Mouthwatering Juicy Gold Standard BBQ Burger
Loucity scores big with this Gold Standard BBQ Burger! This mouthwatering burger brings lip-smacking BBQ flavors to a beef and pork melody topped with crunchy onions on flaky Texas toast that’s perfectly accented by the tangy, slightly spicy pimento cheese element. This isn’t an everyday burger, but it is a burger you’ll think about every day.
What BBQ sauce for this hoss of a burger?
You may have guessed that this Gold Standard BBQ Burger requires BBQ Sauce, and yes, yes it does. But what BBQ sauce is the question? If you eat a lot of BBQ then you know it’s not just the way the meat is prepared but the sauce that makes each region a little different. So if you’re stuck in the grocery store aisle, and feeling intimidated by the sure overwhelming variety of BBQ Sauce, let this section guide you to the perfect sauce.
To keep things simple, we’re going to focus on the bases of the sauce and then list out what regions tend to use that base.
Tomato-Based Barbecue Sauces
This is the most common type of BBQ sauce. Most of the time, the base is Ketchup and then other things are added in. It’s the ingredients and the consistency of the sauce that defines them. The most popular sauce in this style is Kansas City BBQ Sauce, and that’s probably what you think of when you think of BBQ sauce. It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s thicker than a snicker, and it’s delicious. Often featuring ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, and a series of spices to round it out, it’s a solid choice for this Gold Standard BBQ Burger. If you’d like a sauce that’s a little thinner, and less sweet but still has the general build of Kansas style then look to St. Louis, Texas, and Memphis Styles of sauce. Tomato-Based sauces go on pretty much everything, so it’s a solid pick for this.
Vinegar-Based Barbecue Sauces
This is the sauce that dominates the North Carolina Style of BBQ Sauce, it’s thinner than tomato-based and leans more toward being spicy. Carolina-style BBQ focuses on pork a lot of the time, so these sauces lend their astringent flavor to balance out the fatter pork. This makes it a top contender for topping this BBQ Burger. The main difference in the Carolina style is the Eastern and Western Variants. Eastern North Carolina Sauce is tomato-free but Western variants contain some ketchup but it’s still thin and vinegary.
Mustard-Based Barbecue Sauces
Mustard-based Sauces are pretty much exclusively a South Carolina Style. These sauces are like their northern neighbors; thin, spicy, and astringent. The sauces tend to taste like honey mustard to a degree. However, this sauce lends itself a little more to the neck and belly of the hog. Since the Gold Standard BBQ Burger uses Pork belly, the South Carolina style could be a decent choice for you.
Mayonnaise-Based Barbecue Sauces
If you’re looking for a truly different BBQ Sauce experience, then we’ve got to talk about Alabama’s famous white barbecue sauce. Its base is mayo, and these sauces tend to be flavorful, creamy, and plain old delicious. It’s not just mayo thrown into a sauce though, the mayo is thinned out with vinegar and lemon juice plus a variety of other flavorings and seasoning to make a robust sauce. Alabama style normally pairs with smoked chicken rather than pork or beef. While this sauce may take the burger into a new dimension of flavor it’s not our first choice.
- Preheat a grill to high heat
- When up to temp, about 450, place on your patties and pork belly
- After you’ve flipped the patties once, and you’re nearly done cooking them top them with American Cheese
- While those finish up, Butter one side of both slices of Texas toast and brown on the grill
- Remove all from the grill, and prepare for building the burger
French Fries Deep Fried
- Take your russet potato and cut it into long strips, then soak it in a bowl of water for about 30 minutes but the longer the better
- Dump the water from your bowl of fries, and then rinse the fries twice more with cold water.
- Take your french fries and thoroughly dry them with paper towels. Make sure to get as much water out of them as possible before putting them in the oil!
- Heat oil in a deep fryer, or large saucepan to 275 Fahrenheit.
- Gently add your potatoes to the hot oil, and fry for about 5 minutes, stirring and flipping gently throughout.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate, and let cool completely
- In the meantime, heat the oil again to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes.
- Remove from heat and coat with Dan-O’s Original
- Spread pimento cheese on your texas toast
- Place the first burger patty on top
- Next, add pork belly to the sandwich
- Top with the second patty
- Top with BBQ sauce, onion straws, and the second slice of toast
- Slice and serve with french fries.