Review: Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from Burger King

What do you think of when Burger King comes to mind? I know I think of barbeque… wait… actually, I think of crappy tomatoes that were doomed before they were picked. That and chicken shaped like overly large pipe cleaners. Either way, Burger King just rolled out a new set of sandwiches, all barbeque themed, and I figured I’d try the Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich. Maybe I will enjoy this sandwich as much as my friends who live in Memphis enjoy Memphis. They hate living in Memphis by the way.

BK describes their Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich like this:

The Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich combines tender pulled pork with the hickory-smoked and sweet flavor of Memphis BBQ Sauce, topped with sliced onions, and a sweet southern sauce, all on a warm, toasted artisan-style bun. Limited Time Only.

For this review I will say what I expected and then tell you what I got. I figured the pulled pork would be a sub-par pork byproduct, but was surprised to learn that it’s the same stuff that comes in a tub you can find in any grocery store. It was just okay, but already we’re off to a better start than anticipated. I assumed the sauce would be an overly sweet brown ketchup, and it was actually pretty tangy. About as good as Sweet Baby Ray’s… not great, but decent. The bread was the same smushed potato roll (which BK calls a “toasted artisan-style bun”) from the Chef’s Choice. I liked the bun so chalk up another point for BK. The onion was welcome and did its unusual-with-barbeque-job of adding depth. I wasn’t sure if my sandwich came with the coleslaw mayo, and I figured you guys would be curious, so I got extra on the side. It tastes like crappy cabbage mayo by itself. Basically, coleslaw in oily baby food form. I’m not a fan, but it might not be too bad on some onion rings.

I went in not expecting much, and I ended up with an okay sandwich.  Mind you, it’s the exact kind of sandwich you would expect at a friend’s barbeque, who is bad at cooking, but good at shopping.  At $3.49, it’s not a steal, but I’m glad they didn’t charge six bucks for it. Will I ever get this again? Not a chance. Though if they do decide to top a Whopper off with pulled pork, sign me up.

Pros: Not awful. Onions. Who doesn't love potato rolls?

Cons: Really messy. Not a great sandwich. Memphis in the summer.

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Price: $3.49

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: BK.com
Nutrition Facts:
Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
Calories - 470
Total Fat - 16 grams
Saturated Fat - 4.5 grams
Cholesterol - 80 milligrams
Sodium - 1420 milligrams
Carbs - 61 grams
Sugars - 29 grams
Protein - 27 grams

34 comments on “Review: Memphis BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from Burger King

  1. jrdunn says:

    wow that looks nothing like the ad picture..granted nothing ever does, but thats not the bun in the ad .the bun in the ad picture looks awesome

  2. Rick says:

    Rather surprised they marketed this as Memphis BBQ instead of Texas or St Louis style. If they just went that route they could market it as a “Lloyds pulled pork” or “Jack Daniels pulled pork” sandwich and make a little money. Were you able to get a taste of just the “sweet southern sauce”?

  3. Ed H says:

    It looks yucky.

  4. Bill says:

    It was horrible. How is it legal to sell such filth?

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  6. Daisy Gutierrez says:

    In Chicago last year they had a country pork sandwich, I think that sounded better than this!

  7. Jd says:

    I gotta say theimpulsivebuys looks so much better

  8. Kddo says:

    Had this today. It was REALLY soupy.

    When you bite into the face of this thing, all the insides are going to explode out of the butt.

  9. M86 says:

    Cue the Southerners saying this is an abomination in 3… 2… 1… (I live in the South… I can get away with saying that) :)

    The bun does look really good, but the sandwich is not something I’d get. I save my rare BK trips for the Tendercrisp (a weakness of mine)… I just tried the new chicken strips a few days ago and they were just bad all around.

    Chef, do you write for The Impulsive Buy? The style of the pro’s and con’s look very similar to theirs.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Nope, but I’d wash Marvo’s car if he asked. I mean, I would do a crappy job, but I figure he’d grasp my level of respect by just by me showing up. I have no clue what I’m talking about but those guys are awesome =)

    • Crysta says:

      I wouldn’t call it an abomination, but I wouldn’t eat it either. Could probably make better pork myself, but failing that… we have real barbecue joints around here.

      Or if I’m desperate there’s the tubs of pulled pork at the store.

    • Raiders757 says:

      I’ll play this game.

      3,2,1,Go!!!

      It’s an abomination!!!!!

      Well, at least whatever that is in the above picture. Where’s the pork? It looks a bit slack for $3.49 and it’s drowned in so much sauce, I can’t imagine anyone tasting the actual meat. I have to give it to Chef. It takes a brave soul to try fast versions of pulled pork sandwiches. I am intrigued by the addition of raw onions though. It’s not something I ever thought of adding to a pulled pork sandwich, and if paired with the right sauce, it just might be a tasty idea.

  10. Justin ST says:

    I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I thought it’d be.

  11. Asdf Z. Qwerty says:

    Looks disgusting, why would anyone waste their money on Burger King? Or fast food in general?

  12. Biff McGee says:

    Looks like an exposed and previosly used diaper.

  13. Han says:

    that second pic looks like someone regurgitated and snotted onto rubber bra insterts. bleh

    • Bob Keith says:

      OMG Han, I nearly regurgitated reading your comment!! Rubber bra inserts, that’s a classic!

  14. rob says:

    I don’t like the pork that comes in a tub at the grocery. Can’t imagine why anyone would want to eat that stuff in a restaurant even if it is only a Burger King.

