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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Burger King Meat Beast Whopper/ King Ribs Confirmed sighting: Burger King Meat Beast Whopper/ King Ribs
Posted: 14:34 Tue 23-Sep-2008. Price: £3.49. Location: Bristol.
"Ross K" reports: I had high hopes for this burger but again my hopes were dashed. This is essentially a Whopper with cheese and bacon but with the added bonus of pepperoni! Saucing is the same as a standard Whopper with mayo and a little ketchup. The salad is also the same with lettuce, onion and sliced tomato. Unfortunately the bacon (2 mini rashers) is placed directly on the cheese and the pepperoni (3 slices not cooked) is placed on top of the bacon. This creates a meaty wedge but you cannot really taste the pepperoni whilst eating as there is so little of it and everything else drowns out the flavour.

In a blind taste test I doubt I could tell this apart from a normal bacon and cheese Whopper. I think it would work better if the salad was used as a barrier between the burger and the bacon and pepperoni giving a chance for the flavours to mingle better. It would also be improved if they crisped up the pepperoni and there was more of it. Why they didn't make a pepperoni disc the same size as the burger I do not know? Again I doubt I will be ordering this limited edition snack again. It ranks well below the Angry and Dark Whoppers. Plus the Big Tasty is back in town... Overall Score: 4/10 - based on the fact it offers little different to a regular Whopper. It is still a tasty burger though and better then most of McDonald's efforts.

...Some rigorously-detailed observations here from first-time spotter "Ross K", who - let's hope on a separate occasion - also turned his attention to BK's King Ribs (also in Bristol, £1.99 for 4), to discover: "They are deep fried and come with a large sachet of Burger King BBQ sauce. The ribs themselves measure about 2.5 inches long each so technically are half a rib each. There is not much meat on them and they are quite chewy. The ones I had were a little overcooked and singed. They don't have that fall-off-the bone quality you want with ribs and coupled with BK's horrible BBQ sauce make these not very tasty and poor value for money. They do however come with a wet wipe sachet. I love ribs but will not be ordering these again. Overall score: 3/10."


Posted: 09:51 Wed 24-Sep-2008 by "Wes"
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Comment: The pepperoni is infact pre-cooked and frozen, and not many of the staff tend to thouroughly re-heat it or let it thaw fully, hence the fact that you couldn't really taste it. I'm surprised you haven't been ill to be honest. The ribs, when cooked properly (hardly ever), DO have the fall-off-the-bone quality, and the BBQ sauce sachets we used had a kind of Hoi-Sin quality to them.

Oh, and for those who were wondering why I didn't post this (how many of you are there? 1,000? 2,000? Oh, none.), I have recently left my job there, due to an increasing number of shocking health and safety violations. If any of you are in the Wigan area, I STRONGLY advise you to stay away from Burger King, for your own health.

Posted: 20:53 Wed 24-Sep-2008 by "Chubworth" # permalink comment
Comment: Firstly, nice item from Ross - very thorough mate! Secondly, nice item from Wes - love a bit of industrial rancour
Posted: 15:36 Mon 29-Sep-2008 by "Ross K" # permalink comment
Comment: Thanks for the positive feedback on the review.

Hopefully more snack reviews to follow in the future!!!

Posted: 15:41 Mon 29-Sep-2008 by "robertster" # permalink comment
Comment: Why do Burger King persist with that BBQ sauce? It's ruined many a burger.

What you doing now Wes? Maybe a bit of whistleblowing?

Posted: 15:56 Mon 29-Sep-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: He's a "manager" for McDonalds. Ronald Wesley McDonald.
Posted: 01:57 Mon 06-Oct-2008 by "Wes"
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Comment: Currently I'm between jobs (posh way of saying unemployed bum). The BBQ sauce isn't actually BBQ, it's steakhouse. For some reason, the big bosses seem to like it. I personally hated it.
Posted: 22:37 Thu 04-Dec-2008 by "Mr Teeny" # permalink comment
Comment: Back in December 2003 the Big Tasty was first launched in the UK. As a self confessed ‘fast-food junkie’ I was awaiting its arrival. Needless to say, I was excited. At the time I was an avid supporter of McDonalds, especially over Burger King, but I did appreciate the meaty goodness the Whopper had to offer. So much so, that I was longing for McDonalds to launch a burger to end the Whopper’s reign as the meatiest burger in town. In my mind, the Big Tasty was set to re-write fast food history, a place was already being prepared for it in my very own Fast Food Hall of Fame.

As I entered the doors beneath the hallowed Golden Arches, I was ready, ready to experience the might of the Big Tasty. As I approached the counter I immediately cast my eyes towards the burger chutes. There I saw a box which I had never seen before – It was enormous! Far greater than any burger containing receptacle McDonalds had ever produced. It was making the 20 chicken nugget containers look like boxes of 9. And there it was, inscribed on the side in bold letters, the words I had been waiting for all this time, ‘BIG TASTY’.

Nothing could prepare me for the horror that was to follow…

I was sorely disappointed. I had put the Big Tasty right up on such a high pedestal that nothing could satisfy. The sauce was average in comparison to Burger King’s careful balance of Ketchup & Mayo. The build quality you get from Burger King was not apparent anywhere in this cheaper (and supposedly tastier) alternative.

Worse – I returned to school where all my mates were revelling in the meatiness and tastiness of the Big Tasty. Had I lost my power of judgement? Had the poor arrangement of the burger by the constructor been its downfall? How had this potentially breakthrough moment in fast food technology been robbed from me? I could not fathom.

Needless to say I had never tried a Big Tasty again, until yesterday…

Having been so badly disappointed before, I was not expecting anything special…

Having opened the box, I found before me a neat & tidy representation of the Big Tasty in the pictures! Could this be the Big Tasty I had been dreaming of all those years ago?

I tucked into it. Good sauce distribution throughout. It held together much better than the Whopper, although the onions were not as good. The salad was green & reasonably crunchy for McDonalds’. Different cheese, acceptable, although not as addictive or as tasty as conventional McDonalds cheese. It was shaping up to be a worthy adversary of the Whopper. Then I realised that it lacks that special touch, that je-ne-sais-quoi which the Whopper possesses. I wish McDonalds were able to come up with a secret ingredient to annihilate Burger King, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and review the next McDonalds limited edition.

For these reasons I will have to give the Big Tasty a fair 6.4

But, more importantly for me - The Big Tasty is back on the menu!

Posted: 01:11 Fri 08-Jan-2010 by "thompson 1931" # permalink comment
Comment: Have any of u guys tried the McGanja in the Netherlands...Its worth the trek
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