Pulled Pork Tacos

This pulled pork recipe is super tasty and we’re sure these Pulled Pork Tacos made with New Zealand Pork will soon become a weekday favourite in your house.

5 mins to prep the night before and 5 mins to throw in the slow cooker the next morning! What could be easier?

NZ Pork pulled pork tacos

Pulled Pork Tacos

Course Dinner, Main Course


Pulled pork

  • 2 kg * New Zealand pork shoulder skinned but with fat intact
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

To serve

  • store-bought barbecue sauce to moisten
  • Crisp corn tacos or soft shell
  • Red cabbage, very finely sliced
  • Avocado halved, stone removed, peeled and sliced 
  • Coriander leaves
  • Limes for squeezing


Marinate the pork

  • For best results, marinate the pork in the dry spices the night before.
  • Place the pork on a large plate and rub the spices over the pork. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

Cook the pork

  • Remove the pork from the fridge and bring to room temperature
  • Put 1 cup of water in the bottom of the slow cooker then add the pork. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, high for 3 ½ - 4 hours. Add 1 cup water will be sufficient.
  • The pork is ready when you can pull the meat away with 2 forks or your hands.

To serve

  • Pull apart pork meat and moisten with barbecue sauce.
  • Fill into corn tacos with red cabbage, avocado and coriander leaves. Squeeze over lime juice to your taste.


Oven cooking method (If you are at home to keep an eye on it)
Preheat the oven to 130°C. 
Remove the pork from the fridge and bring to room temperature. Season pork well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place in a roasting dish and pour 2 cups water around the pork, cover with foil and place in the oven.
Cook pork for 4-5 hours, basting from time to time with the juices. The pork will be ready when you can pull the meat away with 2 forks or your hands.
You can leave the pork with its dry marinade in the fridge for 2 days, the flavour will just get better.
Recipe provided by NZPork

* Look for ‘born and raised in New Zealand’ and ‘NZ Pork’ on the pricing label to be sure you are buying New Zealand Pork – quality assured, high animal welfare standards, low carbon footprint. See New Zealand Pork for more information.

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