Pulled Pork with Root Beer sauce

Total Time
9hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 9 hrs

From Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 12th edition Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12-3 lbs pork sirloin roast
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 medium onions, cut in thin wedges
  • 1 cup root beer (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • Sauce

  • 3 cups root beer (two 12-ounce bottles or cans)
  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 14 teaspoon root beer concentrate (optional)
  • 3 -5 dashes bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 8 -10 hamburger buns, split (toasted, if desired)
  • lettuce leaf (optional)
  • tomatoes, slices (optional)


  1. Trim fat from meat.
  2. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper.
  4. In a large skillet, brown meat on all sides in hot oil.
  5. Drain off fat.
  6. Transfer meat to cooker.
  7. Add onions, 1 cup root beer and garlic.
  8. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
  9. For sauce, in a medium saucepan combine 3 cups root beer and the chili sauce.
  10. Bring to a boil; reduce heat.
  11. Boil gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups.
  12. If desired, add root beer concentrate and hot pepper sauce.
  13. Transfer meat to a cutting board.
  14. or serving platter.
  15. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions from cooking juices and place on a serving platter.
  16. Discard juices.
  17. Using 2 forks, pull meat apart into shreds.
  18. To serve, if desired, line buns with lettuce and tomato.
  19. Add meat and onions; spoon on sauce.
Most Helpful

3 5

We found this recipe way too sweet. The cooking of the meat and onions worked out well, and in that step, the root beer only added what my husband calls a "twang" and was not overpowering. I could never get the sauce to thicken up, and it was just sickly sweet. I plan to make this again, but substitute another bbq sauce for the sauce ingredients called for here.

4 5

The meat in the recipe turned out very tender. Before shredding, I pulled off the fat. Adding the rootbeer concentrate to this recipe work better than other recipes that called for 3 cups of rootbeer. The sauce was thicker. I placed the shredded pork in a bowl and poured the sauce directly on top; toss to coat meat with sauce.

3 5

We liked this recipe, but the sauce ended up being very watery. We'll make it again and figure out how to thicken it up...