Barbecue Pork Tacos with Apple Slaw Recipe
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Barbecue Pork Tacos with Apple Slaw Recipe

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We celebrate taco Tuesdays, so I keep things interesting by switching up the varieties. These pork tacos are super simple to make. —Jenn Tidwell, Fair Oaks, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • SLAW:
  • 6 cups shredded red cabbage (about 12 ounces)
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, julienned
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 16 taco shells

Nutritional Facts

2 tacos with 1 cup slaw: 396 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 954mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. Place pork in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Pour root beer over top. Cook, covered, on low 2 to 2-1/2 hours or just until tender (a thermometer inserted in pork should read at least 145°).
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss slaw ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
  3. Remove tenderloins to a cutting board; let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Discard cooking juices.
  4. Coarsely chop pork; return to slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce; heat through. Serve in taco shells; top with some of the slaw. Serve remaining slaw on the side. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Barbecue Pork Tacos with Apple Slaw in Simple & Delicious August/September 2016

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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melgoody03 User ID: 6752019 265907
Reviewed May. 13, 2017

"I was not a fan of the root beer flavor on the pork, and my kids who are normally big BBQ fans wouldn't eat it. I don't know if it was the brand that I used, but even the BBQ sauce could not cover up the flavor. I still gave it 4 stars, though, because I will definitely be making this recipe again sans root beer. The slaw was amazing (I'll probably make it as a side dish even without the pork), and I think the tacos would have been great if it weren't for the root beer flavor."

bulliste User ID: 5482536 261142
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017


curlylis85 User ID: 3166950 253685
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"The slaw was delicious and a great fit for the pork. I thought the root beer flavor on the pork was a little strong for my taste before the barbecue sauce was added, but it was really tasty once they were combined."

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