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Review: Burger King Rib Sandwich

Among Burger King’s latest releases is a BK Rib Sandwich, a supposed McRib Killer. The new rib sandwich features a boneless rib patty, bread and butter pickles, and a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce served on a toasted artisan bun. I picked up the new Rib Sandwich for a fairly pricey $4.29.

BK Rib Sandwich

How Does It Taste?

As much as I wish Burger King would stop releasing a million items at once and focus more on the quality of their food, sometimes their new items are quite intriguing. The Rib Sandwich caught my attention due to the fact that it is aimed particularly at combating the McDonald’s McRib. The sandwich is eerily similar. I mean the only thing really missing is the onions, which for me is a plus because McDonald’s puts way too many of those on the McRib.

BK Rib Sandwich

Burger King’s Rib Sandwich is more well presented than McDonald’s McRib. The last McRib I had was nearly swimming in barbecue sauce, whereas the BK Rib Sandwich shows more restraint and tastefulness when it comes to quantity of sauce, and Burger King isn’t necessarily known for their restraint when it comes to sauces and condiments.

The rib patty on both sandwiches looks largely the same, but do they taste the same? The BK Rib Sandwich tastes incredibly similar to the McRib when it comes to the rib patty, but that’s about where the similarities end. The patty is rubbery and yielding, and yet it feels like it takes virtually no effort to chew once bitten off. I know that the McRib is made with the parts of a pig you would never want to eat, so I can only assume this patty contains the same ingredients, but given the higher cost of this sandwich, I sure hope it contains more actual pig meat.

BK Rib Sandwich

The sauce on the BK Rib Sandwich is less tangy than the McRib’s and has more of a sweetness to it and even a slight amount of heat. The sauce was applied to both the top and bottom buns. There is a balanced amount of sauce on Burger King’s Rib Sandwich. There is just enough sauce to be able to get the full effect from the flavor without dripping all over the place. Some may say it ain’t barbecue unless it’s messy, but I have to say that a clean eating experience is welcomed.

I’ve never been a fan of bread and butter chips, so it was no surprise that I didn’t enjoy the sweet pickles on this sandwich. I would have preferred the tang of dill pickles as a compliment to the sweetness of the barbecue sauce. That’s not to say they made the sandwich inedible, since the pickles did add their own bit of character to the sandwich, but dill pickles would have made this sandwich marginally better for me.

BK Rib Sandwich

So is the BK Rib Sandwich a McRib killer? I wouldn’t say so. Both sandwiches are very much on par with one another, although I might give the BK Rib Sandwich a slight edge over the McRib. Burger King’s Rib Sandwich felt more well executed whereas the McRib is a saucy and onion-filled mess. Not to mention that the McRib’s cult following isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Overview

Burger King’s Rib Sandwich is a great competitor for the McRib that offers a little something different. I liked the sauce on Burger King’s Rib Sandwich and lack of onions, but the sweet pickles took away from the experience for me. Sandwiches that use a rib patty like this one always remind me of my days in the school cafeteria, but the sandwich is pretty tasty. I recommend giving the new BK Rib Sandwich a try.

The Score

Taste: 8/10
Presentation: 8.5/10

Pros: Slightly better than the McRib, not too saucy, nice artisan bun
Cons: Scared of what could be inside the pork patty, sweet pickles are not my favorite, a bit pricey

Nutrition Facts

Burger King Rib Sandwich
Calories: 560
Calories from Fat: 280
Total Fat: 31g
Sat. Fat: 9g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 1530mg
Carbs: 47g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 19g
Protein: 24g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.

6 Comments

  1. I tried this the other day. I wish it was a bigger sandwich, it was quite a bit smaller than I expected, however, it was quite good, particularly with added JalapeƱos which added a nice slightly-spicy kick to it. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do extra pickles for some reason, their computers just wouldn’t allow it. Next time, would get two and make a double.

  2. Well for me the bk rib to be honest was not tasty at all. I got mine the other day on blairsferry road in cedar rapids,IA and it was not even appealing from the time I unwrapped it. The bun was smashed down and very brown on top and the rib itself was in my opinion not done as I saw pink and it did not have hardly any sauce on it. MC rib is something I look forward to when McDonald’s release it and I think they still have the edge as the bk rib experience I had was a fail out the gate and I won’t try it again. All in all Bk rib in my opinion probably won’t succeed if more people have the experience I had it surely will flop.

  3. Having just reviewed this same sandwich myself, I have to disagree with you completely on the pickles. I’m absolutely in love with them, and think that they really help put the sandwich over when compared to the McRib (which I love.)

    The price is way too high, though. It’s a $2.99 sandwich selling for $4.29. Even McDonald’s doesn’t try to price a sandwich that size like it’s a Big Mac.

  4. having seen this “rib patty” being made I can confirm no actual rib meat is in the patty, however they use whole lean pork butt for a sizable portion of the patty. The rest is straight pork fat and pork trimings

  5. I had the new BK rib sandwich today. I have to tell you I was quite disappointed. There seemed to be no taste at all. I know you said they used the sauce sparingly, buy I would have liked more than 4 dots of it. All in all, not a competitor of the McRib.
    This surprises me, as I do love their pulled pork sandwich.

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