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Jun 12, 2013 07:17 AM

Good, quick-meal meat products at chain grocery stores

1. Curley's Sauceless BBQ smoked products (ready to eat, vacuum-packed and sold in tubs). Got the beef slices and the pulled pork. Want to try the pulled chicken, too.

Found it at Publix on a Buy One Get One Free deal.
That was in Florida, but here in Northern Virginia, the product is carried by Shoppers Food Warehouse.

2. Tyson's Cooked Chicken "Grilled and Ready" Chicken Breast Strips (frozen). Nice to use for a salad topper when you don't feel like cooking. (I thought there used to be a refrigerated-case version called "Shortcuts" that was "original" or seasoned in Southwest or Italian versions, but I don't see that product on their website). The Tyson's frozen boneless chicken breast chunks are good for a quickie curry or chicken salad.

While on the topic of Tyson's, my sister adores the Tyson's "Any'tizers" Chicken and Spinach Bruschetta (Frozen).
It is no longer in her Publix in Fort Myers, but it is carried now in my Target in Falls Church, VA.
3. Hormel Marinated Pork Tenderloins. Cooked the Apple and Bourbon version the other night, and made a Port-Mushroom-Shallot-Mustard-Butter Sauce. This is the second marinade version I've had, and they both were moist, very tender, so easy to prepare and ready in 25 minutes! Got them at Publix in Florida but see they are carried in NoVa at Harris Teeter.
4. Brookwood Farms Eastern North Carolina Style Real Smoked Pork BBQ. Trust me, it's the real deal. Lean, truly smoked and not saucy. I get mine at Harris Teeter here in NoVa, in a tub near the prepared BBQ tubs.

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  1. I find most of those Hormel Tenderloins way way way too salty. It's not that hard to take a plain one and flavor it up.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      I agree. The saltiness is off the charts.

      1. re: Njchicaa

        Me three on the salt. And it is easy to prepare yourself without so much salt.

        1. re: Nanzi

          And I can do a pork tenderloin on the grill in under 20 minutes. The only marinated one I ever bought had the texture of over marinated and too much of the marinade flavor.

    2. Several times over the past few months, I have bought and LOVED a refrigerated, vacuum-packed "Turkey Pot Roast" by Jennie-O. It microwaves in 12 minutes, then you remove the big ol' bone and serve it up. I was getting it at Kroger in the same section with Bob Evans and similar products, but I haven't seen it for a couple of weeks, and today the shelf marker was gone. Makes me sad. If you see it, I recommend it. We loved it served over corn muffins with a scoop of cranberry sauce on the side. Hints of Thanksgiving with no work.

      1. The Jennie-O Turkey Burgers (or the Trader Joes equivalent) are easy, simple, versatile dinner mainstays for a household.

        I also often get the frozen Barber stuffed chicken breasts, especially the amazing Cream Brie & Apple flavor.

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        1. re: Boston_Otter

          That Apple & Brie flavor is really hard to find here in DE. I think it might be seasonal, in the fall, but it is so good, I'd love to see it year round. Are you listening Barber??

          1. re: Nanzi

            I haven't seen that flavor either but the others are great. Have you noticed that the cooking time listed on the package isn't sufficient to cook them fully? We usually wind up cooking the breasts an extra 10-15 minutes.

        2. The only success I have had with quick meal meats has been at Trader Joe's and even that is moderate at best. The frozen lime chicken patties, frozen meatballs and frozen chicken gyoza are good for a quick meal. The chicken and meatballs often end up as sandwiches/subs,

          1. I don't know where else it's available, but in San Francisco (Safeway) I would sometimes get the packaged and vacuum packed Harris Ranch tri-tip roast. Still quite pricey at about $7 or $8 a pound (the package would sometimes be as much as $20) but for a pre-cooked meat product, it was surprisingly delicious.

            Considering my micro-kitchen, the splurge was definitely worth it. And I figured $7 a pound for cooked tri tip wasn't actually that bad, really.