Review: Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sub from Quiznos

Obtaining a Quiznos sub proved more difficult than I would have thought. It is normally not my first choice for dinner and I will be the first to admit that I tend to forget about it. No specific reason, it just gets overlooked more often than not. Not to mention a marked decrease in their obnoxious commercials about the singing rat-weasel-gerbil-ferret-puppet thing that I would rather not consider too closely. Despite those telling facts I was nonetheless shocked to realize that we now have only one Quiznos in my hometown. Last time I checked there were at least two ( I would have bet money on three), but now only a single store lies tucked away in a strip mall near the E. Independence Supercenter. Not the most convenient location and the store had a slightly run-down feel to it that I just could not put my finger on.  Lucky for me, that vague sense of disquiet did not extend to the culinary delights within. I stepped up and ordered the new Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sub.Quiznos Spicy BBQ PorkThe gentleman assembling my meal was friendly, stating: “You know, the spicy pork is really good but it’s definitely not spicy enough.” The corners of my mouth drew down at this, as I love spicy food and am known to complain about bland fare masquerading as ‘zesty,’ ‘spicy,’ or anything of the like.  I was pleasantly surprised however. Even after the slightly disappointing conversation with the worker who prepared my sub, I was fairly pleased with the end result.Spicy BBQ Pulled PorkFirst off, the slow-roasted pork was tender and succulent. It had a bold, hearty taste that you only get with quality meat. And that goes for the bacon as well, which had a smoky flavor that mixed well with the meat and sauce. The barbecue sauce was rich and thick but there simply was not enough of it and there was only the slightest tinge of spice. No forehead mopping, breathing fire, or rushing for a glass of milk here. The cilantro-jalapeno slaw was cool and crunchy, not what I expected from anything with the word jalapeno in it. I would have liked more, as it added a new flavor and provided an interesting texture throughout. The aged cheddar was average, if a little forgettable. The jalapeno cheddar bread was fresh and delicious, but again I failed to notice any heat.Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork QuiznosOverall I liked the Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sub from Quiznos quite a bit. In spite of the lack of warmth and a couple of ingredients I would have liked to see more of (barbecue sauce, slaw) all of the flavors worked together really well. I found the whole of this sub equaled more than the sum of its parts. The Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sub is a delectable addition to the Quizno’s menu and well worth the purchase price of $5.99 for their standard sized sub sandwich. As usual my suggestion is to add more sauce and more slaw. Go out and support your local Quizno’s before it disappears like mine has.

Pros: High quality ingredients, most everything had excellent flavor. I didn't get shanked while ordering.

Cons: They skimped on the slaw and the BBQ sauce. Sandwich was not spicy despite the name.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $5.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info: http://www.quiznos.com/Menu/deli-style-sub-sandwich/pulled-pork-sandwich-spicy-bbq.aspx
Nutrition Facts:
850 calories
330 fat calories
36 grams of fat
2670 milligrams of sodium
78 grams of carbs
3 grams of dietary fiber
51  grams of protein
20 grams of sugar 

7 comments on “Review: Spicy BBQ Pulled Pork Sub from Quiznos

  1. Alex K. says:

    Any time a nation-wide chain says something spicy, it isn’t. Well, not always, but the majority of the time.

  2. Sherm says:

    Quizno’s is head-and-shoulders better than Subway in every way. It’s a shame they seem to be dying out. They make a quality (if a bit pricey) fast-casual sandwich.

    • Steven T says:

      Sad but true. I think we only have one or two here also. And it’s off faraway from me so I have to make a conscience decision to go there if I’m nearby. Subway on the other hand seems to have a shop on every other street corner.

  3. Dustin says:

    I agree with that statement about 95% of the time. It’s easily my biggest complaint every time I review something “spicy.”

  4. Raye says:

    The reason why quizos is dying out is the skimpy meat portions! I ordered a traditional the other day and the guy who made it was literally pulling slices of turkey in half and crumpling them up to make the sandwich look bigger. The pepper bar is great and the meat tastes fine, but when you’re over the 7$ mark I don’t deserve to be skimped like that.

    Jimmy Johns serves the gargantuan for the same price point and easily has 3x (no exaggeration) the meat of the traditional. Quiznos can skimp, but they need to take at least 1.50-2$ off the price.

  5. Quiznos says:

    Thanks for your honest review and vote of confidence, Dustin. We are big fans of the pulled pork sub, too! Be sure to come back in soon, the pulled pork sub is only here for a limited time!

  6. BigBelly says:

    looks like a damn fine sandwich to me, how pronounced is the cilantro flavor? I can’t stand it, and it could be a deal breaker

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