Monday, September 16, 2013

MRE Monday - Pork Rib, Boneless, Imitation

I gave Row the choice between the pork rib and sweet and sour soy, and the ribs won.

Click to enlarge,so that those with allergies can read the ingredient list.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 3.5 oz.
Calories: 290
Calories from fat: 220
Total Fat: 24g or 37% DV ( Daily Value )
Cholesterol: 70mg or 23% DV
Sodium: 590mg or 25% DV
Total Carbohydrates: 2g or 1% DV
Dietary Fiber: 0g or 0% DV
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 15g
Vitamin A: 0% DV
Vitamin C: 0% DV
Calcium:  0% DV
Iron: 30%


I can't help but think of the McRib from McDonalds, and it might not be such a bad thing.


Row, the seven year old, always starts with a small  bite. He raised his eyebrows slightly, and thought for a minute while he chewed. "Not bad, and the chicken is the best I've tasted too." I didn't burst his bubble, but found it interesting that he thought it was chicken. We also try to stay away from McDonalds, so he doesn't have a point of reference for a McRib sandwich.

Red Ant with Spikes, the four year old, took his bite, and started to shake his head no. He started to have a gag reflex, and Sweetheart told him to spit it out. She would much rather hear him spit it out, than hear the other. I don't think he would even eat it if he was starving. Needless to say, no thumbs up from Red Ant.

Sweetheart thought that it had a good BBQ smell, but it didn't translate into the BBQ taste. She thought that maybe if it was served on top of a bun that it might make a good sandwich. "It's alright. I wouldn't seek it out, but would eat it if offered."

It reminded me of a hamburger patty with a mild smoky flavor. The texture was reminiscent of a sausage patty. I 'd eat it, but it wouldn't be my first choice of entrees.

Final Thoughts:

This MRE rode the fence on a lot of things. The texture was okay. The smell was good. The taste was mediocre to gag reflex, depending on who you talked to about this entree. It did get the adult's approval, but only barely. It could make it onto the B-list of ordering, and it would have to be deeply discounted. While these aren't ringing endorsements, it would eventually get eaten during an extended scenario. I really hate to give it three stars, but we don't do half stars in our reviews. Either you will eat it or you won't eat it.

Stars: * * * (3)


  1. I love those McRibs LOL. It looks pretty good from here. Kinda small though.

    1. Add your own BBQ and bun, and it will probably be pretty close!