Thursday, January 13, 2011

SLOW COOKER WEEK - PULLED PORK SANDWICHES


Nothing says "slow cooker" and "save-my-pocketbook" like pulled pork. There are so many great variations to the recipes. I like this one because of all the soft drinks out there, I love root beer and you can taste it in this sauce. You can make this recipe and chill it overnight or even freeze it in ziploc containers for up to a month. Then just thaw the night before, put in a sauce pan and reheat. If the sauce is too thick just add a little water.
This does call for browning the pork first in a pan, so for you busy people this may be a weekend dish....still super easy but one added step.
Ingredients:
2-1/2 to 3 lb pork roast
2 onions chopped
2 tbl minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp ground cumin
4 cups root beer
1 cup chili sauce
2 tbl vegetable oil
salt
pepper
hot sauce (optional)
rolls, sandwich garnishes
You should trim the fat off the roast if there is a lot. Cut the meat to fit into your cooker. Salt and pepper the roast and brown it in a skillet in the oil. Drain the fat. Place meat in the cooker and add onion, 1 cup of the root beer, thyme, cumin and garlic. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours.
In a sauce pan combine remaining root beer and chili sauce. Bring to a boil and then reduce and boil slowly for about 30 minutes until it reduces. If you want a little hot sauce add it here.
When pork is done remove it and discard the cooking liquid. When it is cool, take two forks and pull apart the pork to shredded pieces. Then make your sandwiches. Top rolls with your garnishes, pork and finally that great root beer based sauce. Sounds like a football game day meal.
Happy Playoffs!
ENJOY!

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