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Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce

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Pulled pork in a crock pot tends to taste bland to me. The root beer sauce takes this to another level. Pork sirloin is used as it is very lean and doesn't make for a meal of spitting out chunks of fat.

Pulled Pork with Root Beer Sauce


  • 1- 2 ½ to 3 pound pork sirloin roast
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cup root beer
  • 1 bottle chili sauce
  • hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • hamburger buns (optional)


  1. Trim any fat from the meat if desired.
  2. Place meat in slow cooker and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Add onion, garlic,and 1 cup root beer.
  4. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8-10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-5 hours.
  5. For the sauce, combine 3 cups of root beer and the bottle of chili sauce in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, stirring occasionally.
  7. If desired, add hot pepper sauce.
  8. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and shred using 2 forks.
  9. Place the meat in a large bowl. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions to the meat.
  10. Discard the cooking juices. Pour the root beer sauce onto the pork and toss to coat evenly.
  11. Serve on a hamburger bun, or eat alone.

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Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook: Bridal Edition

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