Need a margarita?

Aug 20, 2010   //   by marymeals   //   Main course  //  No Comments

taquila sunrise pork tacos

Sometimes the greatest ideas are born after a few sips of a delicious and relaxing beverage. Especially after a lot of hard work has been done. Like the other day when I was purging the cupboards of all things un-useful and discovered a forgotten stash of tequila and triple sec. It’s the perfect Margarita combination. Thinking it had to be past its prime and in need of finding a Mary type meal to be a part of I began to experiment. I quickly decided that the ingredients in a Margarita with tartness from the lime, and its unbeatable salty and sweet combination, would make a terrific marinade for BBQ. All you have to do is add you favorite spice rub to a traditional margarita mix, soak the meat and dinner is one grill away. Here I have created a delicious marinade to infuse this traditional and delicious flavor into your favorite cut of meat. This BBQ is a great main course on its own, but I decided to make it into tacos. It feeds more because you dice up the meat, and really, who doesn’t love a great taco? The tequila is optional but highly recommended for its ability to tenderize even to toughest cuts of meat.

Tequila Sunrise BBQ

For the Meat:
2lbs pork, chicken or beef
1Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp red pepper
1 Tbsp of garlic salt
1tsp dill seed
1Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
2tbsp of olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup tequila(optional)

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Whisk in oil, lime, orange and tequila. Reserve 1/4 cup for basting. Place meat in a large Ziploc bag and pour remaining marinade over. Place in fridge and let mixture penetrate meat for 1 to 3 hours turning bag occasionally. To Grill: Place meat on grill and baste occasionally using reserved marinade For Pork, 12 to 18 min. For chicken, 8 to 12 min.
To Roast: Preheat oven to 350. Place meat and marinade in a non metallic dish and cover with aluminum foil. bake covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 min
For the Tacos:

diced tequila sunrise BBQ
black beans
lettuce or cabbage
sliced avocado
sour cream mixed with a little lime juice

You can’t go wrong here with whatever you’re putting into your tacos. Any taco type ingredient you usually use or have on hand will be delicious. I layered in the meat, black beans, lettuce, avocado, sour cream, and salsa. Mary tip: For tasty tortillas spray both sides with non stick cooking spray (I love Watkins!) and toss onto the grill for about 30 secs on each side.

Here’s the recipe for some great homemade Sunrise Margaritas:

1/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup fresh lemon juice
splash or orange juice

Combine sugar with water until sugar is completely dissolved. Add fresh lime and fresh lemon juice stir to combine. Add tequila, triple sec and a splash of orange juice. Serve on ice or blend in blender with ice. Add salt or sugar to the rim of your glass before serving. Garnish with a slice of orange. This is a great non alcoholic beverage as well mix as usual omitting all liquor.

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