Sandwich Report Card: The Yardbird

Learn more about Slow's Bar-B-Q and their Yardbird sandwich.
Related To:
Yardbird

Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sautéed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon.

Photo by: Scott Stewart

Scott Stewart

In the Great Lakes region, 3 sandwiches go head-to-head for a chance to be the champ. The last of these is the Yardbird from Slow's Bar-BQ. Get the facts on this contender and the recipe so you can make it at home.










Sandwich:
The Yardbird


Where to Find It:
Slow's Bar-B-Q
2138 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216


History:
After a career as a fashion model, Phillip Cooley returned home to Michigan and was determined to help revitalize Detroit. Cooley, along with his father Ron and brother Ryan, opened Slow's Bar-BQ in 2005, in Corktown, at the edge of downtown Detroit. The restaurant is located across from the long-abandoned central train station and has become a destination for diners. Originally planned as a fine-dining establishment, Cooley quickly realized that barbecue was the better way to go.


BITE Score Rating:
B- I love the poppyseeds on it and because its lightly buttered, you get that grilled taste without it getting soggy
I- The chicken itself is farm fresh and that slow-low temperature makes it butter-soft and allows that hickory smoke to penetrate it
T- The beautiful smoked and marinated chicken, the cheddar itself and the earthiness of the sautéed mushroom – an incredible taste experience
E- The place is extremely cool, they always have different sauces for you to try

Results: Great Lakes Regional Champion

Recipe:
Ingredients
* Kaiser Roll
* Butter
* Canola Oil
* 1 oz of White Button Mushrooms
* 6 oz of Pulled Chicken
* 2 oz of Mustard BBQ Sauce
* 2 oz of Mild Cheddar Cheese
* 2 Slices of Crisp Bacon
* Salt

Directions for Sautéed Mushrooms
* Heat a sauté pan over high heat.
* Add Canola oil to pan.
* Add sliced white button mushrooms to hot pan.
* The mushrooms should almost cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer but not be too crowded.
* Sauté over high heat tossing often.
* Cook until golden brown and season lightly with salt.

Directions for Sandwich Assembly
* Lightly butter both the top and bottom of the Kaiser roll and place on a 350 griddle. Heat until golden brown and warmed through.
* Add pulled chicken, sautéed mushrooms and mustard BBQ sauce.
* Cook on high, stirring frequently.
* Add mild cheddar cheese.
* Remove from heat and let stand for 30 - 45 sec. Stir cheese in to chicken mixture until melted throughout.
* Pile chicken mixture onto griddle-cooked Kaiser roll. Top with crisp bacon.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Sandwich Report Card: Oxtail Sandwich

Get the recipe for the oxtail sandwich from Salumi and learn more about the restaurant.

Sandwich Report Card: El Toro

Learn the history behind Phil's BBQ in San Diego and get the recipe for their El Toro sandwich.

Sandwich Report Card: Capp & Cheese

Check out the sandwich report card for Primanti Bros. Capp and Cheese stuffed sandwich.

Sandwich Report Card: Media Noche

Learn about the Media Noche sandwich and the Aguila Sandwich Shop.

Sandwich Report Card: The Roast Pork Sandwich

Learn all about the Roast Pork sandwich and DiNic's featured in the Northeast episode of Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America.

Sandwich Report Card: Pulled Lamb Sandwich

Get the recipe for Wexler's pulled lamb sandwich and learn more about the restaurant.

Sandwich Report Card: Crab Cake Sandwich

Discover more on Faidley's Seafood in Baltimore and their famous crab cake sandwich.

Sandwich Report Card: Pulled Pork Sandwich

Get to know JR's BBQ in Culver City, CA, and their pulled pork sandwich.

Sandwich Report Card: Prime Rib Sandwich

Learn about Kroll's West and their prime rib sandwich.

Sandwich Report Card: Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

Get the recipe and all the details on the Seared Beef Tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, Texas.

On TV

Beach Town Countdown

8:30am | 7:30c

Bizarre Foods

10am | 9c

Bizarre Foods

11am | 10c
On Tonight
What's Hot
What's Hot

Bizarre Foods

Consult Program Guide

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.