Ever Wondered How To Make Tacos Al Pastor At Home?
Well, this rotisserie attachment for the Green Mountain Grills Pellet Smoker makes authentic rotisserie style Tacos Al Pastor easy to make at home! YESSSS!!!
What is the History of Tacos Al Pastor?
Tacos Al Pastor came from the birth of Lebanese Immigrants coming to Mexico who took their tradition of spit roasting Lamb and introduced Spit Roasting Pork instead! Brilliant!
Authentic Tacos Al Pastor comes from using something called a Trompo, which is a vertical rotisserie. Most home cooks don’t have a Trompo and usually make the marinade and then cook it with what they have available- a grill or (Gasp!!!) even a crockpot.
What is great about this recipe is that you can add wood smoke flavor by using your Green Mountain Grill Pellet smoker to this meat while also using the traditional rotisserie methodology of Tacos Al Pastor. Hallelujah! So while your friends might be excited to do roast chicken on their rotisseries, blow their minds instead by making this! Because there is so much more you can do on a rotisserie besides just a chicken (insert yawn here!).
The other great thing about this recipe is that it is extremely simplified to get you doing what you do best, roasting meat and drinking beer and eating tacos! Can I get an Amen?!!!
While traditional Al Pastor Recipes call for rehydrated chiles that need the extra steps of soaking the chiles first, we are using the same flavors but eliminating that step. Trust me, you won’t miss it and the flavor is REPRESENTS in this recipe!
Also, this recipe is pretty economical because four pounds of pork butt can feed a group and make for a fun taco night, and I’m going to tell you that I find pork butts roasted on a rotisserie much more exciting than another smoked pork butt. I’m sorry but I’ve been there and done that and I find pork butts so boring these days. This is a way more fun way to cook them in my opinion! Plus, it is much faster than smoking one too!
The recipe goes like this:
- Combine marinade ingredients
- Slice up a pork butt, thread onto rotisserie along with an onion and the other half of the pineapple not used in the marinade.
- Roast the pork on 375 until it reaches an internal temp of 145, this should take about 45 minutes give or take
- Remove the meat, onions and pineapple from the skewer and slice it up.
- Chop up cilantro and add Crema Mexicano for those who like sour cream on their tacos. Also, these have a touch of spice so it does help balance the heat.
I’m really digging this rotisserie attachment for the Green Mountain Grills because it gives me tons of options with my Pellet Smoker! Everyone can agree that any kind of meat cooked on a rotisserie is amazingly juicy because it is essentially self-basting, maintaining more juice and fat, while simultaneously getting wood smoke flavor. Now that is a win-win! I’ll be doing a rum soaked pineapple next on this rotisserie attachment! If you are interested in learning more about Green Mountain Grills and their accessories such as the rotisserie or the Pizza Oven, check out my posts on how to use their pizza oven which includes fun recipes to host a pizza party in your backyard, or go straight to their website!Print
This recipe shows you how to make authentic Tacos Al Pastor using the rotisserie attachment for your Green Mountain Grill, or any grill rotisserie attachment. The simplified marinade eliminates the soaking of chiles shaving time from this recipe but none of the flavor!
1 4lb pork butt, fat cap removed and sliced into 1/4 to 1/2‘ inch pieces
2 onions, one for the marinade and the other for putting onto the rotisserie
1 pineapple- 1/2 (about 2 cups) for the marinade, the rest for putting onto the rotisserie
2 medium oranges- the juice AND zest from both
4 cloves garlic
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
1.5 tbsp crushed red chili flakes
3 tsp. ground cumin
3 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tbsp himalayan or any kind of sea salt
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients except the pork butt and the reserved onion and half pineapple that go on the rotisserie. Add all ingredients to the food processor and pulse until you have a uniform consistency.
Slice the pork into thin slices and marinate the meat for NO MORE THAN 30 minutes. Because Pineapples have enzymes, while they add flavor they can also make meat mushy. So don't over marinate.
Skewer the meat, pineapple and onions on the rotisserie, starting with half the onion and then finishing with an onion, dispersing the pineapple slice on the rotisserie to add flavor to the meat.
Using the rotisserie attachment of the Green Mountain Grill Pellet Smoker or any other grill rotisserie, set the grill to 365 degrees and let the meat/pineapple/onions cook until the internal temp of the pork has reached 145 degrees with an internal read thermometer such a the Thermapen or even the built in thermometer on the Green Mountain Grill.
This recipe was developed in partnership with Green Mountain Grills. I only work with companies I personally use and endorse.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: TAcos Al Pastor, Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill, Trompo Tacos Al Pastor
- Method: GRILL
- Cuisine: Mexican, BBQ
- Serving Size: 8-10 tacos
Keywords: Tacos Al Pastor Recipe Pellet Smoker, Tacos Al Pastor using a tromp, Easy Tacos Al Pastor, Tacos Al Pastor Traeger, Tacos Al Pastor at home, Green Mountain Grill Rotisserie
Note: This recipe was written in partnership with my friends at Green Mountain Grills. I only work with companies I personally use and endorse.