Friday, March 25, 2011

The Uncle Joe Burger - Uncle Bub's - Westmont, Il

So here we go. I wanted to kick off Joey's Burger Blog with just the right one so I went with the Uncle Joe Burger from Uncle Bub's BBQ in Westmont. Uncle Bub's has been in Westmont now for 14 years and have really incorporated themselves into the neighborhood. They are fully active in the community and really have that family atmosphere that is often overlooked in restaurants. They specialize in slow smoked pulled pork and St. Louis style ribs. But their menu goes way beyond that. They also have some great sides like natural cut fries and deep fried macaroni and cheese balls. But let's talk about the burger.
When they opened they had a bacon cheeseburger (and still do) which was a great burger, but no Uncle Joe burger. My parents had made a trip to Kentucky and had a burger down there that had smoked pulled pork and BBQ sauce on it. Upon arriving back home they went to Uncle Bub's and ordered one as a a special request. It quickly became a hit. So much in fact that it became a regular on the menu and became their top selling burger. For giving them the idea Uncle Bub's decided to name it after my dad. That's why it's called the Uncle Joe Burger. 
This is a 1/2 pounder cooked the way you like (I like mine medium well) with your choice of cheese. They then add a heaping pile of pulled pork and pour on a little BBQ sauce. (You can add more of their homemade sauce at the table) You get lettuce, tomato, and homemade pickles and it's served on a soft burger bun. 
You can always get extra of their homemade pickles from a small pickle and pepper bar.
This is such an amazing combination. The smoky, slightly salty pulled pork together with the little bit of char on the grilled burger is mouthwatering. Add some cheddar and grilled onions and then some more BBQ sauce and you have the perfect hamburger. Even at medium well this burger was juicy enough to have it run down my arm. 
It's not healthy, that's for sure. You can get their garden burger if you want that. But holy cow this is one good burger.  

1 comment:

  1. Great blog -- and great burger! Good job, Joe.