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Subway debuts BBQ pulled pork sandwich

IMG_1269While watching TV last night, I was fast-forwarding through a commercial and saw one that made me stop right in my tracks. Either I must have been seeing things, or those billboard-buying nutbags were a few months off in their prediction of the end of the world.

But no, I wasn’t hallucinating. Subway has introduced a pulled pork sandwich.

I’m not so sure that the sub would make the cut for ole’ Jared’s diets, racking up 570 calories and 17 grams of fat for a 6-inch sandwich. But I’m no health nut, and decided to check it out.

I can’t say that I was terribly enthused when I saw the sandwich artist scoop out a glob of frozen pork-paste and plop it onto my Italian bread. At least one thing Subway has going for it over something like a McRib is that this is actually identifiable as pork, not some reconstituted pork substitute.

This wasn’t as bad as I’d expected it to be, but my expectations were pretty darn low. The pork is mushy, obviously roasted, and has never seen the inside of a smoker. Any smoke flavor comes from the sweet tomato based sauce, probably from the abomination that is Liquid Smoke.

Did I finish it? No…there was some 2-day old pizza in the fridge that suddenly became a lot more alluring.

Has anyone else given this a shot?

- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog

72 comments Add your comment

Jennifer

July 13th, 2011
3:16 pm

Hmm.. Pulled Pork at Subway. I have had Subway’s sandwiches, and I swear that you need a magnifiying glass just to see the portion of meat and cheese that they put on their subs. I would rather have a Jersey Mike’s sub, any day..

Wendy Siddy

July 13th, 2011
3:38 pm

Somehow I don’t think it will resemble the picture.

Typical Redneck

July 13th, 2011
3:39 pm

Well Jon, you may be the only one brave enough to try “bbq pork” there.

dw

July 13th, 2011
3:50 pm

Subway is usually ok… that looks awful though!

BFS

July 13th, 2011
3:59 pm

It’s all in the preparation. I had one for lunch today and it was pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. If the frozen pork product is allowed to thaw slowly, you get rid of the whole mushy texture.

Just kidding… I had one for lunch, ate two bite and tossed it in the garbage.

Eat Fresh indeed.

Kay Stephenson

July 13th, 2011
4:00 pm

Giggling way with tears running down my face. My Mom would have been so offended by your disparaging remarks about Liquid Smoke. That and Kitchen Bouquet Browning & Seasoning Sauce were two of her kitchen standbys.

GEORGIA97

July 13th, 2011
4:00 pm

Roasted pork is absolutely disgusting and this sandwich will be off the menu within two weeks.

FoodFan

July 13th, 2011
4:03 pm

This, like everything else at Subway, looks absolutely wretched. I can’t imagine a single market in the US where this would be even remotely popular. Good BBQ has spread everywhere – even up north. I can’t imagine anyone would eat it – but kudos to you Jon, for being brave.

joe

July 13th, 2011
4:07 pm

Yuck…just yuck.

Kirk

July 13th, 2011
4:14 pm

Maybe if we close our eyes, it will all go away, fast.

Jon Watson

July 13th, 2011
4:17 pm

@FoodFan and @TypicalRedneck – Consider it a professional hazard. The things I do for my craft… ;-)

BFS

July 13th, 2011
4:26 pm

I have a close friend who works for Subway. She takes her lunch breaks at Waffle House. Enough said.

Steve

July 13th, 2011
4:38 pm

Subway is the biggest waste of money ever. Their veggies are gross and they barely give any meat on their sandwich (example: 6in subway melt – 2 small pieces of turkey, 2 small pieces of ham, 1 small piece of roast beef). The amount of meat you get is really comical on that big piece of bread. I refuse to go there anymore. If I want a good sub, i’ll hit up Publix deli.

Rodney

July 13th, 2011
4:40 pm

Meh – I can’t bad-mouth Subway with a clean heart because I certainly have put away more than my share. But, I avoid the “special new” Subway sandwiches and stick to just meat, cheese, a few veggies, some vinegar, and that’s about it. They’re good at that – just simple, plain sammich.

It’s like going to a family chain restaurant and ordering a lobster dish. Sure, it’s lobster but it’s not their wheelhouse and probably isn’t the best you’ll have. I avoid things that seem out of place based on the type of restaurant. Which is to say, the bbq pork at Subway will never pass these lips. :)

AtlMike

July 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Yuck is right! There is not way I would try something that looks like that.

