Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Smokey Pork Tacos

Matt wanted just one thing for his birthday this year, to upgrade from our El Cheapo smoker to something a little bigger and hopefully a little better. Don't get me wrong the El Cheapo served us well for two years, but it took a lot of attention to keep a good even heat. So, I present our latest toy, the Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker.
Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker
One of the main reasons Matt wanted this smoker is because you can get a temperature sensor fan unit for it. Now, he isn't planning on buying the unit that is for sale but making his own. Once it is done this smoker will keep should keep a good even smoking temp. Though we don't have the piece yet, he couldn't resist breaking in his new toy with these Smokey Pork Taco.
Smokey Pork Tacos
The new smoker worked so well, it was able to hold a nice low temperature and used much less fuel than our old one. As for the tacos, they were smokey with a tang of lime and just a hint of peppers. The creamy avocado was the perfect paring for them. This is the kind of meal that really makes me feel like summer grilling and smoking season is here.

Smokey Pork Tacos

For the Pork:

1 clove garlic, minced
1 t ancho chile powder
1/2 t chipotle powder
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t sweet paprika
1/4 t cumin
1/4 c lime juice
1 T worcestershire sauce
1 T tomato paste
2 T olive oil
1 lb pork tenderloin

For the Taco:

Use any or all of the below

tortillas
ripe avocado
sour cream or plain yogurt
chopped onion
grated cheddar
salsa

Mix the garlic, ancho, chipotle, smoked and sweet paprika, cumin, lime juice and worchestershire sauce together. Microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir. Add in the tomato paste and olive oil.

Butterfly the tenderloin and lay it flat. Remove any silver skin. Use a sharp blade to cut shallow slices down the length of the tenderloin.

Put the tenderloin in a small ziplock bag. Add the marinade. Squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag. Seal. Massage the meat to work the marinade in. Let sit in the fridge for 3 1/2 - 4 hours.

Remove the meat from the marinade, throwing remaining marinade away. Smoke the pork for 75 - 90 minutes at about 225 F. You want to cook it to 145 F - 150 F. (If you don't have a smoker go ahead and throw this on your grill and cook it over indirect heat. You can get small smoker boxes to go on the grill for about $10 if you want to add a smokey flavor.)
Smoked Pork Tenderloin Smoked Pork Tenderloin
Slice the pork into strips. Serve on warmed tortillas with your choice of toppings.

Makes 5 - 6 tacos

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10 comments:

Elle said...

Oh man, how gorgeous is that pork?! I love the new smoker, too. Keeping the temp even is so important. I love grilling/smoking season!

Brent said...

I've got the same smoker and love it! Make sure you check out virtualweberbullet.com also for more info on the new smoker, you'll love having it!

kat said...

Brent - Ah yes. Matt has been on that site already.

Kitchen Riffs said...

I've been thinking about getting one of those smokers! They look like fun, and your Pork Tacos recipe sure looks good. You may know about this already, but there's a website called the Virtual Weber (or something like that) that has a really good forum where barbecue-crazed guys (it's mainly guys) post about all things barbecue-related. It's from that forum that I first learned the joys & virtues of the Weber smoker. Worth checking out. (Disclosure: I have absolutely no relationship with that website, and haven't even visited it for awhile - just a neat resource I thought you might enjoy). Anyway, fun post - thanks.

kat said...

Kitchen Riffs - I bet its the same site Brent mentioned above.

Lori said...

What a great way to break in the new smoker! The pork and the tacos look delicious!

Ben said...

Happy birthday Matt! I wish I had a smoker like that. The things I could do! And those tacos look just amazing!

grace said...

that's right up there among the best gifts ever! way to break it in right! :)

Lori said...

Sounds absolutely delicious.

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

I am just drooling over those tacos you guys! YUMMY!

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