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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  3. How long would you cook this in the instant pot ? This is my family’s favorite recipe! We have been making it for years thanks to you . I finally got the instant pot!

  4. I’ve got a food allergy kid and was hoping to sub something for coke zero…any suggestions???

  5. Do you think I could make step one in the evening, refrigerate overnight, in the morning  combine everything for step 2, leave it in the fridge for a few hours and then cook the step 2 part in the afternoon?

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  7. This sounds divine! I want to use a pork tenderloin instead of a pork roast.  How should I adjust my crock pot cooking time?

  8. I made this last night and OMG it was soooooo good. I made the Cuban Black Beans and the Cilantro Rice. It was one of those dishes where you want to just keep eating no matter how full you are. I didn't have any coke zero, so I just used regular coke, next time I will try with the coke zero, and believe me there will be a next time. All of your recipes look so good. Tonight I am making the chicken tenderloins with mushroom sauce. Cannot wait.

  9. I was wondering if the Coke could be replaced with anything else or if the recipe would be very different if I leave it out? we don't do soda at all. thanks!

  10. I made this earlier this week and was a big fan. Its pretty sweet but also has some heat to it! I never put it on rice but I did eat it over salad several times and put it on a sandwich!

  11. I made this with only the green chilis last night with the chipotle rice and the black beans recipe. It was amazing! I wasn't sure how much heat the 1 pepper would add and I didn't want to not be able to feed my young kids 😛 I don't use WW or have a specific diet, but I love coming to this site for lower calorie and fat amazing tasting recipes. We've made multiple from here! (Chicken zucchini rollatini, jerk pork with mango avocado salsa, cabbage soup, chicken pot pie…) My hubby even bought me the cookbook!

  12. My family and friends love this recipe! Can it be frozen? How would suggest going about that?

  13. My family and friends love this recipe! Can it be frozen? How would suggest going about that?

  14. I made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was delicious! My kids were very excited they were "eating" soda pop for dinner. 🙂

  15. Question about the overnight refrigeration. My crock pot manual says not to refrigerate the bowl because it will take too long to heat the bowl up before it starts cooking the food. Wondering the importance of marinating in the crock bowl – are those directions for convenience or purposeful instructions impacting the cook times of the recipe?

    • I just put it in a glass dish and then dumped it in the crock pot. I did that mostly because I didnt have room for the whole crock pot in my fridge!

  16. Has anyone tried skipping the marinade step and just cooked it the whole time in the sauce? This was just delicious but takes a bit too much time for the fix and forget crock pot cooking I like.

  17. Made this for my SUPER picky hubby 2 nights ago…he's so picky he hates french fries!! (ahhh!) HE ATE THIS UP!!! He and I both loved it and he even bragged about it to his fellow coworkers. Thanks for making me look good! 😀 My sisters and I are so buying your cookbook when it drops. 🙂

  18. where do you find the chipotle chile in adobo sauce? is there a good substitute for that if i cant find? thanks!

  19. I'm not sure if I commented on this a couple years ago when I ran into this recipe, but I keep coming back to it. This is hands down my favorite recipe for sweet pork. And I have tried more than a few looking for the perfect balance of flavor. I am a stubborn cook that usually hates to follow recipes out of some sort of pride to make things "mine," but this is a recipe I follow to a T, and it comes out perfect, every time. We love to eat it salad style with a tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing. Thanks so much!

  20. Any idea how long I should cook this if I am using a 1.15lb pork tenderloin? Thanks!