Recipe courtesy of Thomas Odermatt

Evil Twin Brother Sandwich

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 16 hr 55 min (includes overnight resting time)
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 12 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 4 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 6 sandwiches
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Beef Bacon:

3 pounds beef navel

2 tablespoons kosher salt 

1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper 

Slow-Cooked Tomatoes:

6 vine-ripened Roma tomatoes, cut in half

Olive oil, for drizzling


2 pounds arugula, plus more for garnish

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

2 limes, juiced 

Six 6-ounce skin-on, boneless chicken breasts 

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 

6 tablespoons Dijon mustard 

6 soft rolls, cut in half lengthwise

4 smoked Fresno chiles, finely chopped


  1. For the beef bacon: Heat a smoker to 200 degrees F.
  2. Coat the beef with the salt and pepper, pressing it into the meat. Smoke the bacon at 200 degrees F until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 120 degrees F, about 4 hours. Rest the meat, refrigerated, for at least 12 hours.
  3. For the slow-cooked tomatoes: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  4. Put the tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat, then roast in the oven until wilted, about 1 hour.
  5. For the sandwich: Put the arugula, olive oil and lime juice in a food processor and blend to create a paste.
  6. Prepare a grill for medium-high heat
  7. Season the chicken breasts with the salt and pepper. Grill the chicken until cooked, about 4 minutes per side. Let rest for 10 minutes, then slice into 1/2-inch pieces.
  8. Cut the beef bacon into twelve 1/4-inch slices, then crisp the slices in a skillet for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  9. Smear 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard onto the lower half of each roll. Place 2 slices of bacon on top. Top with chicken breast slices, followed by 2 tablespoons of the arugula pesto and 2 pieces of the slow-cooked tomatoes. Top each sandwich with a handful of arugula. Spread the top half of each roll with the chopped Fresno chiles. Top the sandwiches and enjoy!

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