Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich Review

In 2016, Arby’s released its Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich, which quickly became one of their most popular sandwiches.

In fact, it was so popular it sold out in many locations across the US in just a few weeks.

Thanks to the positive reviews from customers and continuous requests to bring it back to the menu, Arby’s re-released the Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich for a limited time in 2017. The sandwich is so popular that there are social media pages dedicated to bringing it back again.

Let’s see what all the hype is about in this Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich Review.

History and Inspiration

Pork belly is, of course, cut from the belly of the pig. It’s high in fat and big in flavor, and if you’re a bacon-lover, this meat is impossible to pass up. It’s not one of the most popular cuts used in fast food, though, so Arby’s has a one-up on its competition there. In 2004, New York’s Momofuku started using it as an inexpensive filling for pork buns, and a few years later, a sandwich shop in Portland used it in their Cubano sandwiches. What Arby’s work in their favor is that they’re not afraid to experiment with different cuts of meat, and we’ve seen that with some of the interesting sandwiches, including a lamb gyro, a venison sandwich, and a pork belly sandwich in 2016. Arby’s says the Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich became one of its most popular sandwiches, and the initial release exceeded the chain’s wildest expectations. It’s no wonder the sandwich made a swift return a year after the initial release. Why it’s been discontinued, well, we’re all asking that question!

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Types of Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich

At the time the sandwich was available, there were two options. The Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich contained two strips of pork belly, cheddar cheese, crispy onions, BBQ sauce, and mayonnaise on a roll. Additionally, they re-released the popular Smoke Mountain Sandwich, which featured smoked pork belly, smoked brisket, smoked ham with crispy onions, smoked cheddar cheese, and BBQ sauce.

We’re patiently awaiting the next re-release.

Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich Review

Arby’s Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich is a thick, juicy sandwich with thick slices of pork belly, crispy onion strings, mayo, smoked cheddar cheese, and Smoky Q sauce on a toasted star-cut bun. You can also add Arby’s famous Horsey sauce for extra flavor, and yea, it’s amazing.

When I first tried Arby’s Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich, I was amazed by the tenderness of the pork belly. It was so soft that my teeth effortlessly slid through it, much like a hot knife through butter. I must admit this level of tenderness was unexpected, especially for a fast-food item. This can be explained by high fat content: The pork belly is quite fatty, it is about 70% fat to 30% meat.

The onions added a salty crunch, contrasting the softness of the pork belly. The American cheese, though, didn’t do much for me and mostly stuck to the side of the box.

The sweet barbecue sauce went well with the pork belly, but the mayo seemed out of place. The combination of mayo and barbecue sauce didn’t work for me. Overall, I’d rate it a 7.0 out of 10. It has its strengths, especially the tenderness of the pork, but also some drawbacks. If you’re considering trying it, perhaps ask for it without the mayo for a better experience.

Taste and Texture [5/5]

The pork belly was rich, fatty, and smoky with a light sweetness. The meat was mostly tender and not as smokey as bacon because it’s smoked differently. The sauce is tangy and surprising combined with the smokey sweet flavors of the meat. The crispy onion strings offered a light crunch and charred onion flavor, which gave the sandwich a nice bite. The cheese is melted on top of the smoked pork belly, and while it’s not a big cheesy addition, it’s just the right amount- not overpowering but not easily lost in the other flavors. However, the mayo could be missed, but it’s easy to make up for that with horsey sauce, which I definitely recommend. It makes this a powerfully delicious sandwich overall.

Are they healthy? [2/5]

Arby’s pork belly sandwiches are not exactly healthy. They have high protein content, but they’re also full of calories, fat, and carbs. It’s a loaded sandwich, so you’ll feel full after eating it- you might even feel a little heavy and sluggish, albeit satisfied. This is a sandwich for indulging and satisfying a craving, but it shouldn’t be consumed regularly. But Arby’s has you covered there since it’s only offered sporadically for limited periods of time.

Are they Worth it? [5/5]

The Smokehouse Pork belly Sandwich is one of those meals you pine over and wish you could get your hands on again. All of the ingredients work well together, and the pork belly is smoked to perfection. With fresh meat, soft bread, a crunchy onion bite, and sauce, it’s a delicious sandwich- especially for a fast-food restaurant. It’s definitely worth it.

Arby's Pork belly Sandwich
Photo by Arby’s.

Final Verdict

I really enjoyed the taste, texture, and uniqueness of the smoked pork belly. I loved the mix of bbq sauce and horsey sauce that I added after I ordered it, and I’m a big fan of crunchy onion strings. You’d want to be sure to have napkins, toothpicks, or dental floss on hand because it can get a bit messy, but it’s worth it.

Arby's Pork Belly Sandwich Review
Arby's Pork belly Sandwich

Product Name: Arby's Pork Belly Sandwich

Product Description: Arby’s Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich is a thick, juicy sandwich with thick slices of pork belly, crispy onion strings, mayo, smoked cheddar cheese, and Smoky Q sauce on a toasted star-cut bun. You can also add Arby’s famous Horsey sauce for extra flavor, and yea, it’s amazing.

Brand: Arby's

Offer price: 5.69

Currency: USD

Availability: InStock

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Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 248g
  • Calories – 860
  • Calories From Fat – 550
  • Total Fat – 61 g
  • Saturated Fat – 23.0 g
  • Trans Fat – 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol – 105 mg
  • Sodium – 1540 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 49 g
  • Dietary Fiber – 2 g
  • Sugars – 13 g
  • Protein – 29 g

Arby’s Pork Belly Sandwich Pricing

The Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich is offered at a fair price of $5.69, which is a bit more expensive than some other sandwich choices. But it’s similar in price to the Smokehouse Brisket, the Angus Three Cheese & Bacon Sandwich, and the Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich. For the cut and quality of meat, it’s a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a value meal, Arby’s offers several combo meals with fries and a drink between $5 and $6.

What do you think?

Have you been one of the lucky ones to catch Arby’s Smokehouse Pork belly Sandwich when it’s been available? Are you one of the pork belly fans waiting patiently for a re-release? Let us know your thoughts about this sandwich in the comments below.

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1 Comment

  1. David a Drake sr says:

    Hello Dave here from Waterbury CT how long dose a guy have to wait for your smokehouse pork belle sandwich to come back? The “thick one” everyone I know wants it back , or don’t you want to give your loyal customers what they crave. We are waiting

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