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A 1-2 punch to whitening teeth, Aim Toothpaste and Lavoris Mouthwash

By Mike Thayer

20190228_124420-1If you are a big-time drinker of coffee, tea, soda, red wine, your teeth probably aren't as white and bright as they could be.

Teeth whitening is big business, just about anybody who likes to smile wants pearly whites and the costs for getting and maintaining that shiny white look can get pretty steep.  The average price for professional teeth whitening to give you that Hollywood look can cost you $650 or more and depending on the condition of your choppers can take more than one visit.  The at-home, over-the-counter approaches, a.k.a., trays, strips and pens will cost you around $100.  Then there's the Bachelor on the Cheap approach, which is far less expensive and takes more time - yet delivers similar results.

Get yourself some whitening toothpaste and a whitening mouthwash from Dollar Tree.  Total cost - $2.  No, the results aren't immediate or next day, but you do get whitening results over time with regular use.  Pick up a bottle of Lavoris Whitening mouthwash and a tube of Aim Whitening Fresh Mint Gel with Baking Soda and you're all set.  Don't waste your money on the name brands like Crest and Listerine, Lavoris and Aim do the very same thing at a much better price.

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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Smokehouse/Chophouse Style Challenge: Reviewing a BBQ pizza from Domino's

By Mike Thayer

20190225_182147-1I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors.  People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds.  And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.

For dinner last night, I opted for Domino's, and their Memphis BBQ Chicken Pizza.  Regular readers know that I'm not a fan of Domino's, but in the name of a'hem, food science and this Smokehouse Challenge, I must partake....

20190225_182200-1Here's the description of the pizza from the Domino's website: Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza, we use only premium grilled chicken, crunchy fresh onions, and not one, not two, but three cheeses: mozzarella, provolone and cheddar.

I went with a thin and crispy crust on this one, not wanting the toppings or the sauce to get lost in too much bread.  And while I'm on record as saying Domino's pizza sucks, this particular pizza was a pleasant flavor surprise.  The pie was baked to perfection with that crust nice and crispy with each bite.  The chicken was seasoned well, tender and juicy.  The onions are a nice add and the combination of cheeses were perfectly melted, golden, bubbly brown and delicious.  Tying everything together is that sauce, it has a nice slight twang, balanced with the sweet of molasses.   My knock on the pizza is the usual for a Domino's pizza, they are so skimpy with the toppings.  I did not get chicken or onion in every bite, in most bites just getting crust, the sauce and cheese.  It still made for a pleasant bite, but I didn't order a cheese pizza with BBQ sauce.  That blend of cheeses by the way, was a little shy on the cheddar.  When a restaurant boasts of a blend of cheeses, it should be balanced.  Overall, this pizza has a very nice combination of flavors.  Costing me $16.65 for a medium, Domino's Memphis BBQ Chicken Pizza gets 3 out of 5 stars.  It is not a repeat buy though, the toppings are too sparse.

3 stars

Domino's Memphis BBQ Chicken Pizza
Perfectly baked thin & crispy crust

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

I have three more restaurant options to review, then come the rankings.  Stay tuned!

Up next:  Five Guys, McAllister's, Little Caesar's


BBQ Sauce Challenge: Heinz Classic vs. Famous Dave's

By Mike Thayer

What is the most popular thing to add to meats cooked outdoors?

BBQ Sauce
SO many choices!

BBQ Sauces

It’s true, the most popular thing to add to the plethora of meats cooked outdoors is BBQ sauce. If you had guessed ketchup, believe it or not, you would be wrong.

The person who invented BBQ sauce is unknown, but whoever he was, he was a genius! References to the sauce started appearing in 17th century English and French literature about the formation of the American colonies. The rest is history and boy has BBQ sauce been kicked up a notch with all kinds of flavors and varieties created over the last 400+ years!

A traditional flavoring for pork, beef and chicken, sauce can range from watery to thick, from being heavy on the vinegar to being loaded with spice. Ranging in flavor from sugary to savory, to HOT!, heck, there’s even mustard and mayonnaise based BBQ sauces. It’s a regional thing, there’s Carolina BBQ; Tennessee whiskey BBQ; Texas BBQ; and the favorite of many, Kansas City Style BBQ.

