For premium, profitable menu items that deliver all day long, creative chefs choose pork. From a grilled breakfast chop with grits and gravy, to entrées like slow-braised pork osso bucco, to maple bacon sundaes for dessert, pork’s versatility makes it a back-of-house favorite – and the flavor keeps patrons coming back. Take a look at who’s cooking with pork.


  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar launched their new Wood-fired Grill Menu this month. Featured on the menu is the new Cajun-seasoned Hand-cut Pork Chop served with apple chutney, maple butter and a pecan sweet potato mash. (1,869 units, HQ in Kansas City, KS)
  • Johnny Carino’s has several new menu items: (81 units, HQ in Austin, TX)
    • Osso Bucco – French-cut pork shank braised in balsamic brown ale glaze, topped with caramelized carrots, fennel and Roma tomatoes over Parmesan mashed potatoes
    • Flatbread – grilled, beer-infused flatbread topped with capicola, goat cheese and cherry peppers
  • Daily Grill added a Blackberry Pork Chop to their menu – a 14 oz. double-cut chop with a Washington berry sauce, served with spinach-mashed potatoes. (17 units, HQ in Woodland Hills, CA)

  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a wood grilled pork chop for a limited time as part of their pre fixe wine dinner. The chop is topped with mushrooms and Lombardo marsala wine sauce and served with seasonal vegetables. (203 units, HQ in Tampa, FL)
  • Granite City Food & Brewery added two new pork menu items: (30 units, HQ in Minneapolis, MN)
    • Pork Scaloppini – pan-seared pork tenderloin sautéed with balsamic beurre blanc, broccolini and wild mushroom risotto
    • Jambalaya – Andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp in a spicy Cajun sauce over Louisiana rice

  • Logan’s Roadhouse added new pork items to the menu, including: (256 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)
    • Slow & Smoked Platter – choices include pork shoulder, baby back ribs with barbecue sauce trio, seasoned fries and bread and butter pickles
    • Country Fried Pork Chops – hand-breaded country fried pork chops with jalapeño gravy
    • Pork Trifecta Sandwich – pulled pork with sliced, smoked brisket sausage and crispy bacon topped with Cheddar cheese on toasted Cheddar jalapeño bread
    • Pulled Pork Sweet Potato – sweet potato piled high with pulled pork, signature Roadhouse BBQ sauce, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon and green onions
  • Quick Chek convenience stores added new pork items: (165 units, HQ in Whitehouse Station, NJ)
    • Smokey BBQ Pork Sub – seasoned pulled pork, smokey barbecue sauce, sweet fried onions, shredded Cheddar and pickle chips
    • Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowl – seasoned pulled pork, cilantro-lime rice, black beans, shredded Cheddar, chopped tomatoes and onions and choice of salsa roja or verde

  • McAlister’s Deli is serving a West Coast Banh Mi, available for a limited time. The sandwich features tender pulled pork, jalapeños, pickled vegetables, fresh cilantro, Sriracha mayo, blended greens and crisp cucumbers all marinated in a cilantro lime vinaigrette and served on a toasted baguette. (351 units, HQ in Alpharetta, GA)
  • Lone Star Steakhouse is offering pulled pork in a variety of dishes across the menu: (72 units, HQ in Plano, TX)
    • Redneck Eggrolls – slow-roasted barbecue pulled pork wrapped in a crispy egg roll wrapper with melted Monterey Jack cheese, chopped green onion and cilantro
    • Crispy Cheese Burrito – crispy cheese shell stuffed with slow-roasted barbecue pulled pork, corn, rice and pico de gallo
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  • Marie Callender’s has pulled pork on three of their new limited time offers: (70 units, HQ in Mission Viejo, CA)
    • Pulled Pork Breakfast Burrito – slow-cooked pork with latin chile sauce, three-cheese blend, jalapeño-Jack cheese, scrambled eggs, tater tots and pico de gallo in a flour tortilla
    • Mango Pulled Pork Tacos – braised pulled pork in corn tortillas with fresh mango slaw, avocado salsa and crumbled cheese, served with black beans
    • Carnitas Philly Melt – slow-cooked pork topped with grilled bell peppers, onions, jalapeño-Jack cheese, pico de gallo and fresh avocado in a grilled baguette with chipotle ranch dressing
  • Country Kitchen debuted several new pork items: (42 units, HQ in Madison, WI)
    • Pappy’s Platter – St. Louis-style barbecue ribs and smoky pulled pork drizzled with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, served with cheesy bacon fries
    • Pulled Pork Omelette – made with pulled pork, sautéed onions and peppers, topped with a Wisconsin four-cheese blend and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
    • Behemoth Burger – Sliced ham, barbecue pulled pork and cherrywood-smoked bacon are stacked atop a burger and topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickles

  • First Watch is featuring an Italian Benedict on the breakfast menu, made with thin-sliced prosciutto, scrambled eggs and house-roasted tomatoes on artisan ciabatta, drizzled with Parmesan cream and served with lemon-dressed greens. (136 units, HQ in University Park, FL)
  • Mimi’s Café added a three-course Hickory-Smoked Ham Meal. Featuring choice of soup or salad, hickory-smoked ham with orange-Dijon glaze served with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and sautéed green beans with bacon and caramelized onions, and croissant bread pudding for dessert. (101 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Arby’s brought back the Loaded Italian sandwich featuring pit-smoked ham, salami, pepperoni, Provolone cheese, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato and red onion drizzled with red wine vinaigrette and topped with garlic aioli. (3,196 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)

