As you can see from the label, it really does contain Yeungling lager, although it is halfway down the ingredient list. I opened the bottle a gave this new sauce the finger test. Somewhat sweet, somewhat tart, this sauce does have a nice balance. Did I taste beer? Yeah, a bit. Not overpowering and perhaps I would have liked a bit more of that malty flavor. For the true test, I made some pulled chicken and sauced the meat for some chicken sandwiches.
I brined a fryer overnight and lightly seasoned with Oakridge Secret Weapon Pork and Chicken rub, then smoked with pecan at 350 F until 160 F internal. About two hours.
I placed in a pan and tightly covered with foil to rest for 30 minutes before pulling.
After pulling, I lightly sauced the pulled chicken with about 1/3 cup of the sauce. We served on white buns with diced onion and dill pickle chips. How was it? Well, the reincarnation of the Yeungling lager sauce as a BBQ sauce is ok. Compared to other bottled BBQ sauces, this offering is slightly above average. But, when compared to their thinner lager sauce from the past, it is a bit lacking. The past sauce had more of a vinegar bite and malty flavor. The new product is sweeter and lacks a malty backbone. I will buy more in the future. But, if there is another sauce that catches my eye, I just might try something else as well.
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