Watch your back, tortillas – stuffed with slow cooked BBQ pulled pork and pineapple coleslaw, these Pulled Pork Waffle Tacos are coming to take Tuesdays away from you!
In the Waffle vs. Pancake debate, I’m a French Toast supporter all the way. I just can’t help but love those thick slices of eggy, cinnamon-kissed bread, doused in maple syrup.
But waffles are definitely an incredibly close second.
It must be those amazing little grooves that hold all that extra maple goodness. Or whatever it is you happen to be drizzlin’ on top.
In the case of these Pulled Pork Waffle Tacos, it’s homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce. Yeah. That’s happening.
Brunch doesn’t always have to be about the breakfasty side of things. I may be more inclined to lean that way, myself, but some days, you just need a waffle piled high with the savoriest meat you can find.
Which is something you just can’t do to pancakes.
Could you imagine trying to turn a pancake into a taco? That tender disc would rip right in half. I was totally afraid that was exactly what would happen with these waffles, to be honest. After having no success finding a waffle maker that wasn’t of the Belgian variety (the kind that conveniently sections it off into 4 pieces,) or square (but that wasn’t gonna do it, obvs,) I knew I was just going to have to go for it and hope for the best.
Thank goodness for the chewy waffle.
Personally, I normally prefer my waffles crispy, but for these tacos to work, you’ve got to resist the urge to brown them up too much. They need some flexibility to hold all that filling and not split into a sandwich (of course, if that’s what you’re going for, there’s a handful in the list below my recipe for your drooling pleasure!)
This recipe holds a lot of firsts for me as a home cook…
- First homemade BBQ sauce (slash sweet & sour, but we’ll cover that another day.)
- First homemade slaw.
- First Belgian waffle.
- First time slow cooking pulled pork in alcohol.
Oh, did I forget to mention that? Yeah, my pork brine (as well as my BBQ sauce) included a full bottle of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. I debated between using that or a stout, but I felt like the pork needed something a bit sweeter than my usual go-to cookin’ beer, and the NYFRB fit the bill.
It also makes one helluva root beer float. Just sayin’.
It was, however, my second time eating a waffle taco.
This week’s Sunday Supper theme is waffles, obviously, and this tasty recipe was inspired by one I tried at Disney World a few months ago. They had a sweet & spicy waffle sandwich (folded in half) on the menu at a quick service restaurant, and Mr. Crumby and I kind of fell in love with it. To be different, I settled on pulled pork covered in pineapple coleslaw. BBQ and pineapple are such an amazing combination, I couldn’t resist trying them in this unique brunch entrée.
Or is it Brinner? Bressert? Bridnight snack….
- 1 4-lb. boneless pork should (Boston butt) roast
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 3 Tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 12-oz. bottle hard root beer (or non-alcoholic)
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup cooked pork juices (or hard root beer)
- ¾ cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup ketchup
- ⅔ cup dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce
- Liquid Smoke, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch + 1 Tablespoon water
- ½ cup Greek yogurt (or light mayonnaise)
- 2 Tablespoons pineapple juice
- 1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- Zest of 1 lime
- Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 bag coleslaw mix (or 1¾ cups shredded green/red cabbage+1/4 cup shredded carrots)
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, ribboned
- ¼ cup green onion, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1¾ cups milk
- ½ cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Place chopped onions in the bottom of a 4-qt. slow cooker. Set trimmed pork roast on top. Rub meat with garlic and brown sugar, then season with salt, paprika, and black and red pepper. Pour hard root beer, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce over the roast. Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours.
- When roast is done, remove meat carefully to a large bowl. Drain crock, reserving about 1 cup of juices. Return meat to warm slow cooker and shred with two forks.
- In a medium saucepan set over high heat, combine all ingredients except liquid smoke and cornstarch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until sauce begins to darken and thicken.
- In the final 5 minutes, add Liquid Smoke a few drops at a time until flavor is reached. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch+water mixture slowly until desired thickness is reached.
- Stir sauce into pulled pork in slow cooker and turn on low for 10-15 minutes until warmed through.