  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea is offering a Smoked Ham & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich, with a scrambled egg patty on an English muffin. (246 units, HQ in Emeryville, CA)
  • Schlotzsky’s added The Sicilian to their menu. Made with shaved ham, pepperoni, cotto, Genoa salami, sharp Provolone cheese, roasted red bell pepper, balsamic onions and a blend of olives and pepperoncini finished with field greens and Roma tomato on an Italian ciabatta roll. (336 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
  • Dunkin Donuts added an Italian Breakfast Ciabatta to the menu, featuring capicola, mortadella and salami with a pepper-fried egg and American cheese on a toasted ciabatta roll. (8,022 units, HQ in Canton, MA)
  • Elephant Bar Restaurant recently launched their brunch menu and included is a Pork Tomatillo Omelet – tender seared pork, caramelized shallots and peppers topped with tomatillo house salsa. (28 units, HQ in La Mirada, CA)
  • Tilted Kilt is featuring Scotch Eggs. The soft-boiled eggs are wrapped in a sweet-and-spicy sausage with Parmesan breading, fried and served with horseradish cream sauce. (100 units, HQ in Tempe, AZ)

  • Denny’s debuted a new “Red, White and Bacon” limited time menu featuring a variety of bacon-centric items, including: (1,589 units, HQ in Spartanburg, SC)
    • Triple Bacon Sampler – two strips each of thick-cut honey jalapeño bacon, hickory-smoked bacon and turkey bacon, served with eggs, hash browns and choice of bread
    • Honey Jalapeño Bacon Sriracha Burger – Sriracha-seasoned beef patty topped with Cheddar, thick-cut honey jalapeño bacon, creamy Sriracha sauce, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, red onions and pickles on brioche and served with wavy-cut fries
    • Honey Jalapeño Bacon Slam – thick-cut honey jalapeño bacon paired with two eggs, two pancakes and hash browns
    • Maple Bacon Sundae – layers of bacon, vanilla ice cream and maple syrup
  • Olive Garden added Pot Pie Italiano Nonna’s Kitchen Sink to the menu, featuring baked ziti, cheese, Italian sausage, mini meatballs and meat sauce baked inside a flaky pie crust. (835 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
  • Maggiano’s is featuring Zio’s Shell & Sausage made with pancetta, caramelized onions, grape tomatoes, Italian sausage and Fontina cream sauce. (48 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Taco Bell added new pork items to their breakfast menu: (6,776 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)
    • Breakfast Soft Taco – flour tortilla filled with bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs and Cheddar cheese
    • Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla – flatbread filled with a three-cheese blend, sausage crumbles and scrambled eggs
    • Breakfast Quesalupa – chewy Chalupa shell with cheese wrapped around eggs, breakfast potatoes, savory bacon and topped with nacho and Cheddar cheeses

  • BJ’s Restaurant added two new sandwiches to the menu: (171 units, HQ in Huntington Beach, CA)
    • Meat Lover’s Piadina – filled with pepperoni, Italian sausage, house-made meatballs, basil, marinara and a five-cheese blend
    • Hot Ham & Cheese Grilled Cheese – on Parmesan-crusted sourdough with ham, Havarti and Alfredo sauce
  • Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. are amping up their breakfast menus: (1,783 units (Hardee’s) and 1,149 units (Carl’s Jr.), HQ in St. Louis, MO)
    • Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Sandwich – choice of ham, bacon or sausage with egg and cheese between two blueberry muffin tops
    • Cornbread Breakfast Sandwich – choice of ham, bacon or sausage with egg and cheese between two cornbread muffin tops
    • Smoked Sausage Biscuit – a Hillshire Farms smoked sausage, melted American cheese and an egg on a scratch-made biscuit
  • Uno Pizzeria debuted the Whole Hog Burger. Featuring sausage, bacon, prosciutto, pepperoni and hamburger meat, plus cheese, garlic, mayo and pickles. (114 units, HQ in West Roxbury, MA)
  • Del Taco added chorizo to their menu with three breakfast offerings: (545 units, HQ in Lake Forest, CA)
    • Chorizo Epic Scrambler – grilled chorizo, scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese, crispy hash browns, pico de gallo and red sauce served in an oversized flour tortilla
    • Chorizo Half Pounder Burrito – grilled chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, Cheddar cheese and red sauce served in a flour tortilla
    • Chorizo Breakfast Taco – grilled chorizo, scrambled eggs and Cheddar cheese served in a flour tortilla

  • Starbucks added a Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & Egg Breakfast Sandwich, with caramelized onions on stone-baked potato bread. (11,916 units, HQ in Seattle, WA)
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza added the “Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza” to the menu – a pepperoni and bacon pizza with a crispy crust wrapped in bacon. (3,787 units, HQ in Detroit, MI)
  • 7-Eleven expanded their breakfast menu: (5,499 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Melt – thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon, egg and aged Cheddar on artisan ciabatta bread
    • Maple Sausage, Bacon & Cheese Breakfast Melt – thick-cut, hickory-smoked bacon, maple-flavored sausage and aged Cheddar on artisan ciabatta bread