Review: Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Pot Roast sauce
I do appreciate the “set it and forget it” convenience of my slow cooker, but smelling food wafting through my house — also my full-time office — for hours distracts my nose and stomach from my work. So I rarely bring it out.
During a grocery trip some time ago, found this bag of Campbell’s Sweet Korean BBQ slow-cooker ready-to-use sauce. Curiosity convinced me to give my slow cooker a well-deserved workout and to test this new sauce.
Can a big company like Campbell’s interpret Korean cuisine in a way that is somewhat authentic — or at least authentic enough that it doesn’t taste like teriyaki? Promisingly, the ingredients listed on the package are common in Korean meat marinades: sugar, soy sauce, apple juice, onion, roasted garlic, ginger, sesame oil and red pepper.
I carefully placed my 2–3 pounds of boneless chuck roast in the cooker and poured the sauce package onto the meat. I was careful to get the sauce all around the edges as much as possible. Halfway through the four-hour cooking time, I flipped the meat over for even cooking.
The boneless chuck released a lot more liquid than I thought it would. It diluted the sauce considerably, so much so that I didn’t taste what was suggested by the ingredients. Only sweetness came through the dilution, while the rest of the flavors faded into the background. Even the saltiness — challengingly prominent in pot roast sauces — played second-fiddle.
I took the advice on the package and served the Korean pot roast in a soft taco. I topped it with shredded radish, diced kimchi and lettuce, with a side of spicy grilled bok choy.
My conclusion: Campbell’s Slow Cooker Korean BBQ sauce is a very convenient and safe way to cook a pot roast. But if you want the final product will taste more Korean, slip in a little more ginger, garlic, green onion, etc. in the last half-hour or so of cooking.
Hubby, who is not a big fan of pot roast because of its typical saltiness, called it “the best pot roast I’ve had in a long time.”
If you want to try some for yourself, the suggested retail price is $2.99 for a 13-oz. pouch.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. I purchased this item with my own money. Opinions expressed here are my own — and/or my dear husband’s.