This week, I reached out for an all-aboard Nashville Hot Brisket Sandwich, new from first responder-friendly Firehouse Subs, with 1,170 restaurants across and top and bottom U.S.
Nashville Hot is hot, all right, saucing everything from fish to chicken to pizzas. Now comes Firehouse Subs stoking the flames on brisket.
Here’s the Nashville Hot Brisket Sandwich breakdown: thinly sliced, USDA Choice brisket, Nashville Hot seasoning, spicy pickle chips, mayo, sweet and tangy sauce, and melted pepper jack cheese on a toasted cornbread bun.
Total calories: 940. Fat grams: 63 g. Sodium: 2,360 mg. Carbs: 63 g. Dietary fiber: 2 g. Protein: 33 g. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $7.99.
There’s a whole lot to like about Firehouse Subs’ take on Nashville Hot. The brisket is slow-smoked for 16 long hours. The seasoning, a blend of cayenne pepper, chili pepper, paprika, sugar, and salt, is added to the brisket before it’s steam-heated (Firehouse Subs’ signature process), so the meat is served warm and moist. You’re not getting dry stiff, practically jerky brisket like some other sub joints.
The toppings are warm, fresh and colorful, so all of your senses are pleased. It’s a heavy-duty sammie, with soft and gooey melted cheese, crunchy pickles, smooth mayo, and crisp slaw. I especially like the slaw because it’s coarsely cut and only lightly mayo’d.
Of course, like all Firehouse Subs sandwiches, the star is the brisket, which is lean and juicy. The difference here is the Nashville Hot seasoning, which makes this sandwich the spiciest offering on the menu board. Guests can ask your friendly sandwich steamer to go easy on the Nashville Hot seasoning. Or guests can crank their sandwich’s thermostat even higher at the sauce station.
Everything is piled high on a squarish, toasted cornbread bun, a new addition designed just for the Nashville Hot Brisket Sandwich. The bun contributes a touch of sweetness, something different in sub-world.
The Nashville Hot Brisket Sandwich is a tad pricey and high on the calorie count, but you’re worth it. Just think of today as your cheat day, which lately has been Monday through Friday. But think fast, this sandwich goes bye-bye in December.
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