Arby’s latest sandwich released earlier this week is a new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich. The Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich features a new smoked brisket “smoked for at least 13 hours”, smoked Gouda cheese, crispy onions, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise on a bakery-style bun. I’ve never had barbecue at Arby’s before, so it was nice to be able to order something like this from them. One of the new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwiches set me back $5.39. That’s only $.10 under a Roast Beef Max.
How Does It Taste?
After reviewing the abomination that was the Salted Caramel Shake, I felt like Arby’s was in need of some serious redemption. The Salted Caramel Shake ruined my faith in Arby’s milkshakes, but my faith in their sandwiches was still strong. I brought home the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich and dug in.
The Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich is featured on a bun I’ve never seen before at Arby’s. At first glance it looked like one of the King’s Hawaiian buns that the chain recently used. The bun looked and felt like the Hawaiian roll bun, but it tasted like standard bread, perhaps faring better than the chain’s regular buns.
The smoked brisket used on this sandwich had a real smokey barbecue taste to it. I loved the flavor of the brisket, and it was piled on in adequate amounts, but the brisket was very salty. I know that fast food knows only two flavors: salt and fat, but this sandwich was salty even for fast food.
The cheese they used on this sandwich seemed like an okay idea in theory, but the execution was poor. The cheese was placed on the lower part of the sandwich and as a result, the fairly chewy cheese created a strange rubbery texture with every bite due to it being the first thing in the sandwich to hit your tongue. The cheese added a nice flavor, but the just plain weird texture made me want to take the damn thing off.
The sauces featured on this sandwich sat on opposite ends with me. On one hand I loved the barbecue sauce and wish that there was more of it (perhaps application to the bottom bun as well would have been enough) but on the other hand they put mayonnaise on this sandwich. Really? Mayonnaise on a brisket sandwich? I don’t understand why Arby’s figured that would be a good move, but it really took away from what I think this sandwich was going for.
Overall Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich could have been a great addition to the Arby’s menu if they took away the cheese and mayonnaise, and added more barbecue sauce and onions. And perhaps a bit less salty flavor on the sandwich overall would have made it more palatable.
Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich is a brisket sandwich done the Arby’s way. Unfortunately, the “Arby’s way” did this sandwich no favors. The brisket had a good flavor, but was too salty. The cheese was only partially melted and applied to the bottom half of the sandwich, which made it feel like eating half-dried glue. The barbecue sauce was good but more was definitely needed. And to add insult to injury they put freaking mayonnaise on the sandwich. I’d recommend avoiding this overpriced and underwhelming sandwich.
What I liked: Flavor of the brisket, pretty filling, the barbecue sauce
What I didn’t like: Very salty, the cheese added a strange glue-like texture, mayonnaise, not enough barbecue sauce, the onions were unnoticeable, fairly small sandwich for over $5.
Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich
Calories from Fat: 320
Total Fat: 35g
Sat. Fat: 12g
Trans Fat: 1g
Dietary Fiber: 3g