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Sweet Pork Barbacoa :Easy Family Dinner Ideas

Sweet Pork Barbacoa

Sweet Pork Barbacoa made in the slow cooker. If you love Cafe Rio's pork, you'll love this insanely easy crockpot recipe. It's a fave for dinner any night.
Course dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword pork
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 3 pounds pork sirloin roast
  • 16 ounces Dr. Pepper
  • 28 ounce green enchilada sauce
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar - packed
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • ¾ tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder


  • Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Combine the pork & Dr. Pepper in the cooker & cover - cook on high about 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours have passed, combine green enchilada sauce, granulated sugar, brown sugar, minced garlic, granulated garlic, dry mustard, cumin and chili powder in a large bowl & whisk to combine.
  • Add this mixture to your slow cooker & allow to cook an additional 2-3 hours.
  • *Note- after about 2 hours I kick the heat down to low just to let those flavors simmer a little longer but 2 hours is usually sufficient. You know when it's done when the pork is falling apart as you try to remove it from the cooker.


**To make in the Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Just add all of the ingredients in the pressure cooker. Set the timer to manual- cooking 20 minutes per lb for fresh, 30 minutes per lb for frozen.
Use natural release for 10 minutes. Quick-release & open the lid. Transfer pork to a large bowl & pull apart. Toss with a little bit of the juices from the pot before serving.