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Jack in the Box: Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger

By • Apr 12th, 2010 • Category: Burger Blog

Funny how we mythologize moments from our past. That girl I made out with in the Holiday Inn hot tub in college probably wasn’t as cover-girl gorgeous as I’ve built her up to be over the years.  That last night in Paris in 1988, if I could re-live it, certainly wouldn’t be as wild and crazy as it looks in the rearview mirror.  My 5 minute-chat with Russell Crowe was likely duller than dirt, but in my mind, we were thisclose to being best mates.

So it is with Jack in the Box, a fast-food establishment I’ve been to three times in my life.  The first time was in Reno, October 2002.  Just off a cross-country flight, in a rental car, I was hungry enough to eat my luggage tag when I saw the sign.  I’ve never lived in one of the 18 states where Jack in the Box has their 2,200 restaurants, so I had no idea what to expect.  And honestly, the ping-pong-ball-headed mascot didn’t set the bar real high at first glance.

Yet, a few miles down the road, I was in love. In 2005, I was road tripping to an out-of-state football game when I saw the sign again.  Nervous that I had overhyped my Reno experience, I got seconds.  The legend grew. But a legend is easy to nurture when it’s a once-every-3-year thing.

Fast-forward to last week, 204 miles from home on another long-distance excursion.  And there it was:

I wished it hadn’t been attached to a gas station, but 3 hours into a 12-hour drive through the hills of Tennessee, I couldn’t afford to be picky.

Given Jack’s recent ranking among the 5 Unhealthiest Burgers, I was sure I’d be ordering the Sirloin Cheeseburger.  But then I saw these words: “Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger.” It was like that girl from the Holiday Inn hot tub.  I’m a weak, weak man.

In the car, I realized my first tactical error.  I had been so jacked up about being back at the Box that I didn’t ask how the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger- or “Bacon Ult Chb,” according to my receipt- was topped.  (That’d be a cool name, by the way.  “I’ll have the Bacon Ult Chub, please.”)

I saw mustard on the bun and a ketchup-mayonnaise concoction splattered inside the wrapper.  Hmmph.  As I learned later from Jack’s website, the Bacon Ult Chub (that’s what I’m calling it from now on) is “two beef patties topped with 3 slices of bacon, American and Swiss-style cheeses, Mayo-Onion sauce, mustard, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun.”  (Guess which word I’m glad I didn’t know about BEFORE my third Jack Attack.  “Swiss-style cheese?!?”  WTF?!?)

Peeking under the bun, I was suddenly forced to wonder if I’ve been wrong all these years: the hot tub girl only “had a good personality,” Paris was boring, Russell Crowe thinks I’m a bloody drongo, and Jack in the Box is no better than the little pigtailed girl, drowning lame burgers in excessive condiments.

But as the highway unfurled in front of me, I sunk my teeth in.  Ho. Ly.  Crap.  What a phenomenal burger. Absolutely perfect meat-to-cheese ratio.  Outstanding bun.  Good bacon.  A little wet with sauces, perhaps, but I loved every bite.  In fact, I’m ready to say that, in this case, a Jack beats a King.  That’s right: the Bacon Ult Chub from Jack in the Box is better than BK’s Bacon Double Cheeseburger, my (former) gold standard for fast-food burgs.

But with locations in just 4 states east of the Mississippi, I only hope I don’t have to wait another 3 years to prove that theory.

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4 Responses to “Jack in the Box: Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger”

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    keekeee Says:

    this is the most nasty ass luken burger i have ever seen how da fuck yawl eat this shit?

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    mookcollins Says:

    well that their is the kine of burgar i wuld want to ate. but you got ta have some good licker to wash it down with. aint no beer gonna take cair of that.

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    TOFER Says:

    Yes Sir! “Holy Crap” is right on the money.
    Next time you are in The Lone Star State do make a point of also trying out what is a family tradition in many parts of Texas and that is: Whataburger.
    We also now have the first, hopefully of many, In-N-Out burger joint and gladly welcome with open arms the new gladiator to this rodeo.
    “Let’s get it ON!”

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    Erin Says:

    Its the oinion mayo sauce in this that makes it stand apart:) you can buy the onion oil extract in the store in the spice section and use it at home. i usually order extra on the side and dip my fries in it..There is also a secret sauce JIB used in the80′s made with thousand island dressing and mustard I hear it was the best burger sauce out there and u can still request it today even though it’s no ton the menu..

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