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A Homemade Carl’s Jr Baby Back Rib Burger
Wednesday 24 October 2018   —   Category: Cooking & Food
In my last article I shared details about the homemade gourmet burgers I have been crafting during 2018. The majority of them were inspired by Bo & Vine Burger Bar in nearby Salem, Oregon. I’ve been having a lot of fun trying to imitate their unique burgers by using similar ingredients and design. I’ve been having a number of good meals as well!
Back in June 2017 I found inspiration from a different source. I had just tried the new Carl’s Jr Baby Back Rib Burger (pictured right) and was eager to see if I could duplicate it at home. They de­scribed it as:

Charbroiled de-boned baby back ribs covered in Cattleman’s Original BBQ Sauce sitting, along with crispy onion strings and pickles, on top of a char­broiled beef patty and stacked between two halves of a brioche-style bun.
I had never heard of ribs without bones before, but by investigating the local grocery stores I discovered, after more than half a century on this planet, bone­less country-style pork ribs.

I was making burgers for my wife and daughter as well, so I fashioned three ground beef patties, cut two thin strips of the boneless ribs for each burger, and barbecued them. Because the pork strips were thinner than the space between the bars on the cooking grate, I was afraid they might fall through into the fire. So I used my stainless steel grill topper to save them from such a fate.
I assembled the burger according to the description and picture from Carl’s Jr, and then took a number of photos of it. As you can see from the image to the right I was getting pretty close to theirs, but compared to the Carl’s Jr picture, my colors were definitely off.

In order for my burger to look like the glorious burger in the Carl’s Jr photo, I needed to give my picture the full glam­our treatment.
After extensive tweaking, especially col­or grading, I finally achieved a Hol­ly­wood ​/​ Madison Avenue look.

To make the comparison easier I have included the Carl’s Jr burger photo again below, so you can see my version and theirs close together. You can also com­pare this photo to the less processed im­age above.
All in all I think that my picture looks pretty darn close to the Carl’s Jr pub­lic­i­ty photo. The main difference between mine and theirs is the color of the bar­be­cue sauce.

I took a total of 13 pictures of my burger meal. The best 5 have been added to the Gourmet Chef Wannabe 2017 album.
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