Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich


Is the Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich worth a try? Does it taste any good and what about the nutrition facts for this sandwich? How does it compare to the McDonald’s McRib or even to Burger King’s own Rib Sandwich. In addition to answering these questions, I will also answer the question of what is in the pork meat for each of these sandwiches.

To try the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich I went to the Burger King at 6780 North Durango Drive in Las Vegas, Nevada 89149. I ordered my sandwich in drive thru. I went at lunchtime and the drive thru line was busy but service was fast and the person at the window was friendly. I was served a hot and fresh Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and fries.

Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Let me start by saying that I am pleased to announce that Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is actually very good. After so many bad reviews for Burger King, I was wondering if I would ever be able to give them a good review. From their overly salty Philly Chicken Sandwich or their poorly put together Wisconsin White Cheddar Whopper or even their Rib Sandwich with a rib patty that did not really taste like pork, I was not finding very much to like.

Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich uses the same toasted artisan style bun as the Burger King’s Rib Sandwich. I like the bun as it is soft on the inside yet strong enough on the outside to keep all ingredients inside the bun. The pulled pork was tender and actually tasted like pork meat. The pulled pork was combined with their Memphis BBQ Sauce to provide a sweet and smoky flavor that was also very good. This is not the same tangy BBQ Sauce that is used with Burger King’s Rib Sandwich. The crisp sliced onions add some crunch and works well on this sandwich. Instead of cheese, Burger King adds a Sweet Southern Dressing or “Cole Slaw Sauce” to provide the creaminess for this sandwich. Overall, the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is very good.

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Burger King's Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Nutrition Facts
Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Nutrition Facts

The Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is 7.9 ounces and only 470 calories with 140 of those calories coming from fat. Except for Sodium, that is more than double what you would want for a sandwich of this size at 1420 mg or 59% of the recommended daily allowance the rest of the nutrition facts are right around what you should have for a sandwich of this size. Total Fat of 16 grams and Saturated Fat at 4.5 grams is good for this size sandwich. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 80 mg is in line for this size sandwich. Total Carbohydrates of 61 grams is also good. You only get 1 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 28 grams. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 27 grams. The only known allergens for the Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich are Wheat and Egg. I would not call the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich health food, however I also would not call it unhealthy either. Compared to Burger King’s Rib Sandwich and the McDonald’s McRib it is the healthiest of the three.

Burger King’s Rib Sandwich

Burger King's Rib SandwichThe first plus for Burger King’s Rib Sandwich is that the toasted artisan style bun is very good. The bun is soft and slightly sweet. The bun for the Rib Sandwich held together well and tasted fresh. The next plus is the tangy BBQ Sauce. The BBQ Sauce was very good and combined the sweet with tangy to provide good flavor to the Rib Sandwich. The crispy bread and butter pickles were also a great addition that added a little crispness to this sandwich. I left the Boneless Rib Patty to last because it was ok, but not great considering the rest of the sandwich. The charring on the patty was a welcome addition and did add some flavor to the patty. The problem I had with the Rib Patty was its taste. As I said, it was ok but it tasted like the processed meat patties you get in those old school TV dinners. It tastes kind of like meat but you are not sure what kind of meat.

Burger King's Rib Sandwich

Burger King's Rib Sandwich
Burger King’s Rib Sandwich Nutrition Facts

The Burger King Rib Sandwich is 7.2 ounces and 560 calories with 280 of those calories coming from fat. Total Fat of 31 grams and Saturated Fat at 9 grams is very high for this size sandwich. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 70 mg is in line for this size sandwich. Sodium of 1530 mg is very high. Total Carbohydrates of 47 grams are in line for this sandwich. You only get 1 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 19 grams. On the plus side, Protein is very good at 24 grams. The only known allergen for the Burger King Rib Sandwich is Wheat.

McDonald’s McRib

McDonald's McRib
McDonald’s McRib (Photo from McDonalds)

I am a fan of the McDonald’s McRib. Whenever the McRib comes back, I must have one. I like everything about the McRib, from the tart pickles to the slivered onions. I like the hoagie style bun, the BBQ Sauce that McDonald’s uses and of course, I like the Pork Patty. Everything in the McRib comes together to bring sweet, tart, texture and taste to life.

McDonald's McRib Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s McRib Nutrition Facts

The McDonald’s McRib Sandwich is 7.3 ounces and 500 calories with 240 of those calories coming from fat. Total Fat of 26 grams and Saturated Fat at 10 grams is very high for this size sandwich. There are no Trans Fats. Cholesterol of 70 mg is in line for this size sandwich. Sodium of 980 mg is high. Total Carbohydrates of 44 grams are in line for this sandwich. You do get 3 gram of Dietary Fiber. Sugars are at 11 grams. On the plus side, Protein is very good at 22 grams. The known allergens for the McDonald’s McRib Sandwich are Soy and Wheat.

Is it Really Pork Meat?

When I first posted my review of Burger King’s Rib Sandwich the number one question I kept getting was “What kind of meat is in the Rib Sandwich?” Here I am going to provide the list of ingredients for each of the three sandwiches and try to explain what it all means.

Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork

Burger King's Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Ingredients

PULLED PORK- pork, barbeque sauce (water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, sugar, salt, modified food starch, mustard (water, vinegar, mustard bran, salt), natural smoke flavor, tamarind extract, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), caramel color, spices, ground paprika, malic acid, tomato powder, citric acid, garlic powder, onion powder).

The first listed ingredient is pork and really, that is the only ingredient for the meat in this sandwich. The rest of the listed ingredients are for the barbeque sauce that the pulled pork is marinated in. This is good because this means that the meat is all pork, no fillers or preservatives. Even the barbeque sauce is good health wise. There are a few preservatives in the BBQ sauce (sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and citric acid) but nothing out of the ordinary. The rest of the BBQ ingredients make up the flavors for the sauce.

Burger King’s Rib Patty

Burger King’s Rib Patty Ingredients

PORK RIB PATTY: Pork, Water, Less than 2% of Salt , Sodium Phosphate, Sugar, Flavoring, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean, Palm, Cottonseed), Maltodextrin (Corn & Potato), Grill Flavor from Vegetable Oil, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Smoke Flavor, Vinegar, Natural Flavor.

Again, we start off with Pork as the first listed ingredient. However, this time all the other listed ingredients are added to the pork to make the patty. Unlike the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork list of ingredients for flavoring where you know what each item is, here the list is just Flavoring, Grill Flavor, Smoke Flavor and of course Natural Flavor. We have no way of knowing what these are and most likely these are not natural or they would have been listed. Next there are plenty of preservatives and fillers. No wonder the meat that makes up this patty has that processed taste.

McDonald’s McRib Patty

McDonald’s McRib Patty Ingredients

MCRIB PORK PATTY: Pork, Water, Salt, Dextrose, Preservatives (BHA, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid).

Another good start with Pork being the number one ingredient. The rest of the ingredients are for flavor (water, salt and Dextrose (Sugar)) and preservatives. I like that the list is short and there are no fillers in the McDonald’s Pork patty.

Summary

It is hard to beat the McDonald’s McRib when it comes to taste and even though I like Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich a lot, I can not bring myself to say that it is better. What I will say is that it is very good in its own right. You can avoid Burger King’s Rib Sandwich, as the pork patty just does not taste like pork.

From a nutrition standpoint Burger King’s Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is the clear winner. It is the healthiest of the three and uses the most natural ingredients. McDonald’s McRib is also made with real pork with no fillers. The pork used in Burger King’s Rib Sandwich uses fillers and many preservatives.

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