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Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

The following recipe and photography were provided by local blogger Abby Thome of The Thome Home.

The perfect balance of sweet and spicy with just a touch of tropical flavor, these pulled pork tacos are meaty and refreshing!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Coated in a delicious dry rub and cooked low and slow in a BBQ, sriracha and Coca-Cola-infused sauce, this is a creative, family friendly way to serve Heinen’s incredible CARE Certified pork!

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos
Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos
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For the Pork

  • 4 lb. Heinen's CARE Certified Pork Butt Roast
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sriracha (add more for extra heat)
  • 1/2 can of Coca-Cola
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper

For the Pineapple Salsa

  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cored
  • 1/2 medium red onion, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Pinch of kosher salt and pepper

Additional Ingredients

  • Tortillas
  • Brioche buns


  1. Mix the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper together. Pat onto all sides of the pork roast.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, sriracha, and Coca-Cola.
  3. Place the roast in a slow cooker or Instant Pot and pour the sauce on top.\
  4. If using an Instant Pot, cook on high for 80 minutes and let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes.
  5. If using a slow cooker, cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 8 hours. I prefer the low and slow method for more tender meat.
  6. Remove the pork from the cooking vessel and shred with two forks. Toss in your favorite BBQ sauce.
  7. Mix together all of the pineapple salsa ingredients and serve in tortillas or on brioche buns with the pulled pork.

Sweet & Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

Heinen's logo in black
By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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