Monday, February 4, 2008

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

1 (2-1/2 to 3 lb.) pork sirloin roast
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 TB cooking oil
2 medium onions, cut into thin wedges
1 cup root beer
2 TB minced garlic
3 cups root beer (two 12 oz. cans or bottles)
1 cup bottled chili sauce
1/4 tsp. 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)

Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2 to 5 quart crock pot/slow 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. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

To make the sauce:
in a medium saucepan combine the 2 cans or bottles 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. 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.

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