This Memorial Day it’s time to break out all the stops and make some killer tacos. One of my favorites to make are these Smoked Carnitas Tacos cooked on my grill and aided with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. These super delicious tacos are gonna be smoked, braised and seared over hot charcoal until they are crispy and tender all at the same time. But before you hit up the recipe, check out some of my pro tips for making these tacos excellent.


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Smoked Carnitas Tacos


Pro Tips for Making Great Smoked Carnitas Tacos:


1. Marinate Overnight


First pro tip is to marinade your Smoked Carnitas Tacos overnight. A lot of people skip this step because they think they will get the same flavor if they just season the meat and smoke it. While you absolutely will get great tacos that way, the better way is to marinate in a mixture of seasonings and citrus juices. The citrus juices will tenderize the pork butt so that it cooks easier on the smoker. The seasonings will then coat the outside of the meat and hold onto it while it is slowly cooked the next day!


Smoked Carnitas Tacos

2. Plan time for Smoking


One thing you do not want to do is rush your cooking process. If you do not have your Smoked Carnitas Tacos fully cooked, then you are gonna end up with tough meat that is hard to shred. Make sure to spend 6-8 hours smoking this meat. It will take all of that and then some! Plus use tip 4 for how to cook the tacos later!

3. Wrap your meat in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty 


Once the pork butt is fully done at 195F internal, it is ready to be wrapped. I use Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil because it is produced using food safety and quality standards, and I don’t have to worry about it tearing on me on the grill. You need to let the Smoked Carnitas Tacos rest for a bit to redistribute its juices to keep the meat tender. By wrapping your pork in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, you’re able to securely heat and capture the juices and that helps to make the meat extra tender. 

4. Fry in Pork Fat


Just do this… it is not essential to Smoked Carnitas Tacos, but it’s amazing.

Seriously… just do it.


Smoked Carnitas Tacos


5. Save the Smoked Carnitas Tacos for Later


Last tip: if you are done cooking but do not want to shred the Smoked Carnitas Tacos immediately, then keep it wrapped in foil and shred it later. The Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil will keep the meat juicy and tender if you place it in a cooler. This is a great option for those that want to cook the food earlier in the day but heat it up for dinner later!


Time to Eat Smoked Carnitas Tacos


So at the end of the day, it’s all about making delicious tacos using the best ingredients and products! These Smoked Carnitas Tacos are your ticket to an excellent Memorial Day cooked with fire. Plus, do not forget about the Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil. This key piece of cooking equipment will come in the clutch to make a great dinner. Cheers!



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Smoked Carnitas Tacos

Smoked Carnitas Tacos

Want to crush the taco world? These Smoked Carnitas Tacos are absolutely delicious when using some Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil!
Author:Derek Wolf
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Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 8 hours
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 13 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hispanic
Servings: 4 people


  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil


Pork Marinade:

  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • 3-4 lbs Pork Shoulder
  • 1.5 tbsp of Sea Salt
  • 1.5 tbsp of Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Cumin
  • 1 tbsp of Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp of Chipotle Puree
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 2 Oranges juiced
  • 2 tsp of Olive Oil

Braising Sauce:

  • 2 White Onions cubed
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ cup of White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Oranges juiced
  • 2 Limes juiced
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tsp of Pepper

Searing & Taco Garnishes

  • 2 tbsp of Pork Fat
  • Corn Tortillas
  • White Onion finely chopped
  • Cilantro finely chopped
  • Jalapeños finely sliced


  • Score, truss, and season pork with marinade. Cover and place in the fridge for 4+ hours. Ideally overnight.
  • Heat your grill to 250F. Pull out pork and discard excess marinade. Smoke until internal temperature is 165F (about 4 hours).
  • In your blender, add all ingredients for braising sauce and blend until fine.
  • Once at 165F, pull pork off the grill. Heat your grill to 400F and preheat a skillet with some oil. Place the pork back into the skillet and tightly cover with the foil. Close grill lid and braise until completely tender (about 2+ hours) till about 195F internal or when it pulls easily with a fork. Check and move pork around as necessary.
  • Once tender, pull pork off and wrap tightly in the Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil for 10 minutes. Shred pork and heat up tortillas. Top tortillas with pork, onion, cilantro, and jalapenos. Wrap in more foil to save for later! Enjoy!

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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