I picked up a box of Morning Star Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets from the Cruelty Free Shop on the recommendation of a friend, Gareth, who posted a short but glowing comment on Facebook the other day.

I’m not a massive eater of these type of processed fake meat products these days but Gareth’s recommendation prompted me to give it a try anyway.

How hard is it to prepare/cook?

It couldn’t be any easier. Just remove one of the two rows of riblets from the box (four riblets), pierce the top of the bag in two places, place in the microwave for 2 1/2 – 3 minutes and you are done.


Soft and tender with that sweet and smokey flavour it promises on the front of the box. It is certainly one of the better tasting processed fake meats to cook at home I have tried over the years. I served them up on a bed of Cajun seasoned low GI mashed potato, a piece of fresh BBQ’d corn, steamed green beans and starred-out carrot pieces in recognition of Texas, the Lone ‘Star’ State, where hickory smoked is the flavour of choice.


Key base ingredient?

Soy. It also contains wheat gluten so no good for coeliacs.



I didn’t keep the receipt but for memory they were about $15 a box which is pretty standard for this type of product imported from the USA.

The verdict?

Absolutely delicious. I could see myself buying these again in the future.

These are so new here in Australia that at the time of this post they aren’t even up on the Cruelty Free Shop website yet so head into one of their four stores if you can’t wait to try them out.

If you try them let me know what you think in the comments section below. I would love to hear your feedback.

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