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Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs: Product Review

While I certainly enjoy cooking a complete meal from scratch, I admit to being occasionally lazy, and enjoying one that has been prepared for me, stuffed in a bag and boxed for me to purchase. I was at Costco a few days ago looking for vinegar with which to kill the weeds in my backyard, and I came across some delicious-looking ribs, which were on special, too! I purchased two boxes of the Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs. The regular price for these prepared and fully-cooked ribs is $9.79, and a $2.80 Costco instant rebate applied, bringing down the price to a very reasonable $6.99.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs

Each box contains a full rack, or about 700 grams, as per the box. This translates in about $1 per hundred grams, which is a great deal. I think this may be cheaper than buying them fresh and making them the way you want. It’s certainly easier, that’s for sure.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (in bag)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (in bag)

The ribs and the sauce come packaged in a convenient sealed pouch, which is nice since the preferred method of heating up the ribs – not cooking, they’re already cooked – is putting them in a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes, followed by in minutes in the oven. I didn’t do that, I just put in the over for 20 minutes at 400 degrees and they were awesome.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (heating up)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (heating up)

I lined a cooking sheet with foil, as it makes them easier to clean, and just dumped the ribs (the picture above is the contents of two boxes) on the foil; I then poured the rest of the sauce right on the ribs. I then covered the whole thing loosely with more foil, as per the instructions, and heated them up in the over.

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (cooked!)

Plaisirs Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs (cooked!)

I originally planned on taking a picture right after taking the ribs out of the oven, but my wife and my son were too hungry… yeah, it was mostly me. I devoured almost a full rack, and my wife and son had half a rack and a bit between them. Needless to say, we were all stuffed, and then I remembered I wanted to take pictures. Thankfully, there was some left, which will┬ámake a very tasty take-out lunch.

Those ribs are absolutely delicious and taste like home-made, for two excellent reasons: first, the ingredients are perfectly healthy and wholesome, and second, the nutrition facts sheet reads like a cardiologists’ worst nightmare.

PG BBQ Pork Back Ribs Nutrition Facts

PG BBQ Pork Back Ribs Nutrition Facts

First, the ingredients. Here they are, in the usual order:

  • Pork Back Ribs
  • Water
  • Brown Sugar
  • Tomato Paste
  • Cider Vinegar
  • Molasses
  • Soy Sauce
  • Apricot Puree (sugar)
  • Salt
  • Natural Smoke Flavor
  • Mustard Flour
  • Spices

As you can see, there’s nothing wrong here. Except for the apricot puree, which I would never have thought to include in my recipe, or the natural smoke flavor, every one of those ingredients I actually have in my pantry. I could have made those ribs.

Now, have a look at the nutrition fact sheet, right here. Notice the portion size; it’s 100 grams of meat and sauce. Assuming that there are about 500 grams of meat and sauce in the package, leaving out 200 grams for bones, you can see that this is an incredibly unhealthy thing to eat, at least if you consider the fat and salt.

If you’re eating the full package of Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs, and trust me, it’s not very difficult, you’ll exceed your entire day’s recommended intake of fat and saturated fat, give your salt intake a run for its money, and blow through 1,250 calories’ worth of meat. You’ll also have eaten about 125 grams of proteins and gotten 50% of your daily iron, but that pales in comparison next to the 400 mg of cholesterol and 25 grams of saturated fat.

Now, even after writing this, I’m not going to stop eating those ribs. In fact, I’ll probably go buy more while they’re on sale and freeze them. Plaisirs Gastronomiques translates in English to ‘Culinary Delights’, and this is exactly what those BBQ Pork Back Ribs provide me: pure pleasure. They are tender, fall-of-the-bone perfect, and present a flawless equilibrium between sweet and salty, which is difficult enough to achieve. The texture is perfect, the taste is perfect, the ingredients are natural, but everything has a price, and in this case, well,it’s the fact that natural doesn’t mean ‘good for you’, health-wise.

Get your Plaisir Gastronomiques BBQ Pork Back Ribs at your local Costco while they are on special, but if they’re not, don’t fret. They are well-worth the full price of $9.79!

Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Back Ribs: Quick Recipe

For some reason, cooking ribs has always been one of my fears. Maybe it’s because I managed, with the help of alcohol, to ruin a fantastic rack of ribs that had been smoking for 6 hours… or perhaps, just perhaps, my expectations have been driven too high by the restaurant industry, particularly Baton Rouge… In any case, a few months back I had purchased a bunch of back ribs at Costco, since they were unusually cheap, $14 a pack instead of the usual $22-25. I froze them using my trusty Foodsaver, which I also bought at Costco.

Just before I get to the recipe, I’ll just point out the fact that I had bought these ribs in February, and I’m now eating them at the end of October. The vaccuum-pack afforded by the Foodsaver really made a difference, as they were as fresh as the day I bought them. Maybe better.

In any case, I decided to follow the advice of one of my colleagues, who really knows his ribs. The method is incredibly simple, maybe a little time-consuming, but you can’t get something for nothing.

My Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Back Ribs Recipe

The ingredients list is super simple:

  • Back Ribs – as much as can fit, single layered, on baking sheets in your oven
  • One big Jar of commercial BBQ sauce (I used Garland Jack’s, bought on rebate at Costco)
  • End of list
Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Back Ribs Recipe

Oven-Baked BBQ Pork Back Ribs Recipe

The cooking process is simple. Preheat the oven to 225 F. Lay out the ribs, ugly side up, on cooking sheets. Don’t crowd them too much.

Baste them with BBQ sauce. Stick them in the oven for 2 hours, basting every 30 minutes.

After two hours, flip the racks over, baste them and repeat the process for another 2 hours, again basting them every 30 minutes.

That’s it!

After gently cooking for over 4 hours, your ribs will be delicious and almost fall-off-the-bone done.

The picture above is of one half of one of the four racks I had. We easily fed 5 adults with appetites, and two curious kids, with plenty left over for lunches and whatnot.

Contrary to many other rib recipes, this one does not require you to marinate or boil the ribs ahead of time, although in retrospect maybe I would boil them next time, just a bit to take away some fat. This recipe is done in a single step, albeit a long one, but the result was more than satisfactory!

Bon appetit and let me know what you think if you try it!