Cafe Rio Pork

When ever someone we know is in distress (or extreme celebration) we bring this dish.  And I have NEVER brought this somewhere with out someone asking for the recipe. True.  (I want to just simplify things and bring the recipe with me with the meal, but even I can recognize that social norms say that is not okay 😉

Whenever we do send the recipe along we get lots of quires for more details, but as far as I can tell it really doesn’t matter.  If you want a spicier meat, use spicier salsa, but anything you have on hand will turn out beautifully.

It is very, very easy to make and great to serve when having people over especially if it involves lots of little people, as they can pick and choose the parts of the meal they like.

1 pork tenderloin (approximately 1/4 lb per person but this reheats nicely )

1 cup brown sugar

1 jar salsa

1 can coke






sour cream or greek yogurt

caramelized onions

Place tenderloin in crockpot and fill with water until it is about half way up tenderloin. Cook on low for 4 hours.  Drain water. Cut tenderloin into quarters and return to empty crockpot.

Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over tenderloin. Cook additional 4 hours.  Shred meat and allow to cook in sauce an additional 30 minutes.

Serve in tacos with all the fixings with rice and beans.


2 thoughts on “Cafe Rio Pork

  1. Lauren February 21, 2014 at 4:45 PM Reply

    I have always slow cooked it with the coke, salsa, sugar. I think I need to try it with the water first.

  2. adventuresinsoyland February 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM Reply

    Interesting! It wound be great to skip the water — I dread having to find something to put the water with melted off fat. (Usually a jar). You’ll have to tell me if you can tell a difference!

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