Sweet Pork made with old elpaso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com_

I know I’ve posted about a few things from Cafe Rio like this version of the pork, that’s totally delicious in its own way, and this delicious Cafe Rio chicken, but this recipe is so dead on I had no choice but to post.  This recipe is clearly a little different because it uses Root Beer, but trust me it’s that old el paso sauce combined with root beer that makes it taste so similar to Cafe Rio. Want to make it authentic? Just cook up some fresh flour tortillas with a little sprinkle of cheese, add this cilantro lime rice, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo and this tomatillo dressing. 

Sweet Pork made with old el paso sauce, brown sugar and root beer. Your kids will be begging for more! ohsweetbasil.com_-4

I really am not exaggerating when I say that we have tried pretty much every single Cafe Rio Pork recipe that’s out there and while many are quite delicious the just aren’t close enough to the real version. I think it’s the Old El Paso Sauce Packet that makes this recipe so close to the original. It’s saucy, sweet and tender like you just would not believe.


I pretty much always get the salad to split (this is quite rare as the hubs DOES NOT split anything. EVER.), but occasionally I’ll get the quesadilla because it’s gooey. That’s the only reason, it’s just gooey. In fact, one year I had to stay home to work and Cade took our little one on a trip to see his mom. After I got off I went and got myself a movie, pork quesadilla and twix candy bar to enjoy all by myself. It was heaven. I believe I actually read a book too. I’m such a homebody huh. I love a night all to myself.

What about you? Are you a homebody or if you have time would you rather be out with friends?

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork
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Serves: 2 lbs pork
Tender, juicy pork that tastes just like Cafe Rio!
  • 1 Pork Shoulder/Butt -3 lbs
  • 1 Old El Paso Sauce Packet (Roasted Garlic
  • 1 Cup Root Beer (A&W)
  • 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
  1. Place the pork in a slow cooker. Mix the sauce, rootbeer and brown sugar in a bowl and pour all over the pork. Cook on low for 6 hours, remove the meat and shred (it should be quite easy and tender). Place the meat back in the sauce and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.
  2. Serve immediately.
Rumor has it that Dr Pepper or Coke are the preferred pops for Cafe Rio, but with this roasted garlic sauce Root Beer seemed to bring out the best flavor.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cup Each



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