The hardest part about moving to North Carolina is they don’t have any Cafe Rio’s. We tried to prepare ourselves for this by going every week before we came, but I still am having major withdrawals. I have tried at least 5 different Cafe Rio Recipes and I finally found the one. It is a little bit of a process, but I had fun doing it and it was totally worth it! This recipe tastes EXACTLY like I am eating at Cafe Rio! And then with the Cilantro Ranch over my salad. I have died.
Everyone always requests my homemade cornbread with this. And if you are looking for a little easier recipe try my other sweet pulled pork. A little tangier than sweet but they are both amazing!
Rating: 5 stars Difficulty of Recipe: 5 stars (worth it all)
Things that I changed: Nothing
Things I would do differently next time: The recipe calls for 2 pounds of pork. With the sauce you could put 3-4.
Will I make it again? Yes
Recipe from: Favorite Family Recipes
Ingredients for Sweet Pulled Pork Salad:
- 6 large Tortillas (click HERE)
- Shredded cheese, Mexican blend
- Cafe Rio Rice (Click HERE)
- Cafe Rio Black Beans (Click HERE)
- Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
- Lettuce (NOT iceberg, use leafy green or Romaine)
- Diced tomato, onion, and cilantro (pico de gallo)
- Sour cream
- Tortilla Strips (Click HERE)
- Cotija cheese, crumbled (or you can use Parmesan)
- Cafe Rio Cilantro Ranch (click HERE)
- OR Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
- Ingredients for Sweet Pulled Pork:
- 2 pounds pork (we use boneless pork rib meat)
- 3 cans Coke (NOT diet)
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- dash garlic salt
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 can diced green chilies
- 3/4 (10oz) can red enchilada sauce (I use Old El Paso brand, medium spiciness but any will work)
- 1 c. brown sugar
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). 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 crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours. That’s it!