Review: Flava-It With Meat Lust (& THE Crispiest Wings)

 photo 2014-09-22182550_zps73fc0616.jpgI love chicken wings. If I wasn’t so self-conscious about making a mess they would be my go-to order in Nandos, and I’m desperate to try some of the London-based wing restaurants too (damn you allergy!). When Meat Lust got in touch about sending me over some marinades, a quick check revealed they’d advise against me having them, but would my family like a try. Fine. I was hugely jealous, until I got the parcel and read the packet. Turns out only the Original BBQ flavour contained tomato, with the three other flavours I was sent being Chloe-safe. I was over the moon, my parents not so as I promptly snuck them back to my Surrey hideaway.

 photo 2014-09-22182613_zps30cd5dea.jpg photo 2014-09-22193827_zps8790a955.jpgBuffalo wings* were the first to be tried out, and I think this was my favourite flavour. Not too sweet, not too spicy, but still a flavourful kick. These marinades are super simple. Scatter the powder over the meat (I rubbed it in slightly) and leave for 10 minutes. That’s it. I would recommend leaving for longer if you have time, but 10 minutes is perfectly fine if that’s all you’ve got. Now for crispy wings here’s a tip I’ve stolen from good ole’Jamie Oliver (probably one of my favourite chefs, as I just love his recipes). A tablespoon of medium ground polenta over your wings before they go in the oven, and they will be crispy, with a texture almost as though they have been deep-fried. I’ve recently been using some Maizemeal* from Real Foods (an amazing site for health foods and a whole range of toiletries and other exciting things. I like to browse it on a Sunday afternoon over cake and tea…). Super quality, crunch and flavour, superior to any I’ve bought from a supermarket. Bake the wings for 30 minutes, turn and bake for another 20. Super crispy skin, moist flesh. The may look a little black in my photo, but they weren’t far from burnt. Utter perfection, although the tray was a bugger to clean.

Louisiana BBQ was my least favourite flavour, far too sweet for my liking, although it did go pretty well with the pork ribs. Ghost Chilli was exceptionally hot, but really good too. I think I would have loved this flavour had the wings been cooked a little better – the lack of polenta made them a little greasy (sorry dad!). No pictures of these two as I was nearly too ill to eat, let alone photograph my food. But despite my general disease, the food still tasted good. I’ll definitely be picking up a few more of these marinades for next summer! I will say however that the photos on the packets aren’t really representative of what you end up with – they definitely weren’t any sauces produced, but delicious all the same.

Disclaimer: I was sent four marinades to review (one of which has killer tomato in, and has been left with family to trial), but this doesn’t alter my opinions at all. I was also (separately) sent the polenta/maizemeal from Real Foods, and again my opinion is unbiased.

What’s your favourite flavour to marinade meat in? Will you be trying any Meat Lust products?

  • I found the garden mint one in home bargains the other day, only something like 60p and tomato free!

    • Will keep an eye out in there – I was surprised so many of them were tomato free to be honest! x

  • Yum! I’ve never tried making chicken wings but my brother in law makes some amazing ones! I always like a bit of asian marinade, something with lots of coriander! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • I have some spare wings so will be making my own marinade up soon – keep an eye out for the recipe! I’m thinking of something Asian too… x

  • I love marinated wings. Where did you get the wings, they’re huge!? The buffalo spice sounds lovely. I really want some wings now!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • Should have put that it! They were Sainbury’s Basics ones, £2.11 for 12 like this! x

  • I’m so fussy with meat, chicken being no exception, and I normally wouldn’t go for wings but oh my they look delicious! I might end up trying them soon! Xx

    http://adelesmithsjourney.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’d highly recommend these big ones, as opposed to smaller ones (where they joint them a second time, so there’s no v-shape) – these’s are bigger, meatier, and less greasy I find! x

  • I love wings but definitely something I forget about making.

    Got a craving for some wings now!! That’s a great price for 12 too!

    xxxx

    • I’ve rarely made them before, but now I think they are going to be a staple -there’s so much I can do with them. And the price is amazing! Three is a standard serving for me, for four meals for £2 is damn good value. Plus I’m tempted to try making stock out of the bones… x