Pork Chop Sandwich

Deliciously crispy, juicy pork is the star of Montana’ favorite fried Pork Chop Sandwich.

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If you’re exploring foods of Montana, one thing that you absolutely can’t miss is the Pork Chop Sandwich. It’s a must have if you’re vacationing there or traveling through on your way to visit its beautiful parks.

This hearty and delicious Montana classic has a rich history and a flavor that people can’t get enough of.

Want to try more sandwiches from across America? Check out the viral Vermonter, Jersey’s favorite breakfast sandwich the Pork Roll, or Kentucky’s savory must-have the Hot Brown.


What is Montana’s Favorite Sandwich?

Montana’s favorite hand held, without a doubt, is the Pork Chop Sandwich. It’s a mouthwatering delight that combines a juicy pork chop with a variety of delicious toppings, creating a satisfying meal that captures the essence of the Big Sky Country.

How the Pork Chop Sandwich Became a Montana Classic?

This classic has deep roots in Montana’s culinary heritage. It’s a beloved comfort food enjoyed for generations. This classic sandwich became a Montana staple due to its simple yet delectable nature. It’s a symbol of hearty, no-frills, and delicious food, which resonates with the state’s culture and lifestyle.

Where Did the Pork Chop Sandwich Originate?

The origins of the Pork Chop Sandwich go back to a popular Montana fast-food restaurant chain, “Pork Chop John’s.” This establishment, founded by John Burklund in Butte, Montana, in 1924, was the birthplace of this iconic sandwich. Pork Chop John’s quickly became famous for its breaded and fried pork chop sandwich, and its popularity spread throughout Montana and beyond.

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What is a Pork Chop John Sandwich?

A Pork Chop John Sandwich is a delectable treat with a boneless pork chop that’s breaded and fried to perfection. Serve it on a soft bun and customize with a variety of toppings, depending on personal preferences. The classic Pork Chop John’s includes lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.

What Fast Food Chain Offered a Sandwich Known as the Big Montana?

The fast-food chain that offered a sandwich known as the “Big Montana” is Arby’s. This sandwich was a substantial offering, featuring thinly sliced roast beef piled high on a sesame seed bun. The “Big Montana” is another Montana favorite with generous portions and hearty flavor.

What Goes on a Pork Chop Sandwich?

This often includes the following ingredients:

  • A breaded and fried pork chop
  • Soft bun
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Mayonnaise

Add other toppings like pickles, onions, and cheese to suit your taste.

In Montana, variations may include different condiments and toppings, but the star of the show is always the succulent pork chop.

This hand held is a Montana classic that embodies the state’s love for hearty and satisfying food. With its origins in Pork Chop John’s and the freedom to customize it to your liking, this has become a cherished part of Montana’s culinary identity. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, indulging in this classic is an essential experience when exploring Montana’s delicious food scene.

Fried Pork Chop Sandwich

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Deliciously crispy, juicy pork is the star of Montana' favorite Fried Pork Chop Sandwich.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 57 kcal


  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup crushed Saltines
  • ½ cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup oil
  • dill pickles
  • yellow mustard
  • thinly sliced onion
  • 4 kaiser rolls

Recipe Instructions

  • Combine buttermilk and egg. Season with salt and pepper. In another bowl, combine panko, crushed Saltines, and season with salt and pepper. Place flour in a third and season with salt and pepper.
  • Coat chops in flour. Dip chops in egg mixture and then breadcrumb mixture. Allow to rest while oil heats up.
  • Pour oil into cast iron until about 1 inch deep. Heat over medium high heat until it reached 350 F.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
  • Place on buns with mustard, pickle, and onion.


Calories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.3mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.04gCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fried Pork Chop Sandwich, Montana
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