- Combine yogurt, pineapple juice, brown sugar, lime juice, vinegar, and salt & pepper in a small bowl, whisking vigorously until completely combined.
- In a large bowl, combine coleslaw mix, pineapple, cilantro, and green onion. Pour yogurt base over vegetables and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
- Separate egg yolks and whites into two bowls. With a hand mixer, whip egg whites until medium peaks form. Blend in yolks and whip an additional 2 minutes.
- Add milk, melted butter, and vanilla, blending until combined.
- Mix in flour, baking powder, sugars, and salt. Beat in gently on low speed until just combined. Don't overmix, otherwise your waffles will be tough.
- Heat up waffle iron, then ladle batter into ridges, making sure the tops of them are just covered. Cook according to instructions, being sure not to overcook them. Remove waffle and repeat with remaining batter.
- When ready to serve, gently fold each taco in half, filling it with BBQ pork and Pineapple Slaw. Drizzle with any extra BBQ sauce if desired. Enjoy!
Waffles deserve to be celebrated in so many different ways! Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started!
Sweet and Sinful:
- Banana Split Waffle Cake by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Black Raspberry Cheesecake Lemon Waffles by From Gate to Plate
- Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles by Alida’s Kitchen
- Boston Cream Pie Waffles by Crazed Mom
- Breakfast Poutine Waffles by She Loves Biscotti
- Chocolate Cherry Beet Waffles by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Chocolate Chip Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches by Turnips 2 Tangerines
- Chocolate Pizelles – The Italian Waffle by GirlAbroad
- Churro Waffles by The Redhead Baker
- Coconut Waffles by Omnivore’s Cookbook
- Dark Chocolate Waffles with Cherry Syrup by The Chef Next Door
- Easy Peasy Blueberry Sauce for Waffles by Pine Needles In My Salad
- “Elvis Waffles” Peanut Butter Bacon with Banana by Dash of Evans
- Fluffernutter Waffles by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Iced Gluten Free Waffle Cookies by What The Fork Food Blog
- Irish Cream Waffles with Whiskey Strawberries by Tramplingrose
- Japanese Green Tea Matcha Cream Topped Vegan Waffles by NinjaBaker
- Maple Bacon Waffle Ice Cream Cake by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Waffles by Cookin’ Mimi
- Red, White and Blueberry Sourdough Waffles by Cooking With Carlee
- S’Mores Waffles by The Freshman Cook
- Spiced Banana Nut Waffles by Magnolia Days
- Strawberry Shortcake Waffles with Cinnamon Whipped Cream by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Waffle Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Waffle Kebobs with Maple Yogurt Dipping Sauce by A Mind Full Mom
- Yeasted Waffles with Peach Syrup by Pies and Plots
Savory Brinner Winners:
- Asiago Waffle Egg Sandwiches by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Bacon Cheeseburger Waffles (Low Carb) by My Life Cookbook
- Bacon Waffles by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Biscuit Waffle Breakfast Stacks by The Weekend Gourmet
- Bleu Pig Potato Waffles by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Cheesy Bacon Waffles with Spicy Ketchup by Momma’s Meals
- Cheesy Polenta Waffles by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Cheesy Spinach Waffles with Ham by Wholistic Woman
- Chicken and Ramen Waffles by kimchi MOM
- Chicken & Waffles by Family Around the Table
- Corn Waffles Nachos-Style by Caroline’s Cooking
- Croque Monsieur Waffles by Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage
- Eggs Benedict Cauliflower Waffles by Life Tastes Good
- Eggs Benedict Waffle by Brunch-n-Bites
- Falafel Waffles by Helpful Homemade
- Loaded Gluten Free Cornbread Waffles by Angels Home Sweet Homestead
- Mexican Cornbread Waffles by Sunday Supper Movement
- Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich by Palatable Pastime
- Pulled Pork Waffle Tacos by The Crumby Cupcake
- Pumpkin Cornbread Waffles with BBQ Chicken Thighs by Our Good Life
- Scallion Waffles by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Waffled Falafel Sandwiches by Food Lust People Love
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