What is your favorite, do you like sweet, tangy, KC style, Carolina style?  Have you tried enough variety to know?

In the coming weeks, I'm going to be sampling it all, making comparisons and letting you know what I think the cream of the crop is. Will it be KC Masterpiece? Sweet Baby Ray's? Stubbs? Something else?

In my first tasting challenge, I sampled KC Masterpiece and Sweet Baby Ray's.  You can read that review here.

20190224_180407-1Today, I'm pitting Heinz Classic vs. Famous Dave's.

The meat vehicle of choice to take these sauces on a test drive is a Monster Thickburger from Hardees.  I chose the Monster Thickburger because it's a burger I recently reviewed that really needs some doctoring to make it better and there's nothing better to doctor a burger with than BBQ sauce!

I cut the Monster Thickburger in half and applied the two respective sauces equally on each half.  Let the better half be eaten.

Heinz Classic

The commentary on the bottle boasts of how the Heinz Barbecue team traveled the country and talked with pitmasters to bring us a sauce that captures the real flavors of barbecue.  Did they only talk to the losing teams then?  Because this sauce sucks.  It's a KC BBQ style sauce that is just too heavy on the sweet.  The first ingredient listed on the label is cane sugar, I'll give them kudos for using a natural ingredient rather than high fructose corn syrup, but goodness gracious - sugar is your first ingredient Heinz?  It's overpowering.  After taking the bite of the Monster Thickburger half dressed with this sauce, I immediately put it down, wondering how I was going to further doctor it to make it edible.  The burger was actually better WITHOUT the sauce!  Costing me $2.49 for a 21.4 ounce bottle, the best thing about this sauce IS the bottle!  It's the upside down kind, easy squeeze.  1 starI'm giving Heinz BBQ Sauce Classic just 1 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price is actually quite reasonable, but it's a garbage sauce and definitely not a repeat buy.  Kids will probably like it because it's that damn sweet, but if you really have a passion for BBQ, this sauce is insulting.

Monster Thickburger
The Monster Thickburger from Hardee's

Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce - Rich & Sassy, Original Recipe

If you know anything about BBQ, you know that Famous Dave's is renowned for winning on the competition BBQ circuit, touting more than 700 awards from a variety of contests nationwide, awards for Famous Dave's meats, desserts, his sauce, his catering business and his restaurants.  So it comes as no surprise that this is a good sauce.  It's a nicely balanced sauce hitting all the right notes, the tomato, the spice which is smartly offset by the sweet, you get the twang of the vinegar and here's what sets this sauce apart, the pineapple juice.  It's a refreshing kiss of tart.  There's a hint of honey in there too, making for a really nice saucy bite.  Needless to say, this is the Monster Thickburger half I enjoyed most and finished.   That Heinz half went in the fridge after one bite, I'll attempt a rescue later.  Costing me $3.19 for a 20 ounce bottle, Famous Dave's BBQ Sauce is reasonably priced 3 starsand is a repeat buy.  I'm giving it 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a very respectable sauce, but there are better sauces out there.

Stay tuned for more sauce tastings!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Food Review: Hardee's Monster Thickburger

By Mike Thayer

Hardee's Monster Thickburger
Just look at that bacon teasing you...

Make no mistake, this is a man's man burger.  At two-thirds of a pound of beef and stacked so tall to where you really have to open wide to get a good bite, this burger is almost food porn.

Almost...

Here's the description of the Monster Thickburger from the Hardee's website:  Two 1/3 lb. charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patties, 4 strips of bacon, 3 slices of American cheese and mayonnaise, now served on a Fresh Baked Bun.

This is a good burger, but it could be great and that's a true burger shame.  It's got all the base flavors of a bacon cheeseburger, the beef was seasoned well but a bit overcooked.  That's to be expected coming from a fast food restaurant.  The portion of bacon was generous, the melted American cheese was in-your-face good and the mayo was creamy.   But here's the thing.  The sandwich lacks balance.  There are no flavors in the burger to offset all that protein (78 grams) and fat (90 grams).  

