How to Make BBQ Pork Tacos with Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Try these BBQ pulled pork tacos for a deliciously comforting and oh-so-easy dinner! Tender pulled pork that’s slow-cooked to perfection, tossed in BBQ sauce, and served in corn tortillas with a refreshing bean salsa. A fantastic option for a taco night that can feed the whole family! I’ll show you how to make BBQ pork tacos starting with a simple slow cooker pulled pork recipe.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of pulled pork because it’s so versatile, simple to make, and great for meal prep. My slow cooker pulled pork recipe is made with pork butt (a.k.a Boston butt or pork shoulder). This is generally a 4-5-pound cut of bone-in meat, which yields 2-3 pounds of cooked meat. That means 6-8 or even up to 10-12 servings—from one cut of meat!
So, if you don’t need to feed a large crowd, you can make these BBQ pork tacos and have plenty of meat left for additional meals. Pulled pork is also a delicious protein to add to baked acorn squash or spaghetti squash, soups, or a sandwich! These BBQ pulled pork tacos are just one possible option—and one of the easiest to throw together.
Cooked with simple salt and pepper alone, the pulled pork is irresistibly flavorful already. Toss it in some BBQ sauce, and you’ve got a sweet, salty, umami delight! Paired with the refreshing acidity of the bean salsa and the comforting starchiness of the tortillas, these BBQ pulled pork tacos are a go-to meal you’ll want to enjoy again and again.
To cook the pork for this BBQ pulled pork tacos recipe, I highly recommend cooking slow and low in a slow cooker. Although the cut is called “bone-in pork butt,” it’s actually not from the rear of the pig. It’s from the shoulder/foreleg of the pig, and it can be a relatively tough cut—unless it’s cooked nice and slow. When slow-cooked, your pork butt will seriously fall apart when you go to shred it. It will be THAT tender.
First, season your 4-5lb bone-in pork butt well on all sides with salt and pepper. This is a typical size, but any size that fits in your slow cooker will do! Also, a bone-in cut will typically result in the most tender, juicy meat, because meat on the bone retains its moisture better than boneless cuts.
Once that seasoning is rubbed in nicely, pop the pork into the slow cooker and let it cook on low heat for 9 hours. If you absolutely need to cook it faster, you can cook on high for 4-5 hours. But, the texture is best when cooked on low heat for a longer time. Either set your slow cooker to start in the morning so it’s done by dinner, or prep it a day or a few in advance. Whatever you need to do!
Shred & Store
Once it’s done cooking, carefully remove the pork cut from the slow cooker and place it onto a large cutting board. Then, grab 2 forks, start shredding, and watch the tender meat just melt apart!
Remember, this will be a lot of meat. So, assess however much you plan to use for your BBQ pork tacos and toss that in BBQ sauce. If you have any leftovers, store them in the fridge.
Butcher Box Pork Butt
Personally, my #1 choice for bone-in pork butt is always Butcher Box! All of their meat is humanely raised, free of antibiotics and added hormones. And, it’s conveniently delivered frozen right to my door. Plus, I love that I can adjust my delivery frequency as often as I need! This takes so much of the stress out of grocery shopping for me, and I can feel good about the meat that I’m eating.
Once your pulled pork is sauced and ready, all that’s left to do is toss together the bean salsa to serve on your tacos. I like to throw together a mixture of black beans, chickpeas, corn, diced tomatoes, and spices. Of course, you can also use any other beans or additional mix-ins that you like. Or, you’re also welcome to use a premade salsa if that’s more convenient for you.
Finally, your BBQ pulled pork tacos are ready to assemble! Just layer some BBQ pork into your tortillas of choice, then top with shredded lettuce, bean salsa, and cilantro. I like to use small corn tortillas but you can also use flour, low-carb tortillas, or even hard corn taco shells. Quick as that, in around 15 minutes of prep, your taco night dinner is served!
Simple, flavorful BBQ pork tacos made with slow cooker pulled pork and a refreshing bean & corn salsa.
Prep Time:10-15 minutes
Cook Time:9 hours (slow cooker)
Total Time:9 hours 15 minutes
Yield:18–24 tacos 1x
BBQ Pork Tacos
2-3 lbs pulled pork (below) 18-24 small white corn tortillas 1-2 cups shredded lettuce 2-3 cups bean & corn salsa (below) ½-1 cup chopped cilantro, for topping
BBQ Pulled Pork
4–5 lbs bone-in pork butt (yields ~2–3 lbs pulled meat) 1 Tbsp salt, to taste ½ tsp pepper, to taste 1-2 cups BBQ sauce, for serving
Bean & Corn Salsa
1 can (15oz) black beans, drained & rinsed 1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed 1 can (15oz) corn, drained & rinsed 1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes ½ cup onion 1 lime, juiced 1 lemon, juiced ½ tsp cumin ¼ cup cilantro ½ tsp chili powder salt & pepper, to taste
To Cook BBQ Pulled Pork:
Rub pork butt with salt and pepper, to taste.
Cook in slow cooker on low heat for 9 hours. (Or high heat for 4-5 hours.)
Once finished, remove from slow cooker and shred meat with 2 forks.
Toss shredded meat in BBQ sauce, to taste.
To Assemble Tacos:
Toss together bean salad ingredients.
Assemble tacos with corn tortillas, shredded lettuce, BBQ pulled pork, and bean salsa. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!
Optional: serve in taco stand for fun presentation flair!
Yields 18-24 tacos or 6-8 servings (3 tacos per serving)—depending on size of pork butt.