Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich: What Was I Thinking?

I admit it.  I’m a BBQ snob.  Or, more accurately, I have standards.  I expect good BBQ pork (whether it’s chopped, pulled, or slice) to be moist, tender, and flavorful.  I also be able to taste the pork.  So I’ve been hearing all the buzz about the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from Burger King

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I felt stupid adventurous.  So on my way home this afternoon, I pick one up for lunch.  Surely it can’t be as epically terrible as The BBQ Grail’s experience with Subway’s pulled pork sub.  I got home with my meal and hastily unwrapped it.  This is what I got:

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Okay.  So far so good.  It actually kinda sorta looks like what is advertised in the picture.  And then I look down at the wrapper.  There’s white stuff.  What.  The.  HELL.  IS THAT!?!?!?

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I lift up the top of the bun.  More there… 

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The website for the sandwich says that it’s a “sweet Southern sauce”.  It looks like a couple of things that come to mind, but I won’t mention them due to keeping this blog at least at a PG-13 level.  I want to know where they came up with that.  A proper BBQ sandwich does not need an extra sweet sauce in addition to a BBQ sauce (which in and of itself is totally optional, but I digress…). 

Anyway… so I get brave and take a bite.

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Two words: sugar overload!  There’s so much sauce on this thing that I can’t taste the pork at all.  That’s probably a good thing for me.  The onions gave it a pretty good crunch, which may have been the best part of the meal (well… the bread was pretty good too – hard to screw that up).  The extra sauce just really threw it all off for me.  It hearkens me back to the days of crock pot BBQ sandwiches that were 50% sauce and 50% pig (or at least that’s what I hope it was). 

So in other words… just not doing it for me.  Save your money.  Go to a local BBQ joint (if you don’t know of one, go here and find one) and get your BBQ pork sandwich there. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/OshawaOgre Wilfred Reinke

    Thank you Wayner for taking the bullet for us and standing between us and that sandwich.

    Now we know to stay out of that neighborhood ;-)

    • http://www.bigwaynerbbq.com Wayne Brown

      At least for the next day or 2 while this digests.

  • http://www.nibblemethis.com Chris

    You, my friend, are a brave man. That looks soooooo sloppy gross.

    • http://www.bigwaynerbbq.com Wayne Brown

      It’s probably a good thing I couldn’t even taste the pork.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607733501 Kevin Byrd

    LOL I wondered if you were going to write a review about it. Like I said, if you want a saucey sandwich with onions then this is your sandwich. I tried it last week and my sandwich was very interesting. I said to myself, pulled pork then it shouldnt be that bad. I had an actual spoonfull of pulled and then rest was like a big slice matted up slice/chunk. I had to pull forward in drive through and wait for it. It seemed luke warm in the chunk area. Little did I know my wife across town was having lunch at different Burger King and got the same thing. She said she thinks the pork comes in frozen and they heat it in Microwave. Also they call it Memphis Pulled Pork. They even got that wrong. Memphis is a dry rub town. And White Sauce? That is NA (Northern Alabama) thing but BK screwed that up as well. I have never tasted White Sauce that was sweet like that. Next time I think I may order it and say hold the pork and the white sauce. The bun and onions were actually good. Throw some pickles on there and you got yourself a nice little sandwich. lol

  • Kevin Bobo

    Ha ha…. haven’t tried this sandwich, but the pulled pork sub from Subway I did try…. Wished I had gotten the usual tuna!

  • http://twitter.com/BarbecueBros Barbecue Bros

    Hilarious. You’re definitely a better man than me for trying this.