PC’s ribbits, Angus burgers, ice cream make barbecue



Smokin’ Stampede Ribbits


Price $8.99 for 10 steakettes


Try/buy again: Definitely. Just fewer at one sitting.

**** (out of five)

One of the great parts of my job is receiving a whack of foods from PC every season from their newest summer releases to taste-test.

Over the weekend, I fired up the barbecue and threw my own PC party! (It’s not as exciting as it sounds.) Here's what was served. So eat this! Or don't..

Easily the hit of the party. These boneless pork steakettes were packed with smoky, tangy flavour, as the sauce they’re smothered in is made with PC Honey Red Lager and chipotle sauce, which includes coffee, blackstrap molasses and bourbon among its ingredients.

The instructions were easy to follow (a two-step: Brush grill with vegetable oil, each side at medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes or until done). I always cook a little longer than recommended to be on the safe side, but the 10 steakettes were still soft and tender all the way through. Might be the beer-made sauce, but the high fat content probably doesn’t hurt the taste. Each 113-gram steakette contains 22 grams of fat (34 per cent of recommended daily intake), including eight grams of saturated (an alarming 41 per cent of intake), and a whopping 300 calories.

I ate two. Naturally, I then had an Angus Burger.

Angus Thick & Juicy

Beef Burgers

Price $6.99 for ten 142-gram burgers

Try/buy again: Sure.

*** (out of five)

On the box, it’s said that these burgers are made with PC’s “own selection of seasonings.” They didn’t cut through the barbecue sauce, Russian mustard and pickles on mine, but the dripping on the grill helped build up anticipation.

They’re fine burgers, and fattening — don’t jog after this meal. At 31 grams of fat, it outweighs McDonald’s quarter pounder’s at 26 grams of fat, according to calorieking.com. One PC Angus accounts for 48 per cent of required daily intake of fat, and includes 12 grams of saturated fats (65 per cent), and has 370 calories, and gives you 10 per cent of your daily iron needs.

Time for dessert

Pecan Butter Tart Ice Cream

Price $3.99 for 1.65 litres

Try/buy again: Oh, yeah. After three more jogs.

****1/2 (out of five)

I found heaven in this 1.65-litre tub. Complaints about this ice cream were that it is sugary to the core — there are 21 grams (0.74 ounces) in a 125 ml cup, which seems kinda low — but, people, read the label: Butter tart. What do you expect? Chunks of praline pecans are softened and a pleasure to bite through (careful: traces of other nuts might be in there), with pieces of pastry. It was well worth the 14 grams of fat I had in a full-cup serving, along with 360 calories (42 grams of sugar).

  • Total PC fat count: 89 grams

  • Daily fat intake % (Canadian standards): 163

  • Calorie count: 1,330

Keep in mind: Many dietitians recommend 2,000 calories per day for men, and about 1,500 for women.

You can find all of the above items at all Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Fortinos, & Zehrs.