The pros: Trader Joe's Beef Cabernet Pot Roast is well seasoned, well trimmed and tasty overall.
The cons: You might want a gravy with this, or at least make your own gravy out of the juices. No actual red wine in this.
The verdict: For $12.52 or $5.99 per pound you get a thoroughly seasoned Pot Roast. What you also get is a completely misleading name. If you look at the ingredients you'll notice there is white wine noted, but the last ingredient is a total surprise: natural red wine flavor.
I'm not sure what that is, but I'm pretty sure it's not actual Cabernet. Naming gripes aside you get a very well seasoned chunk of meat. You'll get the flavors of salt, pepper, garlic and parsley in addition to the other flavors in the marinade. You have options when it comes to preparing this: oven or crock pot. I chose the crock pot method so I could leave it cooking for 12 hours while at work.
When I left work, it was done and was difficult to get out of the crock pot in one piece as it was falling apart. The meat was flavorful and would make a good dinner for about 3 people depending on the size of the roast in the package. For me the only thing that was missing was the gravy. It was good to serve with its own juices, but next time I'd make a gravy out of the juices. It reheated well the next day also. I'd buy this again.
The bag in the meat aisle of the refrigerated section:
The nutritional information, the ingredients, and how to prepare:
Out of the package (and into a pan to brown):
After being cooked in a slow cooker for 12 hours on low you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. Trader Joe's Beef Cabernet Pot Roast was fall apart tender made in the slow cooker. Just be sure to serve the juices. The meat was well seasoned and tasty.
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