Taco Tuesday

I make the best salsa. It is seriously some addictive stuff, and a few days ago, I put my salsa-making skills to great use by setting up a make-your-own taco bar with slow-cooked pulled pork.

I don’t cook pork very often; this particular pork roast was my very first, and I was nervous and excited to be making something I knew my husband would love.

I started with a big ol’ pork shoulder that was organic, hormone free, and humanely raised. You won’t see meat in our house otherwise.

Pulled pork isn’t pretty.

But I will tell you about it anyway. I started with one of my Foodbuzz Festival freebies, Tyler Florence’s Brown Sugar Pork Rub.

Brown Sugar Pork Rub

My fear of trichinosis means that I wasn’t touching the pork with my bare hands, no way, no how. I instead used the back of a spoon to rub the spices into the pork. In addition to the Tyler Florence mix, I also rubbed in cumin and garlic powder. I then placed the hunk of pork in my trusty slow cooker, poured in 2 cups of water, and added about a half a can of frozen tomato paste. I also added a small yellow onion, chopped, a few chopped jalapenos, and a few cloves of crushed garlic.

jalapeno, onion, garlic 

Cover and cooked on low for hours and hours, checking in every now and then. Once the meat was cooked through, I used forks to shred it in the sauce.

Like I said, pulled pork isn’t pretty! But oh my goodness, did this taste good!

pulled pork

Now for the salsa.

homemade salsa

My salsa is simple: a can of fire roasted tomatoes, 1/4 red onion, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 jalapenos, and a generous sprinkling of cilantro, all tossed in the Cuisinart and chopped until the desired consistency. I have probably said it before, but if I had a choice, salsa would most definitely be part of my last meal.

I served up the pulled pork in whole wheat tortilla wraps from Trader Joe’s, topped with salsa, guacamole, cheese, and lime juice.

guacamole

pulled pork tacos

I added a few extra jalapenos to mine since I am spicy like that Winking smile 

I have an appointment this afternoon, then am planning a tough elliptical workout followed by wine class. And tomorrow is the big Thanksgiving travel day! I can’t wait to see my niece and nephew and my cousins who moved to Ohio last year. I love this week because everyone slows down for family time and of course because of all of the great food, the Christmas music, and the holiday buzz in the air.

What is your all time favorite holiday and/or holiday tradition?

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  1. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    I LOVE the tradition of taco tuesday!!!!! They are SO versatile- and these look very tasty!

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  2. brandi’s avatar

    I love fresh made salsa – it’s the best!

    My favorite holiday traditions, when it comes to food, are my mom’s fudge pie and my Mammaw’s ham gravy. We only get them at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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  3. Megan’s avatar

    I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, but Christmas is really my favorite. :)

    The pulled pork looks awesome, and that salsa looks incredible!

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  4. Grace’s avatar

    Yum! I love make your own taco bars at home. I bet the pork was great after cooking all day with all of those flavorful ingredients.

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  5. Enrico’s avatar

    looks like happy man food you got there. Happy thanksgiving everybody – get there safe :)

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  6. Daisy’s avatar

    taco tuesday looks awesome.

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  7. Michelle’s avatar

    Your pulled pork looks SO good. Maybe our next potluck should be Taco Tuesday so I can finally try out Korean tacos?

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  8. Katie’s avatar

    I just saw taco tuesday and was hooked! That salsa looks really, really good! Tacos just mean a party, don’t they?

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  9. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    Christmas is by far my favourite holiday!!! I love everything about it!

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  10. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I’m not a pulled pork fan…I’m a rare breed :)
    Have a great holiday!

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  11. Kelly’s avatar

    I don’t do pulled pork either BUT I do love salsa so I’d love to try yours, just don’t make it too spicy for me :)

    I love Thanksgiving/ Christmastime too, but I’m resisting it a little this year cuz I’m just not ready for the cold yet!

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  12. Meesh’s avatar

    “literally rub onto ribs before cooking for finger licking goodness” love it – all package instructions should be that straight forward haha

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  13. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    YUM YUM YUM! I would love to come over for dinner on a Taco Tuesday ;)

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  14. alicia’s avatar

    I don’t know what you’re talking about – that pulled pork looks gorgeous. And I love your salsa recipe!

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