Two Des Moines sandwiches battle to become ESPN’s “Greatest Sports Sandwich in America”

Two Des Moines sandwiches – Jethro’s BBQ’s “The Adam Emmenecker Challenge” and Manhattan Deli’s “Zach Johnson – No. 3 Hoagie” – have been nominated to compete as the “Greatest Sports Sandwich in America” via ESPN’s Fanwich contest. Both colossal sandwiches are a part of ESPN’s nationwide Facebook contest, whose mission is to find the best sports-inspired sandwich named after an American sports legend.

The sandwiches are the creations of two local eateries, Jethro’s BBQ and the Manhattan Deli, and both are unique in their ingredients and in their sports inspirations.

1) “The Adam Emmenecker Challenge” includes five pounds of sandwich and fries, which consists of: a huge pork tenderloin, Angus steak burger, slabs of Texas brisket, applewood bacon, fried cheese, buffalo chicken tenders, melted cheddar cheese, white cheddar sauce and a spicy pickle. (Not even Adam Richman of “Man v. Food” could take down the sandwich in the allotted 15 minutes.)

The sandwich is named after Adam Emmenecker, a Drake University basketball legend from 2004 – 2008 who was named the Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year and MVP of the 2008 MVC Tournament.

2) The “Zach Johnson – No. 3 Hoagie” is a fresh deli hoagie sandwich packed with ham, hard salami, pepperoni, provolone, hot pepper cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and oil dressing.

The legend behind the sandwich – Zach Johnson, a former Drake University golfer who became the 2007 Masters Golf Tournament winner. (He beat out Tiger Woods to win his green jacket.)

Currently, “The Adam Emmenecker Challenge” has 1892 votes and is ranked number one and the “Zach Johnson – No. 3 Hoagie” has 814 votes and is ranked number three.

Whether you’re a golf fan or a basketball fan (or just a fan of Des Moines like me!), vote for these two sandwiches to show your support of the delectable, local fare in Des Moines! Cast your vote before June 6 by visiting the ESPN Fanwich page.

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