Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets Review

Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets

Morningstar Farms is one of the go-to brands for vegetarian frozen food. Not only do they make some killer veggie burgers, but they’ve got several other items on their menu, like veggie nuggets and breakfast sandwiches. While not all of their fake meat products are great, we’ve enjoyed a vast majority of the Morningstar Farms products we’ve tried.

Yet today’s frozen food is a bit off the beaten path — today we’re checking out the Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets. These are vegan-friendly, according to the box.

The box contains directions for both the microwave and the oven, and while the microwave instructions are the recommended option, we had some time on our hands so we went with the oven. That required us to preheat to 375 degrees fahrenheit, then wrap the riblets in aluminum foil and stick them in for about 30 minutes. Be careful when you’re unwrapping these after they’re done cooking, because they’ll be exceptionally hot and quite sticky.

A package contains two riblets (and each one comes in a pouch), and a serving is one riblet (or one pouch). Our photograph below shows the contents of the full package, or two riblets.

Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets

Now, these actually have a really great texture. It’s a bit soft for ground beef, but it has the right feel (or the best approximation of that feel) and it even has a bit of a faux gristle to it. We’re quite impressed by this.

The flavor is pretty good as well. The fake meat portion isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely a good substitute for real meat. It’s the BBQ sauce, however, that really makes this worth the effort. With the sauce, these become craveable little riblets.

Now, these are clearly not intended to be a full meal, just the protein portion. We paired ours with a plate of mashed potatoes and found it to be a pretty satisfying combo. (Trader Joe’s makes some pretty great mashed potatoes, if you’re looking for a frozen food version of the classic dish.)

If you stick with the single serving, you’re only consuming 210 calories (30 from fat). Of course, if you end up eating the whole box at once, you’ll have to double that — 420 calories (60 from fat) doesn’t look quite as sexy, does it? The sodium is even worse, going from 620 mg to a whopping 1,240 mg.

The Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets are quite impressive. You probably won’t trick any of your carnivorous friends into believing they’re made of real meat, but for vegans or vegetarians who are normally force to say “no” to BBQ ribs, these are a real treat.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in these vegetarian BBQ ribs, check out our package scan below.

Morningstar Farms Veggie Classics Hickory BBQ Riblets