Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Burger King Ribs

Curiosity has led me to more bad meals in my life than I care to remember. Like the brisket tacos at Taco Cabana, I heard the announcement that Burger King was offering pork ribs (real ones on the bone unlike the formed McRib), and I had to act. They've been testing this product in a few markets since last June, but they're available in most locations beginning this week. The location I tried in Dallas was caught a bit off-guard. They didn't have the promotional materials on the menu yet, so the window clerk read off the options from a cheat sheet at the window. A few minutes later I had 6 flame broiled pork ribs in the passenger seat.

There are only five in the picture because, unlike a few naysayers, I believe that ribs are a perfect food to enjoy while driving. I mean, the pigs have handles grown right into them. Convenient or not, these ribs were pretty bad. They had very little meat, and tasted more like the char from a grill than actual meat. These puppies were pretty dang small too. I grabbed a rib from Charby's BBQ (review forthcoming) out of the fridge. Yes, I often have random pieces of smoked meat stored in the fridge...actually, my fridge is rarely devoid of smoked meat. You can see that the BK rib looks like it comes from a piglet compared to the standard St. Louis style rib. At nearly $1 per rib ($5.69 for 6 ribs before tax), I was expecting a bit more.

So what's the verdict? I'll let Burger King tell you themselves "...tender pork ribs with a smokey BBQ sauce. So you get all the meaty taste of BBQ ribs without the hassle, smoky clothes and runny eyes of a real BBQ." They said it themselves. It's just not real BBQ, and it's not real good either.

- BBQ Snob


El Smokeador said...

good psa. people need to know that drive through bbq is not a good.

techcalls said...

People need to know that drive-thru anything probably isn't that good. I want to smell the smoke and have watery eyes and REAL bbq. Thanks for saving my time here.

Plano Mark said...

Don't torture yourself going to these places for us!

Anonymous said...

Listen to Plano Mark. He's right, you're going too far on the quest. Stay out of Burger King !

Don O. said...

You are a brave man!


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.