You probably know that a crock pot is a dandy way to cook pulled pork. Did you know that adding root beer to that crock pot lends the meat an intriguing sweetness? I was looking for a combination odd enough to satisfy a friend who has been known to combine ANY food or drink available when at the grill. "Chocolate shrimp anyone? How about a Dr. Pepper burger?"
A google search revealed an appropriately strange concoction, Root Beer Pulled Pork. I simply cooked a few pounds of pork tenderloin on low with a bottle of root beer for 7 hours. When the meat was sufficiently tender I shredded it, and mixed it with BBQ sauce. Since I was feeling very lazy that day I used my favorite bottled sauce. (Oh the SHAME!) To make up for my shortcomings in the sauce department and because I really wanted the root beer flavor to make its presence known I decided to top my sandwiches with Root Beer and Onion Jam. These sandwiches are a sweet, savory, and satisfying way to let your supper scream summer.
Root Beer and Onion Jam
1 sweet yellow onion, peeled and sliced
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup root beer
Cook onions in butter over low heat until soft. Add the root beer and let the onions cook down to one beautifully brown sweet sticky mess.