New Buffalo Blue Cheese Burgers at Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr

Spicy new burgers for both brands, plus Buffalo Chicken Tenders at Hardee’s, feature iconic Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce.

Beginning today, August 21, you’ll be able to pick up a Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger at both Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr restaurants. Hardee’s is also offering Buffalo Chicken Tenders – hand breaded tenders dipped in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger at Hardees and Carls Jr

Just in time for the start of football season, Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® today announce new menu items featuring the bold flavors of spicy Buffalo wings. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burgers at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s feature authentic Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, blue cheese crumbles, Swiss cheese, mayo, red onion, tomato and lettuce atop a charbroiled beef patty and served on a sesame seed bun. In addition, Hardee’s is offering Buffalo Chicken Tenders dipped in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce with buttermilk ranch dipping sauce. The new burger and chicken tenders are available now at all Hardee’s locations. The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger will be available at Carl’s Jr. starting August 21st.

“For most guys, football season isn’t football season without Buffalo wings and burgers,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. “So, since we’re in the burger business, we began playing around with the unique flavors of Buffalo wings on a burger and found that the combination tasted great. The spicy, vinegar kick of authentic Frank’s RedHot sauce is cooled down by the fresh produce and the creaminess of the blue cheese crumbles and Swiss cheese. It really is the best of both all-American classics coming together for the first time.”

For those who want their Buffalo wings on the more traditional side, Haley said, “At Hardee’s, we’re also dipping our popular Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders in Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce and serving them with a side of creamy buttermilk ranch dipping sauce to make really good boneless Buffalo wings. So, we’ve pretty much got your Buffalo wings cravings covered.”

To capture the authentic taste of true Buffalo wings, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s turned to iconic hot sauce Frank’s RedHot. Made with full-bodied cayenne peppers, vinegar, garlic and other spices, Frank’s Original RedHot Sauce became a culinary legend when it was used on the very first Buffalo wings created in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1964.

The Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger is available for purchase as a single, double or Six Dollar Burger or Thickburger starting at $2.89 for the single and can also be ordered as a combo meal with fries and a drink. The Buffalo Chicken Tenders are available at Hardee’s in three-piece and five-piece servings starting at $3.49. Prices may vary by location.

The football-themed ad for the Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger, featuring the theme music from Monday Night Football, can be viewed on the brands’ YouTube channels (www.youtube.com/carlsjr and www.youtube.com/hardees) and will start airing nationally at the end of August.

Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter (www.twitter.com/carlsjr and www.twitter.com/hardees) for the latest on the flavor of the football season.

Source: BusinessWire.com.

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom Slosser of TomsRoidRippinHotSauce.com has ventured beyond the hot sauce world and created Tom’s Roid-Rippin BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite. Don’t be mislead, it says “Sweet” but this BBQ sauce packs a big hit of heat from some red habanero peppers.

We are excited to bring you an exclusive first review of it.

Before we actually cooked with it, we tasted Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce straight out of the bottle. It was quite smoky, very sweet and savory and VERY spicy. There is some real flavorful heat here folks.

Tom's Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Tom’s Roid Rippin Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

We think there are many, many awesome BBQ sauces out there that really turn out fantastic after you grill with them. But some can taste a bit odd straight out of the bottle and then really blossom after slathering on meat and applying some heat. This time, we need some finesse. We need to cook with it. Let’s see how it stands up after grilling and cooking.

Ingredients: tomato juice, tomato paste, water, distilled vinegar, molasses, sugar, honey, raisins, lime juice, liquid smoke – mesquite, butter, red habanero peppers, olive oil blend (canola oil, olive oil), salt, Worchestershire sauce (water, distilled vinegar, worchestershire concentrate, molasses, vinegar, spices, natural flavor, garlic powder, caramel color, anchovies, tamarind, sulfiting agent, sugar, salt), onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, dry mustard.

Taste straight up:

Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ BBQ Sauce – Sweet Mesquite is quite powerful and raw straight up out of the bottle. In our opinion, it’s not meant to be your typical dipping/glugging BBQ sauce. The mesquite smoke flavoring is fairly strong, and although there is indeed a lot of sweetness from the molasses, sugar and honey, the red habaneros are nothing to mess with. They add quite a bit of heat and spice to the mix. The Worchestershire sauce adds a nice dark flavor, and the end spices round things out nicely.

