Menus across the country are getting more creative. Pork’s popularity continues to grow and savvy chefs are serving up unique preparations that show off its versatility and incredible flavor. From spicy sausage breakfast sandwiches to candied bacon-topped burgers, discover who’s cooking with pork.

  • Wendy’s introduced the three pulled pork items nationally that they tested early this year:  (5,791 units, HQ in Dublin, OH)
    • The BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich features hickory-smoked pulled pork and crunchy slaw on a brioche bun, with a choice of sweet, smoky or spicy barbecue sauce.
    • The BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger features a Wendy’s beef patty topped with hickory-smoked pulled pork, a slice of Cheddar cheese and crunchy slaw.
    • The BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries start with Wendy’s Natural-Cut Fries and add on warm Cheddar cheese sauce, hickory-smoked pulled pork, diced red onion and a choice of barbecue sauce.

  •  TacoTime added pork carnitas to the list of protein options for their menu. (156 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Cracker Barrel added Apricot Glazed Pork Chops with pecan wild rice to their seasonal menu. It features two tender, seasoned pork chops grilled, topped with a sweet apricot glaze, layered with brown rice pilaf pecan dressing, and is served with a choice of two country vegetables and made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins. (625 units, HQ In Lebanon, TN)
  • Seasons 52 offers an autumn menu with Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Portobello, made with soft herb polenta, broccolini, caramelized cipollini onion and roasted onion jus. (35 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
  • Applebee’s added new Crosscut Ribs – crosscut from the pork loin and slow-cooked for juicy, bone-in flavor, then tossed in a choice of sauce and served with BBQ-spiced fries and coleslaw. (1,861 units, HQ in Kansas City, MO)
  • Dunkin Donuts is bringing back the Spicy Smoked Sausage Breakfast Sandwich for a limited time. It features a split spicy sausage link with egg and American cheese on an oven-toasted English muffin. (7,677 units, HQ in Canton, MA)

  • Glory Days Grill is offering a Brewer’s Sausage Sandwich: beer-braised German–style sausage tossed with sautéed onions and peppers on a split-top bun served with seasoned fries, stone ground mustard, sweet red cabbage sauerkraut and a crispy pickle. (21 units, HQ in Gaithersburg, MD)
  • Brio Tuscan Grill added a Fennel Sausage and Roasted Tomato Trecce Pasta, made with fennel sausage, juicy tomatoes, broccoli, chili flakes and rosemary topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and sourdough breadcrumbs. (61 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)
  • Denny’s added Apple Danish Stuffed French Toast with chorizo-topped hash browns. The menu item is made with whipped cream cheese and warm apple filling stuffed between two thick slices of French toast topped with cinnamon sauce and served with hash browns topped with crumbled chorizo sausage and onions. (1,599 units, HQ in Spartanburg, SC)
  • Spritz Burger offers Babe’s Demise Pork Burger – a seasoned pork patty topped with root beer-braised apple, bacon and white Cheddar cheese on a butter bun. (1 location in Chicago, IL)
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  • Papa John’s latest limited time offer is the Ultimate Meats Pizza, featuring premium pepperoni, deli-style salami, sausage, center-cut Canadian bacon, hickory-smoked bacon and mozzarella cheese with all-natural pizza sauce on hand-tossed crust. (3,207 units, HQ in Louisville, KY)
  • Jack’s Wayback Burgers introduced the Pepperoni Pizza Burger – a burger patty topped with pepperoni, mozzarella slices and pizza sauce. (83 units, HQ in Cheshire, CT)
  • Carl’s Jr. and Hardees have added new bacon menu items, including: (Carl’s JR: 1,157 units, HQ in Carpinteria, CA and Hardees: 1,749 units, HQ in St. Louis, MO)
    • The Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit: a biscuit topped with two folded-egg omelets stuffed with crumbled sausage, diced ham, chopped bacon pieces and shredded Jack and Cheddar cheeses and topped with American cheese.
    • The Mile High Bacon Cheese Thickburger, featuring thick Applewood-smoked bacon on a Thickburger with American cheese.

  • Ruby Tuesday also added two new items: (736 units, HQ in Maryville, TN)
    • Pressed Cuban: slow-roasted pulled pork tossed in a tangy mustard barbecue sauce, pressed Cuban-style on a hoagie roll with melted Swiss cheese.
    • Shrimp Po’ Boy Flatbread: a flatbread topped with Andouille sausage, bacon, fried popcorn shrimp, Parmesan cream sauce, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and drizzled with creamy chipotle sauce.
  • Kona Grill launched a Cuban sandwich featuring pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, housemade pickles and mustard on a baguette with sweet potato fries. (26 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Slater’s 50/50 is featuring a Rustic Ravioli Burger, made with a 50% Italian Sausage and 50% beef patty topped with fried ravioli, grilled broccolini, roasted tomato, and pesto Alfredo on a brioche bun. (7 units, HQ in Anaheim Hills, CA)
  • IHOP added Bac ’n’ Cheddar Waffullicious Waffle – a Belgian waffle with chopped hickory bacon and Cheddar cheese baked in the batter, topped with bacon pieces. (1,564 units, HQ in Glendale, CA)

  • ·Marco’s Pizza added the new Spicy Double Pepperoni Fresco featuring double pepperoni on a three-cheese blend with Italian pepper relish, red bell peppers and red onions. (422 units, HQ in Toledo, OH)
  • Philadelphia’s PYT added a new Bacon Cheeseburger D’oh Nut. The warm glazed donut is filled with a bacon cheeseburger and topped with bacon sprinkles. (1 unit, HQ in Philadelphia, PA)
  • 5 Napkin Burger added the BBLT Burger, topped with cider- and bourbon-braised bacon, lettuce, herb-roasted tomato and a spicy mayo. (5 units, HQ in New York, NY)
  • Friendly’s added an adult Mac & Cheese, made with penne pasta and cheese with prosciutto, topped with a crisp crouton crumble. (339 units, HQ in Wilbraham, MA)
  • Red Robin introduced two new delicious bacon items: ((477 units, HQ in Greenwood Village, CO)
    • Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake: Made with Jim Beam Maple Bourbon, caramel and vanilla soft serve blended and topped with bacon bits and a strip of candied bacon.
    • The Southern Charm Burger: A brown-sugar glazed patty topped with candied bacon, house-made honey BBQ sauce, extra sharp Cheddar, seared red onion, lettuce and mayo on a toasted ciabatta bun.