Root Beer Pulled Pork at the Tempo Restaurant in Halifax
When I went to eat at the Tempo Restaurant in the Delta Barrington Hotel in Halifax a while back, I was really just planning to have a burger or something but I ended up being seduced by a platter featuring Root Beer Pulled Pork. I had never heard of such a thing and I have to say that it was, well… interesting.
The item appeared on the menu as follows:
Sweet and Savory Pork Duo – Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Root Beer Braised Pulled Pork Shoulder and Herb Roasted Baby Potatoes.
Well, I have seen quite a number of dishes that use Coca Cola as a braising medium (although I have yet to try doing so myself) but the idea of using root beer the same way seemed decidedly odd. In that instant, all thoughts of a burger were banished and I knew I had to try it even though, quite frankly, it sounded as though it might be vile…
Happily, as it turns out, I wasn’t revolted and the meal was largely pretty good. The grilled pork tenderloin was a little dry (in fairness, it often tends to be so) and I found myself wishing for a little applesauce, but the potatoes and vegetables (in this case, broccoli and asparagus) were very well cooked and quite delicious.
As for the pulled pork, though, I was surprised that there wasn’t any hint of root beer taste about it all… It was very moist and tender (as pulled pork should be) but there was a background taste that I couldn’t identify and wasn’t sure I liked. It wasn’t, as I say, a root beer taste, but rather a slightly woody, slightly gamey flavor that lingered a bit. Whatever it was (the root beer or something else) it rather convinced me to not bother trying to reproduce the dish any time soon. Still, I’m glad I gave it a try…