Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sweet Pork & Cilantro Lime Rice

It seems everyone has their own version of Costa Vida/Cafe Rio sweet pork recipes. They all involve cola. I've tried two versions that were rather different. The pork recipe is basically the one I got from Lauren, which I liked better just because it was simple, but tasted very similar to the other one I tried. The sauce I like best I got from my Uncle Bart who got it off of someone's blog whose husband's name is Jared. That is all I know. She invented it herself combining several recipes after several attempts at the perfect Cafe Rio sweet pork. She claims hers is even better. It's definitely really good. I didn't like the other one I tried nearly as well (it had ketchup and honey).

3 lb. Pork shoulder roast (pork loin is too lean)
1/2 - 1 can Coke (not diet)
2 cloves or 1 tsp. Garlic
2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
1 tsp. Cayenne
3 T. Hot Sauce (El Pato, Cholula, whatever)

Cook in crock pot on low for 6-7 hours.

In a food processor or blender combine:
1 12 oz. can of Coke (or a little less)
1 can roasted Green Chilies
3/4 small can of Red Enchilada Sauce
1 c. Brown Sugar

Pour over shredded pork. Warm. Enjoy!

When making the pork into a burrito, rice bowl, or salad combine with:
Cilantro Lime Rice
Seasoned Black Beans (undrained)
Diced Tomatoes or Pico de Gallo
Sour Cream
(no cheese, just trust me, it's better without, and I never say that)

Cilantro-Lime Rice

1 c. White Rice
1 1/2 c. Chicken Broth
1/2 c. Water
juice from 1/2 of a Lime
1 T. Butter
2 cloves minced Garlic

Boil for one minute. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Combine juice from 1 1/2 limes with 2 T. sugar and about 4 T. diced fresh cilantro and stir that into the rice when it's done.

I should have taken a picture, but I didn't, so deal with it.

Also, speaking of food, I made a really fantastic chocolate cake (Angela's birthday) this week that you can find here. Oh, and last week I made a fantabulous carrot cake complete with cream cheese frosting (Linda's birthday), but if you want the recipe I'll have to email it to you cause I'm not about to write anymore.


Skye said...

I'm going to have to print this, thanks!

Sheryl said...

I helped make this very dinner for the stake's youth conference. I've seen enough cilantro rice for a little while, so I think I'll have to wait another week or so before I attempt this version! :) This is one my favorite meals! My version is less sweet - a recipe I got from Saveur (a magazine that I LOVE!!!).