I was given Zevia to try. All opinions are 100% my own.
So, all my friends in Utah have me hooked. They always talked Cafe Rio this, Cafe Rio that… and I had no idea what they were talking about. Well, when a Cafe Rio recently opened in Fort Collins, I FLIPPED when I first had the sweet pork burrito. Like, life changing. I could eat that dang burrito every single day!
Unfortunately for my waistline, I can’t eat it everyday. I’d be a zillion pounds! So when I was thinking of an easy summer meal that I could recreate into a lower calorie version, Cafe Rio’s sweet pork was at the top of my list.
I recently was given some Zevia to try, and wanted to work it into the recipe. I was afraid it might not turn out sweet enough (Zevia isn’t an overly sweet soda, and doesn’t have the sickly fake sweet taste that some artificial diet sodas have)- but I was totally pleased with how developed the flavor was.
This pork IS slightly less sweet, since we’re not adding sugar- but it is a delicious version that tastes anything but diet.
- 3 + pounds pork shoulder
- 1 medium onion, rough chopped
- 1 can Dr. Zevia Soda
- 1 can Zevia Cola
- 3 tbsp honey or agave syrup
- 1 can sugar free enchilada sauce, Las Palamas is a good sugar free bet
- smoked salt, optional but fabulous
- Salt and pepper pork shoulder liberally. If you don't have smoked salt, don't fret- but it is DELICIOUS and I'd check for it next time you're at the store.
- Place pork in a heavy ziploc bag and add sodas. Let marinate overnight.
- In a hot cast iron pan with scant olive oil, quickly brown your pork shoulder on all sides.
- While the pork is browning, pour zevia marinade and honey or agave syrup in crock pot and add medium chopped onion.
- Cook on high for five hours.
- When pork falls easily off bone and shreds apart when touched it is done cooking.
- Drain excess liquid and shred pork.
- If you have a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to get perfectly shredded pork in minutes- otherwise, use two forks to pull pork apart into shreds.
- Add in can of enchilada sauce and stir thoroughly to combine.
- Serve while warm over a salad, in a taco or burrito, or over a bed of rice.