Is Al Pastor Possible on a Smoker?

Hey, that's not a real Al Pastor!!!

Yes, we're very aware. This is a fairly large departure from the norm, but we're using all the classic flavors and getting that smoke in there however we can!!!

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I'm a massive al pastor fan. Whenever we get tacos from our local joint, its the first (and only) thing I'll look for. The array of flavor, the crispy yet tender outsides and that perfect first (and tenth) bite always hit home. So I figured out a way (with a little help from a friend. Cheers Vic!) to make it at home with the pellet grill. 


  • Small Blender
  • Baking Rack
  • Plastic Bag or Vacuum Bag/Sealer
  • Meat Mallet


  • Pork Shoulder Roast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pack Achiote Seasoning
  • 1 small can of chipotles in adobo
  • Salt to taste


  1. First, get smoker running at a temp of 250*. Use a neutral wood/pellet
  2. In a blender, combine the oil, water, Achiote paste, 3 chipotles in adobo, then the canning sauce from the chipotles. If you want it hot, add more chiles. Blend till smooth
  3. Cut pork shoulder into thin slices, then tenderize the slices with mallet.
  4. Place slices into bag with the blended sauce, then marinate for 30-1hr
  5. Remove from bag and place pork onto baking rack, using a long skewer to stabilize the stack, then place into smoker. Shoot for an internal temp in the stack of 160, then disassemble stack and finish the individual pieces.
  6. Chop up the cooked meat and serve with garnishes of your choice. Grilled pineapple, onions, cilantro, lime and salsa are recommended.

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