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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Burger King Rib Sandwich
Calories from Fat: 280
Total Fat: 31g
Sat. Fat: 9g
Trans Fat: 0g