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Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos on a gas grill

Grilled shredded pork tacos are an amazing treat that you can make right on your grill! They take a low-and-slow approach, and the end

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

This recipe comes to you from back in my pre-pellet grilling days, when we only had a gas grill! If that’s all you’ve got too, and you want to make a pork shoulder outside for tacos, this is a great recipe to use!

If you are looking for my smoker and pellet grill recipes, check out my Pellet Grill Hub! If you’d like to make a pork shoulder on the smoker, check out my Smoked Pulled Pork and Traeger Carnitas recipes.

We have a ton of great recipes for the gas grill, including our Spicy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki, we made an ENTIRE Barbecued Breakfast, Homemade Barbecue Sauce, and a Caramelized Banana Trifle, too. Check them out! AFTER you check this one out though because ummmmm….grilled shredded pork tacos are serious business, and you’re here already, right?

It all starts with the meat here. We love to do shredded pork with bone in shoulder roasts. Then coat it liberally with the dry rub, and put it in your roasting rack. That foil packet you see pictured here is full of wet wood chips. We put a little smoke to this too, and it really enhanced the flavor! A smoke tube is more convenient and provides more smoke, but we didn’t have one at this point.

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

Grill the roast at 250-275 degree for 6-7 hours, depending on the size of your roast, checking hourly after hour 4 for temp, tenderness, and also to baste the meat with the drippings.

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Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

When it is done it will be deliciously juicy and tender. YUM. You can pick through it and shred it after the roast rests for at least 15-20 minutes, or you can just slice off hunks and let people shred it to their liking while they make their tacos.

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

Serve with all of your favorite taco fixings!

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos
Yield: 8 people

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

Grilled Shredded Pork Tacos

Grilled pork tacos aren't a fast meal to make, but they are one you are going to be willing to spend the time on. The low-and-slow cook time makes this pork tender and shreddable while also imparting the flavor from the grill.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes


  • 4-5 pound bone-in pork shoulder roast

Dry Rub

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine dry rub ingredients and rub onto pork roast.
  2. Place on a roast rack and place in the grill over indirect heat at 250-275 for 6-7 hours. Check often, and adjust cooking time as necessary for your specific grill and cut of meat. 
  3. Meat is done when tender and heated to a minimum internal temperature of 145, but you won't get the tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone goodness until 190. DON'T let it go over 200 internally though or it will start to dry out. Low and slow is the key here!


You can totally do this in the oven if you don't want to man your grill for an all-day adventure!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566Total Fat: 41gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 170mgSodium: 659mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Friday 8th of August 2014

This is a GREAT rack!!! I use it indoors too.

abedabun dawn

Thursday 7th of August 2014

I have always wanted one of these! World be great for cooking deer roast!


Thursday 7th of August 2014

BBQ Ribs are my fav with a little smoke hickory and light sauce. I will be trying the grilled shredded pork tacos this weekend, very excited.

Linda Edwards

Thursday 7th of August 2014

I love a good roast, but I've never tried to do one on a grill. I'm looking forward to trying it!

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