LOW for 8-10 hours, or HIGH for 4-6 hours. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of at least 195°F and is incredibly tender.
  • Shred: Remove the pork from the slow cooker and transfer to a large bowl. Using two forks, shred the pork into bite-sized pieces.
  • Skim and mix: Skim off most of the excess fat from the liquid in the slow cooker. Combine some of the cooking liquid with the pulled pork to keep it moist.
  • Warm the tortillas: Warm your tortillas in a skillet, microwave, or oven according to your preference.
  • Assemble and enjoy: Fill the tortillas with the pulled pork and add your favorite toppings!

Topping Ideas

  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, cotija)
  • Diced onion
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Avocado slices or guacamole
  • Salsa or pico de gallo
  • Sour cream
  • Hot Sauce
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Lime wedges


  • Make it spicier: Add a bit of cayenne pepper to the spice rub for added heat.
  • Crisp it up: If you like crispy bits, place the shredded pork on a baking sheet under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Flavor variations: Experiment with different barbecue sauces added during or after cooking.


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