Cherry Coke Pork With Lime Recipe: Game Day Win

This Cherry Coke Pork With Lime Recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FinalFourPack #CollectiveBias Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA.

Basketball playoffs are a busy time in the bluegrass state, especially this year. Family and friends gather around the television cheering on their favorite team, and often share a meal or two. Yesterday our household was buzzing watching a tournament game and cheering on our favorite team. I popped this Cherry Coke Pork Loin with Lime in the oven shortly before the game began, and it finished cooking while we hooped and hollered in the living room. It was ready in time for a celebratory family dinner. 

Cherry Coke Pork with Lime

I paired the Cherry Coke Pork with Lime with some southern slaw and a few sweet rolls to make it a meal, but this would be equally good served a side of macaroni or potato salad. Our local Walmart had the Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs which allowed me to get a variety of flavors without committing to an entire case. I got the Cherry Coke for the pork loin, Vanilla Coke for our Vanilla Bean Coke Floats, and my drink of choice, Coke Zero.

Cherry Coke Pork Loin with Lime

Cherry Coke Pork With Lime Recipe:

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Cherry Coke Pork With Lime
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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This Cherry Coke Pork is marinated in Cherry Coke, lime zest, and a smoky chipotle style rub.
  • 1 pork loin (can also use pork butt or shoulder)
  • 1 can Cherry Coke
  • 1 lime (separated into zest and juice)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 1 cup diced cherries (not maraschino or pie filling)
  • ⅛ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place pork loin fat side down in dutch oven.
  3. Pour Cherry Coke over the pork loin and add in beef broth
  4. Combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, ground mustard, and turmeric in a small bowl.
  5. Coat the top of the pork loin well with the combined spices.
  6. Add onion, diced cherries, and lime juice.
  7. Sprinkle lime zest across the pork loin.
  8. Cover and bake until center of the meat is done to taste.
  9. The cook time will vary slightly depending on the size of the pork loin.
  10. Allow meat to rest/cool before slicing .

Cherry Coke Pork with Lime

Cherry Coke Pork Loin with Lime


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I hope you’ll add this Cherry Coke Pork with Lime recipe to your NCAA® March Madness menu, and share your recipe wins and losses.

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  • Reply WM G. 19/03/2015 at 11:17 am

    Nice recipe and pictures. I’ll bet it’s good! But a little too commercial to my taste.
    Makes me wonder about the tie to the Coke corporation, and I’m from long time Atlanta.
    Please lighten up on the obvious influence of money. Please!

    • Reply Jess 19/03/2015 at 11:33 am

      I created the recipe for Coca-Cola, that is why there are Coke products on display. The dish wouldn’t taste the same without the use of Cherry Coke. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but my blog is my business. I occasionally create recipes for an advertiser and I always make sure my readers know I was compensated for my post.

      • Reply Richard E Gingras 20/03/2015 at 3:45 pm

        did you use fresh cherries?

        • Reply Jess 20/03/2015 at 4:14 pm

          Yes… but you can use canned or frozen (thaw first) if they aren’t maraschino or pie filling. You can just drain and chop. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Reply Bob 19/06/2016 at 1:12 pm

        Well said.

        Separately: How easy is it to tweak this for a Slow Cooker / Crockpot method? Would an 8 hour LOW cook work?

        • Reply Jess 19/06/2016 at 1:45 pm

          You could adjust this for a slow cooker. I would advise lightly coating the pork loin in oil before pan searing it, and then place it in the slow cook to finish the recipe. The cooking time would vary with temperature and size of the pork loin. Someone in our family said she used her slow cooker instead of the a dutch oven. Let me know if you try the recipe and if you like it.

  • Reply Dana 19/03/2015 at 9:38 pm

    This sounds so delicious!

  • Reply Jill 20/03/2015 at 10:59 pm

    Wow…these look so so good and savory!

    • Reply Jess 21/03/2015 at 4:53 pm

      I made them after a ball game and we had quite a few people over for dinner, they really enjoyed the recipe.

  • Reply Carole 21/03/2015 at 9:59 am

    If I’m using a 4lb pork butt boneless in a Dutch oven, what temp and how long?

    • Reply Jess 21/03/2015 at 4:52 pm

      2.5 to 3 hours at 350 depending on the shape. I recommended having a meat thermometer to check internal temperature.

  • Reply Alice 23/03/2015 at 8:01 am

    they sound really good!

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