When I think of a barbecue joint, I think of a few things. Pulled pork. BBQ chicken. That really tasty toasted bread. Loads of sides. And plenty of napkins or paper towels, maybe even on a roll.
The problem is, it’s hard to have it all. Some places have sampler platters where you can try a little of everything, but not every place does, and even sampler platters may not cover all the meats on the menu. If you live near the restaurant, that’s no problem, because you can come back, but if you’re on vacation, you may not have a lot of options.
Fortunately, when you get home, you may be able to try your hand at making it yourself. Most grocers sell a variety of meats and sauces, and for less money than you’d pay at a restaurant. You have to do the work, of course, but the payoff can be worth it. Aldi, for its part, carries a nice selection of what you need for your own home barbecue, including pork butt as well as seasonal sauces in the summer.
Of late, Aldi has also been stocking an even easier way to get your BBQ fix, in the form of meat / sauce combinations that are in stores every day and can be ready to go in just a few minutes. They include fajitas, burnt ends, pulled pork, and this item, beef brisket.
Park Street Deli Hardwood Smoked Pulled Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce is a Regular Buy, which means you can find it in stores all the time. It comes in a 14-ounce container and costs $7.49. That equals out to about $8.56 a pound or about 53 cents an ounce.
These are simple to make. The instructions allow for preparation in either a microwave or conventional oven, with the microwave being recommended.
To cook in the microwave, you remove the paper sleeve, puncture the inner pouch a few times (to let steam out), then place the pouch in the tray and put it in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until hot. Once it’s done, you can cut open the package and empty the contents into the tray. Just be careful, as the meat may be hot and some steam may be released when you cut it open.
To cook in the oven, you preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, you remove the outer sleeve and tray, then pour the product into an oven-safe pan, covering it with foil. Then you place the pan in the oven and heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until the product is hot and ready to serve.
I did wonder if this could be heated up a saucepan on the stovetop, but I did not attempt that for the purposes of this review.
Nutritionally, this has a lot of fat, cholesterol, and sodium, to say nothing of calories.
Our family liked it. It tastes like we think pulled beef brisket should, both with the meat taste and texture and the barbecue sauce along with garlic and onion flavor. It fed our family nicely — it comes out to about 3 servings, which is right especially if you go the sandwich route (we served it atop L’Oven Fresh Hawaiian Sweet Rolls from Aldi) — and we would eat it again.
Park Street Deli Hardwood Smoked Pulled Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce is fast and simple to make if you want a beef brisket fix. It’s not the cheapest option for brisket, but the speed is unbeatable and we liked the taste and texture.