Creative chefs and savvy operators know pork delivers premium flavor and profitably. From dirty rice with ‘nduja and Italian sausage to pork “wings” to SPAM-topped burgers, pork does it all. Take a look at the report to see who’s crafting not-to-be-missed menus.

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  • Carino’s Italian Grill is offering a Citrus Grilled Pork Loin, available for a limited time. The dish features pork loin marinated in citrus, cloves and brown sugar, sliced Cuban-style and grilled. (73 units, HQ in Austin, TX)
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana added Braised Pork Marsala to the menu. The grilled pork is served with tomato Marsala sauce, Yukon gold mashed potatoes and haricot vert. (53 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant added two new pork menu items: (45 units, HQ in Houston, TX)
    • Angry Orchard Pork Wings – Mini pork shanks braised in Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider, Granny Smith apples and raisins, served over smoked white Cheddar grits
    • Poutine – Hand-torn potatoes topped with hickory bacon, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, sunny side egg and herb peppercorn demi glace

  • TGI Friday’s is menuing Half-Rack Bacon-Crusted Ribs – baby back pork ribs sauced with sweet onion chipotle glaze and covered with Applewood-smoked bacon. (481 units, HQ in Carrollton, TX)
  • Logan’s Roadhouse added two pork menu items to their fall menu: (255 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)
    • Logan’s Famous Baby Back Ribs – Sauce options include roadhouse barbecue sauce, brown sugar bourbon or moonshine barbecue
    • Pork Trifecta – Pulled pork with sliced brisket sausage and crispy bacon topped with Cheddar cheese on toasted Cheddar jalapeño bread
  • O’Charley’s Restaurant+Bar is featuring a “Nashville Hot” menu for the summer featuring Nashville Hot Ribs. (211 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)
  • Tony Roma’s is menuing Tequila Ribs ­– baby back ribs smothered in tequila barbecue sauce. (26 units, HQ in Plano, TX)

  • Dunkin Donuts added a Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich – a New Jersey-style pork roll, egg and American cheese on an oven-toasted croissant. (8,000 units, HQ in Canton, MA)
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill added a new Italian Dirty Rice appetizer made with sun-dried tomatoes, ‘nduja sausage, Italian sausage and pepperoni. (136 units, HQ in Houston, TX)
  • Wawa Food Market is offering Burritos or Burrito Bowls with pulled pork, rice, black beans and Cheddar cheese sauce – available for limited time. (583 units, HQ in Media, PA)
  • 7-Eleven added a Cubana Melt Sandwich to the menu, featuring hearty pulled pork, ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles and tangy mustard-mayo sauce all sandwiched on an authentic telera roll. (7,798 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)

  • Hometown Buffet/Old Country Buffet/Ryan’s Buffet added Backyard BBQ Selections to the buffet including Pork Riblets, Pulled Pork and Smoked Sausage. (256 units, HQ in Hollywood Park, TX)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings is offering two new pulled pork menu items: (1,092 units, HQ in Minneapolis, MN)
    • BBQ Street Tacos – Three tacos with hand-pulled hickory-smoked pork tossed in honey barbecue sauce and topped with shredded cabbage, pickled red onions, green onions and finished with savory smoked aioli
    • The Smoke Stack – A shareable appetizer of kettle chips topped with hickory-smoked pulled pork tossed in honey barbecue sauce, red and jalapeño peppers sautéed in chipotle BBQ sauce, queso, and green onions, then drizzled with smoked aioli and smoky barbecue sauce
  • Fox & Hound Sports Tavern is offering Barbecue Pulled Pork Pub Rolls. The appetizer features barbecue pulled pork and slaw rolled in a crispy panko-crusted Asian wrapper and served with sweet Sriracha dipping sauce. (58 units, HQ in Wichita, KS)
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  • Blimpie Subs & Salads added pulled pork to their menu for a limited time and it can be found on two new sandwiches: (417 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)
    • The Spicy Piggy – pulled pork drizzled with Sriracha glaze, topped with Cheddar cheese and bacon ranch slaw
    • The Twisted Piggy – pulled pork drizzled with Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce and topped with Cheddar cheese
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pig is offering Cuban Butcher Tacos for a limited time – the tacos feature sausage, pulled pork, Cheddar cheese, pickles and tangy mustard. (543 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pastas is offering a limited time “BBQ is Back” menu featuring two pork options: (81 units, HQ in De Soto, KS)
    • Smokestack Pulled Pork – Kansas City’s Smokestack pulled pork and sauce piled on freshly baked bread
    • BBQ Pork & Bacon Cheddar Melt – Kansas City’s Smokestack pulled pork and sauce, bacon and Cheddar cheese on freshly baked bread
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  • The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille added a Smoky BBQ Pork Sandwich to the menu. The sandwich features their Hog Hammers (hand-pulled pork ribs) smothered in smoky barbecue sauce, topped with crispy onion straws and slaw all served on a potato roll. (34 units, HQ in Hanover, MD)
  • Houlihans is featuring Crispy BBQ Carnitas Lettuce Wraps, made with slow-roasted barbecue pork served with lettuce cups, pickled red onion, barbecue sauce and jicama radish slaw with lemon vinaigrette. (71 units, HQ in Leawood, KS)
  • Ram Restaurant & Brewery added a Chorizo Burger to their Summer Salute menu. The house-made chorizo and beef patty is grilled and topped with lettuce, chipotle aioli, roasted tomato relish, creamy Wisconsin Havarti, mashed avocado and roasted Anaheim peppers on a Kaiser bun. (24 units, HQ in Lakewood, WA)
  • El Torito Grill added two new pork menu items: (53 units, HQ in Cypress, CA)
    • Rumorosa Sliders – Handcrafted sliders filled with tender carnitas tossed in habanero barbecue sauce, salsa picante, aioli, cabbage and pico de gallo
    • Sonora Street Dog – A hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with grilled onions and tomatoes
  • Maverik Country Store added a BonFire Lumber Jack’d Breakfast Bowl – a biscuit piled high with ham, bacon, egg, cheese and smothered in fresh-made gravy. (320 units, HQ in North Salt Lake, UT)

  • Hard Rock Cafe added the Aloha Burger, topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and a sweet soy-glazed grilled pinapple ring. (45 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
  • Wendy’s is bringing back the Baconator for a limited time: (5,579 units, HQ in Dublin, OH)
    • Baconator – Thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon with two quarter-pound patties topped with mayo, ketchup and cheese
    • Baconator Fries – Natural-cut fries topped with applewood-smoked bacon, creamy cheese sauce and shredded Cheddar
  • McDonalds is offering a Green Chile Sunrise Burrito with bacon, scrambled eggs, green chiles, onions, cheese and hash browns all wrapped in a flour tortilla. (14,035 units, HQ in Oak Brook, IL)
  • Pizza Hut is menuing Bacon Stuffed Crust Pizza with Applewood-smoked bacon, mozzarella, white Cheddar and provolone cheeses. (6,200 units, HQ in Plano, TX)