BBQ Pork Tacos

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    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage.

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

    When pork loin goes on sale, I buy a whole bunch. It is one of the cuts of meat that doesn’t break the bank and is grossly underutilized. And one of our favorites recipes to make with it are pork tacos!

    When most folks think of a pork loin recipe, they associate needing to prepare and serve it as a roast, instead of chopping it up.

    BBQ Pork Tacos use a pork loin, baked to perfection and then chopped and tossed with BBQ sauce. Pork loin cooks into just 25-35 minutes so it is perfect for a quick dinner recipe.

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

    The cook time is going to vary greatly since the size of your pork loin can also vary greatly. Make sure your pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees before serving. People tend to overcook pork, making it chewy and tough. Don’t be one of these people and make sure to use a meat thermometer (link below).

    While the pork cooks, take time to get the rest of the ingredients for your delicious BBQ Pork Tacos ready. Although a time saver to buy shredded, I highly recommend buying a whole head of red cabbage and chopping it yourself. It saves money, is much fresher and can be tossed into other salads. You never know how long that bag has ben sitting there.

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

    Pineapple salsa takes juicy pineapple with spicy jalapeno, red onion and bell pepper tossed in lime juice. It is fresh and tasty, compliments BBQ sauce perfectly. Pineapple salsa can also be used in many other recipes like on top of a salad or grilled chicken and shrimp.

    Use your favorite BBQ sauce to dress the pork. Like sweet? Go for it! Want some extra heat? Make face sweat, we support you. There is no wrong answer when it comes to the flavor of BBQ sauce you use.

    And while my recipe calls for a pork tenderloin to be baked and chopped, you can easily adapt this recipe to a slow cooker by tossing the pork ingredients into the slow cooker and setting on low for 4 hours. At this point you can either shredded the pork with two forks or still chop it up as the original recipes calls for.

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

    Craving more taco recipes for Taco Tuesday?

    Tools for making BBQ Pork Tacos:

    Tortilla Warmer – the perfect way to get and keep your tortillas at the perfect temperture.

    9 x 13 Glass Baking Dish– an absolute essential for any kitchen! Use it for baking, marinating or storing. Get one with a lid, you’ll thank me later.

    Wood cutting board – wood won’t dull your knives like plastic and if treated properly, has natural antimicrobial properties.

    Meat Thermometer– Every home kitchen should have a meat thermometer. Never take a guess as to if something is done again!

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

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    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com
    BBQ Pork Tacos
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     
    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage.
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: pork tacos
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 450 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    Ingredients
    Pork Tenderloin:
    • 1-2 pound pork tenderloin , trimmed
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
    • 1 cup BBQ sauce
    For Tacos:
    • 12 small corn tortillas
    • 2 cups red cabbage , shredded
    • Fresh jalapeno , optional
    • Cilantro , optional
    • Lime Wedges , optional
    • Maldon sea salt , optional
    • 1 cup pineapple salsa
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
    2. In a small bowl, combine chili powder, garlic powder, sugar and Kosher salt in a small bowl.
    3. Pat pork loin dry with a paper towel and crust with spice mixture.
    4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes before chopping into bite-size pieces.
    5. Transfers to a mixing bowl and toss with BBQ sauce.
    6. Wrap corn tortillas in aluminum foil and place in hot oven for 5 minutes.
    7. Assemble tacos by dividing BBQ pork, red cabbage and pineapple salsa in each corn tortilla. Garnish with fresh jalapenos, cilantro, Maldon sea salt and lime wedges, if desired.
    8. If you made this recipe, make sure to come back and let us know how you liked it and if you made any changes. We love comments! 

    Nutrition Facts
    BBQ Pork Tacos
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 450 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Cholesterol 73mg 24%
    Sodium 2011mg 84%
    Potassium 883mg 25%
    Total Carbohydrates 69g 23%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    Sugars 27g
    Protein 29g 58%
    Vitamin A 16.1%
    Vitamin C 31.3%
    Calcium 11.4%
    Iron 16.4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    BBQ Pork Tacos are a colorful and easy weeknight dinner. Zesty BBQ sauce paired with sweet and spicy pineapple salsa and crunchy red cabbage. #porktacos #tacotuesday www.savoryexperiments.com

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