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Good, quick-meal meat products at chain grocery stores

alkapal Jun 12, 2013 07:17 AM

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.

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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). http://www.tyson.com/Products/Our-Pro...
It is no longer in her Publix in Fort Myers, but it is carried now in my Target in Falls Church, VA.
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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.
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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. juliejulez RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 10:19 AM

    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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      Njchicaa RE: juliejulez Jun 13, 2013 07:02 AM

      I agree. The saltiness is off the charts.

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        Nanzi RE: Njchicaa Jun 13, 2013 07:08 AM

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

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          c oliver RE: Nanzi Jun 13, 2013 05:21 PM

          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.

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      tracytrace RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 06:43 PM

      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. Boston_Otter RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 07:01 PM

        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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          Nanzi RE: Boston_Otter Jun 13, 2013 07:10 AM

          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??

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            mucho gordo RE: Nanzi Jun 13, 2013 11:51 AM

            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. foodieX2 RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 07:02 PM

          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,

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            Violatp RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 07:06 PM

            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.

            1. Atomic76 RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 08:21 PM

              I love Trader Joe's frozen turkey meatballs. They're pretty big, and don't look or taste so processed like many others do.

              I'm not a big fan of the precooked grilled chicken though, too many additives. I usually just pre-grill a few chicken breasts to have some on hand throughout the week and leave them in my fridge for salads and stuff.

              1. ipsedixit RE: alkapal Jun 12, 2013 09:28 PM

                Spam? (Ok, just kidding).

                I actually think the cryovac bulgolgi at Costco is pretty good.

                1. alkapal RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 03:36 AM

                  the "shortcuts" chicken strips in the fridge section are from perdue, not tyson's. good on a sandwich or salad. could use in some yellow or white rice, too.

                  harris teeter and giant offer them BOGO pretty frequently.

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                    pinehurst RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 07:04 AM

                    Yes...I like the Perdue Short Cuts original roasted chicken strips in a pinch. Find them on sale sometimes 2 packs for $3.00....not quite a steal, but for quick protein over a salad when I don't want to heat the house by cooking, a good deal.

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                      Isolda RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 07:16 AM

                      The Trader Joe's version of these (in the freezer) is much better, IMO. They have a nice grilled taste without all the weird chemicals Perdue uses.

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                      sedimental RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 07:01 AM

                      I don't eat meat products like that, so I cant comment on Safeways products other than the packages of frozen fish (individually sealed) in the big bags at Safeway. They have sole, cod, catfish. They are very small, thin fillets that are thawed in minutes and good various Asian style dinners and soups. Really fast with a nice texture and some decent flavor for frozen fish.

                      1. Njchicaa RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 07:04 AM

                        I just can't justify paying extra for cooked/grilled chicken strips or pre-marinated meat. So easy to do yourself and you know exactly what ingredients are in it.

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                          fldhkybnva RE: Njchicaa Jun 13, 2013 05:05 PM

                          This is how I feel as I've been disappointed by most pacakaged cooked meats. I find it easier to just cook in batches if I need quick meat.

                        2. BeefeaterRocks RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 08:26 AM

                          I like Aidell's Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs. I fry up some bell peppers & onions, add the meatballs, Soy Vay Teriyaki sauce and serve over pineapple rice. http://www.aidells.com/product/21

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                            Jelly71 RE: BeefeaterRocks Jun 13, 2013 12:02 PM

                            I got their mango jalapeƱo meatballs at Costco last month. They were so good! A little spicy, a little sweetness and so moist. I ate them all week for lunch and didn't get tired of them.

                          2. biondanonima RE: alkapal Jun 13, 2013 08:30 AM

                            I love the Amylu brand chicken sausages and burgers available at Costco - they're fully cooked, low fat and low carb. The stores near me only have the Andouille sausage and the gouda burgers lately, but there are several other good flavors, including a spinach-gouda sausage, tomato mozzarella, and a really tasty breakfast sausage.

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