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. 

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Big Wayner is the mad brains behind Big Wayner's BBQ Blog. A full-time RVer, he enjoys sharing his passion for all things BBQ with anyone and everyone he meets.