Slow Cooked Sweet Barbacoa Pork

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Sweet and spicy slow cooked barbacao pork sweetened with brown sugar, cola, chipotle chilies, green chilies, cumin and spices. Delicious over cilantro lime rice and black beans.

 

Sweet and spicy slow cooked barbacao pork sweetened with brown sugar, cola, chipotle chilies, green chilies, cumin and spices. Delicious over cilantro lime rice and black beans.Slow Cooked Sweet Barbacoa Pork

I also have a Barbacoa Beef recipe.

This was a recipe request to make over Cafe Rio’s sweet pork recipe, only problem is I’ve never eaten at Cafe Rio. After reading dozens of copycat recipes, I came up with my own lightened up version, which was a huge hit in my home. This had enough for several meals and made a burrito bowl out of the leftovers. I used cilantro lime rice, black beans, pico de gallo, lettuce, avocado and a little low fat cheese. But this was also great served over rice.

Sweet and spicy slow cooked barbacao pork sweetened with brown sugar, cola, chipotle chilies, green chilies, cumin and spices. Delicious over cilantro lime rice and black beans.
Since the marinade gets tossed after it cooks, I wasn’t sure how to calculate, so I counted half the sugar and cola from the marinade just to be sure. Adjust the heat to your liking. This is medium heat but if you like it hot, add more chilies, if you prefer it mild, use less. Enjoy! The crock pot is parked on my counter lately, it’s so helpful on the days I have to go in to work. What can beat coming home from work and smelling dinner just about ready!

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

Sweet and spicy slow cooked barbacao pork sweetened with brown sugar, cola, chipotle chilies, green chilies, cumin and spices. Delicious over cilantro lime rice and black beans.
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Slow Cooked Sweet Barbacoa Pork

202.5 Cals 26 Protein 11.5 Carbs 6.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Marinate Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 7 hrs 5 mins
Yield: 10
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Mexican
Sweet and spicy slow cooked barbacao pork sweetened with brown sugar, cola, chipotle chilies, green chilies, cumin and spices. Delicious over cilantro lime rice and black beans.

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 2.5 lbs pork loin roast, all fat trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 6 oz Coke zero
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Step 2
  • 8 oz Coke zero
  • 6 oz can sliced green chilies
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp chipotle chili powder, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked

Instructions

  • Season pork with salt, pepper and garlic powder and place in the crock pot.
  • Add 6 oz of coke and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Marinate refrigerated for a few hours or overnight turning meat at least once while marinating.
  • Remove crock from refrigerator, add water, and cook on high for about 3-4 hours (or until it shreds easily).
  • Remove pork from crock pot and discard any liquid left in the pot. Shred pork with two forks.
  • STEP TWO: In the crock pot, combine 8 oz coke, green chilies, tomato sauce, chipotle chile, garlic powder, cumin, chipotle chili powder and remaining brown sugar.
  • Put shredded pork back in the crock pot and combine with sauce. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook on high 1-1/2 hours more.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 3oz, Calories: 202.5kcal, Carbohydrates: 11.5g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 6.5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 66mg, Sodium: 11.5mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 10g
WW Points Plus: 5
Keywords: barbacoa recipe, crockpot barbacoa, slow cooked pork, slow cooker barbacoa, slow cooker pork loin

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214 comments

  1. Made this for the first time, and followed recipe except cut brown sugar back to 1/4 and used Swerve replacement brown sugar. Had only 1.6 pound pork loin, so cut back a bit on the sauce amount when putting pork back in for the last 1.5 hour. But made the whole batch and cooked the remainder down to use as a sauce on top if desired. Husband loved it. So many ways can have it with rice and beans we did tonight as suggested ( I actually tried the cuban black beans and rice cooked together recipe to try something new) Would be great in taco or burrito or even salad. We did have a big romaine salad on side with tomato, hearts of palm, avocado etc.

  2. Could I substitute Zevia soft drink instead of Coke Zero?  Has anyone tried?  I have an allergy to artificial sugars but otherwise this sounds yummy

  3. My daughter makes this snd we love it.  I don’t have a slow cooker…. Can I make it in the oven ? 

  4. Is the coke zero what makes this recipe not gluten-free? Seems like it is to me? I’d love to know the variation if it’s not!

  5. Does anyone know how many servings this make?

  6. Could this be cooked on the slow cooker mode of an Instant Pot? PS, I’ve been using this recipe for yyyeeaaarrrsss because my family is obsessed, it’s SO good!!

  7. under step #2 you need a measurement for the Chipotle chile in adobo sauce.

    • It’s 1 chile from a can of Chipotle chile in adobo sauce. If you want more heat, I sometimes run mine through the little food processor, and add a little extra sauce.

  8. I made this the other day for the first time using my instant pot. It was a pork tenderloin kept whole but scored for marinating and cooking. Marinated the meat for a few hours before cooking with all the ingredients (taste marinade before putting on meat to see if more sweet or heat is needed). Then instant pot set for 80 minutes for 2.5lbs of pork loin, natural release 10-15 minutes. I put the pork on a lift to minimizing burning. The four adults and the toddler ate it up with leftovers for the next day. Served it with buttered corn, seasoned black beans, white rice, sour cream, and pico de gallo. It was great. I will definitely make it again.

  9. Made this over the weekend and it was so good! I upped the spices and served over brown rice. Will definitely make this one again! Thanks Gina!

  10. Are there directions to make this in the Instant Pot instead?

  11. Could you substitute chicken breast for pork? I made it with pork last week it was awesome but wanted to try chicken.

  12. This is my favorite recipe … Can you adapt it for the Instant Pot?