View Full Version : In Progress: Replicating A Bird to the Wise from Jason's Deli

11-27-2011, 11:34 AM
For those that have had one, I assume I do not need to explain my intentions. For those that have not had one, A Bird to the Wise is a sandwich from Jason's Deli which is basically just turkey and pastrami with a slice of swiss cheese on a bun with your choice of mayo or mustard. It is absolutely delicious but as the nutritional stats show, it can be deadly too :shocked:

Picture from the internet, not mine.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 sandwich = 466 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1491 Calories from Fat 1017
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 113 g 174%
Saturated Fat 49 g 245%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 263 mg 88%
Sodium 2053 mg 86%
Total Carbohydrate 49 g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 7 g 15%
Protein 71 g 142%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

So, I have a pastrami and a turkey breast rolling along on the UDS. Nothing too fancy. The pastrami is a store bought corned brisket point that I soaked for 24 hours to reduce the salt content. I got a point this time because it was $1/lb cheaper than the corned flats. However, after trimming off some of the excess fat, I am wondering if it was really a better deal in the end. Anyway, after the soak I made up a simple rub based off of Third Eye's recipe found here (http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/1996/05/beef-pastrami.html). For the turkey, I used a little bit of the left over pastrami rub along with my general purpose rub. Since I plan to slice thin, I wanted to get a good flavor on the outside.


Almost done cooking


11-27-2011, 02:54 PM
Eagerly awaiting mine. :hungry:

11-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Coming along nicely. Will let them cook a bit longer then pull to rest and cool for slicing.


11-27-2011, 03:30 PM
That's my favorite sandwich from Jason's. I'm anxious to see how this turns out.

Smokin Mike
11-27-2011, 04:05 PM
That looks awesome Brad!

I can't wait to see the progress of this cook :thumb:

11-27-2011, 06:41 PM
Getting closer. After the meat rested for a bit I had to run to my buddy's house since I was watching his dog while he was out of town. Conveniently he had the meat slicer...


11-27-2011, 07:44 PM
Alright, I finally finished scarfing down my delicious sandwich and got the pics up loaded.

The only thing I was missing from the original sandwich was an onion roll but I did not feel like picking up a package of them just for this sandwich as I am not the biggest fan. So, I grabbed a sub roll, split it down the middle and then applied a decent layer of mayo.


Then the swiss cheese.


Next was a good layer of pastrami on both sides.


Then a good helping of turkey.


Then off to the toaster to warm everything up (lazy mod). Sliced and ready to eat. I didn't go as heavy on the pastrami as they do at the deli but I figured that might help keep the fat content under 100g :shocked:


Yeah, it was delicious. Now what to do with the leftovers :noidea:

11-27-2011, 07:44 PM
looks really good I think you did a great job!

11-27-2011, 07:48 PM
One thing I did want to add was that the corned beef and turkey breast only cost me about $10 a piece for the meat. For taking the lazy approach, that isn't too bad and well worth $20 in deli meat. I will definitely be doing this more instead of paying $5/lb+ at the store for deli meat.

11-28-2011, 12:24 AM
Looks awesome, I'll definitely be trying this out.

11-28-2011, 09:29 AM
Thanks. It came out quite well.

11-28-2011, 09:32 AM
I'll take one thanks! :thumb:


Terry The Toad
11-28-2011, 12:22 PM
Great post! I just had lunch and that is STILL making me hungry. Thanks for the ideas and the great pron. :-D

Al Czervik
11-28-2011, 01:52 PM

Looks mighty tasty to me colonel... :becky:

11-28-2011, 04:42 PM
I would hit that hard and even call it the next day - very nicely done!

11-28-2011, 04:50 PM
That is one fine lookin' sandwich!