For a limited time, Arby’s is offering Bourbon BBQ versions of some of their sandwiches. The sandwich is available with turkey, brisket, streak, or all three meats together in a holy trinity of protein. The sandwich is dressed with brown sugar bacon, Kentucky bourbon BBQ sauce, crispy onions, and smoked cheddar cheese on a star cut bun.
I tried the brisket version of the sandwich. From the first bite, the sweetness of the bourbon BBQ sauce was present. As I ate through the sandwich, the sweetness began to become overwhelming. The amount of sauce on the sandwich was not the issue, it was the amount of sweetness in an individual drop. It completely overwhelmed the rest of the sandwich.
The bacon was decent, but also sweet, which did not help an already overly sweet sandwich. The onion straws on my sandwich were not crisp, which was a major disappointment because they provided no textural contrast. The rest of the sandwich was about what I expected. The brisket was fine, but once again suffered due to the sweetness of the sandwich.
Overall, I would not be interested in trying one of the other versions of the sandwich because they would likely be overwhelming sweet as well. I found my experience eating this sandwich disappointing because the advertisements look so appealing. Unfortunately, when you bite into this sandwich it takes more like birthday cake than bourbon BBQ.