Burgers with Buck: Biltong Bar

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Three words for you… Monkey. Gland. Sauce.

Much like you are probably intrigued, so was #BurgersWithBuck. For the record, the sauce contains no monkey and certainly no primate glands. Whew, right?

Monkey gland sauce is a tangy condiment in South Africa, similar to BBQ sauce. It is ketchup-based and contains brown sugar, onion, garlic, mustard, and apple cider vinegar. There are varying recipes and accounts of the origin of the name Monkey Gland Sauce. Search the internet at your own risk.

Don’t let the name fool you or bother you. Monkey gland sauce is tasty, and it is a big part of the rather big signature burger at Biltong Bar, known as the BB Burger. It begins with two, 4-ounce patties of  certified Angus beef (a chuck, short rib, and brisket blend) that is cooked on a flat top. It is topped with caramelized onions, cremini mushrooms, Applewood smoked bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, and the aforementioned monkey gland sauce.

Biltong Bar has been described as a South African gastropub specializing in street food. There are now two locations in Atlanta: the original at Ponce City Market and the location #BWB visited in Buckhead. They also feature all-natural, dry-aged beef jerky, or as they call it in South Africa: biltong.

From their website: “What is “biltong,” you ask? Biltong is a traditional South African snack, something you’d find natives eating out of a paper bag while strolling the streets. It’s the South African version of beef jerky – all natural, air-dried, packed with protein and cut from the best meat. Whether it’s beef, ostrich, venison or elk, served by the slab or fresh sliced, it’s preservative free, dried right here in Atlanta and is easily enjoyed on its own or on top of some of your favorite snacks.”

Great news for you loyal burger lovers who read this far into the story … the BB Burger as well as the other burgers on the menu are half-price all day on Mondays. As usual, #BWB has got your back.

For more information on Biltong Bar, including their menu, locations, and specials, go to their website, http://biltong-bar.com/ . And, as always, if you have a favorite burger that you would like to see featured, tell me about it on https://www.facebook.com/BuckFOX5 or https://twitter.com/BuckFOX5, and don't forget to use the hash tag #BurgersWithBuck and/or #BWB.