The Manliest of Menus, Porkopolis

Modern barbecue created from a piece of history

When you think of the men in your life, what are their favorite dishes? A slab of ribs, a juicy burger, hot chicken wings? Porkopolis is the metropolis of all these menu items and more in Chandler. Located in the Santan Gateway South Shopping Center, this locally-owned restaurant has not only created a reputation for its meats smoked in-house, but also for its unique line of barbecue sauces created by the team.

Signature sauces

Meat has always been in the blood for Brady Bogen, co-owner of Porkopolis. It started in the 1860’s when his great-great-great-grandfather coined the term “porkopolis” in Ohio when he became the largest pork producer in the United States.

Fast forward to 2012 in Chandler, AZ, when Bogen partnered with co-owner Matt Hamilton. Bogen had always had a thing for sauces and Hamilton gained success in the restaurant industry. It was a natural fit to combine the two for a restaurant focused on the sauces. Hot n Sweet, Siracha, Hot n Yaki, and the signature Sweet n Smokey are the flavors for the line of sauces at Porkopolis.

The original flavors created for Porkopolis were tested in The Meat Shop, a local butchery. After receiving approval from their customers, Bogen and Hamilton knew they had the sauce that would elevate their restaurant concept.

The four flavors of the Porkopolis sauce line are what make each dish unique. A favorite appetizer, the Brisket Burnt Ends, are “the candy of barbecue” and are topped with Sweet n Smokey sauce. Try Porkopolis’ take on a taco with the Red-Neck Tacos. These tacos start with a cornbread pancake used as the tortilla, filled with Sweet n Smokey pulled pork and topped with a jalapeño slaw.

Come hungry

Hamilton’s go-to plate is the house-smoked ribs with the Sweet n Smokey sauce. Bogen’s favorite is the Brisket Salad topped with beef brisket, fresh strawberries, blue cheese crumbles and candied pecans.

The Brady Bacon Burger is also a favorite. This burger is a 50/50 combination of bacon and beef to make a savory and juicy plate and is finished with a jalapeño slaw, strips of bacon, pepper jack cheese and a barbecue aioli. Once you’ve had this burger, most come back for the Brady Burger Challenge. For the challenge, the burger is tripled into five pounds and accompanied with a pound of fries tossed in meat rub and a pound of baked beans. The time to beat is 26 minutes. Do so and Hamilton and Bogen will hand you a crisp $100 bill.

The manliest of meals don’t always come with a Porkopolis sauce. The Midwestern Ribeye Steak, Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich and Pork and Green Chili Burrito are all great options if you’d like to pass up the sauce.

Each dish on the Porkopolis menu pairs perfectly with the signature cocktails from the bar, which includes several TV’s that make for a great spot to watch a favorite game. Grab a moonshine cocktail or bacon-infused vodka during happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

A piece of Midwestern history created a modern barbecue staple right here in Chandler. Stop by Porkopolis seven days a week for lunch and dinner or brunch on Sundays.