Saturday 29 May 2021

Plant-based Ribs

I've tried two products that try to imitate ribs, and they are both brilliant! There are a few other rib-like products that I've spotted, so I'll add them to the list in due course.

Back in my meat-eating days, I only ever tried ribs once or twice. I liked the flavour but the process of chewing and scraping all these bits of meat off of a bone was never my favourite.

The VEGilantes: Plant Based R*bs with a Smoky BBQ Sauce - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Frozen / 6pk / 240g / £3

I found these vegan ribs while browsing the meat-free section in Morrisons, and after trying them I keep going back for more! In the box you get the r*bs and a sachet of smoky BBQ sauce. You start cooking the r*bs and then coat them in the sauce about half-way through. You're supposed to cook them in the oven, but mine is currently out-of-action so I have been using a frying pan, which works very well. They've really done an awesome job recreating the texture and flavour of ribs, but without the ordeal of tearing it off the bone - plus the 'meat' doesn't get stuck in your teeth. I'm enjoying these more than I ever did the real thing.

I also used a bit of the sauce to flavour some roast potatoes (again, I was pan frying them, so they were probably fried potatoes) and they were awesome too!

Sainsbury's: No Pork Ribs with a Smoky BBQ Sauce - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilled / 270g / £4

These are a new edition to the 2022 summer range. They come chilled and are packed as one whole 'rack'. Once cooked you can cut the individual 'ribs' out. The smoky BBQ sauce is really tasty and the ribs themselves have a really good texture which is tender and comes apart in a very meat-like way. I really do like these and I'll definitely get them a few more times before the end of the summer.

Oumph!: Sticky Smokehouse Rib Style - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

The texture and flavour of these was really good. However they didn't come with extra sauce so the outside dried out a little during cooking (may have been our fault).

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