After a nice long bikeride with the dog and a couple of friends, a sandwich is not really what everyone thinks about, but when you drive by one of your favorite bbq places, which happens to be a smoke house and brew-pub, you really have no excuse not to go in. Especially when you are waiting for other people.
I was riding my bike in Nederland the other day, home of the Frozen Dead Guy Days, and also Wild Mountain Smokehouse and Brewpub. It is normally one of our traditions to go in after a ride and grab a brew and some bbq. they have a great selection of sauces, which makes for all sorts of good sandwiches, but they really only have 3 options as far as what to put on the sandwich. Pork, Chicken, and Beef Brisket. They do however have a lot of beers, some really good sweet potato fries and garlic mashed potatoes, and of course… bbq sandwiches. They do use really good rolls, that are almost like a sourdough, but not quite as sour. Needless to say, I was not going to complain about going to the smokehouse to get something to eat. A lot of the time I end up going with the platter, which is more meat and less sandwich, but for the sake of the sandwich blog and its readers, i opted for the chicken bbq sandwich.
Well. I should have gone for the brisket. I mean, the sandwich was good and all, but the reality is, the sandwich was nothing without the sauce. They had a good bread, and they had a good sauce, but the chicken was a little too dry for my taste. The elements of the sandwich were there, and i was really hoping for something fantastic, but I had to overpower the dry chicken taste with the sauce. I added the sweet potatoes on top, and had to put down two layers of the thai sauce to get good coverage. I could have probably spiced it up a little bit with some lettuce or tomato, which doesn’t normally go on a bbq sandwich, but it would go on a chicken sandwich.
I think if I were making the sandwich, I wouldn’t call it a chicken bbq sandwich, because it wasn’t bbq-e enough for me. If it is a bbq chicken sandwich, then the chicken should probably be simmering in bbq sauce. You can’t really do that if you have 6 sauces to choose from, unless you make a LOT of chicken. That is a lot of waste…..
But back to the sauces….. the sauces that they have are really quite interesting. you can get them as a taster with fries, so you can try out a couple of them. They have the traditional Texas, which is the tomato based, the Sweet Carolina Mustard, which has a little sweet/spicy kick to it, the memphis vinegar, the thai, which is a mix of sweet basil, hot sauce, vinegar and some other stuff, they have an atomic, which is hot and then they have the XXX, which rumor has it nobody has ever finished a meal with that on it…
I think the next time I go back, i am going to get a bbq brisket sandwich, with garlic mashed taters, on cornbread… with the traditional texas sauce, and a dab of XXX mixed in…. What do you think you would get?