Have you tried the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from Subway?

We here at GrubGrade brought you exclusive news last year on Subway testing out a “Cuban” style pulled pork sandwich, but the leading chain hastaken to humble pig to a new level this summer, rolling out a southern-inspired BBQ Pork Sub.

Brace yourself for the big, bold taste of a BBQ Pulled Pork Sub. Tender, succulent slow-cooked pork with sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, all on freshly baked bread. Try one today with a FUZE® Fresh Brewed Iced Tea for the ultimate in summer deliciousness.

According to Subway, the sandwich clocks in at 570 calories and 17 grams of fat (6 saturated) for a 6-inch sub. Interesting enough, comments from a previous GrubGrade post on the sandwich turned out to reveal some flops in the testing, including complaints about bones in the “hickory” smoked meat which apparently led to an order to stop selling the sandwich.  We’ve yet to get our hands on one, but we know someone out there has already tried it. What did you think? And is it a better rendition than Quiznos’ attempt to replicate the American classic with (gasp) cheese?

(H/T: Our friend Pat at Foodbeast.com)

35 comments on “Have you tried the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from Subway?

  1. As someone living less than 20 minutes from the heart of pulled pork barbecue, Lexington NC, I’ll never try this sandwich. I’ve been burned enough times to know that people who aren’t from the south just don’t seem to ‘get’ pulled pork. They put tomato-based barbecue sauce on it to make it sweeter (as they seem to have done here), or pair it with a mayonnaise-based cole slaw.

    Maybe I’m just a snooty purist. But once you’ve had Lexington #1, you can’t go back.

    • Joe Cool says:

      Not just a snooty purist, but a pretentious snooty purist!

    • Raiders757 says:

      I’ll just stick with “purist”. I live in hog country, near Smithfield, Va. I can’t say I blame you, or anyone in the Southern Virginia/ North Carolina for being a little “picky”. Pork BBQ is so easy to come by in our parts, it can be compared to pizza parlors in, and around, New York City. We damn sure have the best, but there are far more doing it worse(even in our own region). Once you get out of the region, our expectations can only go down.

      I think it’s pretty obvious that Subway isn’t going to even come close, so I doubt I’ll bother myself. I hate to agree as well. When it comes to BBQ, or even truly great grillin’, there are very few Yanks who can do it right. I know right away when someone calls my grill, a “BBQ”, that they’re a rookie at best, and have a lot to learn. No matter where you come from, a true grill master/ pit master, will never call a grill, or pit, of any kind, a BBQ. If you stand behind calling one that, your no better than a hot dog chef.

  2. saw an ad for this yesterday. terrified beyond belief.

  3. Justin ST says:

    $8.25 for this, hell no. You can get this for $2.85 at most school cafeterias!

  4. J.B. says:

    That looks disgusting and I am positive it is disgusting and I am sure overpriced.

  5. Jacob says:

    I am trying it as I type this, I went to the Subway down the street and bought one for $8.20 for a foot long. Its not too bad but the lady forgot to put BBQ or sauce on it so all I am getting is pork, onions, bell peppers, and lettice, but it isnt too bad, in fact it is kinda tasty. Next time I will get a 6″ because there is no way I am going to finish the foot long. The 6″ was $5.00. You have to eat it fast or the bread gets soggy. From a 1-10 I give it a 7, with sauce maybe a 8.

  6. Manavee says:

    I didn’t think the Quizno’s version was that bad (in fact, dare I say, I even enjoyed it).

    This doesn’t even look that good from the picture to me. I’ll probably still give it a shot.

  7. tony jaguar says:

    What would happen if you pulled a McRib apart?

  8. Colin says:

    How’s the BBQ sauce taste? I’d like to give that sauce a shot on a regular sub, if they’ll allow me.

  9. Rob says:

    excited to try it! maybe with avocado, too! haha

  10. chris says:

    When I was at subway yesterday I saw a container of it sitting next to their tuna, and it was hard to tell the two apart. It looked completely disgusting.

  11. rodney11111 says:

    the quiznos sandwich sux!
    i didnt like it at all, it just didnt taste good

  12. Kevin says:

    I got sick just reading the title.

  13. Adam Bomb says:

    I saw this at Subway the other day, but I just can’t imagine it being worth the price they’re asking.

  14. Zachary Jacob Zblewski says:

    I didn’t think I’d ever buy a pulled pork sandwich from a sub shop, but I actually did. I have had Cousins version and it was decent. This looks worth a try as well. Obviously its not going to be anywhere close to authentic south(-east)ern pulled pork. But we can’t always have the best.

