This was Ian Maxtone-Graham's first episode. He previously worked as a consultant on the show.
There is a portrait of a Scottish man wearing kilt with a sign "Angus Burns" above a fireplace in the living room in the Burns Manor. It refers to his family's Scottish descent. However, there are many theories about their origin (German, Mexican...).
When Homer was explaining to Mr. Burns that Larry was only trying to get his father's love, he describes his children as obnoxious (Bart's reckless behavior), boring (the idea that Lisa's lectures, thoughts, activities, actions and trip ideas are dumb and boring), and stinky (referring to Maggie, who wears diapers). Upon hearing this, the kids get ticked off at Homer because of the way he described them.
Several elements of the episode parody the film Caddyshack, which featured Dangerfield. These include Larry trying to fit in with Burns' associates and the party at the end, accompanied by Journey's "Any Way You Want It."
Homer brushes off an almost completed puzzle of Snoopy on his doghouse from his workstation after he finds out Larry is working there. The piece where Snoopy's nose should be is intentionally missing in order to avoid infringing copyright.
The title is a reference to "Burn, baby, Burn!", a lyric from the song "Disco Inferno", by The Trammps.