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ssv3
05-06-2017, 12:40 AM
Big Mac if you didn't guess. :-D

A few night ago I hung out with some old friends and after some beers I had the munchies. Went for In N Out and they were closed even though it was only 1:23AM. They're not supposed to close until 1:30AM. :mad2:

Plan B, the taco truck. Drive out to the truck and they're not there. WTF??? figure it's a weeknight so I say fine and about head home then I see the Golden Arches. :nod:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-51b09a50/turbine/chi-micdonalds-breakfast-midnight-20130606-001/580/580x326

Mind you I gave up McD's about 2002 (no particular reason btw but trying to eat healthy/better) and didn't have it until 2010 when a friend brought lunch and I wasn't going to say no. That was that and fast forward to this week when I relapsed and hot damn that Big Mac tasted soooooo good.

So tonight I recreated the Big Mac at home starting with...

The special sauce

http://i.imgur.com/gxxVnqih.jpg

Tri Tip

http://i.imgur.com/wjjpT3nh.jpg

Freshly ground

http://i.imgur.com/0d5XFhZh.jpg

A biotch to form thin patties so I improvised :becky:

http://i.imgur.com/xkxmn6Zh.jpg

Toasted the buns

http://i.imgur.com/jYAYc3xh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sdxA9B6h.jpg

Patties on the griddle

http://i.imgur.com/NPd7ZD2h.jpg

In the meantime I started the assembly process on the bottom bun with..

Special sauce

http://i.imgur.com/uXBt6vBh.jpg

Minced onions

http://i.imgur.com/AtHvofth.jpg

Shredded lettuce

http://i.imgur.com/SlnKAU0h.jpg

American cheese

http://i.imgur.com/7UlAafRh.jpg

Same thing with the middle buns with the addition of two pickle slices

http://i.imgur.com/sjMZSnwh.jpg

Fully assembled with the patties in place

http://i.imgur.com/WKvAIuDh.jpg

Yeah babe! Homemade Big Mac

http://i.imgur.com/wdpMnceh.jpg

Oh my!! :shocked: Sooo farking good and flavors were spot on

http://i.imgur.com/oNRY0BTh.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KIvB5hZh.jpg

More special sauce and onions please

http://i.imgur.com/qJznaJih.jpg

Just in case you're wondering about fries...Well, they're French so no place for them on this plate. :nod: Side of good ol' Michigan beer will do. Thanks for looking!!!

http://www.dafont.com/forum/attach/orig/4/5/450990.png?1

tom b
05-06-2017, 01:03 AM
for some reason I think yours has got to be better :thumb:

Smokiemon
05-06-2017, 01:05 AM
2nd That ^^^^^^^^

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:11 AM
for some reason I think yours has got to be better :thumb:

2nd That ^^^^^^^^

Oh man yes! There's an extra one staring at me. I'll see what happens after a few more brews. :cool:

Titch
05-06-2017, 01:11 AM
If I ever get the urge to Eat Macka's I know who to hit up.:becky:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:13 AM
If I ever get the urge to Eat Macka's I know who to hit up.:becky:

Pretty much how I feel anytime I feel like having lamb. :becky:

Titch
05-06-2017, 01:34 AM
So, Sauce Recipe? even tho its secret

robert-r
05-06-2017, 01:45 AM
Yum! No fries?

gtsum
05-06-2017, 05:45 AM
That looks awfully good. Ketchup, (siracha?), mayo and relish??


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IamMadMan
05-06-2017, 06:21 AM
Awesome.....

Norm
05-06-2017, 07:22 AM
Dang Sako I'd have one or two of those for breakfast!

I try to limit my exposure to the mustard, the salute is 2 hands straight up in the air. :)

ronbrad62
05-06-2017, 07:54 AM
Better than a Big Mac if you ask me. And to top it off, I'll bet their were no clueless teenagers in sight, which is a staple behind the counters at any fast food restaurant.

4ever3
05-06-2017, 07:55 AM
Dude!

I haven't had a Big Mac in years, but I'd be on that one like stink on a monkey!!!

