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Beer-Braised Pork Tacos

These Beer-Braised Pork Tacos with Creamy Apple Coleslaw are the perfect combination of spicy & sweet. The pork is braised in beer and pressure cooked until it falls apart. Add the meat too soft flour tortillas and top with homemade apple coleslaw.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Salad
Keyword pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • pressure cooker


Pork Dry Rub

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar

Beer-Braised Pork

  • 2-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin cubed
  • 12 ounces beer I used Yuengling
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 10 flour tortillas

Creamy Apple Coleslaw

  • 1 cup coleslaw mix
  • 1 small red apple chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp reserved pork rub
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey


Pork Dry Rub

  • In a small bowl add the dry-rub ingredients: salt & pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Reserve 1 Tbs of this rub to add to the apple coleslaw.

Beer-Braised Pork

  • Cube the pork and pour that rub all over the pieces. Rub it in real good.
  • First set the pressure cooker to the 'sautee' setting and add 1 Tbs of olive oil to the bottom left of the pot.
  • After 3 minutes of heating the oil up, add the cubed pork to the pan. Sautee until all sides are browned. The meat does not need to be cooked, this just seals in the juices.
  • Once the meat is browned, add the beer.
  • Put the lid on and make sure the valve is set to close. Set the pressure cooker to the manual setting for 40 minutes.
  • Let the steam manually release for 10 minutes then remove the lid.

Creamy Apple Coleslaw

  • For the creamy coleslaw topping to a bowl add the coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, salt & pepper, chopped apple, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
  • The final touch to the coleslaw is to add 1 Tbs of the spice rub you put on the pork.
  • Stir everything to combine. You can make right before serving the tacos or you can put make early and put into the refrigerator to let the flavors meld even further.
  • Remove the pork from the pressure cooker pot and shred the meat. It should come apart easily.
  • Top flour tortillas with the beer-braised shredded pork and creamy apple coleslaw.


*For making on the stovetop/oven:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot. 
  • Heat 2 Tbs oil then add the cubed pork into the pot. Sautee the pork until all sides are browned, no need to cook all the way through.
  • Once the pork is browned, add the can of beer and 1/2 cup of beef broth.
  • Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 2-2 1/2 hours.
  • Take the pieces out of the pot and shred.