  15. Dave says:

    If they would get rid of the white sauce it would be a lot better!

    • Andrew says:

      Bingo!
      Saw this for the 1st time tonight at my BK and give it a shot. First two bites were quite nice, just the pork, BBQ sauce, bit of onion. I then noticed the white sauce oozing out the side and thought it was maybe a process swiss cheese slice about to melt off. That seemed like a good idea, so I spun the sandwich and chomped on that part…and immediately did a cough-take! Ghaak, an explosion of intensely vinegary tang. It subsumed all the other flavors. After that horrid bite I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the sandwich, it was just meat-tang. I hung it up half-way when I realized it just wasn’t going to recover.
      Also, the bun. Dunno what you guys are thinking who like this one. It’s a quality roll, sure, but not on a sandwich like this. Mine dissolved into soupy goo as I was eating. Juicy sandwiches (the Whopper is also horrid for this) need a dense bread (closer to a fresh bagel), actually toasted (not soaking up the grease on the cold side of the grille) to lock out juice/sauce. Otherwise, it’s a disaster demanding a trip to the sink.
      I might order it again, but sans-white sauce and actually with a slice of swiss I think. Nah, screw it, I’ll get out the crock-pot and make some pulled pork and do it myself, with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce.
      A media-release on BK’s website actually specified the BBQ as Sweet Baby Ray’s…but uhh, it’s not. I think it said “Memphis BBQ” on the poster at my restaurant too.

      • Mikey D says:

        Thank you for actually posting a review instead of almost everyone else just saying negative crap with nothing to go on.

    • BBQNUT says:

      You are correct, the white sauce killed it! Does anyone know what this supposed to be… odd flavor and just odd to be on it?? Anyhow, this is a poor excuse for BBQ.

  16. Matt says:

    First would like to point out that the bun is not a potato roll. It’s just an “artisan style” white bun made with wheat flour.

    Second, I went to BK yesterday for the first time in a long time in order to try the new Bacon Sundae (which was delicious by the way). But with all the new BBQ stuff on their menu, I was disappointed to learn they don’t do the Western BBQ Cheeseburger (Rodeo Burger) anymore. Looking at their menu online, it looks like they’ve done away with the BK Toppers line already.

  17. Joey says:

    Haven’t tried it, but I doubt the pulled pork is much better than anything at your grocery store. Looks messy too. I’d probably need 10-15 napkins. $3.49 sounds a bit much for the sandwich though. 470 calories sounds good, though it looks smaller than a Whopper or Chef’s Choice. And I noticed that you get an error message when you click on nutrition info on the menu for any of the BK Toppers burgers. Same thing with the Chef’s Choice. They discontinued those 4 items? 470 calories sounds decent, but 29 grams of sugar? Probably from the sauce – most BBQ sauce (especially fast food) has a lot of sugar.

  18. Natalie says:

    As a southerner, this is an abomination. :)

    I hate the tubs of bbq, but I’m not surprised that’s the same thing BK is using. I am surprised they didn’t do a tie-in with the brand and advertise they were using Lloyd’s BBQ in the sandwich.

  19. Allokago says:

    Did you just diss Sweet Baby Ray’s? *angry face*

  20. Al says:

    In Memphis, we eat actual coleslaw on pulled pork sandwiches. It is so delicious. That’s probably what the white sauce is supposed to be. But if you don’t expect coleslaw on a pulled pork sandwich, it would take you back. Even if you do expect coleslaw on the sandwich, it sounds like this would be an unpleasant surprise!

    I won’t be trying this. Its too easy to get the real, quality bbq here to want to waste money on BK’s attempt to recreate it.

    Thanks for the review!

  21. donna says:

    Being from Memphis, it saddens me to see BK put our name on a BBQ sandwich with onions and no slaw. A travesty!! All that aren’t from Memphis – come try the real thing!

  22. DCRob says:

    Hate to disagree with virtually everyone here, but i had the sandwich, and found it to be good. Compared to the other choices found at BK and other comparable chains, the sandwich was good and a good value. Now was it as good as you would get at a traditional BBQ joint…NO WAY, but it is not meant to be. judge things based on what they are trying to accomplish, not with what is available elsewhere. Does BK or McD’s or Wendy’s have a burger as good as say Five Guys? NO WAY, but they appeal to different markets. The only thing BK needs to improve is their frys. The new ones are poor, Wendy’s new frys are much better.

  23. I have lived in North Carolina for years and this sandwich does not taste anything like any of the BBQ I have eated anwhere in NC. Way too much sauce which is what I would expect a Texas style BBQ to taste.

    What a shame someone at BK gave his/her OK for this to be released.

  24. Joan says:

    Actually, I thought it was just fine. I would order it again. It is not resturant quality but for fast food and Burger King it was just fine. I wasn’t expecting the real thing. BTW, I like Jack Daniel’s and Lloyds BBQ products in the store so that is probably why I liked this. Others have said it was messy, mine wasn’t.

  25. TxRob says:

    I tried these a couple weeks ago and the wife and I both loved them. They were so good we went back the nect day for a couple more. Sloppy, messy, dripping with goodness as a good bbq sandwhich should be. Pair this with the sweet potatoe fries and you have a meal. I highly recommend it unless of course you live somewhere that you can purchase a real carolina bbq sanwich. We can’t even purchase the tubs at the grocery store, so this was a welcome relief to the other fast food offerings.