Monday, May 25, 2015

Cafe Rio Pulled Pork

Have you ever eaten at Cafe Rio?
They were everywhere in Utah and I miss them!
Since they're nowhere to be found in Mississippi,
I had to make my own.

I started with this recipe for CopyCat Cafe Rio Pork

I put the following ingredients on low in the crock pot overnight and woke up to a delicious smelling dinner.  Crockpots get a lot of attention in the fall/winter months, but I love using them in the summer so you don't have to heat your house up by having your oven on so much.

3lb pork loin
2 c brown sugar
1 c root beer
1 Old El Paso sauce packet - roasted garlic flavor

Shred the meat and then let it simmer for 1-2 hours in the same sauce it cooked in.

We started out eating 
Burrito Bowls
with TONS of sides
black beans,
lime rice,
sharp cheddar cheese,
yellow/purple onions.
sweet peppers, 
& corn
 The toddler version:
 The adult version:

 My favorite way to eat the pulled pork was in quesadillas!!
The meat reheats really well so we had it for dinner several nights last week.  I just used small tortilla shells, sharp cheddar cheese and a generous scoop of pulled pork.  I served lettuce and a homemade--ish salsa on the side.  I used a jar of salsa and added in fresh ingredients to liven it up a bit - cherry tomatoes, onions and corn.

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!!


  1. That all looks delicious! I love pulled pork but haven't tried it as a quesadilla. Great idea!

    I'm the same way, I use my crock pot way more in the summer than the winter. Last night I had a couple burners going while I roasted something in the oven...and decided it was about time to break out the crock pot for the summer. I hate being super hot and then trying to sit down and eat.

  2. This looks fantastic. I am going to pin this for later!


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