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Arby’s has been pumping out premium grade limited time only sandwiches for years now, typically focusing on meat craft.  So when they created a line of sandwiches that not only encompassed three different sandwiches, but also featured Bourbon infused sauce and Brown Sugar Bacon, I almost did a standing back tuck.  The Bourbon Bacon sandwiches come in Brisket, Angus Steak, or Turkey forms.  For review purposes, I chose to focus on what seemed to be the mid tier Angus Steak.

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Ingredients:

  • Sliced Angus Steak
  • Kentucky Bourbon Dijon Sauce
  • Brown Sugar Bacon
  • Crispy Onion Strings
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese
  • Star Cross Bun

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What You Need to Know:

The Arby’s Bourbon Bacon & Steak sandwich costs a somewhat lofty $5.50 for the sandwich ($5 for Turkey or $6 for Brisket) and packs 590 calories and 26 grams of fat.  For those interested the Turkey has 580 calories and 25 grams of fat while the heartier Brisket packs 710 calories and 40 grams of fat.

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First Impressions:

In the world of fast food, there are plenty of ways to try things out.  A few months back Dunkin Donuts came out with a Sweet Black Pepper Bacon Breakfast sandwich that we really enjoyed for the simple ingenuity of trying something seemingly different with the sweet/savory bacon.  The only issue in the end was that the bacon was still pretty damn measly and thin.  Arby’s turns things up quite a few notches with the time honored method of having the customer pay premium prices for actual premium ingredients.

The Brown Sugar Bacon truly shines with this sandwich, due to the fact that it’s thick, hearty and doused with brown sugar.  The almost brown sugar crust creates a dynamic texture and flavor combination that will knock your foot warmers clear off.

Not to be outdone is the focal pointed Bourbon Dijon.  The sauce is very robust and multi dimensional condiment.  Featuring elements of sweet, acidic, and tangy the sauce pairs really well with the Brown Sugar Bacon goodness I mentioned prior.

The Angus Beef is lean, yet thick cut and has a peppery like nature.  The last time I ate an Arby’s Angus sandwich, I came away yearning for more, due to the fact that the sandwich lacked an abundance of meat.  I am proud to say that this sandwich featured a nice, robust amount.  To me the Angus Steak is the pinky out version of Arby’s standard Roast Beef, an amped up version if you will.

The sandwich is rounded out with a thick cut melted piece of cheddar cheese and one of my all time favorite sandwich ingredients, in Crispy Onion Strings.  One of the hardest parts of any Crispy Onion String deployment is trying to maintain the crunch with a bountiful amount of moisture, with this go around coming in at an average clip.  There was a decent amount of crispness, and while they weren’t exactly mushy, they didn’t maintain the flaky factor we all desired.

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Arby’s Bourbon Bacon & Steak-The Verdict

Coming together this sandwich had a lot of grand things going for it.  The Brown Sugar Bacon is a true knockout.  It stands out even more than the focal point Angus Steak, which in itself is very solid.  The Bourbon Dijon sauce is multi-noted and is another inspired effort from Arby’s.  Couple these factors with cheese, somewhat crispy onion strings, and the premium bun I haven’t even mentioned, you’ll find that Arby’s has once again knocked a sandwich into the left field bleachers.

Arby's Bourbon Bacon & Steak Sandwich [Review]
Brown Sugar Bacon is a Godsend Bourbon Dijon is quite enticingAngus Steak=Pinky Out Roast Beef
$5.50 for a sandwich alone
9.1Overall Score
Taste9.4
Value8.5
Quality9.4
Reader Rating 10 Votes
6.3