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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Root Beer Sauce for Pork

I want to make this again just to have the house smell like A&W all night (I do prefer A&W for this, having tried it with Barq's as well). 
The root beer reduces to a slightly syrupy, but not overly sweet, jus that is intriguingly spicy and rich in flavor.  This sauce will top grilled chops, braised shanks, fried ham, sliced roast or pulled pork shoulder equally well.  You can measure and combine ingredients a day ahead of time (or freeze the mixture), or make the sauce to reheat up to a day ahead as well.

Root Beer Sauce for Pork
Makes 4 servings (about 1 1/4 cups)

1 12 oz. can root beer
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 star anise OR 1/2 cinnamon stick OR 3 whole cloves
1/2 cup sweet cherries, fresh, frozen or canned in juice and drained (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, and boil on high heat until reduced to 1/3 volume (about 20 minutes).  Strain before serving, if desired. Pin It

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