It’s one thing to have halal meats available at my local grocer, all nicely packaged and ready for me to take home to cook as needed; it’s a whole other pleasure to have it delivered right to my door- literally. And that’s exactly what I’ve been experiencing with Taaza2u, a Chicagoland halal meat (and other grocery items) delivery service of Barkaat Foods.
Taaza2u.com Delivery Truck
This summer I began ordering items online and over the phone from Taaza and then receiving my box of meat varieties in a neat and clean box that was hand-delivered and brought right to my door. When I opened the box, every bag of meat was labeled according to the type of meat in the package as well as how many pounds in each one. I specified over the phone and online how I wanted each one ordered- for example, 5 pounds of ground veal (yes, they have halal ground veal) in one-pound bags. It’s amazing how easy that was.
Cooking Taaza Steaks on the Indoor Cast Iron Grill
All of the meats that Taaza offers are dhabiha (slaughtered according to Islamic guidelines) halal: beef, chicken, veal, lamb, goat. Great variety and cut to order. If you don’t want a lot of fat on your steak, for example, they’ll cut it off to your specification. It’s halal meat your way. Which I love.
Grilled Steaks with Herbs de Provence (recipe in the Ramadan Recipes App for iPhone)
This summer my whole barbecue experience was different because of this delivery service. It actually made things so easy for me that I didn’t feel like there was any extra effort to have a gathering because 1) the meat was delivered to me; and 2) their BBQ Chicken Box was already seasoned for me.
Preparing the Grill for Some Amazing Taaza Steaks
I don’t typically like anything pre-seasoned, as I like to do it all myself and prepare a marinade, but on this particular weekend I was super busy and didn’t have anything prepared for the amount of people we were serving. The seasoned meats were great- not salty and not too spicy for the folks who really aren’t interested in spicy hot foods (although I’m sure if you asked them to spice it up more, they would probably do that, as they really strive to satisfy the customer in every way possible).
Tandoori Chicken on the Grill
In fact, my family loved the meat so much, they are still talking about it and word has spread among family members that they are going to begin ordering the meat for its taste and quality and that the delivery service is just a bonus. They are big on BBQs throughout the summer, but they also know good meat when they taste it- and they had no idea that the meat comes from local farms straight to Barkaat Foods where it is processed fresh and cut to order then delivered to customers- they just knew by the taste and how it cooked that it was not your average grocery-store meat product.
Tandoori Lamb Steak on the Grill
My father-in-law got pretty excited about the lamb steaks, which we made into tacos with homemade guacamole, pico de gallo and fresh tortillas. Delicioso…
Some meats I did prepare ahead of time, like these steaks marinated in citrus, olive oil, garlic and onion for a recipe that’s in our Ramadan Recipes App for iPhone.
They came out delicious and juicy.
Cilantro-Lime Marinated Steak
A sampling of Taaza’s products
About the BBQ Box Giveaway
Taaza2u.com wants you to be able to get cooking, too so they are generously giving away a box of their Marinated Chicken BBQ Box to one reader of My Halal Kitchen!
What’s your ideal BBQ type of meat and cut? Do you do anything special to your meats before preparing to BBQ it?
To enter, please read our Official Giveaway Guidelines page first then add a relevant comment in order to be entered. Entering indicates you have read them. Giveaway ends at 12:01 am on August 17, 2012. (Winner need not be in Chicago to enter, but Barkaat Foods will only ship within the U.S.)
*Disclaimer- I received the BBQ products gratis from Taaza2u.com but was not paid to review them