We tried Chick-fil-A’s new seasonal sandwich — here’s the verdict

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Hollis Johnson

Summer has arrived, and Chick-fil-A is embracing the barbecue season with a new sandwich.

The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon sandwich is the chain’s first foray into seasonal entree items and was developed in part by Ford Fry, an Atlanta-based and James Beard Award-nominated chef.

Gilded with candied bacon and a specially formulated bun, this sandwich is decidedly more complex than the majority of Chick-fil-A’s menu.

After successful testing in several Southern markets, the sandwich is debuting on May 22 and will be available through August 19.

But the question stands: is it worth ordering? We managed to get our hands on one, and we’ve put it to the test.


Immediately, one can tell this is no ordinary Chick-fil-A sandwich. Specially prepared bacon, a new bun, and barbecue sauce adorn the iconic grilled chicken — a far cry even from the deluxe sandwiches or the grilled chicken clubs.

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Hollis Johnson

First off, the bun is a departure. It’s a sweet Hawaiian-style bun, specially made for this sandwich. The sweetness concerns me at first, as this is where many barbecue sandwiches can go awry; sweet buns and sweet sauces can become a treacly mess.

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Let’s delve deeper. Oven-roasted bacon glazed with brown sugar and pepper lays beneath the bun, looking resplendent in its crispy, candied glory. It’s not a big amount, but since it’s so infused with flavors, I’m glad for it.

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The “Smokehouse BBQ” sauce quickly allays my fears of over-sweetness; it’s smoky, tangy, and only lightly sugary. The smoke and tang take over, and converses well with the velvety yet sharp Colby Jack cheese.

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The chicken, as always, is great. Even with grilled chicken, Chick-fil-A does not disappoint. It’s tender, juicy, and surprisingly well-seasoned.

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Overall, this is a fantastic seasonal sandwich. The expertly grilled chicken combined with tangy barbecue sauce and sweet, salty bacon evokes sunny, smokey, lazy summer days with the grill fired up and the suntan lotion slathered on. A major sweet and salty combination is in play, and it’s hard to beat that when it’s done right.

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Hollis Johnson