Review: Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich from Arby’s
Arby’s has been consistently pretty good in recent years with their limited time only offerings. Ever since the King’s Hawaiian bun was introduced to the menu back in 2013, there has been a steady flow of more hits than misses. The latest new sandwiches feature the aforementioned King’s Hawaiian bun, but the newest x-factor ingredient is brown sugar bacon. There’s a trio of sandwiches to kick off the new bacon… the Brown Sugar Bacon BLT, the Brown Sugar Bacon & Roast Beef, and the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham. I haven’t tackled ham at Arby’s in a while so I decided to grab the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich for a GrubGrade review.
Arby’s describes their new Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich like this:
We glazed our thick-cut bacon with brown sugar and paired it with pit-smoked ham on a King’s Hawaiian® bun to create this smoky and sweet sandwich.
The components of this sandwich consist of brown sugar bacon, pit smoked ham, big-eye Swiss cheese, leaf lettuce, tomatoes, Grey Poupon Dijon mustard, and a King’s Hawaiian bun. I purchased the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich at my local Arby’s in Maryland for $5.49.The first thing I noticed about this sandwich was how heavy it was. It’s well over a half pound and the majority of that weight is from the generous pile of thick ham slices. I’m really loving texture from the thick-cut portions of meat at Arby’s lately. Gone are the days of pressed, razor-thin sleeves of meat… well, on some of the meats anyway. The ham has a mild smokiness to its flavor and a savory sweetness.
There’s plenty of candy-sweet qualities to the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich. Most of the sweetness comes from the pepper bacon which is coated with light brown sugar. There’s only three slices of the brown sugar bacon and they’re not all that big, but there’s plenty of sugary molasses flavor impact from those three slices. The brown sugar coating crystallizes to give the bacon a minor texture change on the surface. Sweet and savory are the flavor highlights from the brown sugar bacon and pit smoked ham.
The complementary players in the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich included a natural slice of Swiss cheese and Grey Poupon Dijon mustard. Both were sort of glued to one another and nothing else. It was almost like a creamy Dijon mustard coated slice of cheese. The Dijon had a slight acidic bite, but for the most part it was surprisingly hard to identify in spots. I found the sweetness of the sandwich to be pretty dominant over the flavors trying to balance it out. There’s a fresh leaf of lettuce and two slices of tomato which all decently fresh. I love the soft and sweet King’s Hawaiian bun, yet since there’s already a lot of sweet going on in the sandwich, it doesn’t stand out as well as it does on King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef BLT.
In closing, the Brown Sugar Bacon & Pit Smoked Ham Sandwich comes with a hefty price for fast food, but it’s heavy with quality meat so there’s definite value there. It felt a tad heavy on the sweet ingredients and I was hoping to find a little more flavor balance. That aside, when the sandwich was complete, I couldn’t help but crave more of it. There’s an addictive quality to this sandwich and that brown sugar bacon has a lot of impact in those three little slices.
Pros: Very filling sandwich. Big pile of thick pit smoked ham. Sweet brown sugar bacon.
Cons: More mustard and different bread would have balanced out the sweetness.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: http://arbys.com/our-menu/brown-sugar-bacon/kings-hawaiian-brown-sugar-bacon-pit-smoked-ham
Serving Weight - 316 grams
Calories - 690
Total Fat - 27 grams
Saturated Fat - 13 grams
Cholesterol - 160 milligrams
Sodium - 1870 milligrams
Carbs - 72 grams
Sugars - 33 grams
Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 40 grams