Good, but it's very much just the sauce on the meat that you taste in the end. Unfortunately, I went with a sweeter BBQ sauce and ended up with what tasted like a sloppy joe. If I'd used a traditional sauce, though, I'd say the experience of the pulled pork would have been more on the mark. I followed the directions, using a small pork shoulder with an average amount of fat on it, added sliced onion on the bottom. Used enough A&W root beer to come up to 3/4 of the side of the meat, cooked it for 8 hours on low, turned it about three times,dumped the juice/root beer/onions, added the BBQ sauce and cooked the last hour on high. I tasted the pork on it's own after shredding and sadly, honestly, the meat didn't taste like anything at all! Super-tender and shredded easily, obviously, but it had no real flavor. The meat wasn't supposed to be seasoned, so I was hoping for a rich flavor or something from just the root beer, but no.
So in the end, since the root beer does NOTHING to flavor the meat, you basically end up with just the taste of whatever BBQ sauce you use.
*Just re-read some reviews and it was noted that the root beer is supposed to be a tenderizer only and is NOT meant to add any flavoring. Okay, got it!* Super-easy recipe and fairly cheap. I'll make it again, but just use a vinegar-based BBQ sauce next time.
But we did really like it and both ate two sandwiches!
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Good, but it's very much just the sauce on the meat that you taste in the end. Unfortunately,...