Savvy operators are pushing the boundaries of creativity with pork, serving up innovative preparations that show off its versatility and incredible flavor. From grilled pork chop breakfast sandwiches to bánh mì pork burgers, take a look at our menu innovation report to see who’s doing more with the menu.


  • Carl’s Jr. and Hardees are promoting the new Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit, made with a grilled pork chop, American cheese and an egg on a made-from-scratch biscuit. (Carl’s Jr. 1,188 units, HQ in Carpinteria, CA; Hardees 1,847 units, HQ in St. Louis, MO)
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store launched a summer menu with new pork items: (634 units, HQ in Lebanon, TN)
    • Slow Roasted Ribs – St. Louis-style pork ribs, dry rubbed with a spice blend and slow-roasted with apple-cider barbecue sauce
    • Maple Pepper Bacon Breakfast Sandwich – open-face sandwich on grilled sourdough, topped with thick-cut, hickory-smoked maple-pepper bacon, sugar-cured ham, lettuce, tomatoes, colby cheese and two eggs
    Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Buffalo Wild Wings added a LTO Southeast Asian Pork Sandwich, made with hickory-smoked pulled pork tossed in Asian Zing sauce with cucumbers, jalapeños and cilantro. (1,052 units, HQ in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill rolled out a limited time Man Food menu: (24 units, HQ in Largo, FL)
    • Baby Back Ribs – half rack of ribs, dry-rubbed and topped with barbecue sauce
    • Country-Style Pork Chops – fried pork chop topped with pepper gravy
    Burger King

  • Burger King launched their Extra Long Pulled Pork Sandwich for summer, featuring tender pulled pork in a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce, topped with freshly cut onions and crunchy pickles on a warm toasted hoagie bun. (7,142 units, HQ in Miami, FL)
  • Pie Five added a Carolina Golden BBQ Pie, piled high with smoky pulled pork, crisp diced pickles, Cheddar cheese, fresh red onion, and tangy Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. (54 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    Firehouse Subs

  • Firehouse Subs is bringing back their King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwich for the third year in a row. The sandwich features 12-hour, pit-smoked pulled pork, pepper jack cheese and Hawaiian coleslaw all served on a King’s Hawaiian sandwich roll. (850 units, HQ in Jacksonville, FL)
  • Pizza Rev is featuring a BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza, topped with barbecue sauce, a buffalo-milk cheese blend, smoked pulled pork, chopped red onions and jalapeños on a thin crust. (27 units, HQ in Los Angeles, CA)
  • Quiznos added two limited time pulled pork sandwiches: (1,200 units, HQ in Denver, CO)
    • Cuban – slow-roasted pulled pork, honey ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mayonnaise and mustard
    • Southern BBQ Pulled Pork – slow-roasted pulled pork, Mozzarella, Cheddar, pickles, yellow mustard and barbecue sauce
    Corner Bakery

  • Corner Bakery Cafe introduced a new line of flatbread sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner: (184 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    • BBQ Pork – barbecue pulled pork, slaw, house-pickled red onions and avocado-ranch dressing
    • Applewood-smoked Bacon – bacon with scrambled eggs, Cheddar and Parmesan
    • Ham and Spinach – ham, spinach, scrambled eggs, Cheddar and Parmesan
  • Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill added a White Lightning Burger, topped with shaved, peppered-smoked pork, fried pickles, melted pepper jack cheese and white barbecue sauce made with Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey. (66 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
  • Ruby’s Diner added a Ruby’s BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with coleslaw. (40 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)

  • McDonald’s is testing a pulled pork sandwich, topped with barbecue sauce and pickles on a sesame-seed bun. (14,350 units, HQ in Oak Brook, IL)
  • Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom rolled out a Summer Across America menu with several pork items: (99 units, HQ in Chattanooga, TN)
    • Red Line Pecan Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs – half rack of pork ribs smoked with pecan wood, seasoned with jerk spices, basted with Applewood barbecue sauce and served with French fries, onion strings, coleslaw and barbecue sauce
    • Windy City Rib and Chicken Plate – pecan-smoked pork ribs and grilled barbecue chicken breast with French fries, onion strings, coleslaw and Applewood Barbecue sauce
    •  Bacon Jam Wings – twice-cooked chicken wings with minced bacon, onions, garlic and crushed red pepper in a sweet-savory sauce
    • Monster BBLT – double portion of peppered bacon with lettuce, tomato, beer-cheese sauce, peppercorn mayonnaise and melted Cheddar on challah bread
    • SoCal-Inspired Shrimp Bacon Pizza – new thin-crust pizza dough made with ale, topped with shrimp and bacon

  • BurgerFi launched a limited time Summer BBQ Burger, featuring two beef patties layered with barbecued pork, housemade coleslaw, white Cheddar and American cheeses and pickles. (63 units, HQ in North Palm Beach, FL)
  • Social Burger is featuring a Pork Bánh Mì Burger, made with a ground pork patty, chili mayo, carrot and daikon radish slaw, cucumber and jalapeños (1 unit in Vienna, VA)
  • Kneaders Bakery & Café added a Tuscan Bistro Sandwich, made with prosciutto, pepperoni, salami, provolone, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. (33 units, HQ in Orem, UT)

  • Blimpie Subs & Salads added several new items with their limited time everything bagel: (471 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)
    • Blimpie Spicy Italian – salami, ham, pepperoni, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, Italian relish and oregano
    • Meatball Pepperoni – pepperoni, meatballs, marinara, provolone, Parmesan and sweet peppers
  • Golden Corral launched their longest promotion of the year with “Breakfast for Lunch and Dinner.” The buffet menu will include pork belly, bacon, pit-smoked ham and sausage as well as other pork items. (500 units, HQ in Raleigh, NC)

  • Slater’s 50/50 is featuring The ‘Merica, a 100% ground bacon patty topped with Sriracha bacon, bacon jam, bacon American cheese, fried mac N’ cheese, tomato and field greens between bacon pretzel buns. (7 units, HQ in Anaheim Hills, CA)
  • Bruegger’s Bagels added two bacon sandwiches: (298 units, HQ in Burlington, VT)
    • Back Bay Egg Sandwich – egg, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, pickled red onions and smoked salmon cream cheese on a poppyseed bagel
    • Bacon & Blue Burger Melt – beef patty topped with peppered bacon, blue cheese, Swiss cheese and apple cider coleslaw on a bagel
  • SONIC Drive In added a Bacon Double Cheddar Croissant Dog, topped with bacon and cheese. (3,517 units, HQ in Oklahoma City, OK)

  • Arby’s launched a new Brown Sugar BLT sandwich, with six strips of bacon, crisp lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a toasted sweet King’s Hawaiian Bun. They are also topping their pit-smoked ham sandwich with black pepper-brown sugar bacon for a smoky and sweet sandwich. (3,226 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
  • Charlie’s Philly Steaks and Charlie’s Grilled Subs added Pepperoni Pizza Fries, topped with grilled pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and green peppers, all smothered in provolone and Cheddar cheese sauce and topped with Italian seasoning. (445 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)