Of the many missions I have tasked myself with (who has the best French fry, what about best plant based burger), the most recent goal I’m working toward has me particularly excited – who has the best store bought pulled pork? The newest contender in my refrigerator – this handsomely packaged tray from Kroger.
Cooking: Microwave or bake. You have to cook the whole package in one go, which is fairly routine for this type of product; leftovers are easy to reheat again after that. I actually managed to overcook a small portion of the pork following the microwave guidelines – so do be careful.
Taste and texture: Not good. The first notable let down is the lack of sweet smoke. You notice this from the moment you start cooking the dish – there’s a dearth of any of the excitement this dish is meant to deliver. The pork is visually unappealing when cooked, it’s exceptionably fatty and in a single word, disappointing.
Verdict: A hard pass for me. The pork lacks any redeemable characteristics. The lack of smoke is a big failure, and the extreme fattiness just compounds an otherwise lackluster dish.
What other options are there: Niman Ranch’s Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork is light years ahead of anything I’ve tasted so far – who else should I try?
Kroger Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork nutrition and cooking
Is Kroger Hardwood Smoked Pulled Pork any good?
Nope. It’s not. The pork lacks a depth of smoky flavor an is ultimately too fatty for my tastes. Look elsewhere for your pulled pork fix.
Hi I’m Stuart, professional food writer and long time eater. You can find my writing at places like Gastronomic SLC, Visit Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Stories, Utah Now Online and many others.
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