Smoked Pork Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Smoked Pork Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Smoked Pork Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce


8 servings


  • Dry Rub:
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoons pepper
  • 4-5 pounds pork butt
  • Creamy Cilantro Sauce:
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds and stem removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ¼ cup water


    The night before:
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all the dry rub ingredients.

  2. Rub a generous amount of the rub over the entire pork butt. You might have some rub leftover — save it for next time!

  3. Cover the pork butt with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

  4. In the morning:
  5. Remove the pork butt from the refrigerator one hour prior to placing it in your smoker

  6. Heat the smoker to 225-250 F. We keep ours around 240 F or as close as possible.

  7. Smoke the pork for 90 minutes per pound, or until the temperature of the meat reads 200 degrees F with a meat thermometer. Note: It is common for the temperature to stall around 145-160 F. Don’t worry – it will get past this range, it just takes a little longer.

  8. Remove the pork from the smoker and wrap it in aluminum foil. Then wrap the foil-wrapped pork in a few towels to maintain moisture and temperature, and let it rest for one hour in a cooler.

  9. Remove the pork from the cooler and aluminum foil and shred.

  10. To make the cilantro sauce:
  11. Place all cilantro sauce ingredients in a blender and puree. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  12. To serve:
  13. Serve the shredded pork inside taco shells, topped with creamy cilantro sauce and Mexican Street Corn. Enjoy!

* Recipes created for given quantity. Changes to quantities are for planning purposes only and have not been tested.