    Here is a link to the Cousins version: http://www.cousinssubs.com/ I suggest trying it if you have one in your area.

    (No, I don’t work for Cousins.)

  15. Joe Cool says:

    At Subway today and saw the little paper trays full of the precisely measured amount of pork for each sandwich. Didn’t look that appetizing at all, but maybe it tastes alright. I was tempted to ask for a side of just the bbq sauce. I wonder how that tastes…

  16. Scott says:

    They use to serve these types of sandwiches at my high school cafeteria. The bun would get soggy and the meat was only heated to a luke warm temperature. I remember burping/gagging these up by sixth hour art class. I would have explosive distress later in the evening.

  17. Eric says:

    I would like to try it for comparison, but I imagine I’d rarely decide to get this rather than Sonny’s drive-thru for a pulled pork sandwich on garlic bread. I recently left Tallahassee, but there we can get buy one, get one on Mondays which makes it less than $2.50 a sandwich! Great deal. Is Sonny’s BBQ nationwide?

  18. Colin says:

    You can order the BBQ sauce by itself on any sub. I got some last night on a turkey sub and it’s pretty darn good. It’s more of a tangy sauce than a sweet one, which I personally like.

  19. Charlotte says:

    I think it’s a generally good idea to avoid all fast food pork products.

  20. Heidi says:

    DH tried it yesterday. He was ill for the rest of the day. It won’t be coming near my mouth anytime soon.

  21. Tanya says:

    I tried one yesterday. I couldn’t see the tiny print on the sign at the other end saying the price was $8.00, I figured it to be a $6 sub. I was surprised when I got down to pay, I probably would have gotten something else had I known. When I saw the guy pull out the meat mashed in it’s little paper tray, (and it was mashed, you could see finger indentions) I was kind of turned off, but hey it’s in the microwave now. After it was heated it was plopped on the bread, a quarter of the meat was still hanging onto the tray, both trays actually. Into the garbage slot the tray and the rest of my meat went. I got all my toppings and BBQ sauce and moved down to pay. I thought, for 8 bucks, this better be a tasty sandwich. It wasn’t. The meat, what little there was, was just ok, very mushy sitting in a tomato sauce. The BBQ sauce was terrible. I have never had such an awful sauce. I love BBQ, but quite honestly this was the worst I have ever had.

  22. joe says:

    had one the other day totally disgusting. meat was a cross between underwood deviled ham and alpo. sandwich is wrong on so many levels

  23. Joe says:

    WOW…anyone who would even compare a subway sandwich to authentic Barbeque is an idiot to begin with. I mean, it is …”Subway” after all. I have had the sandwich now 3 or 4 times and it honestly is pretty good, for WHAT IT IS. I have had true barbeque from Florida to St. Louis and everywhere in between, but in a hurry you can’t always have time to break bread in a “real” barbeque establishment. The sandwich at subway is really not bad and the meat even has a slightly smokey flavor to it, which I am not sure how they did that. I will say it is a heck of a lot better tasting and probably more nutritional than a big mac or whopper.

    As to those commenting on the “look” of the meat behind the counter? IT’S “Pulled Pork”….what do you expect it to look like. You obviously have no clue as to what goes into preparing pulled pork….and you would be just as disgusted if not more so I am sure if you we privileged enough to actually see inside the kitchen of those so called “Great Barbeque” restaurants.

    At the end of the day, take it for what it is…a decent sandwich you can grab quick and on-the run…which is the only reason MOST of us go to subway in the first place.

  24. Richard says:

    My son loves Subway and I like pulled pork, so I decided to give it a try. Never again !! I had no expectations of a real pulled pork sandwich, but I got so little (and dry) meat and sauce, it was just tough get it down.

    This is what mine looked like, would you agree ?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/richinfla/6014769805/in/photostream

  25. Bertalberta says:

    For $5 it sounds like you people are expecting a lot. For $5 its not bad. If you didnt get enough sauce, ask for more. They don’t usually charge for extra sauce. If you didn’t get enough pork, buy double meat. Beyond that, for 5 bucks you can’t really expect anything more than reheated pre-cooked pork that comes in a huge tub from some central factory. For somebody like me, this $5 sub is pretty good tasting and cheap. You want real pulled pork, go somewhere else and stop bitching.

  26. TJ says:

    I agree with Joe and Bertalberta.. Subway is 90% about convenience and consistency. They’re everywhere, they’re open fairly late at some locations, so when you’re on the road or in a small town, sometimes it’s a decent, relatively cheap option. It’s the McDonald’s of the sub world to me. If you’re expecting something different, just go somewhere else, they clearly aren’t missing your business.

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