Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cafe Rio-like Sweet Pork

Sweet pork

I've seen a lot of recipes that try to recreate the Cafe Rio sweet pork for a salad. I've tried a bunch of them and they all sort of end up the same...tasty.

I've sort of tweaked them all to come up with something that I really like.

Sweet Pork
2-4 pounds pork butt or shoulder
1-2 cups fresh salsa
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coke (not diet, but coke zero can work in a pinch)
garlic salt
kosher salt

Place your cut of pork in your slow cooker. Add the coke, the salsa and the brown sugar. Let the pork cook on low for 8-10 hours (depending on size of your piece of pork) or on high for 4-6 hours. (I prefer to do it low and seems to end up better that way.)

Once your meat is totally crumbly, remove it from the slow cooker a little bit at a time to shred it up. Set aside once shredded. As soon as you've finished shredding it all, dump all the remaining juice out of your slow cooker and put the meat back in. Generously salt with garlic salt and kosher/sea salt and sprinkle with a little bit more brown sugar.

Serve and enjoy.

Note - this mean is not only good for salads, but tastes great in enchiladas with a green tomatillo sauce, too.

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