Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

Root beer gives these slow cooked pork sandwiches rich color and pleasant sweetness.



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

Directions
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.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 356, Fat, total (g) 10, chol. (mg) 59, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 44, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 22, vit. A (RE) 41, vit. C (mg) 5, sodium (mg) 786, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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