Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cafe Rio style sweet pork salad

I'm sure everyone has their own version of how to make this. I just wanted to post mine because I think it's the best:)

My sister in law, Brittany, introduced me to the best possible way to make sweet pork. Brown sugar and salsa. Yep, that's it! Throw it in the crock pot with some pork and 8 hours later, you have the most delicous pork you'll ever have! It's great on rolls, in tacos or burritos, or on a yummy salad.

Now, about the Cilantro Lime Rice, I swear to you I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. It is THAT yummy! We've eaten it plain for lunch or as a side with a variety of dinners, but it wasn't until I paired it with the pork that I realized how absolutely amazing it truly could be!

Try this! I KNOW you'll like it!

Sweet Pork Brittany Pickett recipe

2c brown sugar
2c picante sauce (this is just a kind of salsa)
3 lb pork roast

Place roast in crockpot. Mix salsa and brown sugar and pour over roast. Cook on low all day (about 8 hours). You will know when the pork is done- it literally falls apart.

*Note: I didn't want to make 3 lbs worth, so I bought bone-in pork chops instead and used enough to make 1.5 lbs so that I could halve the recipe(I think you could find 1.5lb roasts, too). It worked perfectly!

Cilantro Lime Rice

1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 c white rice
2 c water
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 large handful cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 1 lime

Saute onions in heated oil. Add garlic and rice. Cook 1-2 min. Add water and bouillon and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer until tender- about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and mix with cilantro, lime juice and zest. Delicious!!