Tom's Roid Rippin' Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Mesquite BBQ Sauce closeup

Texture & Appearance:

Thick and dark, Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is also very sticky. Because of the heavy sweeteners you must brush this on your meat near the end of the cook so as not to burn it. After heating and grilling with it, the sauce thinned out and presented a nice shine and glaze – a great result for ribs or wings.

On Grilled Wings:

Tom's Mesquite Grilled Wings

Tom’s Mesquite Grilled Wings

We started with grilled chicken wings for our first taste test. The sauce set up nicely, although it was a bit thin for our preference. The Mesquite flavor mellowed out somewhat, but the heat stuck with us. This is a spicy BBQ sauce.

Tom's Mesquite on wings

Tom’s Mesquite on wings

On Pulled Pork:

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom's Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Pulled Pork Sliders with Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce

Next, we tossed some pulled pork in Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce, and heated up the mixture. Placed on lightly toasted buns, these pulled pork sliders really wowed us. The sweetness of the pork really tempered the heat of the sauce, which made for a delicious combination of heat and mesquite and sweet. The pork sliders were big winners for us – really showcasing the rich flavors of this BBQ sauce.

Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – This sauce is pretty spicy straight up, but after heating it up, or cooking with it, the heat subsides a bit. It’s smoky, slightly fiery and very savory.

Label/Graphics: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Tom’s entire line of graphics and labels are first class. Self designed, they sport a clean consistent graphic and font. Very recognizable and very unique.

Overall Rating: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – We’re going with a 4 star rating due to the great marriage of flavor and spice on our pulled pork. While Tom’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce is hot and flavorful, and it works pretty good on the wings (we don’t think it’s thick enough to stand up to the high heat of grilled wings), – the pulled pork sliders really shined, and were our favorites. I hope to cook some beef with this incredibly dense and rich sauce soon. True to all of Tom’s Roid-Rippin’ sauces, it’s a delicious addition to the Roid-Rippin’ family of flavors.

You can purchase Tom’s Roid Rippin’ Sweet Mesquite BBQ Sauce here.

Blackened Blue Cheese Burgers Recipe

Blackened Blue / Bleu Cheese Burgers on the Grill

One of my favorite versions of burgers to order out is something usually called a Blackened Bleu / Blue Cheese Burger.

I decided awhile ago to learn to make these at home, and here’s what I came up with.

Old Bay Blackened SeasoningSince Old Bay Seasoning in burgers was always a hit with me, I like to use Old Bay with Blackened Seasoning for the Blackened Bleu. There are others out there, like Chef Paul Prudhomme’s, and Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, as well as dozens of homemade versions (which I vow to try someday), but for now, the Old Bay version works great for me.
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Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce

Chipotles in adobo

Smoky, hot chipotle peppers in a seasoned adobo tomato sauce. Candy in a can!

Chipotle (pronounced “chee-POHT-lay”) peppers are ripe, red jalapenos that have been dried and smoked. In their dried form, they look brown and leathery. In the sweet, adobo sauce, they are soft and red.

The adobo sauce, which can be purchased canned by itself, is a lightly spiced, thin tomato sauce. See ingredients below.

These babies are hot, smoky and sweet. You have to chop them to use in recipes, because the whole pepper is too big and hot to add whole.

Chop some up and throw in your burgers before cooking, add to barbecue sauces, baked beans… or whenever you want that fresh, hot and smoky chipotle flavor in your recipe!

They are the base for my Mega’s Smoky Chipotle Salsa as well as the main ingredient in Rachel Ray’s “Texas Hold-ums Mini Chipotle Burgers with Warm Fire-roasted Garlic Ketchup” – yea, it’s a mouthfull! But they are incredibly good!

La Morena Chipotles in Adobo

I prefer the La Morena brand, or La Costena or Herdez brands. Stay away from the San Marcos brand, I think they are inferior.

After opening, these keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container.

Ingredients:

  • chipotle peppers, tomato puree, paprika, sugar, salt, onions, sesame oil, vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and oregano

You should be able to buy canned chipotles in adobo at your grocer -look in the international foods isle.

TheSpiceHouse.com offers canned, as well as dried and powdered versions of chipotles.

If you’d like to make your own, I found this recipe that looks pretty authentic, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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