Review: Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich from Chick-fil-A
Since I didn’t get around to reviewing it when it launched two years ago, the return of the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich from Chick-fil-A for the 2019 summer is a good time to make amends. Chick-fil-A describes their Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich like this:
The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich features a boneless breast of chicken, marinated with a special blend of seasonings and grilled for a tender and juicy backyard-grilled taste. It is served on a toasted, buttered sweet yeast bun with Colby-Jack cheese and is topped with bacon hand-tossed in a brown sugar and pepper blend, green leaf lettuce, and zesty Smokehouse BBQ sauce.
I’m a big fan of Chick-fil-A’s menu. I’m a big fan of BBQ sauce and bacon… and actually Colby-Jack is up there too. So why did I finish this sandwich and think… “that was kind of a disappointing”… ? Let’s review:The sandwich features a grilled chicken breast that is marinated with “a special blend of seasonings and grilled for a tender and juicy backyard-grilled taste.” I’d be lying if I said that was the case. Not that it’s necessarily untrue, but you’d have to really be paying attention to notice much of a difference to the regular grilled chicken sandwich. A plus that it’s a thick, quality cut of chicken breast and it’s hard to go wrong with Chick-fil-A’s mastery of the fast food chicken sandwich overall. When I’m evaluating this sandwich, I’m holding it against, or comparing it to Chick-fil-A’s own roster of chicken sandwiches because it’s currently #1 in fast food. Also included in the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich are three slices of bacon that are apparently hand-tossed in a brown sugar and pepper blend. This was good bacon… it just didn’t stand out as different. I don’t know, you tell me if the bacon below looks like it was hand-tossed in blend of brown sugar and pepper. What do you think?I like Colby Jack cheese although I question why it was used in a sandwich like this. The leaf lettuce was fresh, colorful, and I didn’t mind it in this sandwich. Normally I’d say leave out the lettuce when you’re dealing with a BBQ sandwich. The Smokehouse BBQ sauce is described as “zesty”, but it was disappointing and one-dimensional from a flavor perspective. The thickness of the sauce was great, the flavor was mediocre. With BBQ sauce you can have zesty, smokey, sweet, spicy etc… this sauce tasted sweet and sort of McRib-like. Oh and the bun was dry. At a price of $6.69 for the sandwich alone, the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich is a whopping 3 dollars more than the classic and nearly flawless original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. How??? Why??? The bacon upcharge is just $1.14… the cheese is $0.30… lettuce $0.15… is it the fancy bread or because the chicken fillet is grilled? Whatever the case, the value of this average-sized sandwich didn’t feel right.I can’t believe I’m writing this, but my experience with the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich was below average. I guess this is proof I’m no Chick-fil-A sycophant. Maybe my Chick-fil-A expectations are always too high, but I don’t know. I wanted to love it and I didn’t. It’s not trash… it’s just not anything special. The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich will be available at Chick-fil-A locations nationwide through Saturday, August 24th if you’re curious.
Pros: Hearty, thick chicken breast. Thickness of the BBQ sauce. Did you know you save 15 cents by removing the lettuce? Weird.
Cons: BBQ sauce flavor was eh. Bacon was good, but I didn't notice any brown sugar and pepper blend so maybe they gave me the regular stuff. Dry bun. $3 more than the original Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: https://www.chick-fil-a.com/
490 calories, 18 grams of fat, 44 grams of carbs, 1220 milligrams of sodium, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 38 grams of protein