Friday, September 30, 2011

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

As much as I love trying to incorporate things like candy bars into my baking, I love to incorporate wacky things like soda pop into my savory dishes.  My Best Ever Brisket recipe calls for a can of Coca-Cola.  And it's well, the Best Ever.  If Coca-Cola and beef brisket can be friends, then why can't pork and root beer be friends too?  This super simple slow cooker recipe is perfect for busy days and casual entertaining.  The pulled pork comes out super juicy and the bbq sauce is simple, with a unique flavor from the root beer. 
See?  Pork and Root Beer can be friends.
The Line-Up
Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven.
Season pork roast with salt and pepper.
Brown in hot oil on all sides.
Place roast in slow cooker and
cover with onions.

Add root beer and garlic.
(Sorry for the blurry picture. 
I must have been jumping for joy
in anticipation of eating this.)

When pork is almost done,
add 3 cups root beer to sauce pan.
Boil together with chili sauce.
Spice up with hot sauce
if desired.
Pull pork apart with forks until shredded.
Mix with BBQ sauce.
Serve on buns and pig out. 
Get it?  Pig out.
You know pulled pork?
Pig out.
Ha ha.

 Slow Cooker Root beer Pulled Pork with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

3 pound pork sirloin roast
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 onions, cut into thin strips
1 cup root beer
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 cups root beer (2 twelve-ounce cans)
1 jar bottled chili sauce
hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
sandwich buns

Trim fat from roast.  Heat oil in a large skillet.  Season roast well with salt and pepper.  Brown roast in hot oil on all sides.  Place roast in slow cooker and add onions, 1 cup root beer and garlic.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours or HIGH for 4-5 hours.  When roast is almost done, make BBQ sauce.  Combine the 3 cups root beer with chili sauce.  Bring to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and stir occasionally about 30 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups.  Season with hot sauce if desired.  Remove roast to a cutting board and use two forks to pull meat apart.  Combine shredded pork with BBQ sauce and serve on toasted buns.

Prep Time:  Approximately 15 minutes     Cook Time:  Approximately 10 hours


  1. I'm making this for tomorrow's games. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again!

  2. Great! Hope you guys enjoy it!


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