The Pal's Sauceburger is simply great...I had to recreate it.
If you've never been to Northeast Tennessee, you’ve probably never heard of Pal’s. If you have been to that part of the world and tried their famous Sauceburger, then perhaps you, too, are dying to know how to recreate it for yourself.
Pal’s is a local operation with numerous locations throughout the Tennessee Tri-states region. Bright blue box-like buildings adorned with giant hamburgers and hotdogs are a beloved icon in this part of the world.The original location is still operating in Kingsport, Tennessee. Founded in 1942, Pal’s has been racking up accolades ever since. Pal’s “sudden service” has you circling the drive through in nothing flat. Somehow, the quality is amazingly consistent. You always get a warm juicy burger and it never tastes like it's been sitting under a heat lamp.
On my last visit, I had a Sauceburger with cheese. It's larger than a regular McDonalds hamburger, but still somewhat flat. The Pal’s sauce is what sets it apart. I decided I had to recreate it and share it with the world. If you get the Sauceburger without cheese, it clocks in at 240 calories, making it a nearly guilt-free indulgence.
I found a copycat recipe on line, but decided it wasn't exactly right. Also, it made only enough sauce for one burger. I needed to amp it up both in flavor and volume to make it perfect for our grill fest. The amount should be enough for four burgers, but if you want them really saucy, you might want to double my recipe. Especially if you are serving six.
Place the following ingredients in a blender:
½ cup of ketchup
2 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of yellow mustard
1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
About 4 drops of liquid smoke
¼ teaspoon of seasoned salt
1 tablespoon hickory-smoked flavor barbecue sauce.
Whir the ingredients in your blender until the pickle bits have been pulverized into microscope morsels, undetectable by the naked eye.
Grill your burger and toast your buns after lightly brushing them with butter or oil. You can also grill them if you prefer. This step is important so that the sauce stays on the burger and does not soak into the bun. Top your warm burger with a slice of cheese if desired. Once it is gooey, apply the Sauce. Feel free to apply it liberally, but don't overwhelm the taste of the meat.
Voila! You have now created a tasty facsimile of the original. Serve with a swig of moonshine and have a Moon pie for dessert! Your tastebuds have just taken a little trip to the mountains of Tennessee.
P.S. Sadly, I do not know how to make Pal’s famous Frenchy Fries. You're on your own.