Hardee's Monster Thickburger
This burger may sound and look sexy, but....

The burger needs some lettuce, tomato, onion, and/or pickles to give the sandwich some balance.  A little tartness (pickle or mustard), or acid (tomato) would really help this burger.  Adding some seasoning to the regular mayo and creating a bit of an aioli of sorts would even be a help. 

I paid $11.86 for the Monster Thickburger, medium fries and a drink.  That's NOT Bachelor on the Cheap friendly and the burger as is, just isn't worth a repeat buy.  I give it 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's too pricey and fails to deliver great burger flavor.  I'd rather have a Frisco Burger.

2 stars


Coffee Challenge: A review of Eight O'Clock Hazelnut

By Mike Thayer

Coffee Choices
So many coffee choices!

Like so many working stiffs, I've GOT to have my coffee in the morning to get jump started. Traditionally, I'm a Folgers Classic Roast kind of guy and I doctor my coffee with some hazelnut flavored creamer.  No, I'm NOT a coffee snob.  I don't do the whole beans and a coffee grinder thing, screw that, buying ground coffee works just fine for me.

But in trying to eliminate some sugars from my diet, I've dropped the flavored creamer from my morning routine, switching to real, heavy cream. The various flavored brands of coffee creamer range 5-10 grams of sugar per serving, heavy cream weighs in at 0.1 grams.  But in making that change, my coffee was far less enjoyable. I missed the hazelnut!

So during my next visit to the grocery store, I picked up some hazelnut coffee.  On that trip, I picked up a bag of Dunkin' Donuts hazelnut and you can read that review here.  The Dunkin' was a bit of a disappointment, it left me wondering if there wasn't something better out there in a hazelnut grind.  Hence, this coffee challenge.

Eight O'Clock Coffee

Today, I'm reviewing the Eight O'Clock hazelnut grind.

Here's the description of the coffee from the bag:  Our premium blend of 100% Arabica beans are sourced from South America. Medium roasted, the Hazelnut blend is expertly infused with roasted hazelnut flavors and sweet, buttery aroma. It delivers a light, balanced finish. 

This is good coffee.  The medium roast is spot on, the hazelnut notes are there, good aroma, nice finish.  The recommended measurement on the bag is 1 - 2  tablespoons per 6 ounces of water, leaving a little wiggle room for how weak or strong you like your coffee.  I did a heaping amount with my trusty coffee scoop, just as I used to prepare my classic roast Folgers and it brewed up nicely.  

Eight O'Clock Hazelnut delivers a taste that's pretty close to how I used to enjoy my coffee (a classic, regular roast with hazelnut flavored creamer), but at $6.69 for a 11 ounce bag, there are cheaper coffees out there that are just as good if not better.  I'm giving the coffee 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a good coffee, but not the best coffee.

3 stars

Stay tuned for more sampling of hazelnut coffees from the various brands available as part of the Bachelor on the Cheap Coffee Challenge!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


BBQ Sauce Challenge: Stubbs Original vs. Kraft Original

By Mike Thayer

What is the most popular thing to add to meats cooked outdoors?

BBQ Sauces

It’s true, the most popular thing to add to the plethora of meats cooked outdoors is BBQ sauce. If you had guessed ketchup, believe it or not, you would be wrong.

The person who invented BBQ sauce is unknown, but whoever he was, he was a genius! References to the sauce started appearing in 17th century English and French literature about the formation of the American colonies. The rest is history and boy has BBQ sauce been kicked up a notch with all kinds of flavors and varieties created over the last 400+ years!

A traditional flavoring for pork, beef and chicken, sauce can range from watery to thick, from being heavy on the vinegar to being loaded with spice. Ranging in flavor from sugary to savory, to HOT!, heck, there’s even mustard and mayonnaise based BBQ sauces. It’s a regional thing, there’s Carolina BBQ; Tennessee whiskey BBQ; Texas BBQ; and the favorite of many, Kansas City Style BBQ.

What is your favorite, do you like sweet, tangy, KC style, Carolina style?  Have you tried enough variety to know?

