Just in Case You Were Wondering: The White Castle BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

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The pulled pork slider is prominently bannered in the parking lot (!) of the Williamsburg White Castle. Note the Voice box in the left bottom corner, and please take a paper when you try the slider.

After enduring the advertisements for several months, and in view of my love of real barbecue, I decided I had to check out White Castle's BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders...

A little history is in order. Founded in 1921 in Wichita, KS, White Castle was the first fast-food hamburger chain in the world. As such, they had to invent all their fast-food moves from scratch, which is why their small, steamed, square burger with holes in it (to facilitate steaming) is so damn weird. Weird or not, these gray-meat morsels with chopped onions came to be affectionately known as "sliders," for their propensity to slide down your pie hole with alacrity.

Since then, the term sliders has been applied to all sorts of smallish burgers of whatever composition and cooking style, even if the burgers had no relation to real sliders. Given their erstwhile dominance of the slider genre, it's strange that White Castle would dilute the term by calling their pulled pork sandwiches sliders, yet they do.

I ordered one and tore it apart. I'd suspected that the descriptor "BBQ" was just going to mean that they put barbecue sauce on the pork. And I was right, so much barbecue sauce that the thing seems predominantly so, and the meat decidedly takes a back seat to the bottled-tasting sauce.

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