Cafe Rio Sweet Pork is Easy to Make and Delicious on anything from a Salad to a Taco.
Cafe Rio is a Utah based restaurant which has now spread into California and Arizona (you lucky people, you!). But sadly it has not come to Oregon yet. So each time I visit Utah, a visit to Cafe Rio is required at least once. One of my favorite dishes to get there is their sweet pork. I love it in a burrito or on a salad. It is delicious both ways!
We had friends for dinner this week and I needed something that was easy and delicious and could be done ahead of time or in the crock pot. Cafe Rio Sweet Pork qualifies on all four counts! It was so fun to share their first “Cafe Rio experience” with them. They loved it!!
There are lots of different sweet pork recipes out there in the blogosphere and I have experimented with a lot of them. This one is by far my favorite and is almost identical to the sweet pork from Cafe Rio.
How to make Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
I purchased pork carnitas from the store but you could use pork roast or shoulder. Just get the least expensive cut of pork you can find.
Then marinate the pork for a couple of hours in a can of coke and some brown sugar. You can use caffeine free Coke if you like but DO NOT use Diet Coke. After it marinades pour all of it into the crock pot and let it cook away.
About an hour before serving pull it out of the crockpot and shred it. Discart the liquid and put the meat back into the crock pot. Then add in the enchilada sauce.
Allow it to cook in the crockpot for another 30 -60 minutes. Then serve it along with cilantro lime rice and cafe rio black beans. Top it with a little Monterey Jack or cotija cheese and wrap it up in a tortilla for a delicious quick and easy meal.
It is also great in a taco or a quesadilla. Or my favorite way to eat it is in a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad.
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Recipe
- 2-3 lbs. boneless pork carnitas, shoulder etc
- 1 12 ox. can Coke
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 small can diced greenchileis
- 3/4 C brown sugar
Marinade pork for at least 2 hours or overnight in can of coke and 1/4 C brown sugar.
Pour pork and liquid into crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
Remove meat and shred. Discard liquid
Put meat back in crock pot and add enchilada sauce, garlic, green chilies and brown sugar.
Cook for 30-60 more minutes. If there is excess liquid drain some off.
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