May 30, 2017

Review: Carl's Jr. - Baby Back Rib Thickburger

Carl's Jr.'s Baby Back Rib Thickburger features charbroiled de-boned baby back ribs covered in Cattleman's Original BBQ Sauce, crispy onion strings, pickles, and a charbroiled beef patty on a toasted brioche-style bun.

I bought one with a regular single beef patty to get a better taste of the ribs. It cost me $6.49.

The ribs came in a fairly thick, almost-square shape that was just wide enough to cover the center of the burger patty, which meant the bites at the edges were bereft of any ribs but once you got past the perimeter, there was plenty of rib meat to go around.

The ribs were very tender with a definite and enjoyable pork flavor but not much in the way of smokiness. Both the burger patty and the ribs sported a bit of char and, taken together, were good for an abundant meatiness. That being said, beyond the meatiness, they weren't all that complementary. I found myself just pulling the rib out after a while and eating it by itself.

The sauce didn't quite hit the right notes for me. It offered the standard sweet, tangy, and smoky notes but felt a little off and was a little too cloying.

The onion strings felt a lot like what you'd find at a canister at the supermarket and would put on a casserole or salad. That's not a bad thing though. They were crispy with a slightly burnt onion taste.

The pickles were a bit thicker than the standard fastfood fare and contributed a decent crunch and extra bit of salty and sour bite.

Overall, Carl's Jr. Baby Back Rib Thickburger was pretty well put together with some pretty good ribs on it. I'm just not sure I'm convinced I want ribs on my burger over having ribs and a burger.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Baby Back Rib Thickburger (320g)
Calories - 940 (from Fat - 430)
Fat - 48g (Saturated Fat - 15g)
Sodium - 1400mg
Carbs - 87g (Sugar - 32g)
Protein - 41g

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