As wonderful as my recent attempts at cooking have been, I have had a flub or two. This is one of them. I found a package of 4 center-cut pork chops reduced at my local grocer 2 weekends ago. The meat looked fine but had an expiration date of the next day. I snatched up one of the packages, brought it home, and decided to attempt pulled pork in my slow cooker.
I’ve made pulled pork in the slow cooker in the past. And it was good. Recently, I made some BBQ meatloaves (not yet featured here on the site) and used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce – Sweet Vidalia Onion flavor. While the BBQ sauce was a bit on the sweet side, it tasted pretty good in that recipe. Deciding I liked the sauce and wanted to use it more at home, I picked up their original flavor when I bought the trout. Once the chops were done, I shredded the meat and set it aside in a bowl. In a small saucepan, I heated and simmered several cups of this sauce. I don’t like my BBQ sauce “raw” as it were. Once it was heated through, I poured the sauce over the meat and mixed it all together well.
All was done and I made a sandwich for dinner. I had stopped by the a specialty grocery store and picked up a few items I can’t find at grocers near me: some new-to-me chips, chocolate-covered animal crackers, fresh cherries, and little demi baguettes perfect for this sandwich.
The problem was that while the meatloaves tasted okay with this BBQ sauce, the pulled pork is decidedly NOT tasty. It is way, way too sweet. I mean WAY too sweet. I like things a little on the sweet side, especially sauces that have a tomato base. But this. This was horrible. I can’t in good conscience suggest you buy this brand of BBQ sauce. And now I have two large bottles of the stuff that I don’t know what to do with. And two packages of BBQ pulled pork in my freezer that I don’t want to eat.
Even though I detested the sandwich I had for dinner (though I finished it), I packed another for lunch the next day. My hope? That somehow that sweetness would mellow over night. It did not. I will admit to throwing a portion of this sandwich away. It was just too sweet to finish. The only redeeming quality about this bento, besides those gorgeous fresh cherries, are the chips. They are FABU DELICIOUSNESS! And I’m sharing more about them this weekend, so be sure to check back here at NEB to find out what they are.
Be the bento everyone! I hope your lunch today is better than this one was.