Have you ever eaten a spicy burger?
Wendy’s Spicy Baconator: “…six delicious bacon strips piled on two 1/4 lb. fresh, never frozen, burger patties, topped with Pepper Jack cheese, Chipotle Ranch sauce and jalapenos for an added kick.” 40 cents more than the non-spicy version, this 40-calories heftier model swaps Pepper Jack cheese for American, drops mayo and ketchup for Chipotle Ranch, and adds strips of jalapeno peppers to jumpstart the bacon. The only single Wendy’s menu item to surpass it in calories is the 3/4 lb. Triple with Cheese (weighing in at 980), and you know I’ve gotta try that soon. But the Spicy Baconator? It’s actually a pretty good sandwich.
So what makes the Spicy Baconator good-er/better than its blander counterpart? While both burgers sport enough protein, fat, and carbs to constitute roughly one-third to a half of an average adult’s daily caloric intake, the spicy version kicks things up a notch in terms of flavor and overall balance. The flavor’s easy to explain with the peppier cheese, actual peppers, and orange sauce (the Chipotle Ranch; see picture above), but it’s the spice and texture counterparts to just cheese and meat that help elevate the S.B. above the standard B. The veggies (i.e., the jalapeno slices) and the extra-tasty replacement components make the grease go down a lot easier (and quicker), earning the Spicy Baconator relatively high marks, despite its relatively high price.
" Well, Hopefully you haven't tried one with a ghost chili in it~! Post about your Burger Challenges here. (p.s. I never did any burger challenges, i'm just curious.) "Actually where I worked, we had a bottle of Dave's Ghost Pepper Naga Jolokia sauce , which "accidentally" found its way into a couple of dishes and drinks*. Actually not that bad once you got used to it. The flavor is better than the straight Daves Insanity sauce, and if you spread the sauce out over the whole sandwich, and not just one dollop, it was tolerable.
*Spicy mojitos are surprisingly damned good.
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