Labor Day Tailgate Tacos


Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time:  Approx. 20 hours
Feeds: 10-12 adults
Spice level: 2 out of 10
Difficulty: 3 out of 10

Main ingredients:
6 to 8 lbs Bone-in Boston Butt (pork shoulder)
Fresh cilantro
4oz bottle of lime juice (or juice of four medium-sized limes)
1 Tbsp. minced garlic (fresh or pre-minced)
1 ½ tsp. chili powder
1 ½ tsp. black pepper (cracked or pre-ground)
1 ½ tsp. onion powder (or one medium-sized purple onion cut into chunks)
2 tsp. sea salt
2 Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter)
2 Tbsp. lemon juice (or one fresh lemon)
2 – 16oz jars of Herdez Roasted Salsa Verde  
(Optional) 2-3 chopped jalapenos with seeds for added heat

Final garnish (optional):
1-2 – Ripe avocado
Shredded sharp cheddar or pepper jack (Preferably a shredded from a loaf vs. pre-shredded.  Pre-shredded cheese uses various non-clumping agents that can detract from the taste)
Large chopped tomato (add lime juice and diced green chili peppers in a container for added flair)
8oz container of sour cream
Finely chopped purple onion
Taco sized flour or corn tortillas
Copious amounts of Eventide's 'The A' IPA


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1: Rinse the pork shoulder under cold tap water. Pat dry.
2: Finely chop cilantro leaves.
3: In a large mixing bowl combine cilantro, ghee, onion (powder or fresh), chili powder, pepper (cracked or pre-ground), garlic (pre-minced or fresh), sea salt, ghee, lemon & lime juice and salsa verde.  Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed (if desired, also add chopped jalapenos for additional heat).
4: Pour half of the salsa mixture into bottom of slow cooker.
5: Place whole pork shoulder into the slow cooker.
6: Pour remaining salsa mixture on top of pork (meat should be at least ¾ submerged).
7: Turn slow cooker on high.
8: After approximately eight to ten hours use two forks to shred pork in salsa (LEAVE the bone in salsa/pork mixture as it provides additional flavor).
9: After approximately eighteen to twenty hours turn slow cooker to low, prepare tacos and enjoy! (at 18-20 hours, salsa mixture should have reduced ~1-2” in the slow cooker).

-The fresher ingredients, the better this dish will taste.  If possible, use fresh vegetables, spices, and locally sourced meat.  For the purpose of this particular recipe, a mixture of fresh items and store bought were used to lower the prep time and difficulty…to make it a little easier for us non-foodies.
-Want to increase your heat? Toss some peppers into the salsa or some hot sauce on the taco! Keep an eye out for Eventide Hot Sauce coming your way.