Scrumptious and tender slow-cooked candy pulled pork with a fast and straightforward blender tomatillo cream sauce. This copycat Cafe Rio Candy Pork Recipe is a complete crowd pleaser!

Sweet Pulled Pork in the Crockpot

It is a dinner that I’ve been making and barely tweaking for over 4 years now! It’s lastly what I’d name the perfect candy pulled pork made within the easiest method potential!

It’s truly impressed by a neighborhood restaurant (Cafe Rio) that’s loopy in style round right here. When the husband and I had been courting, Cafe Rio was our first choose for a lunch or dinner date and we had been completely obsessed. Nevertheless, it does price round $20 for 2 meals and as tremendous younger married college students it wasn’t one thing we might afford all too typically.

In order that’s once I started looking on the internets for a recipe just like the candy pork we each had been loopy about. I stumbled throughout this recipe from Favourite Household Recipes which we made a number of occasions and cherished!Crockpot Sweet PorkAfter that, the tweaking slowly started. I began including a couple of extra spices which completely improve the general taste. A bit little bit of chili powder, cumin, paprika, and generally a even just a little cayenne can go a great distance. You don’t need an excessive amount of of those spices as a result of the principle taste is the SWEETNESS. Which is the place the brown sugar is available in and makes the meat tremendous candy. I usually begin with a minimal of spices after which all the time add a bit extra to style on the finish. It’s all to private desire and likewise relying on simply what number of kilos your pork is to start with.

So hold that in thoughts — you’ll need to style the pork on the finish after which maybe add just a little bit extra of the spices and even some extra brown sugar.

The opposite massive change I made was switching from Coke to Dr. Pepper. The unique recipe I began with makes use of Coke which can be scrumptious. I, nonetheless, do favor Dr. Pepper and sooner or later determined to strive that instead and the distinction was actually unbelievable. The Dr. Pepper is extra flavorful and provides a scrumptious and barely totally different sweetness than the pork. You’ll use quite a bit to marinate the meat, prepare dinner the meat in, after which within the last sauce. So you’ll be able to see, Dr. Pepper is known as a massive a part of this pork!

Lastly, the “finish” sauce. I usually use a light enchilada sauce to permit the principle taste to be extremely candy as a substitute of spicy. An genuine Mexican model (or selfmade so that you management the quantity of spice) is advisable. Similar with the inexperienced enchilada sauce — attempt to get an genuine Mexican model that could be very delicate. The inexperienced balances the pink and the 2 mixed create a sensational taste.

And in the event you determine to make the tomatillo sauce (which I HIGHLY suggest you make with this pork!), it’s additionally one thing that requires just a little little bit of tweaking. Each time I make it, which has been dozens of occasions, it all the time wants just a little little bit of tweaking on the finish simply to style. It’s because the quantity of cilantro, the dimensions of the jalapeno, the dimensions of the lime, or the ripeness of the tomatillo differ sometimes and are fairly not possible to get actual measurements. Make it in keeping with the recipe after which style. Add a bit extra of the spices, some further salt and pepper, a pinch of sugar if wanted, after which style once more.

SO, the most important factor I’ve realized from making this over and over is the necessity to tweak a bit on the finish so ensure to style it a couple of occasions! ??
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NEXT…what do you have to serve this scrumptious pork with? Personally we LOVE it on fresh-made tortillas. (And no, I’m not THAT legit (okay, I’m simply too lazy) to make selfmade tortillas each time we eat this meal, however we do purchase 
raw tortillas (we’re OBSESSED with Tortilla Land) within the refrigerated a part of the grocery retailer) These store-bought, form of freshly-made tortillas are the perfect factor to occur to tacos ever. All you do is warmth them over a skillet to prepare dinner them and they’re able to go. The flavour, style, and texture is unreal!

Layer the candy pork on the tortilla after which prime it with a tomatillo cream sauce (RECIPE beneath the pork) and it’s completely the perfect. The cream sauce is very easy to make and the right complement of the candy pork. DO IT! ✔

We additionally love layering on cilantro-lime quinoa (or rice), and a few black beans. A contemporary squeeze of lime, some bitter cream, and a few contemporary cilantro and you’ll go nuts over these tacos!
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For those who prep the meat the night time earlier than, it’s as simple as dumping it and forgetting about it till night time if you shortly whip up the ultimate sauces — such a straightforward meal!

