Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

I got this recipe from a friend who made it for Bunco night. It became an instant hit with everyone there. She was also kind enough to make it for a special birthday lunch she hosted for me. Ever since I've been making it and sharing with others who love it as much as we do.

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

6lbs pork 1 16 oz salsa (from the bottle)
1 can coke (don’t use diet) and we've also used Dr. Pepper
2 cups brown sugar

Cook Pork in crock pot overnight on LOW half way submerged in water. In the morning (I'm warning you, it will stink but all will be better by evening) drain off water, shred, add remaining ingredients, and cook on low all day.

Cilantro Ranch Dressing
1 buttermilk ranch packet (make as per package recipe)
2 tomotillos
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 clove garlic

Mix All together in blender and chill

I like to eat mine like a salad. Josh likes to eat his as a burrito. Other items we like to add are black beans, corn, and rice. This time Josh begged me to find the rice recipe from Cafe Rio too. I googled it and this is what I found:

Cafe Rio Rice
4 cups water
4 teaspoons chicken bouillon
4 teaspoons garlic-minced
1 can green chilies- or equivalent fresh (I didn't add this)
1/2 bunch of cilantro
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion
2 cup rice

Blend cilantro, green chilies and onion together in food processor (I didn't do this part, I just threw it in with the rest of the ingredients). Bring water to a boil and add all ingredients, simmer covered 30 minutes.

This recipe makes a ton of rice so I halved it and we still had a lot left over.


  1. I keep hearing about this recipe and how amazing it is. Jared saw this post and requested I add it to the menu next week. Looks really yummy! What cut of pork do you use?

  2. I usually get a picnic roast or anyone in the netting stuff. I'm not too familiar with my cuts of pork :-)

  3. So I made this a few nights ago and I just need to thank you because it was AMAZING! Definitly going to add this to our menu rotation!