REVIEW: Subway BBQ Rib Sandwich

Subway BBQ Rib Sandwich Sign

When people usually think of pre-formed rib portions, they often think of McDonald’s famed McRib, and rightfully so. Wanting in on that long-running fandom and fanfare that comes maybe once a year, the sandwich artists at Subway are horning in the fake-rib business with the introduction of its BBQ Rib Sandwich.

Using a similar rib-shaped patty to the McRib, Subway’s variation seems more significant, nearly filling the entire six-inch sub I ordered. And while the artisan behind the glass recommended white bread, I instead went with whole wheat. This is where the Subway sandwich begins to differ from McD’s greatly.

Subway BBQ Rib Sandwich Patty

The pale patty with fraudulent grill-lines is placed on bread and absolutely slathered with Subway’s somewhat passable barbeque sauce. It is then put into the proprietary space-age super-oven and toasted nicely within a minute. After it’s pulled out, another heavy squeeze of sauce is added. And then comes the cheese and vegetables.

Subway BBQ Rib Sandwich

With the McRib, you get it the way the clown wants to give it to you: rib, bun, pickles, slivered onions, and sauce. But with Subway, its method of making the sandwich right in front of you brings this rib patty concoction into a whole new realm of possibilities. In addition to the bread, I also got a few slices of provolone cheese, some fresh tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, and jalapenos.

While it will never be a true BBQ feast, for a fast food sandwich, it is one of the better BBQ sandwich offerings out there. While the patty is less fatty than McDonald’s, there is an easy smoky flavor that is enhanced by Subway’s tomato-rich barbecue sauce. Combined with the melty provolone cheese and various vegetables, it’s like a BBQ dinner in a bun.

With Subway’s BBQ Rib Sandwich, I got better than expected results. It’s available for a limited time, but if it comes back somewhat regularly, like the McRib, I can see myself lining up for a taste year after year after year.

Purchased Price: $4.29
Size: 6-inch sub
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 430 calories, 18 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 590 milligrams of sodium, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 19 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Subway BBQ Rib Sandwich”

    1. That’s about what I thought it would be. My wife is a Subway fan. I’m not a fan. Subway just rolls out the barr minimum in all their sandwiches. This is weak attempt at trying something new and different.

    2. The wheat bread is “fake” wheat bread, meaning that they pump it full of artificial colors and flavors to make it look and taste like wheat bread. It’s very unhealthy, but the rib sandwich surprised me as well.

  1. The worst sandwich we have had in a while the meat has no flavor the bbq sauce was the only thing we tasted on a scale on 1 to 10 we give it a 3 . A febal attempt to copy the McRib .

  2. Thanks for the revue. I’ll be trying it tomorrow. Unfortunately, and much to my dismay, the Southern Idaho McDonald’s franchisee has apparently decided that the McRib is unworthy of our market and has not brought it back for the last 3 or 4 years. The options at Subway make it much more appealing than the clown’s version.

  3. The Subway BBQ rib tasted like dry cardboard. It was awful. Three of us ordered it and we all agreed it was terrible. It must be all fillers. None of us thought it was real meat.

    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly! It was the worst sandwich I have ever had from Subway. The “meat” was unidentifiable and tasteless!!!

  4. None of the products at Subway are memorable. But there are some things that are better than others. This sub is one of those. While you won’t be blown away with this sandwich, it does offer a pretty good alternative to the usual Subway grub. And right now, it’s on sale for $5 for the foot-long, so it’s a pretty good bang for your buck. But again, order it with low expectations, and you’ll probably be satisfied.

  5. I would be able to give a review had the meat actually been rib meat. I am a fan of roast beef since this whole pandemic roast beef is no longer available. So I decided sure let me try the BBQ rib sand which at which point the subway employee takes 2 chicken breast and puts them on a piece of bread and squirts some bbq sauce on it at which point I did question and they told me this is how they make it. So I then asked what exactly makes it a “rib” sandwich? The response I got was ” Oh we just dont soak it the BBQ sauce but it is rib meat like McDonalds McRib . RIB MEAT FROM A CHICKEN!!! REALLY???? WOW I shook my head and allowed them to think I was fooled!!!! My goodness…….

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