A short time back I received a Tweet from Oscar Mayer asking if I'd like to try their new Carving Board Pulled Pork. My first thought was to turn it down. After my experience with the Subway Pulled Pork Sandwich I have really tried to keep my taste buds intact by not subjecting them to mass-produced pork products. Then I thought why not take it. After all I've eaten Oscar Meyer products for most of my life. I grew up on Oscar Mayer hotdogs and bologna. So how bad could it actually be? I knew there was a huge risk that I was going to be disappointed. I mean there is a reverence for pork in my house so if it wasn't any good I was going to be forced with the decision to write a negative review or just forget I ever ate it. I suppose I could have done a quick internet search to check out the product but I didn't. I just said yes and waited for the delivery. I was expecting a package of soggy, BBQ sauce soaked meat that was supposed to be pork. But what I received was not what I was expecting. It actually looked like real pulled pork. I was shocked. Maybe there was a chance it wasn't going taste bad.
Instead of vacuum sealed container of sauced pork I got a clear package filled with chunks of what appeared to be real pulled pork. Not chopped but pulled. I was shocked, I really was. Okay, so it looks good but what about taste? I opened the container and dropped a piece of pork into my mouth.
And you know what? It actually tasted good. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t as good as the pulled pork that I cook. But it did in fact taste good. It had good texture, not mushy or gummy. It tasted like…..pork. Actual honest to gosh pork.
The pork is not perfect, the seasoning is less than what a BBQ enthusiast would prefer and for my taste the smoke flavor is almost non-existent. But for a store-bought “smoked” pork product it was pretty good. If I needed some quick pork for some dish and my freezer just happened to not have a bag of pulled pork in it I’d run to the store for some.
Pork By Fork is Oscar Mayer’s tagline for their launch of this product. When my children were growing up we would have what our family called “Dinner Nachos.” Tortilla chips loaded with meat, cheese, sour cream, avocado, beans, tomatoes and whatever else we might have handy. I figured this would be a great way to test the Carving Board Pulled Pork in a meal.
I loaded up a plate with tortilla chips and shredded cheese. A quick zap in the microwave to melt the cheese and then loading them up with all the fixings. My preferred dressing to my dinner nachos is 1,000 Island Dressing mixed with Mrs. Renfro’s Ghost Pepper Salsa. The combination of sweet from the dressing and the heat from the ghost pepper makes for a great flavor profile.
Oscar Mayer Carving Board Pulled Pork isn’t going to be for everyone. I’m sure some of my BBQ snob friends will turn their noses up at the thought of eating it. But, for those with an open mind about this type of thing they’d be surprised at how good it is.