It’s time for a new feature: a battle of the brands, with vegan ribs in the spotlight. We’ve been trying vegan ribs for a while now and have come to find two of the best – but how do they match up, and which is better? Let’s find out…
Lettices Vegan Ribs
These ribs are one of our favourite finds from Viva’s vegan festivals, and Lettices are a fantastic brand that always produces high quality. Having said that, the ribs are pretty expensive. The block that you see here costs £5 and is only enough for both of us to share in one meal. So, at £2.50 a head for the ribs alone, they are quite pricey.
Despite that, we still grab them when we go to festivals or occasionally through an online order because they are very tasty. They are so juicy and succulent – you can see how much grease comes out of them! I mean that in a good way: these are sticky ribs after all, and you wouldn’t want them to be dry or bland.
They have a lot of flavour and make a great accompaniment to sweet potato chunks (as here), chips, or just about anything that you would normally put with ribs. They also go very well with mayonnaise, and I’m convinced that garlic mayo would make them even better – with vegan varieties a priority, of course.
Lady Luck Vegan Ribs
The Lady Luck vegan BBQ ribs are really fantastic. They are made with juicy jackfruit and seitan, and come with chips, salad, and slaw. This is served up at £9.95. This makes them about the same price or perhaps a little pricier than the Lettices option, when you take into account the rest of the food served with them.
They are also very juicy and succulent, and quite messy! I love the texture of the jackfruit and the sauce that they are generously slathered in. There’s a lot of love in these ribs and you can tell. They’re nice and moist, but it can feel a little like there isn’t much going on on the plate (at least for someone like me who considers a salad of that kind to be a sin against the palate).
So, who wins? This is a pretty hard one, as you can no doubt tell. I think I might have to choose the Lettices ribs in a pinch because they are just that little bit firmer and have a more cohesive texture. It’s clear that both options are very expensive – I do find it more than a little upsetting that price is often a barrier to choosing vegan food. Hopefully as production methods improve and scale up, prices will start to come down.