A Hint of Sweet with Your Meat

The pairing of sugary, fruity sweetness with traditionally savory meat fascinates many Chowhounds.

kaleokahu finds the pairing disgusting in the abstract, but loves specific meat-and-sweet dishes. "The *idea* ... repulses me—I have always eschewed syrup within a yard of my bacon," says kaleokahu. "Yet, the one time I tried a McGriddle, I knew taking a second bite would be risking fullblown addiction." kaleokahu has become "happily fattened" on other sugar-meets-savory dishes, including Mongolian beef, General Tso's Chicken, Monte Cristo sandwiches, and pollo involtini, which features a sweetened balsamic vinegar reduction over chicken-wrapped sausage.

pdxgastro and smartie both like a cranberry-and-turkey combo. pdxgastro also enjoys applesauce or sautéed apple slices with pork chops. The list is seemingly endless: "Lamb with mint jelly or red currant jelly, turkey with cranberry sauce ... latkes with apple sauce, lots of Chinese food comes sweet and sour," smartie says.

But some hounds have specific sweet-and-meat preferences. "The only applications where it works for me is with very rich-flavored meats such as duck, venison or very good pork," linguafood says. "Foie gras comes to mind, too. It can be a nice counterbalance to have a *hint* of sweetness, like a port wine and fig reduction with duck, or cherry sauce with venison, or spicy applesauce with a good pork chop."

In the end, there are many ways to enjoy this flavor combination. "Kind of kitschy, but little smokies [sausages] wrapped in bacon and baked in brown sugar are DIVINE!! Sweet meat at its best," says sisterfunkhaus.

Discuss: Sweet & Meat...mmmm yeah~

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