16Adams
05-06-2017, 07:56 AM
I've got McD's half mile either direction. Only thing is buy us coffee. It's really really good. May have to break Dow and go Big Mac and Family Fries- awesome burger.

KevinJ
05-06-2017, 08:07 AM
Haven't eaten at a McD's since probably the late 90's or any other fast-food restaurant for that matter.

That Burger looks like $$$$. :thumb:

It's 7:00am and now I'm craving a Hop Slam. :shocked:

Thanks Sako, thanks a lot!!!

I don't have a Hop Slam but I wonder if a DFH 90 Minute would suffice :roll:

bluetang
05-06-2017, 08:12 AM
Man! I be wanting that.

Neil
05-06-2017, 08:40 AM
Lovin the Hop Slam!:thumb::thumb::clap::clap:That beer disappears up here by the 1st of February! A few more Hop Slams and you'll be sleeping :biggrin::lol::lol:

Springram
05-06-2017, 08:51 AM
How you could mention In N Out and McDonald's in the same thread? Shameful..... :-P

BUT...your burger looked super and I know was better than the real thing. Thanks for sharing.

WilliamD
05-06-2017, 08:55 AM
Thanks for Sharing...That looks AWESOME especially for that early in the morning!!! Great Job!

frognot
05-06-2017, 08:56 AM
Only stop at McD's during runs to TN (pit stop and coffee refills with an occassional side of fries).

Great lookin' Big Sako there!

cbruha
05-06-2017, 09:01 AM
Impressive!!

bstomper
05-06-2017, 09:44 AM
So, Sauce Recipe? even tho its secret

I second this. Lets hear it please
BTW burger looks awesome............Thats why I want the special sauce recipie.

bwram1
05-06-2017, 10:00 AM
Great lookin' Big Sako there!

You could shorten it to Big Sak but people would likely take it the wrong way! :tape:

Awesome looking burger! :clap2:

Stingerhook
05-06-2017, 10:56 AM
So what time does your drive thru open Sako?

LMAJ
05-06-2017, 11:05 AM
That looks awesome - I want one now, and I just ate breakfast!!

cowgirl
05-06-2017, 12:25 PM
Dang, I haven't been to McD's in a long time....and knowing that if I do get a Big Mac, it's not going to be anything close to what you've made.
Outstanding burger Neighbor, well done!!

WareZdaBeef
05-06-2017, 12:53 PM
what brand pickle did you use? I am guessing you sliced it yourself because for some reason one can not buy thin straight sliced pickles in my area. Only those crappy thick wavy cut pickles.

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:33 PM
Yum! No fries?

Thanks Robert! Beer was better. :becky:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:38 PM
Haven't eaten at a McD's since probably the late 90's or any other fast-food restaurant for that matter.

That Burger looks like $$$$. :thumb:

It's 7:00am and now I'm craving a Hop Slam. :shocked:

Thanks Sako, thanks a lot!!!

I don't have a Hop Slam but I wonder if a DFH 90 Minute would suffice :roll:

Thank Kevin! I gave up fast food and soda in my late 20's and haven't looked back.

DFH 90 will do just fine. :thumb:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:44 PM
Lovin the Hop Slam!:thumb::thumb::clap::clap:That beer disappears up here by the 1st of February! A few more Hop Slams and you'll be sleeping :biggrin::lol::lol:

Thanks Neil!

I had a hell of a time finding Hopslam but brother Chris (MisterChrister) sent me a few. :thumb: Then I got lucky finding some unexpectedly and bought everything they had. :becky:

I did sleep well considering I had some Founders limited releases, the Hopslam and a few whiskey shots. :-D

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:51 PM
How you could mention In N Out and McDonald's in the same thread? Shameful..... :-P

BUT...your burger looked super and I know was better than the real thing. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks John! I must admit, the only reason I frequent In N Out here and there is because they're open late or convenience (lunch etc.) I prefer Habit over them. Better burgers IMO.


Only stop at McD's during runs to TN (pit stop and coffee refills with an occassional side of fries).

Great lookin' Big Sako there!

