Review: BBQ Rib Sandwich from Burger King
November doesn’t seem like the most appropriate time to release a BBQ sandwich. BBQ is the taste of summer and Burger King recognizes this because they released a pretty decent BK Rib Sandwich with their summer menu just six months ago. So what makes releasing a BBQ sandwich appropriate in November? Ahh, yes, keeping a watchful eye of McDonald’s yet again. This time of year McDonald’s typically brings back the McRib for its annual spotlight and this year is no different in many U.S. markets. We just wrapped up looking at the BK Big King versus McDonald’s Big Mac debate, is it time to compare the McRib with the latest competition? I don’t want to get too far with comparisons since the new BBQ Rib Sandwich from BK has one major weapon on its side… it’s just a buck.
Burger King describes their new BBQ Rib Sandwich like this:
Our BBQ Rib Sandwich that features a juicy boneless rib patty, freshly cut onions, crisp pickles, a sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce and all served on a warm toasted sesame bun.
The BK Rib Sandwich from last summer surprised me as I wasn’t expecting much from it at all. It turned out to be a well done fast food BBQ sandwich. I won’t go as far as to say it blew me away, but when you go in with hesitant expectations for greatness, you might walk away thinking things like, “Maybe Burger King isn’t so terrible after all”. I do like me some Burger King products here and there, but for the most part they’ve disappointed me in recent years. It’s refreshing to step away from the bashing involved with the recent Big King review and heap a little praise in BK’s direction with a pretty good new value menu option in the $1.00 investment known as the BBQ Rib Sandwich.The BBQ Rib Sandwich benefits from being one of those BK menu items to not include two of the chains major flaws: lettuce and tomato. Congrats BBQ Rib Sandwich, you’re already ahead of the game by default. The only produce you’ll find in this sandwich are pickles and onions. Now normally I wouldn’t care for pickles in a sandwich like this, but with the BK Rib Sandwich there was sweet bread & butter pickles and I felt it didn’t work against the flavor of the spicy BBQ sauce. This new BBQ Rib Sandwich does not have sweet bread & butter pickles. The pickles used here are the kind that work against the BBQ sauce flavor with their overly salty and sour qualities. Bread and butter pickles complement spicy BBQ sauce, but using regular BK pickles makes for a sour/tangy spice hybrid that just doesn’t work as well. Luckily the pickles didn’t stand out too much and were only a slight reminder something that could’ve been disastrous if they went overboard with the quantity… two half-dollar sized pickles was enough.
The rings of “freshly cut” onions really did appear to be freshly cut (or at least not really pathetic like what I got with the Big King). Onion impact was apparent in the slight crisp crunch and didn’t overwhelm flavor-wise. They looked to be of acceptable quality so the rings of raw onion were a welcome sight in my sandwich.
To the main players of the BBQ Rib Sandwich I was pleased with both. I’m talking about the boneless rib patty and the BBQ sauce. I don’t want to know the specifics of what percentage of pork is in the boneless rib patty, but it was sized about right and the texture wasn’t funky.
The boneless rib patty tasted enough like a pork product for me to look past the fact that it was probably created in a lab. There was enough BBQ sauce flavor to mask anything suspect going on and I really like the peppery spice of the BBQ sauce Burger King uses. While there was enough BBQ sauce flavor, I would’ve been happier with a slight bit more as there were plenty of dry spots. Overall, the rib patty and sauce passed my standards for a one dollar fast food sandwich. As for the bun, it’s your standard sesame seed bun you’re used to with your BK cheeseburgers and on this day, mine was average. New rule with cheap fast food bread should be if there wasn’t something horrible going on with it, it’s better left unmentioned. Overall I liked the new BBQ Rib Sandwich from Burger King and it’s a worthy value menu item for me. There wasn’t one thing that really jumped out to me as a disappointment and sometimes that’s what will separate the successes and failures in cheap fast food. One dollar spent with no accompanying stomach ache equals victory these days and luckily I enjoyed my BBQ Rib Sandwich too.
Pros: Just $1.00. BBQ sauce. Rings of raw onion worth eating. Value menu variety, BK has it.
Cons: Bread & butter pickles would've been awesome here, but it's the standard stuff with this sandwich. Whatever might be lurking in the ingredients list of that rib patty. 28 grams of trans fat seems incredibly high.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: http://www.bk.com
Calories - 450
Total Fat - 28 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Trans Fat - 28 grams
Carbs - 29 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 930 milligrams
Sugars - 9 grams
Protein - 19 grams