BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe with Apple Salsa

This BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe post was sponsored by Budweiser. All opinions are all my own.

BBQ Pulled Pork Taco Recipe on a silver mat and white table with carnitas.

Pork Carnitas are one of my favorites! But I also love my BBQ pork, and sometimes it’s not easy to decide which one to make.

So here’s my solution, a BBQ Pulled Pork Taco recipe!

It’s really the best of both worlds, all wrapped up in a warm tortillas plus that zing from the BBQ sauce. I prefer to make these slow cooker pork tacos overnight, as in set my slow cooker for 8 hours on low and wake up to a gorgeous ready to pull pork roast. The downside? There really isn’t one, but I do wake up starving because I’ve been dreaming about it all night long thanks to the gorgeous aroma.

A plate of BBQ pulled pork tacos and a side of blue corn tortilla chips
I’m fairly picky about my BBQ sauce, so finding the right used to be daunting, but no longer. I’ve found a brilliant selection of flavors from the King of Beers, yup Budweiser has great line of their own BBQ sauces, Budweiser Brewmaster’s Premium Sauce and Marinades. For this recipe, I used the Sweet and Smoky flavor, but they have a tasty lineup that you can enjoy. To find a store near you, check HERE to see who sells it in your area. 

A bottle of Budweiser Brewmasters Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce
This taco recipe is not just for summer, but it’s ideal any time of year! So whether you call them pork carnitas or pork tacos, this pulled pork taco recipe is ideal for any get together, big or small, from game day and tailgating to birthday parties or a themed dinner party. It’s one of those meals that you can make ahead as well, which makes for a huge time saver, and allows you to enjoy more time with friends and family.

Carnitas BBQ pulled pork tacos with apple salsa and a lime slice


Carnitas BBQ pulled pork tacos with apple salsa and a lime slice

BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos (Carnitas)

Yield: 8 - 10 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

This is a low and slow cooked BBQ Pulled Pork Taco recipe that taste incredible. It's great for large get togethers or parties any time of year! 


  • For the Pulled Pork:
  • 1 cup low sodium Chicken Stock 
  • 2 - 3 large Yellow Onions, quartered
  • 2 - 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Spice Rub, enough to coat meat generously
  • 5 - 6 lbs boneless Pork Butt (Pork Shoulder)
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce, such as Budweiser Brewmaster’s Premium Barbecue Sauces Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce, plus extra to serve at table
  • For the Broccoli Slaw:
  • 12 oz package Broccoli Slaw
  • 2 Spring Onions, sliced on the bias
  • 1/3 cup dried Cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted Almonds
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • For the Apple Salsa:
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, diced
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon or Lime
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • Tortillas, warmed
  • Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot Sauce, if desired


For the Pulled Pork:

  1. Set the slow cooker to low heat.
  2. Add in the quartered onions across the bottom of pan to create a "rack", and scatter the garlic over the onions and pour in the chicken stock.
  3. Generously rub the meat with the spice rub all over, and place on top of the onions in the slow cooker. Cover and allow to slow cook on low heat for 6 - 8 hours.
  4. Once cooked and tender, using two forks, carefully shred the meat, discarding the juices. 
  5. Mix in 1 cup Sweet & Smoky Budweiser Brewmaster’s Premium Barbecue Sauce until well combined. Set aside.

For the Slaw:

  1. In a large bowl, add the broccoli slaw, spring onions, cranberries and almonds, mixing well.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, poppy seeds, sugar, salt and pepper, and whisk together with a fork. Pour half of dressing over broccoli slaw, and mix until combined well. Keep chilled until ready to serve.

For the Apple Salsa:

  1. Mix together the apple, cilantro, lemon or lime juice, and salt. 
  2. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed, keep chilled until ready to serve.

To Assemble:

  1. Warm the tortillas, either in the microwave for just a few seconds or in a dry skillet. Keep warm by stacking and wrapping in foil.
  2. Add a nice bit of BBQ pulled pork, drizzle more BBQ sauce over meat if desired, top off with the broccoli slaw, and apple salsa! For extra heat, don't forget to add your favorite hot sauce.



Want to try making the pulled pork on a charcoal grill? Use this method from The Spruce Eats.

Plate of BBQ shredded pork tacos with blue corn tortilla chips on galvanized placemat.

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  1. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only person who cooks food while they sleep. It’s so nice to wake up to the smell of something delicious. I love the combination of apples and pork, and I’m anxious to try the apple salsa. This is a great combination of flavors. It’s everything that I like with my pulled pork–apples and slaw. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. I love the flavour combination of pork and apple, with the BBQ flavour these sound like they will taste incredible. I really want to give these a go, they are perfect for this summer weather!

  3. My 3 year old LOVES tacos, so we have a different variation on tacos every week. We’ve never tried them with apple slaw — can’t wait to add these to the rotation!

  4. This is such a fantastic fusion of Mexican and American cooking! The Budweiser BBQ sauce sounds really, really good. I’ve had other BBQ sauces with beer in them before and it really added to the sauce. The nice thing here is it’s convenient and I don’t have to make it myself from scratch. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  5. Those tacos look wonderful! I love that kind of fusion food – same basic idea, different seasoning, go for it…

  6. I love that you broke the taco mold here! I never would have thought of broccoli slaw and apple salsa on a bbq taco, but now I’m drooling 🙂

  7. Loving the addition of apple salsa on these tacos! I’ve put apples in my slaw, but this has got to be a better way to showcase their sweet and crunchy nature. Yum!

  8. I’ve never had a pulled pork taco before. It sounds like a perfect combination of the best of two worlds! Unfortunately, I have to have a gluten free sauce, so I won’t be able to get the full effect, but I can come close I hope.

  9. Wow, your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love apple slaw. I could see how it takes the tacos to another level.

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