Top restaurateurs know that pork is the perfect way to create menu excitement. From pulled pork and chorizo to crispy, crave-worthy bacon, pork is a standout in new dishes that highlight its flavor and versatility. Take a look at our report to see who’s making the most of their menu.


  • For a limited time, Firehouse Subs is featuring its new Sweet Thai Chili Pork Sub. The sandwich features premium 12-hour smoked pulled pork, Wisconsin pepper Jack cheese, sweet Thai chili sauce, and mayonnaise. (722 units, HQ in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Cousins Subs announced the return of its popular Cubano and Pulled Pork & Slaw subs for a limited time only. To help celebrate, guests are being encouraged to go hog wild for these pork-inspired subs. The Cubano features ham, genoa salami, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, mayo, brown mustard, sliced dill pickles, onions, and tomatoes on Italian bread. The Pulled Pork & Slaw offers pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw piled high on Italian bread. (136 units, HQ in Menomonee Falls, WI)
  • Togo’s Eateries Inc. introduced the #16 Primo Italian, a flavor-packed Italian sandwich with four premium hand-sliced Italian meats – Fiorucci hot capicola, Margherita pepperoni, Fiorucci dry salami, and Hormel ham. The meat is topped with provolone cheese and Togo’s Italian vinaigrette and served on artisan bread with shredded lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, and pepperoncinis. (242 units, HQ in San Jose, CA)


  • Woody’s Bar-B-Q is firing up the grill for two new limited-time menu offers. The Sloppy Dog, features Cheddar Jack cheese, Sloppy Woody barbecue pork in Woody’s secret sauce topped with coleslaw, and fried onion straws. The Salty Dog, features a beef hot dog wrapped in bacon is topped with diced barbecue pork, a triple layer of Cheddar Jack cheese, pickles, and Woody’s own Sweet Bar-B-Q sauce. (34 locations, HQ in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Select Wendy’s locations in Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts are testing a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. There are three BBQ sauce choices: spicy, smoky, or sweet. The sandwich is topped with slaw and comes on a brioche bun. Customers can also get the pulled pork on cheese fries, or a burger. (5,791 units, HQ in Dublin, OH)
  • Taco John’s launched the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito. The burrito is packed with spicy chorizo, melted nacho cheese, sliced jalapeños, chile de arbol salsa and a generous layer of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. (404 units, HQ in Cheyenne, WY)


  • Jake’s Wayback Burgers introduced its Burger of the Month. The Chorizo Burger features a chorizo patty, chipotle mayonnaise, American cheese, lettuce and tomato. (76 units, HQ in Cheshire, CT)
  • Subway is testing a Kung Pao Pulled Pork sandwiches in select Chicago markets. The sandwich features pulled pork in a Kung Pao sauce, a savory blend of garlic and ginger for a sweet-and-spicy flavor. (26,427 units, HQ in Milford, CT)
  • TacoTime unveiled Mondo Burritos. The line includes the Pork Carnitas Mondo Burrito, featuring pork carnitas, black beans, seasoned rice, pepper Jack cheese, shredded cabbage, housemade salsa fresca and sour cream, wrapped in a salsa-flavored tortilla and grilled. (156 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)


  • Quiznos rolled out a line of Toasty Pastas at participating locations including: (1,404 units, HQ in Denver, CO)
    • Bacon Mac & Cheese – Cavatappi with Romano, Parmesan, provolone and fontina cheeses, topped with bacon and breadcrumbs
    • Spicy Sausage Marinara Pasta –Cavatappi topped with light basil-marinara sauce, mozzarella and spicy pork sausage
    • Meatballs Marinara Pasta – Cavatappi topped with mozzarella, marinara sauce and pork-and-beef meatballs that are filled with grated Romano and ricotta cheeses and a blend of Italian seasonings
  • Whataburger’s customers can try a new spin on an old favorite with the brand’s new Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuit, available for a limited time. The biscuit sandwich is served with sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese. (763 units, HQ in San Antonio, TX)