In the coming weeks, I'm going to be sampling it all, making comparisons and letting you know what I think the cream of the crop is. Will it be KC Masterpiece? Sweet Baby Ray's? Stubbs? Something else?

In my first tasting challenge, I sampled KC Masterpiece and Sweet Baby Ray's.  You can read that review here.

20190223_090942Today, I'm pitting Stubbs Original vs. Kraft Original.

The meat vehicle of choice to take these sauces on a test drive is a generous helping of Beef Lit'L Smokies from Hillshire Farm.

Stubbs Original

Here's the description from the bottle:   Made Right.  This is the real deal, the original. And its tangy tomato, vinegar, molasses and black pepper are gonna treat you right.

This sauce was created in Lubbock, Texas fifty years ago, by C.B. Stubblefield, known simply as “Stubb”.   It's one of the sauces you'll typically see in just about any grocery store lineup of BBQ sauces nationwide.

So how did it taste?

20190223_134927This is THE worst off-the-shelf BBQ sauce I've ever put in my mouth.  It's VERY tomato forward.  Far too much so.  When I put a Lit'L Smoky drenched in the Stubb sauce in my mouth, I insulted that Lit'l Smoky by dressing it in this stuff.   Stubbs Original is better suited to make Sloppy Joes, or a spaghetti sauce that would need some serious doctoring.  You get the vinegar and black pepper notes, but let me sum it up this way.  If I'm making Sloppy Joes and I'm not making my sauce from scratch, and my only sauce choices at the store is a can of Hunts Manwich or a bottle of Stubbs Original?  I'm buying the can of Manwich.   The 18 ounce bottle of Stubbs Original cost 1 starme $2.96 and gets a one star rating.  It is NOT a repeat buy.

Kraft Original

This is another sauce that's typically stocked at your local grocery store.  No description is featured on the bottle and the list of ingredients puts this sauce in the KC BBQ style of sauces, a thick, tomato based sauce that’s got some spice but is heavier on the sweet.  Comparable to KC Masterpiece, that's not a good thing, it's a kid friendly sauce - heavy on the sweet.  Also like KC Masterpiece, this sauce needs some doctoring before putting it on anything, there's just not enough spice or vinegar twang to make this worth buying.  Costing just $1.18 for a 16 ounce bottle, it's a bargain buy and it's better than Stubbs, but that's not saying much.  I give Kraft Original just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Pass this sauce by next time you're viewing the BBQ sauces on the grocery store shelf.

2 stars

Stay tuned for more sauce tastings!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Coffee Challenge: A review of Great Value Hazelnut - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Like so many working stiffs, I've GOT to have my coffee in the morning to get jump started. Traditionally, I'm a Folgers Classic Roast kind of guy and I doctor my coffee with some hazelnut flavored creamer.  No, I'm NOT a coffee snob.  I don't do the whole beans and a coffee grinder thing, screw that, buying ground coffee works just fine for me.

But in trying to eliminate some sugars from my diet, I've dropped the flavored creamer from my morning routine, switching to real, heavy cream. The various flavored brands of coffee creamer range 5-10 grams of sugar per serving, heavy cream weighs in at 0.1 grams.  But in making that change, my coffee was far less enjoyable. I missed the hazelnut!

So during my next visit to the grocery store, I picked up some hazelnut coffee.  On that trip, I picked up a bag of Dunkin' Donuts hazelnut and you can read that review here.  The Dunkin' was a bit of a disappointment, it left me wondering if there wasn't something better out there in a hazelnut grind.  Hence, this coffee challenge.

20190222_185535-1Today, I'm reviewing the Great Value (Walmart) version of a hazelnut grind.

Here's the description of the coffee from the bag:  Our Great Value Hazelnut flavored coffee delivers an irresistible aroma of roasted hazelnuts.  The taste is highlighted by the buttery and sweet flavors of the roasted nut along with subtle cocoa notes.  Made with 100% Arabica coffee, this premium blend is medium roasted and perfectly balanced with a smooth finish. 

