My obsession knows no bounds.
You know how I can’t shut up about the new Cafe Rio that opened in Seattle? Well, apparently going there multiple times per week isn’t enough for me, and I’ve now taken it upon myself to make a whole bunch of copycat recipes at home! But! That means I can share the gloriousness that is Cafe Rio with those of you that don’t have access to one of the restaurants!
So, what recipe am I sharing with you, today? Arguably their most popular one—the Sweet Pork Barbacoa. Does this taste exactly like the pork at the actual restaurant? No…but it’s pretty darn close!
This pork is so so delicious! It’s sweet, a tiny bit spicy, and stupid easy to make. This is pretty much one of those set it and forget it recipes. You marinade the meat for just a bit, then plop it into the crock pot with a couple ingredients. After a few hours, you shred it, then put it back in with a couple more ingredients, and serve! Enjoy it in tacos (like me with melted cheese on the tortilla and a little cilantro!), put it in enchiladas, make burritos, heck, put it on a bun and call it a pulled pork sandwich! It’s kinda hard to wrong here.
Oh, and did I mention that the secret ingredient in this is cola? I used a natural sugarcane soda, but Coke, Dr. Pepper, and root beer would all work. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve cooked meat in cola. My Cola-Barbecue Chicken is one of my favorite recipes!
While you are mulling over how you are going to eat this awesome pork, I’m flying to Florida. Yep, I’m probably 30,000 feet in the air, right now, freaking out about the sinus surgery I’ll be having in 2 days. Is it weird that I’m more freaked out about the IV being placed in my arm than the surgery itself? I just REALLY hate needles. Blugh.
I am super excited to be cooking while in Florida, though (after I’ve recovered), and I can’t wait to share with you a couple of my favorite family recipes!
By the way, this recipe is totally perfect for today! Happy Cinco de Mayo!