Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cobblestone Farms Fully Cooked Pork Back Ribs in Honey & Garlic Barbecue Sauce

It's been long enough since we last tried Cobblestone Farms that my mom completely forgot we tried it before and bought a box of Fully Cooked Pork Back Ribs in Honey & Garlic Barbecue Sauce on sale. This time I decided to be more careful about documenting everything.

First off, if you compare the front and the back, you'll see that the six minute time is only if you microwave and that's after 15 to 20 minutes of defrosting, minimum. I'm not sure I'd recommend re-heating this cooked product in the microwave though. In any case, read the instructions and set aside extra time.

Packaging says 680 grams but you of course don't get exactly 680 grams of meat and bones. Our package came in overweight while frozen at around 800 grams but there was around 2/3 cups of barbecue sauce weighing 250 grams, so it was 550 grams.
That's not bad, and definitely an excess of sauce for whatever cooking style you are using and your personal preference in how much sauce you want on your meat.

Meat was fall-off-the-bone and tender. It starts out fully cooked, and I think whatever process they used took out too much of the juice and flavour because without the sauce the meat is really on the rather bland side.
So you definitely want to use the sauce, which is predominantly sweet. I didn't really detect the garlic, and overall it felt maybe it could use a bit more salt for flavour.

Overall, the key here is convenience. Think of this not as a barbecue item but as a frozen dinner. It's fully cooked, so you don't have to worry about actually cooking it, just heating it through. Hard to go wrong with that.
If you add a bit of rice, noodles, or fries or the like, there's maybe two or three meals in this one package.

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