The National Sandwich Idea contest was held between 1956 and 1981. It was sponsored by the Wheat Flour Institute. Each year 20 sandwich recipes, created by Food Service professionals, were chosen as the top sandwich recipes from hundreds of entries.

The Trail Driver Sandwich was the number #1 recipe chosen in 1970.

It was created by Mrs. Marilyn Hicks of Houston, TX. She was the assistant food service director at Houston's St. Luke's-Texas Children's Hospital.

The Trail Driver Sandwich consists of tender strips of bbq sauce coated beef, covered with coleslaw, rings of raw onions and dill pickle slices, on a toasted poppyseed bun.


Trail Driver Sandwich - 1970 #1 winner

1 cup smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
12 oz cooked roast beef, thinly sliced
6 enriched poppy seed hamburger buns, split
Butter
6 tbsp prepared creamy coleslaw
1 onion, cut into 12 rings, thinly sliced
18 dill pickle slices

Simmer barbecue sauce 10-minutes. Add beef;
simmer 30-minutes longer. Toast and butter
buns. Place beef mixture on bun bottoms.
Spoon and spread coleslaw on each;
top each with two raw rings of sliced onion and
three dill pickle slices. Cover with top bun.

Makes 6 sandwiches.

Source: Spartanburg, SC - Herald-Journal newspaper, Sep 27, 1970