You could shorten it to Big Sak but people would likely take it the wrong way! :tape:

Awesome looking burger! :clap2:


The Big Sako or Sak. Lol, that's funny guys. Thanks! :thumb:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:53 PM
So what time does your drive thru open Sako?

Due to some beers, opening up a little later today Marty. :-D

ssv3
05-06-2017, 01:59 PM
That looks awesome - I want one now, and I just ate breakfast!!

Dang, I haven't been to McD's in a long time....and knowing that if I do get a Big Mac, it's not going to be anything close to what you've made.
Outstanding burger Neighbor, well done!!


Thank you ladies!!

ssv3
05-06-2017, 02:12 PM
So, Sauce Recipe? even tho its secret

That looks awfully good. Ketchup, (siracha?), mayo and relish??


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I second this. Lets hear it please
BTW burger looks awesome............Thats why I want the special sauce recipie.


Surprisingly no ketchup at all or sriracha.

I made enough for about 3-4 burgers and here's what I put in mine and it was pretty spot on:

3/4 Cup Mayo

1.5 Tsp Sweet Pickle Relish

1/2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard

1 1/4 Tsp White Wine Vinegar

1/2 Tsp Granulated Garlic

1/2 Tsp Granulated Onion

1/2 Tsp Paprika

1.5 Tsp white sugar

1/2 Tsp prepared horseradish (Call me crazy but I tasted a horseradish flavor sting on the tongue in the McD's sauce)

1/4 Tsp Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Whisk it all together and chill for at least an hour or two in order to bind flavors. That's it!

bstomper
05-06-2017, 02:14 PM
Sweet, thanks

ssv3
05-06-2017, 02:17 PM
what brand pickle did you use? I am guessing you sliced it yourself because for some reason one can not buy thin straight sliced pickles in my area. Only those crappy thick wavy cut pickles.


http://i.imgur.com/AUQIwabm.jpg

Moose
05-06-2017, 02:46 PM
Nicely played, Sako! Making our own versions of the fast food originals is not only fun, but they taste even better!

So what's next on your list? :wink:

BillN
05-06-2017, 02:48 PM
Definitely would choose yours over the original, thanks for sharing.

ssv3
05-06-2017, 03:11 PM
Nicely played, Sako! Making our own versions of the fast food originals is not only fun, but they taste even better!

So what's next on your list? :wink:

Thanks Richard!

Def the Whopper. Probably haven't had it since high school. Time to hit up BK but I do vaguely remembers the flavors.

On a side note, I have to try Shake Shack now that we have on close.


:nod:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Burger_King_Whopper_Combo.jpg/1200px-Burger_King_Whopper_Combo.jpg

Moose
05-06-2017, 03:21 PM
Thanks Richard!

Def the Whopper. Probably haven't had it since high school. Time to hit up BK but I do vaguely remembers the flavors.

On a side note, I have to try Shake Shack now that we have on close.


:nod:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/91/Burger_King_Whopper_Combo.jpg/1200px-Burger_King_Whopper_Combo.jpg

Jeez...I haven't been to BK in like 15 years! I did post a Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger here last year, but only took a couple of photos. I should do one up right soon.

Have you ever been to Tito's Tacos in Culver City? This was pretty much my take, including the salsa:

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=119276

ssv3
05-06-2017, 03:28 PM
Jeez...I haven't been to BK in like 15 years! I did post a Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger here last year, but only took a couple of photos. I should do one up right soon.

Sweet! Post it up.

Since you mentioned Carl's the six dollar burger comes to mind too. :heh: Then there is the Ultimate Cheese burger from Jack in the Box. At one point I had that for two years straight a few times a week. lol

Gotta write them down.

gtr
05-06-2017, 03:31 PM
So what time does your drive thru open Sako?

I think what time he closes is the more important question. :hungry:

I haven't been to a McD's in a couple decades, but be driving up to a window for that - looks just fantastic! :clap2:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 03:33 PM
I think what time he closes is the more important question. :hungry:

I haven't been to a McD's in a couple decades, but be driving up to a window for that - looks just fantastic! :clap2:

Very true Greg! I suck at opening up. :becky:

Thanks buddy!

