Main Dish | October 15, 2018

Sweet Pork Recipe {Instant Pot included too!}

Sweet Pork? Is that a thing? If you’ve never tried Cafe rio’s sweet pork you might be questioning my judgement on this sweet pork recipe…but DON’T! throw caution to the wind and make a batch this week. Your entire family will not stop eating it! Tender sweet pork in a both savory sweet sauce that you can top on just about anything! I’ve been told this sweet pork recipe is THE BEST! Way better than the original even.

This post is sponsored by BRIANNAS, however all opinions and recipes are our own!

three sweet pork tacos with sauce and avocado

Because the instant pot is such an incredible device making our life 100 times easier I’m showing a sweet pork tutorial to making it in the pressure cooker! I’ve kept the original slow-cooking recipe in the recipe card still, along with the instant pot instructions. So you can make it whatever way you prefer!

tacos and condiments on platter with cilantro lime dressing

How to make Instant Pot Sweet Pork Recipe

The instant pot instructions are very similar to the slow cooker instructions with the exception that we are going to speed up the process by several hours!! To start out let’s talk about the meat you want to buy!

Pork Butt

What meat do you use for this sweet pork recipe? After trying all the pork cuts fresh pork butt is my very favorite. Fresh creates a meat that not only is moist and tender but it cooks faster and better! When I’ve bought frozen or pork butt that is pre-packaged and has sat around in a fridge for weeks it takes a lot of extra time to cook till it is shred-able, and because of that it is sometimes dry. I buy mine from the grocery store butcher, right out of the window. Stock up when its on sale!

fresh pork butt in butcher window

Pork butt is also prime for cooking a tender pull apart meat because of the beautiful marbling.

fresh, raw pork butt

Create a spice rub

Next you take these spices and create a nice salty flavorful rub.

spiced used to make a rub for pork butt

Rub it all over the cracks and crevices of your pork butt, I let to let my pork butt rest with the rub on it for about 30+ minutes. But if you are in a rush you don’t have to.

pork butt rubbed with sices

Put your instant pot on saute setting and brown both sides of your pork butt in some oil. Now, seal and cook high pressure. I cook my 4lb pork butt for 60 minutes and natural release. It was completely tender and fell apart with my fork


pork butt in instant pot being browned on both sides

How to make the cafe rio sweet pork sauce

While your meat is cooking (whether slow cooker or instant pot) you you can make your sauce!

You’ll need a can of coke, 1 cup brown sugar, mild red enchilada sauce and green chili’s. (if you like spicy you can grab a spicer enchilada sauce and/or green chili’s)

can of coke, enchilada sauce, green chili's and brown sugar for sweet pork sauce

In a blender blend all your ingredients together until they’re fairly smooth.

sauce after blended, in blender jar

Remove excess liquid from your meat and pour the sweet pork  sauce into the cooked shredded pork.

sauce being poured into shredded pork

I love to let the meat marry for a while with the sweet sauce before serving. Keep it on warm setting either in your instant pot or slow cooker.

tongs holding sample of shredded sweet pork

How do I serve this  sweet pork recipe?

We make this so many ways! You can make it in enchiladas, taquitos,  nacho’s, tacos, or taco salad. Whatever you do 100% you need to serve this with a creamy cilantro lime dressing from BRIANNAS!

creamy cilantro lime dressing bottle

BRIANNAS has a delicious, tangy creamy cilantro lime dressing we always have on hand and love to douse our tacos, nachos and taco salads in. This recipe is PERFECT for a tailgate or football game night. It makes enough for a huge crown and is always a huge hit. Make mini tacos with this dressing + guac or make a giant sweet pork nacho platter! We made this last night for a big game and all the guys devoured the entire pot!

sweet pork tacos on tray

Additional sides to make with this sweet pork recipe?

Most often we make sweet pork meat and serve it with fresh salsa or Pico de Galloand of course homemade guac (or at least avocado!). Serve it with this really easy mexi-rice and its a slam dunk dinner.

three sweet pork tacos with avocado

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5 from 1 vote
three sweet pork tacos with sauce, salsa and avocado
Shredded Sweet Pork
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs

​Sweet and salty shredded sweet pork tacos are the perfect dinner for any occasion. Serve them with guests or an easy dinner night with the family.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shredded pork, sweet pork tacos
Servings: 12
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Desarae
sweet pork rub
pork and sauce
  • 3-4 lbs pork butt fresh if possible
  • 12 oz can of coke
  • 1 small can red enchilada sauce
  • 4 oz green chilis
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1 cup water
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Mix rub spices together and rub all over the pork butt. Allow to rest for about 30 minutes up to a few hours. 

  2. In instant pot on saute mode brown pork butt on both sides. Add water to instant pot seal and cook 60 minutes then natural release. 

  3. In blender add coke, green chilis, brown sugar, garlic salt, enchilada sauce and blend until smooth. When instant pot is finished, remove liquid from pot, shred meat and add enchilada sauce mixture.  

  4. Let meat marry in mixture for about 20-30 minutes before serving. 

Slow Cooker Instruction
  1. Mix rub spices together and rub all over the pork butt. Place in slow cooker with 2 cups water and let cook low 6-8 hours. When pull apart tender drain excess liquid and shred meat. 

  2. In blender add coke, green chilis, brown sugar, garlic salt, enchilada sauce and blend until smooth. Add to shredded meat and let set. 

  3. Let meat marry in mixture for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Keep on low or warm setting. 
Recipe Notes

PRESSURE COOKER: Add all ingredients to pot, reducing coke to 1/2 L. Cook on poultry setting 70 minutes for thawed pork, 90 minutes frozen, natural release. If your pressure cooker only goes to 60 minutes, program that, and then press cancel, then add another 30 minutes. Shred pork and let sit in juices until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts
Shredded Sweet Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 1295mg56%
Potassium 434mg12%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is the bomb!! It’s my family’s favorite and we love to make it for guests too when they come over. Cant wait to try the Brianna’s dressing.