Review: Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich from Arby’s
At Arby’s, their latest slogan is “We have the meats”. The impressive list of meats has reached nine with new smoked turkey breast which is featured in the new Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich. Let’s review.Arby’s describes their new Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich like this:
Our smoked turkey isn’t “smoke flavored.” It’s smoke infused. We smoke it for eight hours over mesquite wood in a smokehouse in Texas. Then we put it on an artisan style roll and top it with smoked cheddar, crispy onions and white BBQ sauce to make our Smokehouse Turkey sandwich. If you’ve never had smoked turkey before, this is the best place to start.
I was curious to try this sandwich because it offered some ingredients I know I love already, like crispy onions, and some things that were new to me… what exactly is white BBQ sauce?.
The five components of the new Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich all work well together to create an impressive Arby’s addition. The new smoked turkey is easily the best turkey that I’ve had from a quick-serve restaurant… and that includes fast casual restaurants too. It’s not the overly salty slices of pressed turkey loaf which have the consistency of wet construction paper. The turkey is carved in meaty, thick pieces from whole turkey breast and has that nice hearty texture you get when you know it’s a natural cut. There’s a reddish color on the ends of the turkey from the smoky seasoning which consists of a mix of paprika, red pepper, black pepper and garlic powder. The eight hour smoking process gives the normally boring turkey some lightly sweet wood-smoke flavor. I only wish there was one more slice of turkey in my sandwich to give it some extra shine above the rest.
There’s a slice of cheddar cheese in the Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich that gets to be called smoked cheddar cheese because apparently there’s “Natural Smoke Flavor” in the ingredients list. Not only did I find the cheddar to be too mild tasting, I wasn’t able to detect the smoke. I guess it’s hard to stand out when you’re cheese in a sandwich like this. A sharper cheddar would’ve been nice here. The crispy onion strings are more like onion pieces and they were excellent in this sandwich. I love the crunch of the thick breading and the fact that it isn’t overwhelmingly oniony. The onion pieces are big enough to pluck from the sandwich and enjoy on their own and they make me long for the old days of Arby’s Onion Petals. A major plus was the crispy onions maintaining their crunchiness while surrounded by warm ingredients and creamy sauce. White BBQ sauce is totally new to me and if I wasn’t already aware of it in the sandwich, I’d think it was a creamy horseradish sauce without the spicy kick to the sinuses. It’s an interesting flavor and nothing at all like traditional BBQ sauces. This is a north Alabama thing so I’m not sure how familiar white BBQ sauce will be to the masses. The sauce does go well with the smoked turkey and gives it a little zest. I can’t help but continue to describe its flavor as being anything beyond extremely mild horseradish sauce with a hint of mustard. It almost made me wish it was Arby’s Horsey Sauce because I wanted the aromatic spicy qualities. The star cut bun didn’t stand out and that’s not a bad thing. It did its job and when bread goes unnoticed, for the most part, it’s a success. Take a back seat to the stars and don’t do too much or else you’re likely to show your flaws. The sandwich alone cost me $5.29 and there’s no longer any sticker shock when it comes to the big sandwiches at Arby’s. The Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich from 2013 was also priced at $5.29 and I enjoyed the new Smokehouse Turkey more so I’m not too bothered by the price. It’s a filling sandwich at almost a half-pound in weight and the quality is strong enough to be a premium priced fast food item.
Bravo Arby’s! This sandwich was excellent and I’ll likely give it another purchase before its limited time only run is over. The strongest components of the Turkey Smokehouse Sandwich are good enough to carry future incarnations of the smoked turkey cut of meat.
Pros: Quality. Big, tasty sandwich. Thick slices of mesquite-smoked turkey. Crispy onion strings.
Cons: Smoked cheddar cheese. The white BBQ sauce tasted like horseradish without the heat and for that I'd rather just have Horsey Sauce instead.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: arbys.com
Calories - 560
Total Fat - 28 grams
Saturated Fat - 10 grams
Sodium - 1430 milligrams
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Carbs - 44 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 6 grams
Protein - 36 grams