REVIEW: Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Written by | June 14, 2012

Topics: 6 Rating, Burger King, Fast Food

Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

With the introduction of their new Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Burger King now has their own McRib. Actually, to be more accurate, Burger King now has their own limited time only pork sandwich slathered with sauce that’s kind of scary looking when you pull back the bun.

BK’s pulled pork sandwich brings together pulled pork, Memphis BBQ sauce, sliced onions, and a sweet southern sauce on a toasted artisan-style bun.

To be honest, I’ve never experienced Memphis barbecue because I’ve never been to the great state of…(double-checking on Wikipedia) Tennessee. So my digestive system hasn’t had the pleasure of eating at fine Memphis BBQ establishments like…(checks Google) Central, Neely’s, Corky’s, Payne’s, The Bar-B-Q Shop, and the G’town Commissary. Since my taste buds have never tasted Memphis barbecue, I can’t determine how offended Memphians (I hope that’s correct) should be or if they should feel offended at all.

As you can see in the photo above, the BK Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich comes with a lot of pulled pork. Although, the pulled pork looks more like finely shredded pork. Perhaps, too finely shredded, because when I pulled back the artisan-style bun, the amalgamation of pork looked like clumped wet cat hair. So if you purchase this sandwich, DO NOT TAKE IT APART! Also, DO NOT LOOK AT THE SANDWICH WHILE EATING IT OR ELSE YOU WILL SEE THIS:

Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Innards

I know fast food in promotional photos never look like that in real life, but there was a major difference between BK’s photos of the sandwich and what mine looked like. While the beautifully photographed sandwich had pulled pork drenched in sauce, my pulled pork was just topped with sauce.

Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Topless

Because the pork wasn’t soaked in sauce, I noticed the pork was a bit dry and with some bites it was slightly tough. It had a mild pork flavor that doesn’t get completely overwhelmed by the sauces.

Wait. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s good the pork wasn’t drenched in sauce because the two sauces that top this sandwich made it extremely messy. I think I used three napkins to clean my hands. The BBQ sauce had a wonderful sweet and smoky flavor. Because there’s no spiciness to it, it’s slightly different from the usual barbecue sauce BK uses. The sweet southern sauce was also tasty, although its pastel yellow color looked a little weird. It gave the sandwich a little tanginess. The onions added crunch and complemented the pork and two sauces.

Even though it’s probably not comparable to a pulled pork sandwich from a Memphis barbecue joint and the pork is a little dry and looks like clumped wet cat hair, I think the Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich is surprisingly decent, thanks to the two sauces. It’s also on the smallish side, but I think it’s a better tasting pork sandwich than the McDonald’s McRib*.

*I don’t really care for the McRib.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – 470 calories, 140 calories from fat, 16 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,420 milligrams of sodium, 61 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 29 grams of sugar, and 27 grams of protein.)

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Item: Burger King Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
Purchased Price: $4.99 (sandwich only)*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Surprisingly decent. Tasty sauces. Lots of pulled pork. Onions were a nice addition. Bun held together despite absorbing lots of sauce.
Cons: On the smallish side. Pork not drenched in sauce. Pork looks like clumped wet cat hair. Hella messy. Sweet southern sauce has a weird yellow color. McRib.

*Prices will vary. I will pay more than most of you because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.






40 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Em says:

    I thought the sandwich was pretty good.. Way better than mcrib! But seriously, who has to google to find out what state Memphis is in??

  2. Whodatgirl says:

    Seriously I bought this sandwich for lunch and literally would not
    Eat it until I got home to see what this yellow pus looking stuff was on top my meat, it completely grossed me out. By the way someone should make a
    Note that on sweet potato fries you are supposed to put sugar on them not salt!

  3. Carole says:

    I had the BQ pork sandwich three times already..It was good..The French Fries shouldn’t be salted. Just leave the salt out and perhaps give customers sugar on the side..
    Not bad for fast food though.

  4. James says:

    This sandwich was actually very good. The yellowish color just so some know there sauce is generally caused by the mustard based sauce they used along side the tangy tomato based sauce. Downside was the fact I got only regular fries and no sweet potatoes fries. I’ll make sure my local bk is aware of this too :-). For a fast food place, they did good with this. Curious to where they get it from.

  5. carol says:

    I just tried the pulled pork sandwich for the first and last time.
    The texture of the meat??? It is near mush not shredded pork.
    The added sauce added nothing to the sandwich. And my bun was not toasted.

  6. Mo says:

    I just tried it for the first time. I was grossed out by the added sauce. Not only did it look disgusting, but I thought it smelled just as bad. I took it all off right away. Once I did that, I though the sandwich was pretty good. I’ll order it again….with no extra sauce!

  7. Betty says:

    Watch out McRib, if they advertise more McRib is toast. This sandwich is very good.

  8. Laurie says:

    I will never eat it OR the sweet potato fries again. The sauce was overly sweet. The meat WAS like cat hair! I could not finish eating it. Go to A&W for their sweet potato fries and chipotle sauce. So much better. I think if any fast food place puts out a new line of food they should make sure it is really appealing, otherwise the bad press will ruin you. BK go back to the kitchen and get it right next time. Also, the coffee was a write off. Go to A&W for a decent cup of coffee. Far better than Tim Hortons.

  9. roi hirtle says:

    i liked the pulled pork sandwich at B/K
    but would like to know how many ozs of
    pork there is in the sandwich

  10. Robert says:

    The Burger king Memphis BBQ sandwich was small. I was given the impression this was larger and loaded down with the pulled pork. Well the one I purchased in Willcox, AZ, sure wasn’t, barely enough there to feed a little girl. Taste was fine, but not anything like its picture.

  11. Cp says:

    I decided to try the new BK Pulled pork sandwich last night and I am completely regretting that decision. First the appearance looked gross with the matted clump of hair consistency of the meat and the odd and sickening color of the sauce that was put on top. Second once I cut this sandwich in half I took a bite and it was sweet not too bad; however…… wait for it. …… I discovered what appeared to be a fully intact artery sticking out of the sandwich. I was completely disgusted. We brought it up to the manager to take a look and she gave us a new sandwich of our choice, but I have to say that went to waste because I was literally green with nausea after that experience. I will not be going back to BK, EVER.

  12. kelso says:

    I thought it was delicious! I love pulled pork sandwiches, and I think they should have them in more fast food restaurants.

  13. Brian says:

    As a Memphian, I can tell you this is only marginally similar to a Memphis BBQ Sandwich. Yes we have pulled pork, but as the author notes, this is shredded pork… The texture is all wrong. And no Artisan Buns, no onions and no Sweet Southern Sauce. In Memphis it’s a regular bun and cole slaw either on top or on the side. Plus the BBQ sauce is drizzled on top not mixed in with the meat. Although the sandwich was fairly decent as far as fast food goes, it can’t compare to a real Memphis Style BBQ sandwich… and in reality has little to do with a Memphis Style sandwich, there are more differences than similarities. If you want a real Memphis BBQ sandwich, just come on down to Memphis
    and find out for yourselves.

  14. debbie says:

    I had high hopes for Burger King’s pulled pork sandwich; I got hooked on Subway’s version this summer, but it’s no longer available.
    I was very disappointed. The pork was swimming in a very sweet sauce. I like bar-b-que, but not so sweet. Thankfully, I asked for the “coleslaw sauce” on the side, just to be safe. Turns out that it is indeed sauce, not coleslaw at all, and again very sweet. I read the nutrition info after I’d eaten, and the sandwich contains 29 grams of sugar! Hopefully I didn’t get quite that much by leaving the coleslaw sauce off.



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