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Brisket Tacos with Mango Barbecue Relish

adapted from Confessions of a Foodie Bride



  • 3-4 lb brisket shoulder or cross rib roast
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 oz Dr. Pepper not diet (I'm sure Coke or Pepsi will work as well)

Mango Barbecue Relish

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped (about 3/4 – 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup or bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Spicy Brown mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney


  • 8 flour or corn tortillas
  • olive oil or cooking spray to brush tortillas
  • chopped red pepper and onions - sautéed or fresh, sliced avocado, fresh mango, lime for garnish


  1. Note- Don't let the length of this recipe scare you off. It's basically 3 simple steps:
  2. 1. cook meat in slowcooker

    2. make a (less than 5 minute relish/bbq sauce

    3. assemble the tacos or quesadillas.


  1. Rub the meat with salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic.
  2. Place brisket in slow cooker and pour the Dr. Pepper around the sides and a little over the top, taking care to not wash away all of the spice.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or in the oven covered tightly at 250 for 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove meat from the crockpot. Slice or pull apart meat. Drain off some of the juice. Keep meat warm until ready to assemble.

Mango BBQ Relish:

  1. While meat is cooking, heat olive oil in a 2-qt sauce pan.Saute onions for 5 minutes.Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a blender or food processor and run until smooth, or use a immersion blender and blend in pan. Set aside until ready to assemble tacos.


  1. Heat a griddle or large pan over medium-high. Cook the tortillas just until warmed. Place tortillas on plate.
  2. Top with warm meat and mango relish.Garnish as desired.
  3. Yield: 8-10 servings

Recipe Notes

-Make sure to use regular, not Diet Dr. Pepper.
-This dish may be served as quesadillas or tacos. To make quesadillas, shred Monterey Jack cheese, spread over tortillas, top with meat and a bit of mango relish. Grill, slice and serve.
-I used the leftover meat (about 2 cups) andsautéedan onion and a red pepper as a base for chili.
Add a can of small red beans and a can of chili beans, a chopped tomato and a bit of water. Simmer and serve.