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Have You Tried Applebee’s New Hand-Cut Wood Fired Grill Items Yet?



Applebee's Hand Cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak

Over the past few weeks, I’m guessing you’ve probably seen numerous commercials promoting Applebee’s new wood-fired grill menu on television, Snapchat, Pandora, and YouTube. And if you haven’t, you will soon enough! And once you see it, you’re going to get very hungry..

So here’s the deal. Over the past few months, nearly 2,000 Applebee’s locations have quietly replaced their traditional gas grills with new wood-fired grills that promise to infuse their food with a smoky flavor.

The first menu items to hit the grills are one-inch thick certified USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks and Bone-In Pork Chops. These items are hand-cut in the kitchen daily by trained meat cutters to ensure ideal thickness before they hit the grill. Walk into your local Applebee’s, and the the mouth-watering aroma of American Oak smoldering is hard to miss.

“Our new wood-fired grill is the cornerstone of our elevated dining experience and we’re excited for our guests to come in and try our delicious new wood-fired steak options,” said Kevin Coughlin, director of operations, Applebee’s New Jersey. “Our chefs are newly trained to ensure the optimal cut and preparation of each and every one of our Hand-Cut Wood Fired Steak dinners.”

I was already excited to try out some of these new wood-fired menu items, so when the folks at Applebee’s reached out to us and asked if we’d be interested in trying out the new menu, it was a no-brainer!

Applebee's Bone-In Pork Chops

Walking up to the restaurant, it’s impossible to miss the enticing aroma of American Oak smoke, letting you know that you are in for something special. The new menu prominently features the new grill masterpieces, which include Hand-Cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks (8 oz or 6 oz), Hand-Cut Bone-In Pork Chop with Honey Apple Chutney, Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Double-Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

Naturally, I had to go with the 8 oz steak, which is aged a minimum of 14 days and hand-cut in house before being thrown onto the wood-fired grill. You can really taste that mild smokiness in each bite, and it was really something else. My wife opted for the baby back ribs, and they were pretty amazing as well. And for dessert, we shared the decadent triple chocolate meltdown, which is absolutely to die for!

Kudos to Applebee’s for stepping up their game with the new wood-fired grill and menu. If you haven’t been there in awhile, make sure you go back and try out the new menu when you get a chance!

But wait, there’s more! Applebee’s has generously offered up a $100 e-gift card which we’re giving away to one lucky Guys Gab reader. To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell us what Applebee’s menu item you plan on getting. We’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, June 15th at 5pm EST. Contest open to US residents only.

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."



  1. Greg Baugher

    June 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    That bone-in pork chop looks spectacular.

  2. Mike

    June 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Having not eaten dinner yet, and reading this article.. My mouth is watering! I have always loved Applebee’s food, but their introduction of these new wood fire grilled steaks sounds amazing! I will be partaking in one, cooked medium, very soon!

  3. James Hills

    June 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    mmm steak! I used to go here but haven’t been to Applebees in years, their lemonade was my favorite 🙂

  4. Larry B

    June 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    That steak and Pork chop look fantastic! But everything on Applebee’s menu is delicious!

  5. David S.

    June 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    that steak sounds great

  6. Kelcie Roscoe

    June 2, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I would love to try the new steaks!!

  7. Matt Coleman

    June 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I’ll try the new steak!

  8. Jacob Kline

    June 3, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I’ll try the steak!

  9. Jacob Kline

    June 3, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I’ll try the chicken!

  10. Jeanne Rousseau

    June 3, 2016 at 3:18 am

    I’m a vegetarian but I can’t wait to try the new sides, especially the green beans!

  11. Nicole Lancaster

    June 3, 2016 at 4:23 am

    I would like to try the Bone-In Pork Chop with Honey Apple Chutney.

  12. jeffrey graf

    June 3, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I’ll try the new steak!

  13. Patricia D

    June 3, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I’d try the new Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze!!

  14. Kim Niland

    June 3, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Of course it would be the steak!

  15. Nicole T

    June 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Double glazed baby back ribs are calling my name! Yum. Hope I get the opportunity to try them soon!

  16. Henry

    June 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    My fiance loved the artichoke dip last time we were at an Applebee’s, would love to get it again!

  17. Darlene Carbajal

    June 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I want to try the American Standard burger!

    • Zander Chance

      June 3, 2016 at 11:36 am

      The American Standard burger is one of my favorites, and it’s only $6.99 on Monday nights!

  18. jeremy mclaughlin

    June 3, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I would try the steaks.

  19. Stacie H

    June 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I would love to try the Cedar grilled salmon!

  20. LARRY

    June 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm


  21. chris z

    June 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    i would like to try the new steak

  22. paula rousseau

    June 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I can’t wait looks so yummy ty

  23. Steve Weber

    June 3, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    I’d try the new Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze!

  24. Alex

    June 3, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I really like their mac and cheese.

  25. Meghan B

    June 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    The steaks looks awesome!

  26. Alexander Saas, Sr.

    June 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    The Oak Smoke Hand-Cut USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak!

