“ Brand: Rustlers / Type: Meat „
im here today to review rustlers bbq rib burger,,,,,,i was scared when i first brought this lol
on inspection the product looks of reasonable quality, im told its rustlers bbq rib and the pork can be traced back to the origin of the farmer which i very much doubt but there you go ,
On the back has the nutritional chart stating how much fat etc is in the product, how to cook it and their guarantee.
As with all rustlers products this is done in the microwave as their slogan states "0 to tasty in 90 seconds" that with alot of their products can be debatable lol
Placing my strange looking rib in the microwave i decided not to nuke my bread as i have found nuking bread never works so i put my rib on a place for 90 seconds and place my bun in the toaster after removing the packet of sauce they provide you with, the bun was lovely and toasted and in the 90 seconds my kitchen smelt lovely of pork and didnt smell strange in the slightest (which i have had with there quarter pounder that was just rancid).
i took my rib out the microwave to be greeted with it swimming in fat (which i did expect) and i drained it on a piece of kitchen towel. my bun was done and i constructed the burger together first putting the rib in then the sauce ontop (which is actually really nice) then adding the lid.
if im honest i think its one of the best rustlers burgers out there , yeah it tastes fake yeah we all know its not proper pork but it actually tastes nice and on a busy day they are quite handy to buy for a quid !
As i say my only advice to anyone wanting one is DONT nuke ya bun it just doesnt work ,,, well ,,,, not to my liking anyway.
I have always wondered what it would be like if i grilled the rib but im not that brave to try lol if im honest !
All in All its not rancid but its not delish, yeah if your on the run and you need something quick then its about the best on in the rustlers range but i wont be rushing back, only when i need too
Thankyou for reading: all in all ediable IF you toast the bun ,,, if not then dont bother
This is another one of those microwaveable burgers or sandwiches you can buy from several brands, this one being a BBQ rib in a sesame seed bun produced by Rustlers. The normal price is marked at £1.99 but I managed to get this one on offer for £1.39 which I thought was a very good price mark for an item such as this.
You receive your sandwich in a plastic package, you simply peel back the film, take it out and heat for at most 90 seconds in a 750w microwave and like all these types of products you need to make sure it it very hot throughout. That is always the advantage of these microwaveable food products above any other positive characteristic in my opinion, that being the ability to heat them swiftly, ideal for a quick snack or on your lunch break.
Like many other heat in the microwave burgers and sandwiches if you approach this with realistic expectations and don't feel that it will be like a a freshly prepared item in a cafe or at home then you will not be dissapointed and you will enjoy it. The rib steak is nice and moist and the sesame seed bun is mostly soft and very edible. The edition of the BBQ sauce gives the taste added zing and is instantly recognisable as a barbecue flavour.
The product is 170g and per 100g you will find 270 calories and 13g of fat so it is not something to be enjoyed everyday and an item like this will not be everyones cup of tea anyway but it is very suitable if you are in a rush or eating while on the go at work which many people are in today's fast paced world.
These are probably my favourite Rustlers, as they are the tastiest.
I acknowledge that these are probably not great for your health. I don't know the specifics and I'm no expert, but it's processed, frozen 'meat' under a brand name, so... you do the math.
That being said, I think most things within moderation are fine. So as long as you're not eating five of these a day, I don't think too much damage will be done. Just stick to one a week maybe.
Now, onto the taste - I think the Rustlers BBQ Rib is absolutely delicious. They cook in just 70 seconds, in the microwave and come with a lovely BBQ sauce that compliments the tender, juicy rib burger beautifully. When you bite into these, the rib squishes in your mouth and the sauce and bun blend together, and, it's heaven.
Sometimes the bottom bun of Rustlers can get hard but I've figured out a quick workaround that seems to work for me most of the time. Just do the following:
1. Cook the burger on a medium heat, for longer. Let's say 80 or 90 seconds.
2. Take the burger out and immediately flip it over, so the heat rushes out the bottom.
3. Leave the heat rush out for about five seconds, then flip back over.
4. Leave to cool, then tuck in!
If you do this process, the bun should stay soft. As, not sure if it's happened to you but when the bun on the bottom goes instantly hard, it ruins the whole experience. As you have to tear through the bun with your teeth, it's just plain nasty.
