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.

Franks RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce – An Identity Crisis?

Dip. Spread. Pour. That’s the mantra printed on the label for Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce. But dip, spread or pour on what? What do we do with this sauce, Franks?

Frank's RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce bottle

Is Franks a ketchup or hot sauce or wing sauce?

Is this a ketchup (we’ll save the catsup vs. ketchup debate for another post), a hot sauce, or a wing sauce? Wait. You may be asking “why do you bring up wing sauce”? Well, there’s butter in this bottle – a “natural butter type flavor” to be exact. Enough “butter flavor” to invoke the classic taste of Buffalo Wings. And we all know that Frank’s RedHot is THE sauce used in the Original Buffalo Wings recipe.

From the label:

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce gives you the great taste of Cayenne peppers with a thicker & richer ketchup-like consistency for dipping, spreading or pouring.

suggestions for franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

The label also has suggested uses: Hamburgers, Chicken Nuggets (really?), French Fries and Omelettes. Interestingly, all the little graphics under the suggestions really look like the McD-place products. Hmmm.

Ingredients: distilled vinegar, aged cayenne red peppers, salt, water, modified food starch, canola oil, paprika, carrot fiber, xanthan gum, sodium benzoate (as a preservative), natural butter type flavor and garlic powder.

Thick, orange, gloppy

Thick, orange, gloppy

Texture & Appearance: Thick and catsup-y with an odd orange hue, probably from the butter flavoring.

Taste Straight Up: Tastes for all the world like a thicker version of their “ready made” wing sauce, with just a hint more ketchup for body and tomato flavor – but not much. Bottom line, it’s a thicker version of their wing sauce made for dipping.

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – With a decent amount of heat from the cayenne peppers, this is tame enough that Micky D’s could serve it with those “chicken” nugget things and the kiddies would want more. Considerably less hot than Frank’s RedHot Original, it still has some of the familiar bite from Frank’s.

franks redhot ketchup style hot sauce

Frank’s RedHot Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Label/Graphics: It’s the same iconic curvy bottle of Frank’s that we all know and love, with the addition of a badge of “THICK” in the corner, and big bold “Ketchup Style Hot Sauce” along the bottom. And, at this point, I have to point out that Frank’s alone has “invented” the phrase “ketchup style”. There is no other on the market, and for good reason. Technically, there is no such thing.

Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): I whipped up some quick Ore-Ida fries to dip into this sauce. At first you get the unmistakeable flavor of Frank’s, then just when you think “well, this is Frank’s RedHot in Catsup”, the butter flavor kicks in, and you realize you are dipping fries into a thick wing sauce.

Fries with Frank's Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

Fries with Frank’s Ketchup Style Hot Sauce

It’s certainly not “bad” tasting, I just think it suffers from an identity crisis, and I wonder who, what, or why the powers that be at Frank’s RedHot (essentially Reckitt Benckiser of Parsippany, NJ) decided they needed to produce this oddball product.

On your grocer’s shelves, get some before it’s gone… as this may be a short-lived product in the lineup of the venerable Frank’s RedHot brand.

Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.

Bloody Caesar Cocktail Recipe

The Bloody Caesar has replaced the Bloody Mary at our house.

This recipe is made with Mott’s Clamato juice, Frank’s Red Hot, and Worchestershire sauce. It’s a delicious, slightly less spicy drink than the traditional Bloody Mary with horseradish.

Bloody Caesar

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