Ribs You've Gotta Try and the Store With 'Em

By Tim Butler | Posted at 22:24

I'm normally not a big proponent of ribs. I like barbecue ribs just fine, but they're messy and usually provide very little meat for the effort. Give me a pork steak and be done with it already. But, Aldi — yes the Aldi, the little grocery store with private label “cheap brands” — has rib meat already removed from the bones in their frozen meats section that is better than any ribs I've ever tasted before. They're marinated in a healthy pool of hickory barbecue sauce of excellent quality, ready to be placed in the oven and served in about an hour or two. The meat has a robust barbecue flavor and is extremely tender. I had some tonight and just writing about it makes me hungry for more.

When the aforementioned friends of the family came into town, my mother made a batch of these ribs and they were a humongous hit. In fact, the couple that was visiting us had previously had a bad experience with Aldi, but this convinced them that maybe the Stock-up Store wasn't so bad after all. If you have an Aldi in your area, you really should try to find some of these ribs before they go away — they're only here for the season. You'll find them right by the steaks in the freezer case.

And, while I'm on the subject, let me count the ways that I love Aldi. Sure, it has rock bottom prices, but it also has some of the best quality products anywhere. Period. If you've avoided Aldi because of their reputation as a “cheap place,” you ought to give them a chance. Every Aldi private label product is backed by an amazing “double guarantee” — if you aren't satisfied, they'll refund your money and give you a replacement of whatever you returned. Once we got a bad package of swiss cheese for example, and walked out of the store with a new package and a refund in hand. Aldi also gets special buys of normal brands, but often, Aldi's products taste better and are more consistent.

Their Grandessa premium line includes scrumptious pies, for example, that best not only other grocery stores, but also often some of my favorite restaurants (their chocolate silk is the best chocolate silk, bar none). They also have other premium products, like energy drinks; Aldi's Red Thunder has a very good, fruity taste and rings in at four cans for $2 at the moment (on sale) and normally just $3. Compare that to just one or two cans of Red Bull or some of the other popular drinks.

To top it off, you'll find special buys of computers, camcorders, scanners, printers, shoes, pools, furniture, and — at the moment — even car wax and fishing poles.


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The last items I got from our local Aldi were a complete waste of money, even at their low prices. You can't convince me.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Jun 18, 2006 | 12:31

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I don't have Aldi's here, but buy a lot of my groceries from a place called “Food 4 Less”. They are part of the Raley's/Nob Hill/Bel Air group, which is positioned between Safeway and Andronico's (very upscale).

Raley's can be a bit more expensive than Safeway, but Food 4 Less is cheaper than both. I'll have to look for the de-boned ribs, somebody must have them.

Meanwhile, I'm out looking for Niman Ranch pork chops. Anybody got any?

Posted by Mike O - Jun 18, 2006 | 14:03

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I visit the local Aldi's once in awhile. They had a frozen Tirimisu that tasted almost exactly like the one at Olive Garden. They do have some good stuff there.

I will look for the ribs next time in there.

Posted by Christopher - Jun 18, 2006 | 20:25

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Ed: Might I ask how long ago that was and what it was? I've been eating stuff from Aldi for as long as I can remember (maybe since I was six or seven?), and I think I can count the bad products we've received on one hand. In fact, less than that: one bad instant coffee jar about a decade ago and a bad package of swiss cheese this spring. Most of their stuff I'd be willing to bet money on as the winner over the brand names and popular store brands in a taste test. The Medion electronics may not be of the best quality, but they seem decent enough.

Mike: I've never heard of 'em, but if I see Niman Ranch, I'll let you know.

Christopher: Oooh, I've never seen their Tirimisu, I'll have to watch for that! :)

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 19, 2006 | 4:26

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Time frame: maybe 6 months ago. Products: don't recall fully, but includes cookies, ice cream, some canned goods, and some trash bags. The place smelled like rotting produce, and most of the stuff we bought was just cheap junk. Canned goods included stems, trash bags ripped under slightest pressure, etc. Sorry, but I'm not exchanging it for my favorite Albertson's.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Jun 19, 2006 | 23:32

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I have had great luck and everything has been good when I have bought things from Aldi.

Posted by Michael Morgan - Jun 20, 2006 | 2:36

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Ed: Rotting produce may have more to do with management — it sounds like some Aldi stores don't have their produce areas managed as well as the ones around here.

I'm stumped on the other stuff. I'd think they'd have the same canned goods around here, and one of the best parts about Aldi canned goods is the lack of stems (over other brands at the normal grocers). The trash bags have never been a problem either. Very odd.

I'd wouldn't exchange a full service grocery store — there's still stuff they don't have — but, I've never heard of their products being of lower quality than the other stores when they actually had an equivalent product.:???:

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 20, 2006 | 5:41

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I think I tried the same ribs. They were good. Thanks for the recomendation! :smile:

Posted by Christopher - Jun 23, 2006 | 1:51

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Great! :) That's what I like to hear.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jun 23, 2006 | 21:38

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My folks just love the store when they travel north to Maryland. Is there any way of finding out all the Aldi locations? My search isn't going anywhere! Thanks for the help. We are in Florida.

Posted by Dell Belk - Jul 11, 2006 | 2:13

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Well, the best place to find a location would be Aldi.com's US store locator, which you can get to from the main US page at Aldi.us.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jul 12, 2006 | 5:13

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I'll get some of those ribs, next time at ALDI. Love that store! And my FAVORITE THING about ALDI: Blessed, peaceful, QUIET. No muzak! :smile:

Posted by DannyK - Aug 2, 2006 | 1:09

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That's quite true. :) I hope you enjoy them.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Aug 2, 2006 | 2:47

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they say aldi only has them in summer where can i find those appleton ribs got have them jack from chicago

Posted by jack behenna - Oct 19, 2009 | 23:11

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On a recent trip back to New York State, I brought back some appleton smoked ribs. bought at Aldis. Where do I find these ribs out here in South Dakota or where do I order them? Cowboy

Posted by George M. C. Thompson - Feb 11, 2010 | 0:43

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Those are an Aldi private label brand. I'm guessing you don't have Aldi around you?

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