Fat Jack's BBQ came up big Sunday at the third annual Burger Brawl, a fundraiser for Philadelphia schools that gathered two dozen burger-makers and about 900 people outside of the Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia.
Rob Wasserman, who founded Burger Brawl with his wife, Maggie, said it raised nearly $80,000.
Fat Jack's, located in Northeast Philadelphia and Jenkintown, won the hearts and arteries of the 16-judge panel with its burger, which was topped with a veritable sampler of the menu - mild BBQ sauce, cheddar jack cheese, 18-hour hickory-smoked Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, sauteed onions, Kentucky slaw, and Memphis dry rub. Oh, and a dill pickle on top. The burger's description also was the top vote-getter last week in a Philly.com poll. Owner Glenn Gross sells the burger for $8.99.
The crowd favorite was the PB & Bacon Burger from Chris Barnes and crew at Lucky's Last Chance in Manayunk,a patty with creamy peanut butter, thick-cut bacon and homemade jelly on the side ($8 junior, $9.50 standard). Onlookers described it as a glorious meeting of sweet and salty.