Extra scrumptious crockpot meals:


Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos (Cafe Rio CopyCat)

Cafe Rio Candy Pork Recipe

Scrumptious and tender slow-cooked candy pulled pork with a fast and straightforward blender tomatillo cream sauce. This copycat Cafe Rio Candy Pork Recipe is a complete crowd pleaser!





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Cafe Rio Candy Pork Recipe

Creator: Chelsea, initially impressed by Household Favourite Recipes


  • 3
    pork tenderloin
  • 1 and 1/3
    brown sugar
  • 6 and a pair of/3
    Dr. Pepper
    separated (seize a 2 liter)
  • 1
    giant yellow onion
  • 1
    tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
    minced garlic
  • 1 can
    (10 ounces)
    pink enchilada sauce
  • 1 can
    (10 ounces)
    inexperienced enchilada sauce
  • half
    chili powder*
  • 1
  • 1/4
  • 1 can
    (Four ounces)
    fire-roasted diced inexperienced chiles
    I exploit delicate
  • Non-compulsory: 1/Four teaspoon cayenne powder, contemporary cilantro, contemporary lime



  1. Rub 1/Three cup brown sugar into the tenderloin. Rub seasoned salt (or common salt, seasoned is BEST!) and pepper onto the tenderloin as properly.

  2. Place the tenderloin in a big plastic bag. Pour 1 and half cups Dr. Pepper over the meat. Seal with no air and place within the fridge in a single day or not less than 1-2 hours.

  3. Take away the meat and place into the crockpot. Discard the marinade.


  1. Peel after which dice an onion. Place in crockpot together with 1 tablespoon minced garlic.

  2. Pour 4-5 cups Dr. Pepper on prime of the meat and onion/garlic. The meat must be utterly coated with Dr. Pepper.

  3. Set to low for 5-Eight hours or till meat shreds simply (must be extremely tender and simply disintegrate.) I like to sometimes test the meat and ensure it’s consistently coated in liquid. Add an additional 1/2-1 cup further Dr. Pepper or water if wanted.

  4. When pork simply shreds, take away to a reducing board and permit to relaxation for 10 minutes. Drain the crockpot. Shred the pork and return to the crockpot.


  1. In a big blender or meals processor, mix remaining 2/3rds cup Dr. Pepper, remaining 1 cup brown sugar (packed), remaining 1 teaspoon minced garlic, pink enchilada sauce, inexperienced enchilada sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and fire-roasted canned inexperienced chiles. Add about 1/Four teaspoon seasoned salt and just a little pepper.

  2. Pour over the shredded pork and stir to mix. Add extra Dr. Pepper if wanted.

  3. Cowl and prepare dinner on low for one more 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. Take away the lid and provides it a pattern! Here is the place I will generally enhance the seasonings if wanted (little extra chili powder or cumin, a couple of extra tablespoons of brown sugar, and just a little cayenne powder if just a little kick is desired.)

  5. Prime with some contemporary cilantro and contemporary lime juice if desired. Serve with the BEST tomatillo sauce (recipe proper beneath this one)

Recipe Notes

* We LOVE chipotle chili powder on this. Plain works nice too!

To serve the pulled pork in tacos with a scrumptious tomatillo-cilantro cream sauce:

Sweet Pulled Pork Tacos (Cafe Rio CopyCat)

Tomatillo Sauce


  • 1
    juiced and zested
  • 2
    ready ranch seasoning combine
  • half – 1 full
    minced garlic
  • 1
    husk eliminated
  • 1/3
    of a giant bunch of cilantro
  • half
    a jalapeno
    (seeds eliminated for delicate and left for spicy dressing)
  • half
  • half
    bitter cream
    I exploit fat-free


  1. Zest and juice 1 lime. Add the juice and zest to the blender together with the ready ranch seasoning combine, minced garlic, chopped tomatillo, and cilantro (Simply minimize off the massive stems, however the remainder is ok).

  2. Add half a jalapeno (a full one for extra kick) and the mayo.

  3. Add some seasoned salt and pepper to style (I exploit most likely 1/Four to half teaspoon of salt and 1/Eight teaspoon pepper).

  4. Mix till utterly clean. Style and alter to private desire (extra lime, extra garlic, salt/pepper)

  5. Whisk or mix within the bitter cream. Prime your meat with this sauce.

  6. If making tacos, we love to do tortillas topped with
    cilantro-lime quinoa or rice, the pulled pork, black beans, and this tomatillo sauce! Some cilantro, bitter cream, and a contemporary squeeze of lime winds up a taco completely!