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PULLED PORK WITH ROOT BEER SAUCE

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Ingredients

  • 1 2-1/2- to 3-pound pork sirloin roast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 cup root beer*
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups root beer (two 12-ounce cans or bottles)*
  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon root beer concentrate (optional)
  • Several dashes bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 8 to 10 hamburger buns, split (and toasted, if desired)
  • Lettuce leaves (optional)
  • Tomato slices (optional)

Details

Preparation

Step 1

1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2- to 5-quart crockery cooker. Sprinkle meat with the salt and pepper. In a large skillet brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to cooker. Add onions, the 1 cup root beer, and garlic.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
3. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan combine the 3 cups of root beer and the chili sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups. Add root beer concentrate and bottled hot pepper sauce, if desired.
4. Transfer roast to a cutting board or serving platter. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions from cooking juices and place on serving platter. Discard juices. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds. To serve, line buns with lettuce leaves and tomato slices, if desired. Add meat and onions; spoon on sauce. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Note
Do not substitute with diet root beer

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