Slow and Smoky with the Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich

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Growing up as a “country gal,” one of my fondest memories was visiting my grandparents’ house and paying a visit to the small smokehouse my grandfather used to smoke beef, venison, and all sorts of other things. Even though it had been a few years since he fired it up, the tiny structure still smelled amazing and is largely responsible for my lifelong love of all things smoked.

So when I saw the commercials for Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich, I was immediately curious about whether a fast food restaurant could capture that authentic smokehouse flavor. After all, the smoking process takes a long time – several hours in many cases – and fast food is, well, fast. There was only one way to find out … we needed to visit Arby’s.

Talking my husband into a trip to his favorite fast food restaurant wasn’t difficult. He’s crazy about Arby’s Horsey sauce, and has even been known to save packets of the sauce in the glove compartment of his car “for emergency use.” (I have no idea what those emergencies might be, but I’m sure they involve roast beef sandwiches in desperate need of a condiment.)

We both ordered the Smokehouse Brisket sandwich with curly fries. The sandwich was piled high with slow-smoked beef brisket and topped with smoked Gouda cheese, crispy onions, BBQ sauce and mayo, and came served on a toasted, bakery-style bun. Skipping right to the review, it was everything I hoped it would be! My husband agreed.

Arby’s secret, just like my grandfather always knew, was that you can’t rush real, smoky flavor. While most fast food restaurants might try to deliver smoky flavor with an hour or two in the smokehouse, Arby’s smokes its beef for at least 13 hours. (Thirteen hours!) The result is flavor you don’t usually find in a fast food sandwich. In fact, it was so good, my husband didn’t even need Horsey sauce on his sandwich – although he did use four packets as dipping sauce for his fries.

My favorite part was a tie between the delicious smoked flavor and tanginess of the BBQ sauce. Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts on what part of the Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich you’re most excited about, or what you love most about Arby’s! Find an Arby’s in your area!

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  1. That certainly looks delish. I am going to have to visit Arby’s to try it out. I guess I will be nice and take my hubs along, I just know he will love this!

  2. I haven’t eaten there in a long time. I love their curly fries though!

  3. I agree Brisket sandwich looks delicious. 13 hours of slow roasting! We will be stopping by Arby’s! We both love Arby’s fries. Slow roasted brisket sandwich and fries….gosh I am making myself hungry!

  4. Oh man, I love a good brisket!
    thanks for making me hungry right after I ate breakfast!

  5. I’ve not tried this yet, I am obsessed with their au jus sandwich though. My hubby has tried it and LOVES it!! I’m hoping they keep it on the menu for him 🙂

  6. That looks so yummy!

  7. It’s lunch time and this just sparked an interest to my tummy. I may have to pick one up!

  8. I have loved Arby’s since I was a kid. The Beef n’ Cheddar has my go to sandwich. I am not sure I would like this one however as smoked meat is not really a fav of mine. I do know that they are a great fast food restaurant for going authentic. Happy to know they aren’t using that smoke in a bottle goop that a lot of fast food smoked dishes use. Think the charbroiled flavor of the Whopper…think that really comes from their flame grill? Nope it is flavoring injected in the factory. Anyway glad this brought back some memories for you…isn’t it amazing what our scenses can do?

  9. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! They do look yummy.

  10. I’m not a huge roasrbrrf fan…but when the mood hits it has to be Arby’s!!!!

  11. I love Arby’s. I will have to try it next time I go

  12. Oh my Gosh! Yu have made me hungry… Must go eat now!

  13. Arby’s is one of my hubby’s favorites and he gets totally biased when it comes to their food above other fast food chains. I will have to tell my hubby about this one. Thanks 🙂

  14. Oh my gosh. Now I’m REALLY hungry for lunch 🙂

  15. Melissa Smith says:

    That looks amazingly delicious! We hardly ever go to Arby’s since we’ve moved, but I think a special trip might be in order now.

