Chefs at popular restaurants across the country are using pork to grab attention and appetites. From the classic Cuban to sausage-stuffed sacchetti pasta to pulled pork on pizzas, sandwiches and more, take a look at who’s crafting menus with amazing flavor and versatility.


  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill is pairing their classic favorites with new creations to deliver comfort and adventure- all on one plate. For a limited time, the Classics & Creations offer is pairing a new Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with menu favorite Chicken Bryan. The pork medallions are wood-grilled and topped with a port wine fig sauce. (235 units, HQ in Tampa, FL)
  • Which Wich is offering a LTO Bánh Mì sandwich, made with pulled pork, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, fresh jalapeños, and spicy Sriracha mayo. (270 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Papa John’s is celebrating a favorite summer tradition – the backyard barbecue. The new Spicy Pulled Pork pizza has a unique flavor of slow-cooked pork with sweet Kansas City-style barbecue sauce, layered with a blend of spicy pepper Jack and mozzarella cheese all on Papa John’s signature fresh, hand-tossed crust, finished with crushed red pepper for a spicy kick. (3,207 units, HQ in Louisville, KY)
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  • Burger King is offering the A.1 Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger Sandwich, featuring two ¼-lb. savory fire-grilled beef patties, topped with thick-cut smoked bacon, melted American cheese, and savory A.1 Thick & Hearty sauce, all on a warm, toasted, artisan bun. (7,155 units, HQ in Miami, FL)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings has just launched a signature “Redhook Game Changer Brat,” handcrafted by Johnsonville; this sandwich is finished with braised onions and spicy mustard on a pretzel roll. (817 units, HQ in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Barbecue is back at Sizzler for a limited time. The special offer features a new create your own BBQ platter choosing from five favorites – pulled pork, baby back ribs, riblets, pulled pork mac & cheese, and hand-breaded chicken tenders. (172 units, HQ in Mission Viejo, CA)

  • Togo’s Sandwiches introduced new pork sandwiches to the menu! (242 units, HQ in San Jose, CA)
    • The Smokehouse BBQ Pork Sandwich was so successful as a summer LTO in 2013 that the eatery added the dish on to the permanent menu. The sandwich features barbecued pulled pork topped with coleslaw.
    • The Toasted Cuban Sandwich, available for a limited time, features pulled pork, Black Forest ham, melted Swiss cheese, pickles and Dijon mustard vinaigrette on toasted white bread.
  • El Pollo Loco launched a lineup of Mexican torta sandwiches, including: (402 units, HQ in Costa Mesa, CA)
    • Shredded Pork Carnitas Mexican Torta – shredded pork carnitas (slow-cooked shredded pork), guacamole, refried beans, cheese, pico de gallo and garlic aioli.
  • Ruby Tuesday unveiled new featured items, including the Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread topped with fried popcorn shrimp, Parmesan cream sauce, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, Andouille sausage and chipotle sauce. (736 units, HQ in Maryville, TN)

  • Starbucks unveiled new Starbucks Evenings menu items, available after 4 p.m. at select stores. New food items include Bacon-Wrapped Dates with balsamic glaze. (11,457 units, HQ in Seattle, WA)
  • Carl’s Jr. turns up the heat on breakfast with two ways to savor spicy Mexican chorizo – the new Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit and Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito. (1,157 units, HQ in Carpinteria, CA)
    • The Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit features flavorful chorizo and egg topped with spicy pepper Jack cheese and served inside a warm, freshly baked Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuit.
    • For those who prefer their breakfast in burrito form, the Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito features spicy chorizo, scrambled eggs, shredded Jack and Cheddar cheeses, hash round nuggets and freshly prepared pico de gallo salsa, wrapped together in a flour tortilla.

  • Jack in the Box added two breakfast burritos to their menu: (2,254 units, HQ in San Diego, CA)
    • The Meat Lovers Breakfast Burrito is made with sausage, ham and bacon wrapped in a large tortilla and served with a side of salsa.
    • The Grande Sausage Breakfast Burrito features eggs, sausage, hash browns, bacon and a new creamy Sriracha sauce.
  • Fazoli’s expanded its menu this summer with Stuffed Pasta Selects, a collection of dishes incorporating sacchetti pasta packed with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses. (215 units, HQ in Lexington, KY)
    • Stuffed Pasta Supremo combines oven-baked sacchetti with a sun-dried tomato Alfredo sauce, caramelized Italian sausage, mushrooms, shredded mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and julienned salami.
    • Stuffed Pasta Robusto is oven-baked sacchetti in a creamy marinara sauce with diced chicken, bacon pieces, shredded mozzarella and provolone cheeses, and a cheese-spice blend.

  • Pizza Hut brought back its Cheesy Bites pizza in a promotional partnership with the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The Cheesy Bites pizza, available at Pizza Huts nationwide, features cheese-filled crust bites in place of traditional crust. Pizza Hut is offering an online-only “hidden menu” of Cheesy Bites pizza recipes inspired by the personality of each Ninja Turtle. The pizzas include: (6,326 units, HQ in Plano, TX)
    • Michelangelo’s Favorite Pizza topped with pepperoni, ham, pineapple and jalapeño.
    • Raphael’s Favorite Pizza topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon and beef.
  • In mid-July, Taco Bell expanded its breakfast burrito lineup and morning value offerings with the following: (5,346 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)
    • Grilled Breakfast Burritos, featuring scrambled eggs and a choice of bacon or sausage, topped with warm nacho cheese sauce, all wrapped up in a tortilla and grilled.
    • Breakfast Quesarito, featuring scrambled eggs, shredded Cheddar cheese and nacho cheese wrapped in a quesadilla-style wrap, available with sausage or bacon.

  • First Watch, the daytime café, unveiled three new seasonal menu offerings: (114 units, HQ in University Park, FL)
    • Shrimp & Grits made with sautéed shrimp and Andouille sausage in a Cajun low-country reduction with house-roasted tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn, and fresh herbs on Cheddar Parmesan grits served with ciabatta toast.
    • BLT Benedict featuring two poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with bacon, vine-ripened tomato slices, hollandaise sauce, lemon-dressed arugula, avocado slices, and fresh herbs, and served with fresh, seasonal fruit.
    • Brûléed Banana Waffle topped with caramelized bananas, brown sugar-glazed bacon, a sweet cream sauce drizzle and bacon-infused syrup.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels added a new Jalapeño Bacon & Egg Sandwich, a combination of Latin flavors including a sofrito sauce of green bell peppers, cilantro, garlic, and roasted onions, plus jalapeño bacon, Cheddar, and egg served on a 12-grain bagel. (293 units, HQ in Burlington, VT)

  • Denny’s added Baja Moons Over My Hammy– a ham and scrambled egg sandwich topped with Swiss and American cheeses, sliced fresh avocado and sun-dried tomato mayo on grilled 7-grain bread. (1,599 units, HQ in Spartanburg, SC)
  • Cousin’s Subs is featuring a Wisconsin Brat & Bacon sub for a limited time only, made with bratwurst slices, bacon, Cheddar, sautéed onions, brown mustard and a pickle slice on pretzel bread. (136 units, HQ in Menomonee Falls, WI)