Dealer Joe’s Grilled Jerk Hen Thigh Skewers

Trader Joe's Grilled Jerk Chicken Thigh Skewers

I do know it is type of juvenile and gross, however I simply cannot get the concept out of my head that these are one way or the other gophers or different small rodents simply plopped on sticks and hearth roasted au naturale—like one thing you’d see Bear Grylls whip up for supper in a far-flung mountain vary. I imply, clearly, they have been cooked on a grill (I hope), since they arrive with grill marks already on them, however their measurement and form—and even their texture to some extent—means that they might be one thing aside from rooster.

I am not saying they ARE any of these non-poultry animals. When the elements say “rooster,” I am not so cynical YET as to easily disbelieve it outright. I am simply saying there’s one thing overseas in regards to the texture right here. It isn’t a nasty texture, it is simply an odd texture for rooster should you ask me.

It is mysteries like these which might be steering Sonia and I away from meat altogether. Sonia truly sat this one out, proudly waving her newfound pescatarian flag excessive. At this level within the recreation, I am extra “flexitarian,” fortunately seizing the chance to evaluation jerk rooster for this weblog as my solely meaty meal previously week or two.

So yeah. Uncommon, however not horrible, within the texture division. The rooster was tremendous mushy. It got here off the sticks in juicy little bite-sized chunks and did not want quite a lot of chewing. Not rubbery within the slightest. Nonetheless, there was the suggestion that the rooster was processed together with an excellent little bit of fats, gristle, and pores and skin, and wasn’t simply conventional darkish meat thigh items.

Taste-wise, these aren’t practically intense sufficient to bear the label “jerk rooster” in my humble opinion. I’ve solely had Jamaican jerk rooster twice in my life, and each occasions, there was a way more vital kick to the spice. There’s simply sufficient right here to be flavorful. There’s a gentle lingering warmth to this product, although, that exhibits up just a little late to the get together. Particularly when masked by the semi-sweet mango chutney, there’s little or no spiciness up entrance. For that motive, I’d have simply as readily consumed the skewers with some good old school barbecue sauce as I’d one thing so unique as pureed mango and chutney spices.
Six skewers within the field for $5.49. Respectable worth. They’re higher than the different rooster skewers we used to see round TJ’s, however that is not saying an entire lot. I doubt I might get them once more, however glad I attempted them. I am torn between 3 and three.5 stars, so we’ll go together with certainly one of every since I am scoring on behalf of Sonia.

Backside line: 6.5 out of 10.