  16. That looks delish!

  17. I’ve heard about these but havne’t gotten to try it. I rarely eat at fast foods, but when I do I usually stick with the cheap and easies.

  18. I have never eaten here before. I will have to see if we have one in my area.

  19. We don’t have any here in my area, but it looks delicious!

  20. The Smokehouse Brisket sandwich looks SO good! It’s definitely worth a trip to Arby’s!

  21. I love Arby’s! I haven’t tried this sandwich but now I really want to!

  22. Oh My!

  23. I’ve always loved Arby’s sandwiches. I haven’t got a chance to try this one yet. Time to make a trip.

  24. Yum now this is one yummy looking sandwich! Sounds good right now!

  25. You are making me very hungry for meat right about now

  26. I was already hungry before I read this, but now I am even more hungry, thank you very much lol My step-dad used to LOVE Arby’s, it was his first choice when we’d go into town, sadly we lost him this past April, but I’ll always think of Arby’s & him hand in hand.

  27. Elisebet F says:

    I haven’t been to Arby’s in a while, but that looks fantastic! I may have to go there for my cheat meal this week =D

  28. That does look delicious. We don’t have an Arby’s close by but next time we pass by one I will have to make sure we stop and try their food. The Smokehouse Brisket looks very appetizing.

  29. This looks so good! I haven’t been to Arby’s in a while but I drive by it every day! I need to stop to try this!

  30. Ohh, smokey BBQ is my favorite!!

  31. That sounds so good, I haven’t had Arby’s in forever since the closest one near me is over 30 minutes away. I guess I’ll have to make a special trip to try this soon.

  32. My husband loves Arby’s. I’m sure we’ll be there soon to try the brisket. If it’s as good as the roast beef, i’m sure we’ll both enjoy it.

  33. Arby’s curly fries are the best.

  34. Oh my gosh this looks so stinkin good! I MUST visit our’s this weekend!

  35. Lately they have been coming out with some amazing new sandwiches, each of them just as fantastic as the next.

  36. i can take or leave brisket but my mom loved it and my hubby still adores it

  37. I really want to try this…love brisket!! I can smell it now!! 🙂

  38. Now I am hungry. I will be craving that all night.

  39. I love Arbys but we don’t have them here anymore : (

  40. This sounds delicious. We don’t have an Arby’s very close so I don’t get there very often.

  41. I had one of these the other day and they were so good! Yum!!

  42. We used to have an Arby’s nearby and I really miss it. I would love to try this out but there are none left in my city.

  43. Mmm I haven’t eaten at Arby’s in so long!

  44. I love Arby’s sandwiches. I think they have the best sauce ever! This new sandwich looks great!

  45. Wow, that looks super good. I can’t believe that is fast-food!

  46. Great alternative when you don’t want to cook! (I love Arby’s sandwiches!)

  47. Oh this looks amazing right now. I haven’t tried it yet… but I plan to!

  48. That sandwich looks so good. I don’t normally do brisket but I might have to make an exception. 😉

  49. That look good! I haven’t eaten at Arby’s in a long time.

  50. OMG my mouth is watering!!!!!!!! I want to go there NOW

  51. Oh my God! I love this! I used to say “the greasier, the better.” although diabetes has changed my diet preference. The Smokehouse brisket with the smoked gouda cheese is nirvana! You have made me search the web for Arby’s branches here. 🙂

  52. I haven’t been to Arby’s in a while but this looks melt in your mouth delicious!

  53. This sounds so good!!!i gotta get to Arby’s !

  54. Oh, I love all things smoked too! And, your photo looks absolutely scrumptious. YUM. Might be time to stop at Arby’s in the near future! lol

  55. This looks really delish! btw, I love your header 🙂

  56. Arby’s has some amazing stuff in there!

  57. My husband is a huge Arby’s fan!

  58. Oh my, now I’m dying for that Arby’s brisket sandwich! The gouda cheese just seems like it puts the perfect touch on the meat.

  59. It’s lunch time here and not an Arby’s around. You now have me hungry!

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