Drive-Thru Gourmet: Baby Back Rib Thickburger doesn't compromise on taste


Ken Hoffman, Daily Herald (UT)

June 16, 2017


This week I reached out for a Baby Back Rib Thickburger from the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food co-op, with 3,800 restaurants, combined, across the land.


And when Carl's Jr. and Hardee's promise baby back ribs, they mean actual baby backs -- not what McDonald's passes off as ribs in its wildly popular chewed 'n' glued, chopped pork patty McRib sandwich. You don't want to see the "before" photos of a McRib.


You might have caught the episode of ABC's "Shark Tank" where Bubba's Q restaurant of Ohio lured a deal from Daymond John. Bubba's Q annual sales at the time were about $154,000. After "Shark Tank" ... $16 million a year. Now Carl's Jr. and Hardee's want a taste of the action.


Here's the Baby Back Rib Thickburger breakdown: a 1/3-pound charbroiled Black Angus beef patty topped with real boneless baby back pork ribs, crunchy onion strings, pickles and Cattlemen's BBQ sauce on a brioche bun.


Total calories: 940. Fat grams: 48. Sodium: 1,400 mg. Carbs: 87 g. Dietary fiber: 3 g. Protein: 41 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $6.79.


There's also a 1/4-pound regular beef patty version for $5.59 and a double-patty model for $6.79. The recommendation here is to go with the Black Angus Thickburger.


This is an interspecies pork-and-beef monster sandwich. There's a lot of meat ... period...