  27. Char

    June 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I cannot wait to have some of their pork chops. I love this place more than anything, thank you for the great offer!

  28. Gracie Kahl

    June 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I want to try the Cedar Grill Salmon!

  29. James Doyle

    June 3, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    i’d love to try the steak 😉

  30. Pat

    June 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I plan on getting the steak.

  31. al

    June 3, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    No, I haven’t tried it yet.

  32. latanya

    June 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    the Grilled Chicken Breast

  33. Debbie F

    June 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    If they have a wood fired prime rib steak up for grabs I’ll take it. 🙂

  34. tiffany dayton

    June 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    A sirloin, perfectly cooked steak.

  35. Grant D

    June 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    One of those new steaks – medium rare please

  36. Candace Miller

    June 3, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I would get the bone-in pork chop.

  37. Emily Benzing

    June 3, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I would get some chicken tenders and fries, but my boyfriend would get a nice juicy steak!

  38. Sandy H

    June 3, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    The double glazed baby back ribs!

  39. Elizabeth

    June 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I plan on getting a big steak!

  40. Jill H

    June 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    The Cedar Grilled Salmon sounds really good! I want one of those grills.

  41. Justin Sparks

    June 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I always have to get my quesadilla burger

  42. Shannon

    June 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

  43. Maryann Royster

    June 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    I’d choose the fish and chips. No wood fired grill for me, but my hubby prefers it.

  44. Donna L

    June 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I would order the Double-Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Yum!

  45. Sheila K.

    June 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I’d like to try their beer garden all-in burger!

  46. Annalisa Linder

    June 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I would try the Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

  47. leisl gering

    June 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I’d love to try their new steaks.

  48. Michelle Coles

    June 3, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I would love to try the new steak!!

  49. RT

    June 4, 2016 at 9:14 am

    The Shrimp ‘N Parmesan Sirloin looks delish!

  50. Dana

    June 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    i would get the Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze

  51. Matthew Walk

    June 4, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I want the pork chop with the honey apple chutney

  52. Marcia Goss

    June 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I would definitely get the Double Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

  53. Meg H

    June 5, 2016 at 12:01 am


  54. Brock

    June 5, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I definitely plan on getting a taste of the new Cedar-Grilled Salmon mmmmm

  55. Mary Marrone

    June 5, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Mmmmmmm Pork Chop. *drools*

  56. Kim H.

    June 5, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Double-glazed baby back ribs!

  57. carol clark

    June 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Double Glazed Baby Back Ribs

  58. David Desrochers

    June 5, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    The Shrimp ‘N Parmesan Sirloin looks fantastic. That will be my pick when I go there.

  59. mark thompson

    June 6, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Double glazed baby back ribs

  60. Timothy Danford

    June 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Obv some of their sweet apps.

  61. Frankie

    June 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The chicken looks good

  62. Austin Baroudi

    June 8, 2016 at 1:55 am

    The double glazed baby back ribs sound great!

  63. Tracee

    June 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    The ribs. mmmmm. Can’t beat ribs that are done right.

  64. Stephanie

    June 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    I would def get the quesadilla burger, it looks delicious

  65. Miranda Zinn

    June 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Those baby back ribs sound awesome!

  66. Vanessa Armenta

    June 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Sample platters and beer!

  67. Kobi Hensley

    June 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I would love the Shrimp ‘N Parmesan Sirloin! Great combo of surf ‘n turf

  68. Walter Bax

    June 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I would get all the apps to share with my friends and a Top Sirloin Steak! Yessss!

  69. Heather M.

    June 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I’d like to try the double-glazed baby back ribs.

  70. Stephanie Templeton

    June 13, 2016 at 1:30 am

    The Cedar-Grilled Salmon with Maple Mustard Glaze sounds delightful! I am dying to be blessed with such an amazing dinner, and would be more than elated to win a glorious treasure such as this!

  71. Emmy

    June 13, 2016 at 2:15 am

    French fries and mozzarella sticks <3 <3 <3!!!!! Thank you so so sooooo very much for your kindness and generosity :)!!!!!!

  72. Nic

    June 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Those pork chops look amazing!

  73. Jessica L.

    June 13, 2016 at 11:20 am

    The baby back ribs sound great.

  74. Jenny S

    June 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    The Double Glazed Ribs sound really good!

  75. Shane Paris

    June 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Baby back ribs or steak.

  76. Evan James

    June 14, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I’m confused as to who WOULDN’T get the ribs.

  77. MichelleS

    June 14, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I would choose to try the Shrimp & Parmesan Sirloin because I’m a love of land & sea. I like tearing into a juicy steak, but I like the lighter side of seafood it would only make sense to order both in one great combo.

  78. Kristen Patton

    June 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I always get the Orange Chicken Bowl every single time I go in there but they got rid of it at the last Applebee’s I visited. f I went and it was gone I would most certainly get a steak! Yum!

  79. Daniel G.

    June 15, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Triple Bacon Burger always

  80. Miguel

    June 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    You can never go wrong with Double-Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Oh my goodness I’m so hungry now 🙂

  81. Sarah Cool

    June 16, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I plan on getting the bourbon street steak

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