Friday, May 21, 2010

Burger King "Ribs": It was the best of times, it was the worst of times....

Ok, we'll admit it. Curiosity got the best of us and we just tried the Burger King grilled ribs. "6 pieces", fries and a medium drink for $7.49. With tax, the total was $8.18. So how was it?

Well before we get to that, let us say that we had seen many of the posts on the BBQ Forum bashing the BK ribs, but you sort of have to take that with a grain of salt. Most of those folks can cook a mean rib, but you know how experts are. Many of them love to brag about their own skills but sort of look down on the efforts of others who aren't in the club? So, we took their comments with a grain of salt and headed on down to BK to try them for ourselves. We should have listened to the "experts."

God these "ribs" were horrible. First of all, what they have done is taken spare ribs and sawed them into two-inch lengths. So remember those "6 pieces" we ordered. Sure enough, we got 6 "pieces", not anything resembling 6 ribs. And there wasn't much meat on each of those "pieces." We figure if you went to a proper BBQ restaurant, you would get the same amount of meat if you ordered 2 spare ribs. Simply amazing.

But how did they taste? Pretty bad. No smoke flavor, no rub, no sauce. There was a hint of a grilled taste, but that's about it. You get little tubs of ultra-sweet and ultra-smokey BBQ sauce on the side. While the sauce does provide a little flavor, heck, you can get that flavor at home by buying some BBQ sauce and putting some ribs under your oven broiler.

So, if anyone suggests you try Burger King's new ribs, run away. Run away! To think for $3 less, you could have a Whopper that contains more meat than a serving of ribs! No, run away as fast as you can. We wouldn't even order these ribs if we were dying for some ribs and BK was the only option. These ribs don't even score well if you consider it's fast food. We'd rather eat a McRib sandwich. This could be the most monumental failure in fast food history, because while most Americans probably don't know a good rib from a bad rib, they certainly know that $8 for a few small bites of pork on a bone is a terrible deal. We shall see.....

- TNW

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