Grabnabber
05-06-2017, 04:28 PM
Great take on the BM!

I've been on reenactment train lately as well. Yesterday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with fake Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes and Cheezy Frito Burritos.

Those were dandies. Would. Make. Again. On. April. Twentieth. :thumb: :laugh::laugh::laugh: :bounce:

ssv3
05-06-2017, 04:43 PM
Great take on the BM!

I've been on reenactment train lately as well. Yesterday we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with fake Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supremes and Cheezy Frito Burritos.

Those were dandies. Would. Make. Again. On. April. Twentieth. :thumb: :laugh::laugh::laugh: :bounce:

Thanks!

The 20th day of April eh?? lol :thumb: I gotta tackle their Mexican pizza since you mentioned. :nod:

Moose
05-06-2017, 05:40 PM
Those were dandies. Would. Make. Again. On. April. Twentieth. :thumb: :laugh::laugh::laugh: :bounce:

I see what you did there...:rolleyes:

Bob Wiley
05-06-2017, 05:40 PM
Charlie Trotter liked McD's, as do I.

Serious Eats had a good write up on the Big Mac

http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/05/the-burger-lab-building-a-better-big-mac.html

ssv3
05-06-2017, 06:21 PM
I see what you did there...:rolleyes:

:heh:

Fwismoker
05-06-2017, 06:24 PM
YUM! Awesome Sako

dsp2
05-06-2017, 07:27 PM
That is magnificent! Love it!

sudsandswine
05-06-2017, 07:59 PM
I <3 this thread so much. Nothing beats grinding your own beef. I bought a grinding attachment for our kitchenaide mixer a few years back and haven't bought ground beef from the store one time since. Gonna have to try the improved big Mac sometime.

Happy Hapgood
05-06-2017, 09:26 PM
Have you considered a Franchise that would change the world...Again? Brisket Fast Food Burgers!

The Founder Official Trailer #1 (2016) - Michael Keaton Movie HD - YouTube

ssv3
05-07-2017, 01:56 AM
^^^

:thumb:

Got some wild ideas Mike and I've got people pushing me. :wink:

Sevengoals
05-07-2017, 05:29 AM
That burger is 100 times greater than a Big Mac!

cheez59
05-07-2017, 10:18 AM
Killer burger brother. I knew it would be before I even clicked on this thread. Good hoppy brew to accompany the masterpiece, oh hayall yeah!

mikemci
05-07-2017, 10:23 AM
Sweet! Post it up.

Since you mentioned Carl's the six dollar burger comes to mind too. :heh: Then there is the Ultimate Cheese burger from Jack in the Box. At one point I had that for two years straight a few times a week. lol
Yt?
Gotta write them down.

Ultimate Cheese Burgers were good.
The first time I ordered one, the kid behind the counter asked "Do you want cheese on that?"

Neil
05-07-2017, 10:58 AM
Thanks Neil!

I had a hell of a time finding Hopslam but brother Chris (MisterChrister) sent me a few. :thumb: Then I got lucky finding some unexpectedly and bought everything they had. :becky:

I did sleep well considering I had some Founders limited releases, the Hopslam and a few whiskey shots. :-D

If you ever get up this way Sako I'll take you on a tour of the best craft brews in Michigan. Bell's, Founder's, and Greenbush are my favorites.

mikebrinda
05-07-2017, 12:06 PM
Nice recreation. I cooked many. Worked at McDonald's in Torrance, corner of Crenshaw and Artesia, 1971-1973. Met my wife there (married 42 years now.) She worked the window, I worked grill--- I hated working the window, "I want a cheeseburger, no pickle." Well then, take the friggin pickle off! Also saw the power of franchising first-hand and up close, useful for when I later franchised my company around the world.

ssv3
05-07-2017, 02:23 PM
Ultimate Cheese Burgers were good.
The first time I ordered one, the kid behind the counter asked "Do you want cheese on that?"

Lmao. I actually overheard someone order a cheeseburger no cheese. :crazy:

ssv3
05-07-2017, 02:29 PM
If you ever get up this way Sako I'll take you on a tour of the best craft brews in Michigan. Bell's, Founder's, and Greenbush are my favorites.


