Review: Oscar Mayer Carving Board Pulled Pork

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.

5 Comments on Review: Oscar Mayer Carving Board Pulled Pork

  1. I’m actually psyched to see this review. I’ve been home with the flu for a few days and while eating was not an option, becoming one with my couch certainly was. As part of that I watched quite a bit of TV, and it seemed like I could not escape the commercials for this product. I must have seen the commercial 100 times. They were really hyping it during football this weekend, a sensible marketing plan.

    Anyway, I recalled thinking it looked pretty decent, but wondered about flavor so thanks for the review!

  2. I guess this sounds like just about what I expected. Oscar Meyer is not going to put out something bad and I like their bacon and dogs. But not going to replace the Q at your or my house.

  3. Nancy Beal // March 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm //

    My family loves pulled pork, I bought 2 pks for dinner. The first pack was fine and second pack had so much fat and grissel in it you couldn’t eat it. Threw mose of the second pack in the garbage.

  4. I have thought of buying the pulled pork for quite some time now-finally did it today–so disappointed!!!
    not good meat or maybe it was the artificial smoke flavoring-not sure if I will even try to eat the rest-I divided it and froze what I didn’t use today.

  5. Karl Schneider // May 8, 2013 at 10:44 am //

    Well, I had seen the TV ads for this stuff so when I happened to notice it at the local grocery, I grabbed one to try.
    Did not notice until I got home it was the ‘sweet & spicy’ variety but that didn’t bother me since I like pretty much every example of roast pork…but after 2 bites, I seriously wondered if it was cooked rat…or maybe possum. I actually finished the sandwich I had made using about 5 ounces and then had a tough time keeping from throwing up.
    This garbage tastes like the chemical residue from a poorly tuned oil refinery and has the texture of medium-rare garden slugs (I would imagine). The rest of the container went into the dog’s bowl and he didn’t even wolf it down like he does with pretty much anything that doesn’t eat him first. This product is about as far from actual real pulled pork as anything I can imagine. Yuck to the 20th power.

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