Sandwich Report Card: The Yardbird

Filed Under: Detroit, Sandwich
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.
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.

You Might Also Like

A Day With Adam Richman

Eat, drink and shop the Adam ...

Sandwich Report Card: Pulled ...

Get to know JR's BBQ in Culver ...

Adam's Favorite Lobster Roll

Visit the Galley in Naples, ME, ...

Marques de Riscal

Relax and enjoy a glass or three ...

More Travel Inspirations

Food.com App
Download the New Food.com App

Get recipe inspiration, save money on groceries, and plan your meals stress free.

Food Network Eats
FN Kitchen Atlanta: Now Open!

Traveling this summer? Stop by Food Network Kitchen's gourmet market.

GAC Junk Gypsies
GAC’s Junk Gypsies Take on a Tour Bus

See past renovations and watch the Property Brothers battle for round two.

 

See Also

Best Sandwich: The Final Contestants

Get a look at the 10 mouthwatering finalists ...

Best Sandwich in America: New England Pictures

Adam Richman’s quest brings him to New ...

Best Sandwich in America: Southwest Pictures

Adam's search brings him to the Southwest, ...