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Smoked Pork Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Sauce

Slow smoked pork butt is perfect for tacos, topped with a creamy cilantro sauce!
Prep Time10 hrs
Cook Time7 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork, smoked pork, tacos, cilantro sauce
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 622kcal
Author: Taylor


Dry Rub:

  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • 5 lb pork butt

Creamy Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno stem and seeds removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water


The night before:

  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the rub ingredients together.
  • Rub a generous amount of rub over the pork butt. You might have some rub leftover - just save it for next time!
  • Cover the pork butt with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. I like to place mine in a roasting pan.

Day Of:

  • On the day of, remove the pork shoulder from the refrigerator one hour prior to starting cooking.
  • Preheat your smoker to 225-250 degrees F. We aim to keep ours around 240 degrees F.
  • Smoke the pork approximately 90 minutes per pound, until the inner temperature reaches 200 degrees F, for shreddable pork. Note: the temperature often stalls around 145-160 degrees F. Don't worry - it will get past this range, it just takes a little longer.
  • Remove the pork from the smoker and wrap with aluminum foil. Place in a cooler wrapped in towels to retain moisture and temperature, and let rest for 1 hour.
  • Remove the pork from the cooler and shred.

To Make the Cilantro Sauce:

  • Place all ingredients for the cilantro sauce in the blender and blend until creamy.
  • Serve the shredded pork in taco shells topped with creamy cilantro sauce. We also love topping it with Mexican Street Corn Dip.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 176mg | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 1063mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1056IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 5mg