Anyway, overall - a delicious snack. Just don't over-indulge!
Those who have read some of my other reviews will know that I am somewhat afeared of the microwave, too many ready "meals" have passed over my lips with the large majority tasting bland and dull.
Rustlers do have their place, they are good food for when you roll in drunk or just cannot be bothered to do something proper. It is on these merits alone that my other rustlers reviews have primarily been focused, but the BBQ Rib variety deserves more careful attention than it's good but still slightly bland relatives.
First off, unlike the chicken or beef burger varieties the BBQ rib is housed in a long thin roll, it comes with a little sachet of bbq sauce (but I always throw this and use a single slice of chedder as my topping).
The flavour of the ribwich (as it shall henceforth be known) is very sweet, while this may sound a little unappetising it does work really well. As we all know pork and applesauce are excellent bedfellows, when put into this context the sweetness seems less out of place.
The 100% british pork has been pressed into the vague shape of a rack of ribs, while offering nothing to the eating experience does provide a certain aesthetic appeal.
Unfortunately the ribwich is not entirely free of criticism, it does suffer from the microwave sog and the slightly unusual taste may not be for everyone (although I like it). But that in itself is quite impressive, it manages to have enough of a flavour to be unappealing to some rather than just elliciting the response "Meh" like several of it's blander piers.
I reccomend the BBQ Rib to anyone who's ever fancied something hot but been far too lazy to get out of their chair for more than 2 minutes (something I have never done in my life, hehe), or as a good alternative to the post pub Donner.
I like the Rustlers range. Much better than Feasters, which in my view all tastes like cheap Meats. Yes, I guess this probably isn't much better and douby the best quality Meat goes into this, but it does taste nicer though.
This is a chilled Fast Food Microwave snack which only takes 70 seconds in the Microwave to be ready. Can't get much better than that for a hot tasty munch.
This consists of a Spare Rib in a bun. This is more a rectangular shape and a decent enough thickness and lengh. The Rib fits the bun so there isn't an unfilled bit. With this you get a Sachet of BBQ Sauce, and although often I don't add Sauce to things, I use the Sauce on this. Not that it is bad without it, but it is just nicer with it. The Sauce is a tangy BBQ whereas the Rib is a more Smoky taste and it all goes together nice. Also the Sauce soaks into the top of the bun a bit, so it doesn't seem dry or tasteless.
My favourite out of the Rustlers range. Perhaps not that cheap at around £1.60, but a nice change.
Honestly my favourite snack going!! Its convenient and tastes really good. I would say that the bbq rib sandwich is about the smae size as a 6 inch sub from subway. You can buy a bbq rib sub from subway which is up to 3 times more expensive and in my opinion, the rustler version tates better. The cheapest i have seen them is £97p in wilkinsons and you compare the to at least £3 in subway, you cant go wrong.
The sandwiches are pre packed and are as fresh as pre packed ones can be. They are ready in 70 seconds, fantastic for a quick snack if your in a hurry.
In my opinion the bbq sandwich is the best of the range which rustlers offer. Ive tried the chicken one the burger and all the breakfast ones and again id pick the bbq one everytime, just beacuse meat is moist and its the same with the bread too.
Its an alround great snack and a million times better than any pot noodle!
Rustlers are well known manufacturers of hot finger food. Their advertising campaigns of 0 - tasty in seconds is the brands' unique selling point and I am sure that most of you have heard of Rustlers, even if you have not eaten one of their products.
I seldom eat convenience meals although recently I was offered no other choice. Leaving my lunch at home I got a severe case of the munchies and other than disgusting looking (and old) prawn and mayonnaise sandwiches my local Co-op had nothing else suitable, other than pastries and I didn't really fancy one of those. The only option was the BBQ rib Rustlers.
As stated on the packet, a 100g provides 268Kcal, 15.1g of protein, 20.4g of carbohydrates (this is definitely not recommended for those following the Atkins or any other low carb diet), 14.0g of fat (this is more than half a 750g full size jar of vindaloo sauce, which is very fatty), 1,8g of fibre (at least it will get out of your system fairly quickly) and 0,64g of sodium, which is quite a high amount of salt.
