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February 02, 2023
My Smoked BBQ Carnitas Tacos are the perfect cure for a Tex-Mex craving. They are cooked on the Traeger Timberline 850, giving them the best smoky flavor. They’re seasoned with my signature sweet and spicy rubs and braised in tangy vinegar sauce. If you like loaded tacos, you’ll love my version! I added peppers and onions to give the tacos fajita flair.
These tacos are done in an authentic style with a BBQ twist. They’re flavorful yet mild enough that anyone can enjoy them. Serve this delicious dish for family dinners, Super Bowl parties, or cookouts. Add a few toppings, and you’ll have a winning spread. It’s bound to be a hit!
If you’ve never had braised tacos before, you’re in for a treat! The pork simmers until it’s juicy and tender, giving all the flavors a chance to soak in. Carnitas are one of the best types of tacos, and now, you can enjoy them from the comfort of your home. This recipe is easier than it looks, but your buddies don’t have to know!
Fancy tacos with less than 10 ingredients; you’ve got my attention! This dinner is proof that sometimes, less is more. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
Here’s the main equipment I used for these Smoked BBQ Carnitas Tacos. You can find more of my favorite grilling accessories in the Equipment and Tools section.
You can see this recipe's detailed demonstration in the video and recipe card. Here’s a quick rundown of how I pulled these tasty tacos together.
The pork came off the pit looking beautiful. It was juicy, rich, and tender. Every bite had the perfect amount of sweet heat. This is a recipe that any pitmaster will enjoy! It’s just that impressive.
Serve my Smoked BBQ Carnitas Tacos with tortilla chips, toppings of your choice, and a Corona with lime.
If you have leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze them for up to 4 months.
Traeger Timberline 850, Traeger Hardwood Oak Pellets, heavy-duty aluminum foil, mixing bowls, metal sheet pan, metal tongs, olive oil dispenser, wire cooling rack, disposable cutting board, Victorinox Fibrox Boning Knife, Nechtik BBQ Gloves, aluminum pans, ThermoWorks Hi-Temp Silicone Basting Brush.
(2) 3.5-4 lb Cheshire CT Butts or (1) 7-8 lb pork butt cubed up
Heath Riles BBQ Garlic Jalapeño Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Honey Chipotle Rub
1/2 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 bell pepper sliced
2 onions thinly sliced
additional toppings of your choice
Cube pork butt into small pieces
Cook on Traeger (or grill of your choice) at 300º for 1.2-2 hours
Add cubed pork to a bed of sliced onions and peppers, add chicken stock and Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Sauce.
Braise for 1 hour and check for tenderness. Once meat is tender, let it rest for 20-30 minutes and then shred for tacos.
Build your taco to your liking
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