Rating: 3.5 stars
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 5
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
slow-cook:
8 hrs
heat:
10 mins
total:
8 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

The day before:
  • Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker with a car adapter. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. In a large skillet cook meat in hot oil over medium-high heat until brown on all sides. Drain off fat. Transfer meat to cooker. Add onions, 1 cup root beer, and garlic. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan combine 3 cups root beer and chili sauce. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 30 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 2 cups, stirring occasionally. If desired, stir in root beer concentrate and hot pepper sauce.

  • Remove meat from cooker. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to a large bowl and discard cooking liquid. Using two forks, pull meat apart into shreds. Add shredded meat and sauce to onions; stir gently to coat. Transfer meat mixture to a storage container; cover and chill overnight.

Tailgate day:
  • Transfer meat mixture to a large saucepan. Reheat, covered, over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add 2 to 4 tablespoons root beer to keep mixture from sticking. Return meat mixture to cooker.

  • Tightly cover slow cooker and tote in an insulated carrier. If desired, tote lettuce and tomato in an insulated cooler with ice packs.

  • At the tailgating site, plug slow cooker into car adapter and keep meat mixture warm on warm-heat setting. To serve, line buns with lettuce and tomato. Fill with meat mixture.

Must-have equipment:

2 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker with a car adapterInsulated carrierInsulated cooler with ice packs (optional)

Nutrition Facts

421 calories; fat 9g; cholesterol 98mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 48g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 3g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 25g; protein 35g; vitamin c 3mg; thiamin 0.6mg; riboflavin 0.5mg; niacin equivalents 10.3mg; vitamin b6 0.8mg; folate 52.4mcg; vitamin b12 0.7mcg; sodium 1412mg; potassium 592mg; calcium 90.9mg; iron 2.9mg.
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