Looking at the nutritional goodness, or lack of it, it is clear to see that the BBQ rib is a dietician's worst nightmare and this food product would not be recommended. I must admit that I was a bit shocked, I obviously thought they would be a bit bad, but I never thought it would be to this extent.
Despite the above, there are times when something bad does something good, and it is on these rare occasions that I would actually recommend considering the BBQ rib.
Rustlers claim that the BBQ rib is "made from the finest quality pork sourced from British and Irish farms. All pork is traceable back to the farm of origin". I am very skeptical about this being made of the finest quality pork since this meal (and I use the term very loosely) was very cheap and pork is not a cheap meat. In addition, at first glance the rib looks like it is 'artificial' and made out of re-constituted matter (obviously this is my thoughts and opinion on this matter and I can't confirm this one way or another) as opposed to quality meat. Perhaps it is made out of the bits that fell on the floor when the finest quality pork was being jointed? Whatever the percentage of meat is, what cut the rib is made from or where the meat was sourced, the rib doesn't look that appetizing or smell too good either, but I guess this is to be expected.
The list of ingredients is endless, although most things appear to be enhancers, stabilizers, extracts, sodiums, phates and the like. I hadn't heard of more than half of the items listed, and given the nutritional information, I don't really want to know what they are or what they could potentially do to your body so I quickly turned the packaging over and stopped looking.
Cooking the BBQ rib is simple, hence why I purchased the product and simply involves putting it in the microwave and nuking it. The length of time depends upon the power of the microwave being used and it ranges from as little as 70 seconds, for a 1000W microwave, to 90 seconds for a 750W microwave. Whatever microwave you have cooking the BBQ rib is not going to take that long, which I find a bit of a concern. Burgers and other meat products that are made out of 'bit and pieces' as opposed to a complete piece, like a steak, need to be properly cooked to ensure that any nasty bacteria are killed, and I was wondering whether 70 - 90 seconds is long enough to do this.
The BBQ rib is cooked in the enclosed silver sleeve and it is turned once mid-way through cooking. The sleeve is meant to aid in the cooking process and give the roll that "freshly baked taste" although it fails to do this, in my opinion. I found the roll sweated in the sleeve, making it a little bit damp and soggy although it dried out sufficiently enough to eat during the standing and cooling phase of preparation.
Despite having a 1000W microwave I cooked the BBQ rib for the full 90 seconds on full power, just to make sure it was properly cooked. After the 90 seconds the BBQ rib sub was steaming and exceptionally hot and it was all the way through. The silver sleeve had definitely done the job as a heat conductor and this was too hot to touch with bare skin, hence a pair of oven mitts is definitely recommended. At this point the sub is far too hot to eat, unless you have an asbestos line mouth, so the sub has to be left to stand and cool down a bit.
One thing I did notice as I pulled the BBQ rib out of the microwave was the strong and overpowering smell, which whilst pleasant did not smell authentic. I didn't notice the smell during the cooking process but as soon as I opened the microwave it was like, bang and in your face.
There is a definite meaty taste to the rib, although I couldn't say it was pork for sure, so I wouldn't describe the taste as authentic. Despite this I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, even without the BBQ sauce, as it was actually quite nice (in an artificially tasting way) apart from the outside had dried out a little in the cooking process. The rib doesn't taste anything like a rack of 'proper' ribs, but this is not really surprising.
The sub comes with a small sachet of BBQ sauce to add to taste. Whilst the roll was definitely moist, the BBQ rib itself looked like it had dried out during the cooking process and wasn't looking too appetizing. In my opinion, the BBQ sauce is required to put a bit of life back in the meat part. The sauce is tangy and tastes like BBQ sauce should, which was a nice surprise. My only criticism is that of the amount of sauce, which in my opinion, is just not enough.
Despite the damper than I would like roll, which didn't taste freshly baked, and the dried out looking meat, the sub tasted good and I did enjoy it.
The rib is nothing more than a snack, despite the high amount of calories, carbs, fat and everything else. It is definitely no substitute for a meal since it doesn't fill you up, although after I had eaten the rib I felt stuffed. Maybe I had eaten it too fast or maybe I just had an overload of all things bad, but whatever it was I didn't want anything else to eat and I felt uncomfortably full for about 10 minutes and was then hungry again.
