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Firehouse Subs chills Caribbean style with new Jamaican Jerk Turkey Sub

Firehouse Subs chills Caribbean style with Jamaican Jerk Turkey Sub

Drive-Thru Gourmet - Firehouse Subs Jamaican Jerk
This sandwich is available for a limited time only, mon.  Photo courtesy of Firehouse Subs

This week I reached out for a Jamaican Jerk Turkey Sub, new from the smoking hot sandwich chain Firehouse Subs, with 1,170 restaurants in North America, 27 in the Greater Houston area, and eight within Houston city limits. Is that precise enough for you … you GPS-dependent wanderers?

And what exactly is the Greater Houston area? Put it this way: I can walk to my local Firehouse Subs shop located at 3924 Bellaire Blvd., that’s pretty great.

Here’s the Jamaican Jerk Turkey Sub breakdown: sliced smoked turkey breast, melted pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, and in-house sweet mustard spiked with Caribbean seasoning on a signature toasted roll.

Signature? I hope they spell my name right and leave off the insult, you know, Starbucks-style. Total calories: 720 (for a medium). Fat grams: 35. Sodium: 1,740 mg. Carbs: 68 g. Dietary fiber: 4 g. Protein: 35 g.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $5.55. (Except in Alaska, where it’s $7.55 for those Ice Road Truckers. Love that show.)

If you’ve never been to Jamaica, jerk seasoning usually consists of flavors like chiles, thyme, cinnamon, garlic, and nutmeg — but really anything the house cook feels like rubbing on meat and veggies down in the Caribbean. When you rub jerk seasonings on turkey before roasting, the result doesn’t smell or taste like Thanksgiving up in the U.S. Jerk turkey flavors are big, they pop in your mouth, without aid of stuffing and mashed potatoes.

And, yes, I said stuffing. You “it’s dressing” people have to stop.

Firehouse serves its hot subs distinctly warm and toasty. The sandwiches are never microwaved, don’t ever think about that. And the meat isn’t hot off a flat top grill, where the heat dissipates quickly when stuffed inside a bun (not a scientific fact, just something I’ve noticed). Firehouse Subs steams their meats right before the sandwich is assembled, so the meat is hot, tender and juicy, and retains its warmth to gently melt the cheese. Firehouse subs can double as hand warmers in winter.

Firehouse Subs’ Jamaican Jerk Turkey is new and different and won’t be around long — it’s an LTO (trade talk for limited time only). If you want to go island hopping for lunch, the Jamaican Jerk Turkey sandwich is a delicious, first-class ticket.

I liked this sandwich a whole lot, a pleasant change of my pace from my go-to Firehouse sub … the smokehouse beef and cheddar brisket. Now that’s a monster sub. It’ll definitely hold you till dinner. If you buy a large sub, that second half will be your dinner.

Here’s the thing about Firehouse Subs – they’re all about helping out local firefighters and other first responders. A portion of every sale — all year long — goes to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Since the foundation started 25 years ago, they’ve donated more than $44 million to provide equipment, training, and support to hometown heroes.

On August 3, Firehouse Subs will hold its annual H20 for Heroes drive. It’s simple, bring in an unopened 24-pack of bottled water, and you’ll get a free medium sub. The water will be donated to local fire and police departments and senior and community centers.

This is a great deal, where everybody wins. Tip: many dollar stores sell 24-packs of water for $2.39 or something like that. I noticed the water stacked by the front window last week as I was buying my semi-annual batch of 10 sunglasses. I lose sunglasses a lot.


Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know on Twitter.