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Jun 7, 2008

Review: Jack In The Box - BBQ Bacon Sirloin Burger

Jack In The Box's BBQ Bacon Sirloin Burger is the burger that prompted Carl's Jr to send out this press release expressing its displeasure with imitators of its Western Bacon Cheeseburger (which I recently had and was unfortunately doused with BBQ sauce). At $4.79, Jack In The Box's BBQ Bacon Sirloin Burger comes at a premium and size that I wouldn't normally pay. However, I was hungry after a late night of class and I figured I could blog about it.
With a number of fast food burger joints offering premium burgers featuring Angus beef patties or sirloin patties, I thought I'd explain the difference. Angus is a supposedly superior type of beef, it is known to have a higher degree of marbling that is desirable in cuts of beef. Sirloin, on the other hand, is a specific cut of beef from the lower portion of the cow's ribs. It is commonly cooked as a cheap steak.

Of the two, I would think the sirloin would have a higher tendency to dry out when cooking. However, I don't know how much that would matter, since all fast food places cook their burgers well done nowadays to decrease the chance of bacterial contamination.
I have to say, while a bit more than I would normally like to eat, I enjoyed this burger more than the last Western Bacon Cheeseburger I ate. As you can see, it's not slathered in BBQ sauce; as a result, I could taste the flavor of each individual ingredient. The onion rings were very crisp since they weren't drenched in BBQ sauce and the meat had a bit of char, which I liked, but was a bit dry. The proportion of the ingredients was balanced well, and everything is held together by a large toasted kaiser bun.
While I'm not sure I'd get it again unless I was sharing it with someone, it's a pretty good burger when you're in the mood for something "western."

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