Sweet pork Barbacoa in the slow cooker!
Sweet Pork Barbacoa is the best slow-cooked pork recipe you have ever tried. Better than Rio Cafe-you better make two batches!
I like to pour delicious pulled pork with barbecue sauce, sandwiched between hamburgers… but this Mexican-style sweet pork babak (I dare say) is better with tacos, enchiladas, salads or deep fried corn cake!
This sweet pork is to die!
Hello everyone! ! ! I’m Gina from Kleinworth & Co., and I’m back today to share my favorite dinner ideas of all time. You see, pulling pork is one thing I absolutely can’t eat. For its part, in some barbecue sauce, or in a burrito—I can eat it all day for the rest of the earth.
Then when we moved to Northern Idaho and found Rio Cafe, where I tried Sweet Pork Barbacoa for the first time, I swear my eyes rolled back to my head. I’m in pure heaven and I know I have to figure out how to make my own.
After several attempts, I finally made this perfect, and I am here today to share this perfect recipe with you all.
I do this often, as long as the rest of the family can tolerate it… and then maybe more often than they want. They like it. However, no one in this house likes it as much as I do. In fact, it is even difficult for me to share with them.
Let the slow cooker do all the work
The good thing about this recipe is that you hardly need to do anything! You just throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, let it do its thing, and then chop the meat.
Meat: We used pork tenderloin. I have to say, because it is very thin, you need to pay attention to it so that it does not dry out. If you don’t mind the excess fat, pork shoulder, Boston butt, and picnic roast work well and are delicious. Just remove any excess juice before adding the remaining ingredients.
soda: You can use Dr. Pepper or Coke (not for weight loss) to make sweet pork. They are the two most commonly used sodas in this recipe. You can also try root beer.
tip: Sometimes, if I want extra pork, or I want to feed a large group of people, I use two cookers at the same time. You can do many things with sweet pork, it can make everyone happy. Generally speaking, 1 pound of pork can feed about 3 people. So, for a large group of about 50 people, you need 15-18 pounds of pork.
Two big meals
I like to put it in some soft tacos on the day I cook. Make dinner and cleanup quick and easy. Then the next night, we used the leftovers in the enchilada filling. Oh man-pork for two nights puts me in a good mood. I like it like I have a huge chocolate cake for dinner. 😉
refrigeration: It is best not to let the cooked sweet pork sit on the counter for more than 2 hours, otherwise it will deteriorate. Store leftovers in airtight containers or ziplock bags for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. It is easiest to reheat in the microwave.
freeze: It also freezes well, just put it in an airtight freezer safe container (freezer bags work well too) and freeze for 2-3 months. When you are ready to eat, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat it in the microwave or oven.
Other recipes: We like to eat it on rice, in tacos, burritos, enchiladas and burritos. You can even put it on nachos or salads.
Some favorite topping ideas:
- Shredded lettuce
- Cheese: Monterey Jack or Cheddar
- Diced tomatoes
- Picod Gallo
- Diced Avocado
- Sour cream or greek yogurt
More Café Rio Copycat Recipes:
For more pork recipes, please try:
Course main course
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours 5 minutes
Calories 558 kcal
Author Little Luna
- 3 pounds roast pork tenderloin
- 16 oz Dr Pepper
- 28 ounces green hot sauce
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons garlic diced
- 3/4 teaspoon dried mustard
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray
Mix the pork and pepper in the cookware and cover-cook on high heat for about 4 hours
After 4 hours, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine
Add this mixture to your slow cooker and cook for another 2-3 hours
*Note-After about 2 hours, I lowered the temperature to the lowest point just to let the flavors simmer for a while, but 2 hours is usually sufficient.
When you try to remove the pork from the cooker, you know when it is finished
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