That would explain the fundamental difference between a Maid-Rite and a NuWay, then.
(True confessions time: Despite my anthropological research on this sandwich, I don’t really like either MaidRites or NuWays . . . in fact, I would never order this sandwich out. It’s strictly home food for me.)
This thread from long ago surfaced over on another board.
Poster Judy in that thread was a cook for Nuway, and she says Organ Meat was a part of the scheme-
" No spices are added to a nu-way burger it is cooked in a rectangular grill that is shallow at the top and deep at the bottom. It has a burner at both ends but the rear burner is only on when adding more ground beef. What makes a nu-way taste different is the organ meat they add when it is ground. That is why the grease, or what the regulars refered to as juice is yellow in color. To make one you would bring some meat up to the top of the grill and either press some of the grease out or not depending on the customer-take your bun directly from the plastic wrap on a cart (not steamed) add mustard, ground onion (very fine, almost juicy) and two pickles then flip the meat onto the bun and cut in half. I was a cook at nu-way for six years and did this many times. Also the meat packing company Manning-Clampit who also provided the chili bricks for nu-ways chili was owned by the same people."
….so there you have it, ORGAN MEAT IS THE SECRET.
i believe that many recipes include beer, and then you cook them in a double boiler.
Check out Redgreene’s recipe from aforementioned thread here on Roadfood.com. It is fabulous
You are so lucky to hae a Mugs Up. We use to have one here in Huntsville, AL, about 30 yrs. ago. I loved it. The hamburgers were the best. I tell people about it, and most of them can’t remember it. They think I am crazy when I say that the hamburgers were loose meat.
Your big sister or your little sister? [8)]
i made maidrites for a bday party. the secret was the cola syrup. i bought it at walgreens, its for simple nausea. so its where the mylanta and others are at. i think it was 10 lbs of burger, and half an onion ground fine (i did that to hide them from my sister). i cooked it in a large pot and just kept draining off the grease.
Yes, I would agree… but ask anybody in n.e. pennsylvania what a hamburger bar b que is and they will tell you it’s loose meat with the same ingredients used in the loose meat recipies i’ve read on this subject.
My mother one time told me she didn’t like blackend fish (it turns out she had tried some, once, at a Denny’s in Michigan, or some such place) …
Did you have a loose hamburger at a place with credentials in the category?
My family is from the Quad (used to be the Quint) Cities and my Dad has told me the secret to a Maidrite is a little bit of Coke fountain syrup in the browning process, how much no one knows.
The Travelin Man
Wow…this is a racket I need to get in on. Did you surf around their web site at all? You can order a Maid-Rite, delivered right to your door. http://www.maidrite.com/send_maid-rite.html For only about $75, you can have a dozen maid-rites delivered to you, pre-frozen with pickles and onions. ***$75*** a dozen? Wow. I realize that a chunk fo that gets eaten up in shipping costs, but do folks realize that they can buy ground chuck locally for about $2.50/lb? For about five bucks (if you want about a dozen), you can have the same maid-rite taste after about 3 minutes browning some ground beef on your stove — no need to wait 2 days for the UPS Man, either.
I guess the rolls could be a fortune, though….
It is merely an opinion only. I had a contractor take me to lunch at a loose meat restaurant in Rock Island. I found it messy and with vey little taste. Please be aware that this was my opinon only and I do not want to offend fans of this recipe.
Paul E. Smith
eastern penna we call them bar-b-que
Hi I really enjoyed the article, if I were the owner I would not give it up. I’m telling you they are the greatest. I have always said that one secret to good food is to create a craving and I am craving a zip burger now even for breakfast.[V][:D
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