Sweet Pork Barbacoa

Sweet Pork Barbacoa is the best slow cooker pulled pork recipe you will ever try. Better than Cafe Rio- you better make a double batch.

Sweet Pork Barbacoa on long white plate

Hi everyone!!!

How are all my Lil’ Luna friends today? It’s Gina from Kleinworth & Co. & I’m back today to share my all-time favorites from my Easy Family Dinner Ideas. You see – pulled pork is the one thing I absolutely can’t get enough of. All by itself or in some bbq sauce or in a burrito – I could eat it all day everyday for the rest of my days on earth. Then when we moved here to North Idaho & we found Cafe Rio. It was there that I tried Sweet Pork Barbacoa for the first time & I swear my eyes rolled to the back of my head. I was in sheer heaven & I knew that I would have to figure out how to make my own. After a few attempts I finally have this one perfected & I’m here today to share that perfect recipe with you all.

This Sweet Pork Barbacoa is to die for!

I make this as often as the rest of the family can stand it – and then probably more often than they would like. They do LOVE it – however, no one in this house loves it as much as I do. In fact – it’s pretty hard for me to even share with them.

Sweet Pork Barbacoa with limes on plate

I actually have 2 cookers going when I make this. One is this barbacoa & the other is my standard carnitas for the boys. They like it spicy – not sweet. But us girls – we love love love the sweet pork. That’s fine – less I have to share which makes me grin from ear to ear.

pork barbacoa on plate

Two Great Meals

I love making this in some soft tacos the day I cook it. Makes for quick & easy dinner & clean up. Then the next night we use any leftovers in enchiladas. Oh man- 2 nights of this pork puts me in a very good mood. I love it just as much as I would to have a giant chocolate cake for dinner. Yep – and that’s saying something because my mom was a baker & I have a serious love for cake. But I definitely love this dinner just as much.

Sweet Pork Barbacoa on white plate with lime wedges

Sweet Pork Barbacoa Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Sweet Pork Barbacoa - The slow cooker does all the work to make this delicious recipe of pork roast made with lots of tasty ingredients, including Dr. Pepper!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 558 kcal
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  • 3 lbs pork sirloin roast
  • 16 oz Dr. Pepper
  • 28 oz green enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder


  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray

  2. Combine pork & Dr. pepper in cooker & cover - cook on high about 4 hours
  3. After 4 hours has passed combine remaining ingredients in large bowl & whisk to combine
  4. Add this mixture to your slow cooker & allow to cook an additional 2-3 hours
  5. *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.
  6. You know when it's done when the pork is falling apart as you try to remove it from the cooker

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Thanks so much for visiting with me today!!!

It’s always so fun!


This looks DELICIOUS!! I definitely need to try this recipe soon. I LOVE the Sweet Pork Barbacoa at Cafe Rio!

Thanks so much, Gina!

To see more recipes and ideas from Gina, go HERE.

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  1. This looks so yummy! I think I made a version of this with root beer once and my kids loved it. I will have to give your version a try!