This Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Copycat Recipe is the real deal. The pork is marinated and slow-cooked to perfection in some surprising ingredients!
This Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Copycat Recipe, along with the other Cafe Rio recipes, is one of our most popular recipes on the site to date. We originally put this recipe on WAY back in 2007 and it has been the most popular Cafe Rio Copycat recipe on the internet.
I love making meals in the crock pot and this is no exception. It slow cooks all day long and then at dinner time you have an amazing dish to serve to your family! It also makes the house smell soooooo good! I always make a ton of this sweet pork and eat it for days in burritos, enchiladas, salads, and even plain! It is so easy to do too. If you want to skip the marinade step… go for it. I have done it before and it has still turned out great! This cooks for a loooong time in the slow cooker, but because of differences in slow cooker heat, make sure you check it a few times along the way to make sure it doesn’t get too dry.
- Put the pork in a heavy duty ziploc bag to marinade. Add about a can and a half of coke and about 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight.
- Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily, but don't let it get TOO dry) or on low for 8 hours. Remove pork from crock pot and drain any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork.
- In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and remaining brown sugar (about a cup, you can add a little more or less to taste..). If it looks too thick, add more Coke little by little.
- Put shredded pork and sauce in crockpot and cook on low for 2 hours. That's it!