You have been waiting for this Slow Cooker Chipotle Sweet Pulled Pork…
You know how you can be trucking along, comfortable in the status quo and then something changes and you realize what you were missing? How much better things could have been?! I have felt like this so many times, mostly health related, like how after my lung transplant at age 16 I exclaimed to my parents, “If I knew I could feel like this, I would have done this a long time ago!” Or more recently, how I was shuffling along before my kidney transplant, and then after my transplant I didn’t know how I went not being able to walk around the block before. Speaking of my kidney transplant, I have just updated my “Next Chapters” with my 2013 Flashback: Road To My Kidney Transplant – Donors. I am determined to be caught up by my 1 year anniversary in in October! Now you can read how things were “before” I knew how much better they could be!
So now back to not knowing you were missing this Chipotle Sweet Pulled Pork and how much better any taco, burrito, salad, pizza, etc. could be with this pulled pork.
If you have eaten at Cafe Rio, you know there are a million copycat versions out there because their pork is incredible. Or at least that’s what I remember thinking the last time I devoured it over 8 years ago. Since I don’t remember exactly the taste of that pork, I can’t say this is Cafe Rio Pork, but I did looked up many of the copycat versions and was so surprised that all of them either added hardly any spice (like 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder) or no spices all together. This is not allowed in my world. So I’ve come up with my own chipotle version that is layered with salsa, red enchilada sauce, green chilies and spices, lots of spices! But don’t be afraid, this pork is not spicy, just exploding with flavorful. I actually added hot sauce to mine but it was perfect for my parents.
To make this easy pork, first you marinate the pork in coke, soy sauce and spices (you mix all the spices once and then just measure from that). Next, you drain the marinade and cook in remaining coke, brown sugar, spices, salsa and green chilies.
When the pork is tender, you shred it, drain excess liquid then add more spices, green chilies and enchilada sauce.
Let it seep into every crevice..
And you have created tender, melt in your mouth, chipotle pork, with the perfect balance of sweet heat that is SO easy to make for busy nights, make ahead dinners or for a crowd because its always a crowd pleaser! In the last month I’ve made this pork into tacos with my 5 Minute Blender Tomatillo Avocado Dressing for company (yes, they were awed and adored and I was still receiving raving texts days later) and made the pork again while I was visiting my mom’s for her company (again, awed and adored).
So while being simple, easy, and flavorful, this pulled pork is also incredibly versatile. You can make enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, salads, burrito bowls, etc. and they all will taste AMAZING because they include this pork!
I’m so excited for you to make this Chipotle Sweet Pulled Pork and to taste what you’ve been waiting for.
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