Freesturn

July 13th, 2011
4:49 pm

Sonny’s has the best BBQ bar none. I had the turkey sub today at subway.

Atlanta Native

July 13th, 2011
4:51 pm

Subway is a place to get a salad on a bun, flavored with meat. If you approach it that way, it is a decent way to get a light meal. If you want a real sub, you went to the wrong place in the beginning.

I gave up trying anything “new” at subway during a margarita crawl in Cozumel many years ago. When we saw margarita on the menu, we tried it. Blech!

Atlanta Native

July 13th, 2011
4:53 pm

@ Freesturn – I’m guessing you must not have ever had BBQ anywhere else . . ever.

Atlanta Native

July 13th, 2011
4:54 pm

@ Rodney – my approach also.

Joe Peterson Los angeles

July 13th, 2011
4:57 pm

This is the worst sandwich ever served by any fast food company. Subway get out of town

JJ

July 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

Jimmy Johns, #9 with peppers…best sub hand down oh and for 5.35. subway YOU SUCK!

Clay

July 13th, 2011
4:59 pm

I usually eat at Subway once a week. When I was in there yesterday and saw the picture of the pork sandwich, I knew just by looking at it it could not be good. Thanks for the review–now I won’t have to waste my time (not that I would have bought one, anyway).

Clay

July 13th, 2011
5:03 pm

Hey, Freesturn, I don’t usually get too worked up about other’s opinions; but, your Sonny’s comment was too much. Please try some real BBQ at your earliest convenience.

DS

July 13th, 2011
5:06 pm

I havent eaten at subway since i saw them take that FROZEN piece of chicken out and nuke it in microwave and call it “oven roasted”.. Not to mention that was the most messy crumbly stale bread i have ever tried to eat… Subway doing pulled pork is like asking for ribeye at KRYSTAL… subway is the ABOMINATION in this whole story. they are AWFUL

nelson howard

July 13th, 2011
5:16 pm

I find that the bggest bargain in food can be found at Subway. I have had the pulled pork and itwas adequate. The Veggie Delite Salad at about 200 calories is the best in the business.

Josh Bales

July 13th, 2011
5:19 pm

You shouldn’t be surprised, the breakfast at Subway isn’t any better. The first (and last) time that I got breakfast at Subway was a huge disappointment. Pre-cooked cold eggs that were re-heated and then added to a sandwich. There is a distinct flavor with re-heated scrambled eggs, and it’s not good.

Bebe

July 13th, 2011
5:20 pm

LowCountry BBQ for a good, simple bbq sammich. Chicken or pork, wth, have both! They’re both good.

Baltisraul

July 13th, 2011
5:28 pm

Freesturn….Sonny’s has good Bar-B-Que? You ain’t from round here, are you?

If Subway does not put more meat on their sandwiches, nobody will go there anymore. They have cut back way too much. But it does make for a nice bread sandwich.

BFS

July 13th, 2011
5:35 pm

Williamson’s Brothers in Marietta puts out a damn fine pulled pork sandwich. Sonny’s is horrible in comparison.

Patrick

July 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

@Freesturn: Like others have said, anyone who says Sonny’s is good BBQ, has never really had good BBQ. The only chain restaurant (not a big chain, either) that has good BBQ is Shane’s Rib Shack. Otherwise, one must make a pilgrimage to Fresh Air BBQ down in Jackson, GA or Macon, GA.

Locally-owned BBQ places are touch-and-go. As in, I might touch them once, but then I’ll go somewhere else. Those that have been around a long time within a single city manage to retain their business with the locals, versus people passing through.

There is one near me in Bremen called Wright Way BBQ that’s been open for a couple of years, and they’re a lot better than the couple of places that had been around for nearly 30 years.

Avery

July 13th, 2011
5:45 pm

People still eat fast food? I’m surprised those chemical concoctions are still legally allowed to be called “food”.

artyc

July 13th, 2011
5:58 pm

williamson bbq is pure crap give me sonny’s anytime

Freesturn

July 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

Patrick, Sonny’s has been in business for decades. I’m not the only one who loves their Sonny Q.

g8trh8tr

July 13th, 2011
6:10 pm

Sonny’s sucks. I typically stay away from chains when it comes to BBQ, but Jim N Nick’s is pretty good if you have to go to a chain.

