Simple & Delicious Sweet Pork

Nachos

Sweet pork will liven up your tastebuds and is for those that like sweet and savory! It’s great on its own, but pair it with a tortilla, a bit of cheese and sour cream – you’ve got one crazy fantastic bite!

Sweet Pork Pulled Pork

Sweet & Savory

It’s an easy appetizer or dinner – that being said, the Super Bowl is just around the corner!  The perfect party food! Your guests will love it, but I also love it all year long. On a cold winter night or a hot summer day! It can be dressed up in so many different ways. Make:

  • Tacos
  • Nachos
  • Enchiladas 
  • Chimichangas 
  • Taquitos 
  • Salads 
  • So much more! 

Sweet pork is a pulled pork and is, as the name suggests, sweet. It’s not cloyingly sweet, but I won’t play it down – it’s sweet! It’s supposed to be sweet! Super easy to prepare with minimal ingredients that you most likely have on hand, you’ll be making it over and over again. 

What Cut Of Meat To Buy? 

I used a pork loin, but you can also use a tenderloin as well. Pork shoulder is also another great option. It’s a little bit fattier and tender, but it won’t make a huge difference since it’s shredded anyway. All are great options though. The recipe I have is for a cut of meat about 3 pounds. Feel free to adjust accordingly to your weight of the pork.

Sweet Pork Ingredients

Let’s Start Cooking Sweet Pork

Step 1: Start by measuring out all your ingredients. Brown sugar, one can red enchilada sauce, cumin, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. That’s it! Nothing too fancy, but packs a punch of flavor! 

Step 2: Use a Dutch Oven or a crock pot. I like the Dutch Oven because I like to sear the pork to give it a bit more delicious flavor before putting it in the oven to finish cooking completely, but both work great. 

Searing a Pork Loin

Step 3: Place a drizzle of oil in the bottom of the pan, let it heat up and then place the pork into the hot pan. Sear until golden brown on all sides of the meat. Then sprinkle in half the brown sugar and all the seasonings. 

Step 4: After searing, add water. Just enough to go half way up the side of the meat.

Step 5: In a 350 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven, place the pork in for 2 – 3 hours or until it is fork tender.

Step 6: During the roasting, it is a good time to get the sauce together. Simply pull out a small saucepan and pour in the whole can of red enchilada sauce and the other half of the brown sugar. This step will ensure the brown sugar dissolves completely. Set aside.

Sweet Pork Sauce

Step 7: Once the meat is fork tender, pull it out of the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Then start shredding the pork with two forks. I don’t normally have much liquid left, but in case you do, you can always pour a bit out. If at anytime during the cooking process you liquid dried up, make sure to add more, just a cup or so will do. 

Nachos

Step. 8: After the pork is shredded, pour your sweetened enchilada sauce over the pork and mix in well.

Tacos

Sweet Pork

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Pork Loin
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 can Red Enchilada Sauce

Instructions

  1. Place pork loin into Dutch Oven or place into crockpot. Cover with salt, pepper, cumin and garlic powder. 

  2. Add water so it covers a little more than half of the pork loin. Add 1 cup of the brown sugar to water. 

  3. Place into 350 degree oven for about 2-3 hours or until fork tender. Keep an eye on the water. Make sure it doesn’t turn into syrup. Add water as needed during cooking process. 

  4. Take pork out of cooking liquid and pull apart. Place into clean bowl. Set aside. 

  5. Add red enchilada sauce and the other cup of brown sugar to a medium sauce pot. Bring to a simmer until sugar is melted completely. 

  6. Take off heat and add to the pork. Toss around so Pork is evenly coated. 

  7. Enjoy!

Done and amazing! It’s seriously delicious and a must try recipe! 

Here are other fun party eats to try! 

Keep it Sweet! 

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