Did you hear? Sonic now has pulled pork – but if you want to try it, you’ll have to go soon. For a limited time, the chain is selling three menu items that pack protein: two sandwiches and a snack that seems to be tailor-made for late-night cravings. I tried the entire pulled pork menu the first day it was available to the public, but this review will focus on the Totchos BBQ Pulled Pork Snack.
The fact that Totchos are built on a tater tot base might make you want to order them as a side to your next Sonic meal, but trust me, they have enough pulled pork to make them a meal all on their own. . While this menu item wasn’t perfect, it was delicious in that salty, fatty, slightly trashy way that hits the spot when the midnight hunger strikes. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Sonic’s new Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos.
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What’s in Sonic Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos?
In case you didn’t know, the name “Totchos” is a portmanteau of “tot” and “nachos.” As it implies, this dish is essentially nachos but with crispy tater tots instead of tortilla chips forming the base. The tots are loaded with cherry wood smoked sauce (AKA barbecue sauce), smoked pulled pork, and two kinds of cheese: a tangy cheese sauce similar to Cheez Whiz and shredded cheddar.
Although this is the standard configuration, you are free to customize your order of Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos however you like. You can request to use heavy or light cheese sauce, shredded cheese and barbecue sauce, for example. If two cheeses aren’t enough for you, you can indulge in dairy and add a slice of processed American cheese. Or, if you want more classic nacho flavors, try topping the tots with chili, pickled jalapeño slices, and diced onions. Sonic may not be Burger King, but you can still “do what you want” here.
Where can you buy them and how much do they cost?
Sonic’s full pulled pork menu is available at all of the restaurant’s U.S. locations. From January 29 to February 5, you can only order the pulled pork items using Sonic’s mobile app. After that, you’ll be able to purchase them on the app or in person at Sonic restaurants until March 31. If you miss the deadline, you’ll just have to wait until the chain decides to serve pulled pork again (if that ever happens).
Sonic says the Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos start at $3.39, but I paid $4.99 plus tax for them. Their cost probably depends on where you live; my area has high food prices. Despite the high cost, I found this snack to be a pretty good deal compared to other fast food places in my city. $5 for a food order that falls between a large snack and a small meal isn’t bad these days.
How do they compare to other items on Sonic’s menu?
Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos feel like they belong to Sonic. I would consider tater tots to be one of Sonic’s signature items – not many other fast food places offer them as a side. In addition to serving them plain to accompany your burger or hot dog, Sonic also offers a few loaded options on its permanent menu, including Cheese Tots topped with a slice of melted American cheese and Chili Cheese Tots with chili and grated cheddar.
If you want to get even more adventurous with your fried snacks, Sonic has you covered there too. Its Ched ‘R’ Peppers are fried jalapeño poppers loaded with melted cheddar cheese and served with ranch, while its Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites are a crazy mashup of fried ravioli and hot wings. Sonic seems to be well aware that a certain type of customer may visit the restaurant late at night in an altered state looking for greasy munchies, and he caters well to those people. The Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos fit perfectly.
According to the nutrition numbers posted on the Sonic app (which is currently the only place I’ve been able to find them), an order of these Totchos costs 580 calories, which is a lot for a snack, but reasonable for a meal . The fat content isn’t so reasonable — this item’s 36 grams of fat is almost half the FDA’s Daily Value. The 10 grams of saturated fat on the menu is exactly half the recommended daily limit.
But the most concerning nutrition stat for Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos is the amount of sodium they contain: 1,620 milligrams, or more than two-thirds of the recommended daily value. It would be quite difficult to stay under the recommended sodium limit on a day when you eat this dish. While it’s okay to consume excess sodium from time to time, chronic overconsumption of salt can put you at risk for cardiovascular and other significant health problems.
Sonic’s Pulled Pork BBQ Totchos are salty but satisfying
Trust me: You can taste every single milligram of sodium in this dish. My main complaint about the Totchos was that they ran into the risk of being too salty. I still liked them quite a bit and finished my order, but I had to drink a lot of water afterwards.
I was impressed with the texture of the tater tots. My problem with most potato “nacho” dishes is that the fries or tots usually don’t hold up as well to the toppings as corn chips, but these tots stayed crispy even after the brought them home and took photos of them. The toppings themselves were simple but effective. These included a generous portion of pulled pork that had been fried on a griddle until crispy. The barbecue sauce added sweetness and kept everything from being too dry, and the cheese was super flavorful.
When I ordered the two Sonic Pulled Pork Sandwiches, I was concerned that they weren’t made with exactly the right components. I’m also not sure the toddlers were quite right – all I could see and taste was cheese sauce, so maybe they didn’t get the shredded cheddar I was promised at my house – but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. It was a delicious and indulgent snack that I would happily eat again.