By Mike Thayer
I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food. Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.
Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors. People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds. And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.
Here's the description from the website: USDA Choice beef brisket smoked for up to 16 hours, melted cheddar, mayo, and Sweet Baby Ray’s® BBQ Sauce.
The description is short and to the point. Brisket is a tough cut of meat, but when done up right, it packs a lot of flavor! And when it comes to grading meat, know that a 'Choice' cut is NOT as good as a 'Prime' cut of meat. Don't get me wrong, Choice is still a quality meat, it just has less fat marbling (flavor) than Prime. A 'Choice' cut in general will be less tender, not as juicy and have a slightly more coarse texture than a 'Prime' cut. But here's the dirty little secret, when prepared correctly, you can't tell the difference between a Choice cut of brisket and a Prime cut of brisket, especially in a sandwich.
Firehouse knows exactly what they're doing in prepping their brisket. It was tender, seasoned well, delicious and generous in portion. In fact, it was falling out of the bun in portion..... And while the Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce is a fairly standard sauce across the Fast Food Spectrum (a lot of restaurants use it and there's nothing special about it), but it's a good pairing with the mayonnaise, providing a nice creamy finish. The toasted bun was on point and overall I enjoyed every bite of this sandwich. The only knock I've got on it is the cheddar cheese. While I did get the cheese note in the sandwich, it was a tease of cheddar. I wanted more.
I purchased my large sandwich for $11.28, a bit pricey but the flavor was there. The Firehouse Subs Beef & Cheddar Brisket Sandwich gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. It's not exactly Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly but it is a repeat buy.
$pend Wisely My Friends.....