Low Carb Pulled Pork Tacos

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokin kat, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. smokin kat

    smokin kat Fire Starter

    Hey everyone!  First time posting photos on here, so forgive me if they're fouled up! :)  

    My husband James and I have been cutting out carbs, so I've been busy trying to come up with fresh meals to keep things interesting. 

    I found a teeny little pork shoulder in the discounted meat bin (which we affectionately call the "used meat section') at Safeway, so figured doing some pulled pork would be good, since it never hurts to have some of that in the fridge!  Rubbed it with a little olive oil and dusted with some chili rub, and put it on the MAK at 225°.  Pulled it when the probes slid in nice and easy and IT was about 200°.

    Shredded up nicely 

    I remembered the last time we went low carb, we both enjoyed making 'cheese chips'.  They're nothing more than little piles of shredded cheese that you bake until they're crispy.  I figured, hey maybe we could make some taco shells out of cheese, too!   They turned out gigantic, but worked great for the pulled pork tacos!  

    Here's what they looked like finished: 

    Basically just put parchment paper down on a cookie sheet and sprinkled out a big circle of shredded cheese, then put on the grill at 375° for about 15 minutes until they were starting to brown.  

    Then while they were still flexible, I draped them over a couple spoons so it would make a little valley for the ingredients when it cooled and solidified. 

    Worked out pretty darn good! 

     Loaded up with some pork: 

    And then topped with some fresh made mango salsa (YUMMMMM)

    These were a huge hit with James, who didn't mind a bit that the shells were three times the size of normal taco shells. [​IMG]    

    Salsa was: 
    1 can diced tomatoes
    1 cup frozen mango chunks (thawed and diced) 
    1 medium sweet onion
    3 little jalapenos from our garden
    an ungodly amount of cilantro, since that's just how we roll 

    The shells were just about perfect, actually!  They gave it some crunch, but had a little 'give' to them, so when you bit into it, the whole thing didn't shatter into a million pieces like the store bought corn ones usually do. 
  2. joeworm77

    joeworm77 Newbie

    Good lord!!!!!Those look AMAZING.
  3. dukeburger

    dukeburger Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great idea, will have to try that trick to make the shells. Nice job!!

  4. atomicsmoke

    atomicsmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great idea. Who doesn't like cheese chips? I make them from asiago mixed with parm Reggiano. Cheese chips filled with smoked meat? That is true decadence. Gotta make some.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not much to say here but WOW!


    Point for sure!!!

  6. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Holy hell do those look killer!! Never thought to use cheese like that.

    I will have to try this, I have plenty of PP vac sealed in the freezer. And for the shells, I may just have to shred some smoked cheese to make them.
  7. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What a GREAT idea Kat!!!!! I'll be stealing that for the next time we have tacos. Like you say, the corn taco shells are "crumbly" to say the least.

    Looks like you had a delish meal.

    POINTS for originality.

  8. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow, that is incredibly impressive!  Those cheese shells look amazing.  Such a great idea.  I just finished up about a month of lower carb eating and wish I would have thought of this!! Points for sure!
  9. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    POINT for the cheese shell.  GREAT idea.  [​IMG]
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  10. smokin jay

    smokin jay Smoking Fanatic

    Kat! Wow! You know flavor! Fresh crispy cheese shells with PP tacos? I'm in! Great JOB!!
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with a low carb tacocleanse!

    Nice cook!

  12. Outstanding idea!!  Two months of low carbs and I miss my tortillas.  Now I'm uplifted at the thought of tacos with a cheese shell. If I can just find a cheese store here in Wisconsin!
  13. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You are my hero!  I too have been watching the carbs and I've been missing my tacos!

    Points for the idea and the process to make them!
  14. smokin kat

    smokin kat Fire Starter

    Ooooh smoked cheese would be AWESOME!   Good call, I'll have to try that next!! 
  15. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks and sounds fabulous!
  16. one eyed jack

    one eyed jack Master of the Pit

    Good luck finding cheese in Wisconsin LD.  [​IMG]
  17. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Kat

    I know you. Nice tacos

    And welcome to some real bbq and smoking folks.
  18. sigmo

    sigmo Smoking Fanatic

    That is a fantastic idea!

    My wife and I have been doing the paleo thing for three or four months. It has worked well for us. But we've been adding in some cheese lately, since it's just about carb-free and neither of us have any problems with it.

    I will be trying this, for sure! And using smoked cheese for it may make it even better!

    We tend to go heavy on the cilantro, too, by the way!

    Again, that's just a great idea.

    Tabbed in.
  19. cksteele

    cksteele Smoking Fanatic

    i tried it out last night they were really good  thanks for the idea [​IMG]
  20. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    What an idea.

    Very nice, I like your hanging stand too.

    Points to you.


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