That'll be awesome Neil! I came close last month to South Bend, IN but short on time only for the weekend. On the flight to Chicago the guys behind me were talking about Greenbush. Got family in Muskegon but they're moving back and if I do come back then for sure. :thumb:

ssv3
05-07-2017, 02:32 PM
Nice recreation. I cooked many. Worked at McDonald's in Torrance, corner of Crenshaw and Artesia, 1971-1973. Met my wife there (married 42 years now.) She worked the window, I worked grill--- I hated working the window, "I want a cheeseburger, no pickle." Well then, take the friggin pickle off! Also saw the power of franchising first-hand and up close, useful for when I later franchised my company around the world.

That's awesome! Wasn't even born then :-D. Your story is pretty inspiring btw. The Mike Brinda and good to have you on here. :thumb:

campdude
05-07-2017, 04:59 PM
I gotta hang out in Q-Talk more for threads just like this one. Looks fantastic, Sako. I eat fast food burgers off and on when I don't feel like making my lunch in the morning before I go to work. None of them compare to how good that one looks. Baby Big Macs (sliders) at the bash?!

Big George's BBQ
05-07-2017, 05:03 PM
I have never seen a Big Mac that looked that good Amazing

dadsr4
05-07-2017, 05:04 PM
Your's looks great. The last time I went to MickyD's, I was asked if they could help me. I replied, "Give me a moment, I haven't been here in about a decade." That was about 7 years ago.

Weberlamp
05-07-2017, 05:33 PM
Epic looking burger and even better beer

I have to comment on the dedicated piece of Cambria that you used for your assembly. classy burger deserves a classy counter top

ssv3
05-07-2017, 11:48 PM
I gotta hang out in Q-Talk more for threads just like this one. Looks fantastic, Sako. I eat fast food burgers off and on when I don't feel like making my lunch in the morning before I go to work. None of them compare to how good that one looks. Baby Big Macs (sliders) at the bash?!


Thanks Marty! I think it'll be tedious work at the bash with BigMac sliders. I've got something else in mind for the bash. :-D

ssv3
05-07-2017, 11:49 PM
I have never seen a Big Mac that looked that good Amazing

Your's looks great. The last time I went to MickyD's, I was asked if they could help me. I replied, "Give me a moment, I haven't been here in about a decade." That was about 7 years ago.

Epic looking burger and even better beer

I have to comment on the dedicated piece of Cambria that you used for your assembly. classy burger deserves a classy counter top

Thanks guys!

Mrs B
05-07-2017, 11:57 PM
Looks amazing

Ron_L
05-08-2017, 08:55 AM
We were at a competition this weekend so I missed this thread, but that looks great! I love the use of the tortilla press!

Did you just use another bun bottom for the middle bun?

qnbiker
05-08-2017, 09:06 AM
Lmao. I actually overheard someone order a cheeseburger no cheese. :crazy:Off topic, but I placed a drive-through order yesterday and was asked, "for here or to go?" Works both ways.

THoey1963
05-08-2017, 04:15 PM
Looks great Sako. Mainly the ingredients, but also the care you took in putting it together. Not thrown together like the 16 year old at McD's does. Why, thank you for putting all the toppings on one half, one patty half way off the bun, but the cheese is centered, the other patty half way off the other way. I love having to rebuild my sandwich...

ssv3
05-08-2017, 05:40 PM
We were at a competition this weekend so I missed this thread, but that looks great! I love the use of the tortilla press!

Did you just use another bun bottom for the middle bun?

Thanks Ron!

The tortilla press helped a lot since it's a pain to shape thin patties. I did use a bottom bun by trimming some off with a bread knife.

ssv3
05-08-2017, 05:43 PM
Looks great Sako. Mainly the ingredients, but also the care you took in putting it together. Not thrown together like the 16 year old at McD's does. Why, thank you for putting all the toppings on one half, one patty half way off the bun, but the cheese is centered, the other patty half way off the other way. I love having to rebuild my sandwich...

Totally. Thanks Terry!