“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Meat „
At the weekend we had 2 BBQ's one on Friday night and one on Sunday afternoon whilst watching the terrible football. My mum and dad had bought various bits and pieces from Sainbury's as to fully take advantage of the novelty of the BBQ after last year's weather meant we didn't have one. Among the goodies were these British Pork Shoulder Steaks in Chinese Marinade, this was something I was particularly looking forward to and I wasn't disappointed.
These are £2.99 for a 400g pack, the pack we bought had 3 pork steaks in but this did vary in different packets as they were sold by weight not by number of steaks. At the moment Sainbury's are doing a 2 for £5 deal on a large range of BBQ products and the Pork Steaks are included in the offer. It really is a good deal as you could pick up something for every meat eater from this selection, the majority being priced at £2.99 up to £3.29 when not on offer so it's a decent saving. Chicken, Pork, Beef and Lamb all have products in the offer and include drumsticks, kebabs, burgers, wings, steaks and ribs so it's definately something to take advantage of. It's also all British meat!
The Pork Steaks come in the usual meat packaging of a clear tray with plastic see through lid so you can see how many steaks are in the pack and pick the best amount for your family. The packaging is partially covered by the label but you can still see what you're getting.
As I said before my dad cooked these on the BBQ but they could also be done in the oven. The steaks vary in size from pack to pack so it would be hard to say how long to cook them for as it depends on the thickness, there were three fairly thick pork steaks in our pack which took about 20 minutes on the BBQ. With these though I think it is just a case of making a small cut in the middle of the steak to see how it's looking. These also smell really amazing while they're cooking, we couldn't wait to eat.
The pork was nice and tender after cooking, the charcoal effect from the BBQ enhanced the flavour of the marinade and I would definately recommend cooking the Pork Steaks this way. The marinade was definately very Chinesey, a little bit sweet like ribs from the chinese take away. The spiciness was definately there but wasn't overly powerful which was nice and the taste of the obviously good quality meat came through, also on the BBQ where bits of the steaks had become crispy the flavour was even better. My only complaint would be the fat on the Pork Steaks, it was a major issue but I wouldn't want to eat it and getting it off was difficult as the marinade was a bit sticky in places so baby wipes will probably be needed!
Nutrition: Sainbury's give nutritional information per steak but as the number of steaks in the pack and the size of the steaks vary I think this is pretty useless. However they also provide information per 100g which I think is more helpful:
Sat Fat: 6.4g
Now although the calories aren't too bad as this is quite a big piece of meat, the fat, and especially the sat fat are pretty worrying and both come under the red category in the nutritional labelling.
Contains wheat gluten, barley gluten & soya.
Overall: I really liked the flavour of these Pork Steaks and would definately try them again along with other products available in the offer especially seen as all of the products can be frozen and are always handy to have in. Although the nutrition isn't too good it would improve by removing the fat from the meat and the protions are quite a big size. The price of these is very reasonable, especially on offer and they're also very easy to cook and could go with a variety of different things.
The pack I bought was £4 for around 8 thinly sliced steaks.
I say thin, but they were still plenty thick enough for myself and my 2 toddlers, and one pack was enough to feed us all for three days (one steak each with chips and veg for 2 days, then two steaks cut into strips for a stir fry on the third day!).
They only take 17 minutes to cook,so easy enough to just bung the min the oven and have a cuppa while they cook:)
I did wonder if they would be either too spicy, or not flavoursome enough, but there was no need to worry as they tasted exactly like the spare-ribs I had from my local chinese takeaway recently; lovely and sweet, and very moreish!
The meart was also very tender, although I did have to a do a spot of pruning the fat off before I cooked them!
Great value for money though and I will certainly be buying them again.
We brought these from Sainsburys last week when we had a bbq, I was going to get some plain pork steaks because it's the only meat my aunt will eat but when I saw these Chinese flavoured ones I got them instead because they looked yummy in the packet.
In the pack we used there was 3 steaks and they are quite thick, well they're average size really but the plain pork ones was sooooooo thin that these look loads thicker! lol These are sold in 400g packs though so have a look in the supermarket because we saw some that had just got 2 steaks in so make sure you pick up enough for all of you. A pack is £2.99 and that's pretty good value I reckon.
They didn't take all that long to cook on the bbq and they smell gorgeous as they're cooking, dead meaty with a proper nice Chinese smell coming off them.
When the steaks are cooked the meat is dead nice, the only thing that put me off them was that there was shedloads of fat on one of the steaks and that made me feel a bit sick when I was cutting into it. It's not just one thick bit of fat round the edge but there was also a layer of fat that went all the way through the meat.
The pork is good quality and it's got a wicked taste and texture, it's chewy like all pork but has cooked through nice so that the flavour of the meat comes through but also the Chinese spices are a lot stronger than I thought they would be. They're not majorly strong so that you can't taste the meat under the spices but they deffo give the pork steaks a yummy oriental flavour.
I liked the meat at the edges of the steak best because it goes a tiny bit crunchy and you get a stronger Chinese flavour than ever on these bits of pork.
Recommended..... delish pork steaks that are WICKED on the bbq and have got a yummy Chinese flavour!!!