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“Smokehouse Pork Belly” Sandwich Returns to Arby’s

Roast beef chain is first fast food restaurant to feature fatty pork belly.

Arby's Smokehouse Pork Belly

They listen! They really listen! In a response to what Arby’s calls “positive customer response” and “repeated requests,” the roast beef giant is reintroducing their “Smokehuse Pork Belly” sandwich, for a limited time. From the website:

“Our Pork Belly is hickory smoked and sliced extra thick, for a more tender style of bacon. Then we layer it with smoked cheddar, BBQ sauce and crispy onions.”

Pork belly is one of mankind’s greatest gifts, offering up tons of bacon flavor in a more tender, succulent form, with tons of lip-coating fat and grease. All of that flavor comes at a nutritional cost, however; ounce-for-ounce, pork belly has one of the highest fat and calorie densities by weight of any protein, which is why this baby clocks in at almost 900 calories.

Of course, if things like “arterial health” and “a functioning cardiovascular system” are as low-priority for you as they are for us, you might as well go for the gastric gusto and try Arby’s other limited time offering, the “Smoke Mountain Sandwich.” Because if pork belly on a fast food sandwich is good, pork belly topped with smoked brisket, a slab of smoked ham, smoked cheddar cheese, and risky onions strings is even better.

You can catch both the Smokehouse Pork Belly and the Smoke Mountain Sandwich now at Arby’s locations nationwide, available for a limited time only.

Written by Malcolm Bedell

Malcolm is the author of "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as a frequent contributor to Serious Eats,, Eat Rockland, Down East Magazine, The L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and more. When not poisoning his body with garbage and then posting sardonic commentary about it on the Internet, he also owns and operates the 'Wich, Please food truck, named's "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015.

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