Copycat Cafe Rio Pork

Copycat Cafe Rio Pork

Cafe Rio pork is the only thing I ever order there, because it’s the best. It is the most succulent, savory pork you’ve ever had. It’s sweet and tangy, with a hint of spice. Cafe Rio pork can be served in quesadillas, burritos, salads, and even pulled pork sandwiches. It’s the perfect recipe to feed a crowd, or just yourself.


I know that a lot of bloggers (especially in Utah) have their own Cafe Rio pork recipe, but most of the ones I’ve tried either don’t get the flavor quite right, or involve far too much work to make it worth it. This recipe is just easy and tasty enough that it’s the best sweet pork I’ve tried (maybe even better than the original).


A few notes: this can honestly be served with anything, but my mother-in-law likes to serve it with sweet rice, Cafe Rio dressing (recipes to come), tortillas, and assorted toppings, so everyone can assemble their own dinner. Finally, chicken or beef can be substituted for pork. Enjoy!



3 lbs pork

4 cups Coke or Dr. Pepper (no diet)

3 cups salsa (mild to medium)

2 cups brown sugar

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste



Sear the pork on all sides first, for extra flavor (optional).

cafe rio pork sear

Pour all ingredients into a crock pot. Stir the sauce and flip the pork occasionally. Cook on high for 4-6 hours before removing and shredding. Adjust seasoning to taste.

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