Rob

July 13th, 2011
6:23 pm

Subway is a joke. How they’ve managed to grow the way they have astounds me. I guess the sheep buy into the “eat fresh” thing which is the biggest crock ever. Every thing there is pre-sliced, pre-chopped and pre-cooked. Nothing there is actually “fresh” unless you count the frozen blocks of pre-made bread when they come out of their oven.

Destin Dawg

July 13th, 2011
6:42 pm

Sonny’s is good !! I like their salad bar…. smokey chicken salad… Subway too much bread not enough Meat.. but I do get a $5 footlong once in a while.. load up the veggies on top…

Wilton

July 13th, 2011
7:15 pm

I saw the sign in the window at the local Subway. My stomach churned at the thought of it. Pulled pork has no business in a place like Subway.

limomaninga

July 13th, 2011
7:49 pm

If you want real BBQ. Head down south of Atlanta to Deans in Jonesboro or Fresh Air BBQ near Jackson. Now that’s reall BBQ. Look it up on Yelp.

jimmyjangel

July 13th, 2011
8:32 pm

all you commentors suck! Subway is one of the very few quick service restaurants that offer healthy low fat and nutritous meals.

TIM

July 13th, 2011
8:38 pm

Subways cold cut subs are ok but their hot subs are really bad. Pulled pork or pull my leg…..it’s gotta be bad.

Pro American

July 13th, 2011
8:44 pm

If you’re anti-american and pro-indian you should eat at Subway every day.

chelsea

July 13th, 2011
9:19 pm

Agreeing with jimmyjangel!

Rob

July 13th, 2011
9:41 pm

@jimmyjangel Seems like you’ve been drinking the kool-aid. You’re one of those types that believes anything as long as it’s marketed well enough. You’re wrong. There are plenty of places that offer those things. Subway was just one of the first to market their products in such a manner. If you’re an individual that is really concerned about healthy eating, you’re going to be doing it without Subway’s marketing gimmicks. Heck, even the big three burger chains have all been selling salads for at least 35 years. What Subway does is not rare or special. The only thing that sets them apart is their marketing department. That is all. Sub-par ingredients, sub-par food, great marketing. But hey, in this day and age sometimes that’s all you need to be a success. Look at the music industry!

BarryLee

July 14th, 2011
12:21 am

I cannot see why anyone in Atlanta would eat a pork sandwich at a place like Subway. I mean we live in one of the pork sandwich capitals of the world. Community Q, Fox Bro.’s, Old Hickory, Williams Bro.’s, Harold’s…

gino

July 14th, 2011
6:19 am

actually you can get an authentic Cuban at the Subway a couple of blocks from Fountainbleu; you can also get a Quizno Cuban downtown, I think in Miami, they have to serve fresh and their Cubans are awesome…however, I’m also kind of surprised that Subway would venture out, especially because they can’t possibly serve that Cuban on a National scale, …one Sub I had in Cali was a chicken cuban, nice try, and very good, but yes…pork would be fresh in Miami and excused all to eat, but elsewhere I think not…

Baltisraul

July 14th, 2011
7:04 am

Subway……It is not a sandwich shop anymore. THERE IS NO MEAT ON THEIR SUBS! You are paying for bread and toppings.

Mike

July 14th, 2011
7:38 am

My mama taught me that there are some things that you never put in our mouth.
This would be one of those things.

Curious George

July 14th, 2011
8:48 am

Is the bbq pork at Sonny’s at least better than the bbq pork at Subway?

LiasMom

July 14th, 2011
10:00 am

$4.00 for a 6″ Tuna at Subway is a good lunch. Shane’s Rib Shack is NOT good BBQ. It’s not even bbq at all — they use “electric smokers” to avoid the pink smoke ring, so they can appeal to the masses who don’t understand that pink in your smoked meat is good. BBQ is not made with electricity. It’s just roasted meat with sauce on top (and the sauce isn’t good, either). With good BBQ, the sauce isn’t even needed.

Doc Hollidawg

July 14th, 2011
10:02 am

Vile. Only word that comes to mind when Subway and pulled pork are mentioned in the same sentence.