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This recipe is great for loading up tacos, burritos, or 2 slices of bread for a smorgasbord of epic proportions. Just add a cerveza to tenderize, and grill it up quick.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder


Pork Shoulder, boneless and well-marbled1 (3-1/2 - 4 lb.)
Beer1 (12-oz.) bottle or can
Wateras needed
Salt2 tsp.
Ground Cumin1/2 tsp.
Lard or Vegetable Shortening2 Tbsp.
For serving:
Corn or Flour TortillasPico de Gallo
Salsa VerdeSliced Radishes
Diced OnionsFresh Cilantro
Shredded Cabbage or LettuceGuacamole


Slice the pork into 2-inch chunks and arrange in a Dutch oven or roasting pan.

Add the beer and enough water to barely cover the meat. Stir in the salt and the cumin On the stovetop over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 mintes). Set the temperature to 300F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 mintes.

Carefully transfer the pan with the meat to the grill grate. Roast the pork, uncovered, until the meat is very tender, 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Add a bit more water to the pan if most of the liquid has evaporated.

When the pork is tender, drain off any remaining cooking liquid and discard. Break the meat into bite-size chunks with a fork. (The recipe can be prepared to this point up to three days ahead.Let cool, then cover and refrigerate.)

Add the lard to the pan and return the pan to the grill grate. Increase the temperature of the Traeger to 400.

Let the meat "fry" in the lard until it is browned and some bits are slightly crisp, about 15 to 20 mintes, stirring frequently. Serve with the suggested accompaniments.

  • Difficulty2/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder

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