A few weeks ago, I was doing some grocery shopping and, while walking through the meat section, I came across a 10 pound box of Farmland Pork Rib-lets. The store had the rib-lets on sale for $9.99 and, figuring that was a great price, I decided to buy a box.
As is usually the case whenever you find a great deal like that, I later found the rib-lets weren’t as good as I was hoping they would be.
I have had other products from the Farmland brand before and usually do like the items we purchase. But, in this case, the rib-lets were a serious disappointment.
First of all, the way these rib-lets were packaged was a joke. They were boxed and frozen in what was basically an unorganized rib-let blob. Since there was no way we were going to eat 10 pounds worth in one sitting, we had to separate the rib-lets into freezer bags. But, in order to do that, we pretty much had to let the meat thaw most of the day so we could get them apart. And, even then it was a task because, in order to re-freeze them, we couldn’t let them thaw too much. My wife and I ended up joking about the fact the box has “ready to eat” on the side because it really should say “ready to eat in about 8 hours.”
I probably could have lived with the extra work involved with separating the Farmland Pork Rib-lets if they would have been a food item I actually ended up enjoying. But, once again, I ended up being disappointed by them.
Taste wise, they weren’t too terrible; especially since we had them covered in barbecue sauce. But, the rib-lets had hardly any meat on them at all. I know rib-lets usually have less meat on them than a regular pork rib might. But, these were almost all bone. In fact, I would be willing to guess that, in that 10 pound box, we were lucky to have four or five pounds of actual meat. As a result, they proved not to be as filling as we were expecting them to be; something I am taking note of the next time we make them because it means we will probably have to make twice as many.
Knowing what I do now about this product, I do feel, even at $9.99, the Farmland Pork Rib-lets were not worth the money.