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Twice Caramelized Pork Tacos al Pastor.

Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
edited 8:05PM in EggHead Forum
First off let me say thanks to Beli for the marinade recipe. I took his recipe as a base and changed it up a bit to suit my tastes. Came out great and was a big hit with all my friends. Trying to keep a normal routine with a new baby is hard, but I always do a memorial day cook so I wanted to have everyone over. Decided on some pork tacos al pastor, brined chicken legs and brats.

On to the prep and cook.

Prepping the chilis with the weed burner. I roasted 3 poblano and 3 anaheim chilis to get some nice char flavor for the marinade.

Here is my subject, 8 1/2 pound pork tenderloin. I need to find a good butcher because it took a while to break her down into 1 inch cubes and to trim the fat of the meat.

Getting ready to make the marinade. Here are the ingredients: 2 white onions, 3 poblano's, 3 anaheim chilis, 9 garlic cloves, 4 smoked chipotle peppers, 2 tbs sppons adobo sauce all crushed in the food processor. Add 1 1/2 cups OJ, 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar, 6 teaspoons kosher salt, 3 tsp mexican oregano, 3 tsp cumin.

Everyone in the pool. Marinade and cubed pork in one of my brining tubs. Did this the day before to let the marinade really do its job.

Also brined 24 chicken legs overnite in a salt, brown sugar, cumin, lime brine.

Made some pico de gallo, some honey cayenne sour cream, and got some flour tortillas.

Did the chicken legs at 350 for about 45 minutes, turning them halfway. Took to 180 internal temp.

Did the pork on the grate and then transfered it to the cast iron skillet for a double caramelized crust. Did some brats as well for the kids.

A little cheese, some honey sour cream, pico de gallo and the al pastor pork. Tasted great.

All partied out.



  • LobichoLobicho Posts: 557
    great tacos al pastor...
    great job!!!
    trow in some pineapple grilled and wow....
  • Loved the ending!
  • crunkcrunk Posts: 94
    Thal all looks amazing!! Congrats on the new addition!!
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,738
    MP I thought the first bunch of photo's were outstanding. But that last shot BLOWS them all away.
    Very nice......
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • That's alot of work with a new baby in the house! It looks like a crowd pleaser. I hope you are going to frame that last picture, it's a great one.
    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
    3 Large, 2 Smalls, 1 well-used Mini
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Great looking meal
    Last pic is fantastic :)

  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Where did you find an 8 pound pork tenderloin? All I ever see are little 1 pounders. Was it actually a pork loin?
    The Naked Whiz
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Thanks Mickey. The boy is a lot of work, but its all worth it. Soon he'll be getting a mini Egg so I can teach him all about flavor.
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Hey NW,
    I get all my BBQ meat from BJ's wholesale club. They have boston butts, briskets, and nice big pork tenderloins (It was definitely a tenderloin). They also sell 3 rack packs of baby back ribs. Its a great place to get what you need. Thye generally have big cuts because a lot of restaurants buy their meat from there. It opened up by my house about a year ago and its the first place I look cause their prices are amazing. The tenderloin cost me $18 and some change. You can't beat that price per pound for a 8 1/2 pound loin.

    If you don't have a BJs near you try your local Costco.

  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,293
    That marinade sounds awesome!
    Knoxville, TN
    Nibble Me This
  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Pork marinade sounds fabulous. And great last picture, that is a framer for sure.
  • Hey Mud Pig.

    We loved that last picture so much that my artist daughter is gonna paint it and we'll be sending it your way. More details once its coming together.

  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Trust me when I say that the marinade is probably the best one I've ever tasted on pork. Pork tends to not take to marinade so well in my opinion, but the OJ and the chilis in it really hit a home run.

    Keep in mind though that it is a spicy marinade. I would remove the seeds from the roasted chilis before putting them in the food processor. That's what I did and they heat was just perfect when the pork was cooked. Probably would have been too much if I would have left the seeds in the chilis.
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Wow Doug, what a nice thought and gift. My wife's b-day is coming up and that would be one heck of a surprise. Email me once you know more details about a painting.


  • Do you have a date for that, she was asking how quick I wanted it.

  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Here birthday is June 8th. Probably too soon to make it by then, definitely don't want something like that rushed. It will be a great surprise no matter when it comes.

    Please let me know if you need any money for it or expecially the shipping.
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    I don't mean to belabor this, but I have bought whole BEEF tenderloins from Sam's and from the local grocery and they have been about 6-7 pounds. I've never seen a pig that is as big as a cow. :-)

    I searched the BJ's website and the only tenderloins they advertise there are 14 oz. The only pork tenderloins I've bought from Sam's were two to a pack and about 1 pound each. That must have been a pork loin. You don't have the label, do you? If you do, I'd go consult the meat manager at BJ's if it says tenderloin.
    The Naked Whiz
  • Misippi EggerMisippi Egger Posts: 5,095
    I'm with The Whiz. I'm almost certain it was a loin and misread or mislabeled. Recipe still looks good, no matter which piece of pork. On my To Do list! :woohoo:
  • One thing that would help is the original of the picture, could you possibly send that along?

  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    It said tenderloin on the pack, they had a whole case full of them. It was more like a boneless side of a whole pig than a nicely small loin. In any event it tasted great, so I'm not complaining.

    Go check out your local Costco or BJs meat sections and let me know what you find there.
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Sent you and email.
  • Right back at you.

  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    What a great Memorial Day cookout MudPig. That's quite an endeavor with a new bambino. Everything looks delicious!

    .......and they lived happily ever after. :)
  • Austin  EggheadAustin Egghead Posts: 3,907
    Wow! Just Wow! What a great cook. Thanks for the recipe and the pictures...The last picture is precious. ;)
    Large, small and mini now Egging in Rowlett Tx
  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Righto! There's a BJ's on the way home. I'm not a member but I craftily snuck in (saves a trip to the customer service desk, lol!)

    They had 8-10 pound long round pieces of pork that look just like yours correctly labeled as Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin and it was $2.29 per pound. I hope that what you bought wasn't mislabled as pork tenderloin and priced accordingly.
    The Naked Whiz
  • GREAT last pic! Doug's daughter is so talented; you wife will be :woohoo:

    Where are you finding time to cook, work, and be new Dad???
  • ibandaibanda Posts: 549
    That looks great! I love Tacos al Pastor.
    "Bacon tastes gooood, pork chops taste gooood." - Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction
    Small and Large BGE in Oklahoma City.
  • Dimple's MomDimple's Mom Posts: 1,740
    Great cook and that last pic of the family is terrific.
  • Egg JujuEgg Juju Posts: 658
    Perfect ending to a great meal... nice job!
    Large and Small BGE *
  • Mud PigMud Pig Posts: 479
    Sent you the pic, let me know if you need anything else.
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