Subway Testing A Meatless Meatball Sub With Beyond Meat

Subway’s classic meatball sub is a go-to move when dining at the quick-service restaurant, and starting this September, there will be a meatless version on the test market.

Officially partnering with Beyond Meat, Subway will be putting together a plant-based version of the sandwich that will look, feel, and mostly taste the same as its meaty counterpart.

As Beyond fans know, the “meat” is typically packed with protein, and this sub is no different, carrying 24 grams of protein per six incher.

While the new meatless meatball sub won’t be available at all Subway shops just yet, it will be available at 685 participating restaurants in the US and Canada, but only for a limited time trial.

The sandwich chain is already pretty veggie-friendly, but adding Beyond meat gives them a protein alternative that wasn’t there before.

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A BBQ Joint Is Putting Tons Of Creative Twists On The Meatball Sub

To call this sandwich just a “meatball sub” would be an understatement. There’s so much different going on inside, from the meatballs to the sauce, that it takes your brain through more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan movie.

You can find this unique Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ, a joint dedicated to smoked meats in Placentia, CA. It contains all of the components of your standard meatball sub: meatballs, tomato, sauce, and mozzarella. However, each ingredient gets an insane spin on its head to make the sandwich a whole new eating experience.

For starters, the meatballs aren’t made with ground beef, but instead contain both smoked brisket and SPAM®️ Classic for a combined smoky, savory flavor. Crispy mozzarella sticks top the sandwich in lieu of melting cheese over it. The “marinara” sauce uses tomatillos as a base, adding an acidic tang to the sandwich. And for those looking for a hit of tomato, it gets tossed with cilantro and served up as a garnish to the meaty marvel.

Each tweak of the sandwich’s ingredients creates an overall flavor that’s a far cry from the standard meatball sub. Meat Up’s version is a unique balance of freshness, smokiness, and heartiness that you have to taste to fully comprehend.

You can order the Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.

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Make This Double XXL Chicken Meatball Sub For Your Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means it’s about time to dust off and fire up our grills. As friends and family gather to celebrate this important day, it’s important to lock in a dynamite recipe that can feed a crowd in no time.

One dish that’s sure to turn heads and satisfy the masses is this Double XXL BBQ Chicken Meatball Sub. We took the classic meatball sub, added a barbecue spin with our favorite Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, and then multiplied it by 1000 to create this MASSIVE sandwich.

With cheese smothering both the inside and outside of these loaded chicken meatballs, the pulls you can get on this sandwich easily rival that of any slice of ‘za. It’s complete with all of the flavors associated with barbecue chicken pizza, including caramelized onions, cilantro, and plenty of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce.

You can make plenty of these meatballs in advance and chuck them on the grill when the party begins. Simply slather them with Stubb’s, construct the subs, and watch your guests’ eyes pop as they experience the symphony of the flavors inside.

Here’s the deets on how to make this epic BBQ Chicken Meatball Sub.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Estimated Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Rest Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


For the meatballs
4 lbs ground chicken
1 lbs pepper jack cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce
salt and pepper
For the toppings
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese slices
1 bunch of cilantro
1 large loaf of bread
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil

Servings: 1-2 huge subs!


Step 1
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Then add sliced onions. Let cook on low for 20-30 minutes or until caramelized.

Step 2
While onions are cooking, combine ground chicken, egg, Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, bread crumbs, and salt & pepper in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with hands until all ingredients are fully incorporated.

Step 3
Take pepper jack cheese and cut into small 1/2″ cubes. Set aside.

Step 4
Using ice cream scoop, scoop meet onto a sheet tray. Next, take your cubed cheese and place in the center of each piece of seasoned ground chicken. After you’ve placed all pieces of cheese in each scoop, roll meatballs into a circle with your hands until the cheese is completely covered.

Step 5
Place meatballs on grill and brush with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Continue to rotate and cook meatballs through. While the meatballs are grilling, chop cilantro for garnish.

Step 6
Place buns on grill and lightly toast. Before plating meatballs, give them one last coating of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, then add to the bun.

Step 7
Place caramelized onions and mozzarella cheeses slices on top. Cover grill for ~30 seconds to let the cheese melt.

Step 8
Once cheese is melted, garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve!

Photos by Pete Pham

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Woman Flips Out At Subway Because They Ran Out Of Meatballs [WATCH]


If you’ve ever worked a customer service job, you know the struggle of having to pray someone doesn’t lose their shit in front of you.

As a low-level employee, there’s often nothing you can do to appease the customer yourself. Worse, if you don’t have a manager to back you up, you might just freeze and take the verbal beating.

If your luck is even lower, the yelling will last long enough for someone to record it. Now everyone in the world can see this ridiculous argument that sounds like The Rock and Chris Jericho going at it.

All those circumstances seemed to happen to this poor fella at Subway. A customer really wanted a meatball sub, but the guy tried to explain that they were out of meatballs.

Terribly upset, and probably trying to get a free meal, the woman in the video kept rambling on about how the restaurant “should have it available,” or put up a sign showing that, “it’s not available.”

This goes on for over 3 minutes, as the filibustering customer didn’t get anywhere, and surely didn’t get her sub.

For what it’s worth, the sandwich artist handled it like a champ and probably realized the absurdity of the situation.

Check out the confrontation for yourself and decide if she was right for being so angry:


Subway 6-Inch Meatball Marinara Subs Are $2 for the Holidays


Who: Participating Subway locations.

What: $2 for a 6-inch Meatball Marinara, or Cold Cut Combo as part of their “Holiday Customer Appreciation.”

NOTE: Price is a bit higher in Hawaii and Alaska.

When: Now, until Wednesday, Dec. 31.