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sweet slow cooked pork recipeI am obsessed with Cafe Rio. My kids are so tired of it, and I could eat it every single day. If you have never heard of Cafe Rio, consider yourself lucky. Because once you discover it, you will be obsessed like I am. They are a West coast company that is slowly making its way to the East coast. I have been seeing and reading about Cafe Rio for years on my friends Instagram and Twitter feeds. When we moved here a few months ago, I stumbled upon one and now we have been there almost week since. I even had them cater a lunch for me (they did an incredible job). Cafe Rio makes quite a few things that I love, but the pork is my favorite. It is sweet and full of flavor and great in tacos, salad, or on their insanely good nachos. I found a copycat recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything and guess what? It is pretty darn close to original.

This is perfect for a crowd, or a lazy weekend when you really want something delicious but don’t want to slave over anything. It takes a long time to make, but it takes about 20 minutes total of your time. I bought a 7 pound bone-in pork shoulder and started it the day before I wanted to eat it. I put the pork in the slow cooker before I went to bed and let it cook overnight. In the morning, I drained out the water, got rid of all of the fat, and shredded the pork. Mix together the sauce and pour it over and cook for another few hours. I actually made this on Saturday and did not eat it until Monday night. I think that it just got better and better as it sat in the sauce. I heated some tortillas and melted some cheese over. Add the pork and you can add lettuce, salsa, guacamole, whatever you want. You could set out a table full of toppings and let everyone add what they like. You can use this pork for a burrito, tacos, nachos, whatever you want.

sweet slow cooked pork recipe6-8 pound pork shoulder (bone in or bone out)
2 bottles root beer
4 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
4 teaspoons cumin

tortillas
shredded cheese
cilantro
sour cream

sweet slow cooked pork recipeSalt and pepper pork roast on both sides. Put in the slow cooker with about a cup or so of water. Cook on low for 8 hours or overnight.

sweet slow cooked pork recipeThe next morning, drain out all of the water and remove as much fat (or bone if you have one) as you can from the pork. Shred with two forks.

sweet slow cooked pork recipeMix together root beer, tomato sauce, honey, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cumin.

sweet slow cooked pork recipePour sauce over pork and cook on LOW for another 3 to 4 hours.

sweet slow cooked pork recipeHeat tortillas in a 350 degree oven. Add some shredded cheese and melt. Add pork, cilantro, and sour cream. I like a squeeze of lime on mine to freshen it up.

sweet slow cooked pork recipe

Sweet Slow Cooked Pork

Sweet Slow Cooked Pork

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pound pork shoulder (bone in or bone out)
  • 2 bottles root beer
  • 4 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • tortillas
  • shredded cheese
  • cilantro
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Salt and pepper pork roast on both sides. Put in the slow cooker with about a cup or so of water. Cook on low for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. The next morning, drain out all of the water and remove as much fat (or bone if you have one) as you can from the pork. Shred with two forks.
  3. Mix together root beer, tomato sauce, honey, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  4. Pour sauce over pork and cook on LOW for another 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Heat tortillas in a 350 degree oven. Add some shredded cheese and melt. Add pork, cilantro, and sour cream. I like a squeeze of lime on mine to freshen it up.
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33 Responses to Sweet Slow Cooked Pork

  1. Courtney says:

    oh yum! Anything with rootbeer in it must be good! I havent had cafe rio yet but I do hear about it all the time!

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  3. Sarah says:

    This looks DELICIOUS! I’m experimenting with slow cooker recipes and I CAN’T WAIT to try this one!

    Do you know how many ounces of root beer you used? (I assume 24 but I wanted to check with you before I try it!) Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Rachael says:

    Do you know about how many people this would serve?

  5. How interesting! I’ve heard of pork slow cooked with beer, and with coca cola, but never root beer! Sounds sweet!

  6. Amazing! I totally need to make this at my next dinner party – I hate slaving away in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun!

  7. I’ve been looking for a new pulled pork recipe to try — THIS IS IT. Looks super yummy!

  8. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness. I’m going to have to test whether this beats your brown sugar and balsamic pork recipe! It will be hard to do, but it could just pull it off!

  9. I’ve never heard of Cafe Rio, but that’s probably a good thing! I’m pretty sure they don’t have them here…Sounds too dangerous for me. The pork looks absolutely delicious!

  10. I haven’t heard of cafe rio. Sounds like that’s a good thing lol!! I am on the west coast though so I am going to need to find it! This pork looks amazing!!

  11. Adding this to my slow-cooker to-try list! Looks amazing!

  12. Courtney says:

    This looks so delicious! You’ve inspired me to pull out the slow cooker again! :)

  13. Katie says:

    I don’t know what Cafe Rio is, but this looks and sounds amazing! Adding this to my meal plan for next week!

  14. I haven’t had shredded pork in the longest time. Sadly I don’t think I will be having home cooked slow roasted pork because I’m the only one out of my roommates (that actually eats dinner at the apartment) that eats pork. Sigh. I will definitely bookmark this so I can make it when I go home for the holidays!

  15. June g. says:

    This is in the pot right now! I’ll save some for “Sandy” tomorrow;)

  16. Devil Dish says:

    Flavor is great, but WAAAAY too sweet. Cloyingly sweet. My daughter said it taste like Gummy Bears (she loved it BTW).

    Try slow cooking the pork in a cup of root beer overnight to entrain the flavor, then dump the excess liquid in the morning. Use half the brown sugar then add chicken stock for base. Nice balance of salty sweet.

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