****Price and availability****
Like all products in the Rustlers range the price varies greatly from outlet to outlet. Most of the major supermarkets often have deals on them and these are the places to go first, where they can picked up for as little as £0.99. I have seen them as much as £2.39 in a service station so the price differential is vast.
Availability wise the Rustlers range are stocked by almost every retail outlet t you can think of including supermarkets (the main contenders and the smaller ones), convenience stores and small shops, grocers, garages etc. etc. Getting hold of one of these should pose no problems at all.
If you have a severe case of the munchies, need a quick fix and now and can't be bothered to cook anything or go to a take away then I would recommend this BBQ rib as it does fill a hole for a bit, and by a bit I mean a matter of minutes. This is not a problem with the drunken munchies as you can eat and then fall asleep before the hunger returns.
I thought the BBQ rib tasted quite nice, artificial, fake and not authentic in any way, but very nice nonetheless and I would recommend it. It is a shame the roll went a bit soggy but I am sure if I tinker with the cooking times and temperatures this can be overcome in time.
I would not recommend eating them regularly because they are so nutritionally bad for you I think you can do your body some serious damage, but once in a blue moon is fine.
Rustlers BBQ rib's come in a small plastic box with a "peel back" blue label and a "rather inviting" picture of a BBQ rib in a sandwich on the front. These sort of remind me of burger king chicken royale's only it is not chicken. Rustlers is wrote in big writing "with flames" pictured above it and the words 0 to tasty in seconds.
On the front you will see the "use by date" near to the bottom of the label and a microwave icon with, "must microwave" written in white letters beneath it. You will also see a message saying "made with finest quality pork." On the back of the box there is a label which provides a lot more details. You will see the words "did you know" written and a message saying that "rustlers rib uses only the finest pork and that all of there pork is traceable back to the farm of origin."
I am not a fan of the design "on the back" of this because "to see this well," i have had to turn the main light on because with the lamp i couldn't see it. The black, blue and white colors used for the label sort of clash at parts especially when "dark blue" is wrote in small writing on the black background. It's quite difficult too see. The most important parts "such as directions for microwaving" are written in white though and that is a lot easier to see because it stands out next to the black.
THE PREPARATION GUIDELINES
The guidelines tell you too "remove this from packaging" then heat on full power. The time required to microwave it depend's on what microwave you have and the different times needed are provided, this is them below.
1000W is 70 seconds, 850W is 80 seconds and 750W requires 90 seconds.
After you have microwaved it you are told to "garnish it" with the bbq sauce "which is also provided in the packet," beneath this you will see a message telling you to ensure that the food is "piping hot" before serving.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?
There is a message telling you that "although great care has been taken to remove all of the bones some may remain." If you have allergies you will want to check that you are not allergic to any of the following because there ingredients "are included" in this, these things are, Gluten,Sesame Seeds,Soya and it also may contain traces of milk.
Typical values as sold per 100g: Energy 1122KJ/268Kcal, Protein 15.1g, carbohydrate 20.4g of which sugars 4.3g, Fat 14.0g, of which saturates 5.0g, Fibre 1.8g,Sodium 0.64g
On this part you will see a message saying "chopped and shaped pork with a BBQ flavor seasoning and added textured soya protein in a sesame seeded bun with a sachet of BBQ flavor sauce."
The storage instructions provided tell you to keep it refrigerated below 4°C
This is in my opinion "one of the nicest" microwaveable products that are available. It tastes great and the BBQ sauce provided "really tastes nice" with it, its the perfect addition to what "already is" a nice tasting flame grilled BBQ rib without it. I think this is very high quality, as are the other products available from this range. I would choose this over "any other" microwavable food available. I love the packaging that it comes in and i think its very easy to open too.
I do however dislike the writing on the back of it, i believe it could have been made "a lot clearer" and easier to see. The writing in blue at the top of the back of the box "that this comes in," is really hard to see. Its very small and i believe you would need a magnifying glass to see it, if you didn't have a quite bright light available. The BBQ sachets provided are quite a good idea, they are small sachets which are easy to open and to dispose of once your finished with them..
They are priced £1.59 and sometimes are on buy one get one free offers in supermarkets and various other shops.