This coffee is surprisingly good, delivering on everything in the package description.  All those notes are there and the recommended measurement of 1 heaping tablespoon per 6 ounces of water is spot on.  At just $3.99 for a 12 ounce bag, this coffee is most definitely a repeat buy.  It's better than Dunkin, slightly better than Folger's and just a smidgen below Seattle's Best

Great Value Hazelnut delivers a taste that's oh so close to how I used to enjoy my coffee (a classic, regular roast with hazelnut flavored creamer).  I'm giving the coffee 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  You can't beat the price and to repeat, it's better than Dunkin' and Folger's.

4 stars

Stay tuned for more sampling of hazelnut coffees from the various brands available as part of the Bachelor on the Cheap Coffee Challenge!

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Bacon Double Cheeseburger Battle: A&W vs. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

By Mike Thayer

20190222_113611Regular readers know that I'm currently conducting a Smokehouse/Chophouse Challenge, because trending in 2019, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers, sandwiches and other meat on bread offerings from fast food/fast casual. 

I ventured out today wanting to sample Freddy's A-1 Chophouse burger, which is two lean ground beef patties pressed thin and topped with grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and white cheddar cheese. The burger is drizzled with a zesty A.1.® and garlic sauce, and served on a home-style bun.  Unfortunately, my timing is off, the restaurant has just recently taken the limited time offer item off the menu.  It's an annual thing and will be made available again later this year.

20190222_113830That eliminates Freddy's from the Smokehouse/Chophouse challenge.  I know their marketing folks think they know what they're doing, playing the McRib game with limited releases, but I believe Freddy's is missing the boat here.  The trend towards more upscale burgers, sandwiches and other meat on bread options and smokehouse/chophouse flavors is unquestionable.  To not have something along those lines on the permanent menu is a mistake in my humble opinion.  And with that and my Smokehouse/Chophouse challenge in mind, I was surprised to learn that A&W doesn't have some kind of smokehouse offering on their menu.  The closest they come is a classic bacon cheeseburger.  So in striking out at Freddy's with the A-1 Chophouse no longer available, I ordered a Bacon Double Cheeseburger to go.  And on the way home and an A&W along the route, I stopped there too and picked up one of their Bacon Double Cheeseburgers for a little side battle, a break if you will from the Smokehouse/Chophouse Challenge.

Bacon Double Cheeseburger Battle: A&W vs. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy's Bacon & Cheese Double Steakburger
Cross section of the Freddy's Burger

Who makes the better burger?

A&W (first opened in 1919) is an iconic restaurant that's fading in popularity, while Freddy's (first opened in 2002) is an up-and-comer experiencing growth nationwide.  They have similar menus, offering burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and frozen desserts.

I ordered combo meals from both establishments and here's how it played out:

A&W's description of their Bacon Double CheeseburgerThis is a full 1/3 pound of 100% U.S. Beef, each juicy patty with its own slice of American cheese. Topped off with crispy hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles on a lightly toasted bun.  The combo included medium fries and a drink.   The meal rang up at $7.84

Freddy's description of their Bacon & Cheese Double SteakburgerTwo steakburger patties, mustard, onion, pickle & bacon served on a toasted bun.  The combo included Freddy's Shoestring Fries and a medium drink.  This meal rang up at $8.76.

A&W Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Cross section of the A&W burger

I sampled both burgers, first biting into the Freddy's offering.  Picking the Freddy's burger to bite into first was a visual thing I suppose, while the A&W burger was taller, the Freddy's burger was bigger around, with those patties peaking out from the edge of the bun.  So how did it taste?  The steakburgers were seasoned well but the thin patties weren't juicy.  I got some nice tartness from the pickle and mustard, the onion and bacon provided some nice texture and slight crunch.  The toasted bun was a nice fluffy platform and the melted American cheese slices tied everything together.

Next, I bit into the A&W burger.  The thicker patties were seasoned well and juicy.  This burger, while sharing very similar and equally good ingredients (bacon, onion, pickles) to the Freddy's version, also included lettuce and tomato which provided for a nicer, refreshing finish.  It's a classic combination of ingredients and this is the burger that I finished for lunch, putting the Freddy's - minus one big bite - in the fridge for later.  A&W makes a better bacon double cheeseburger.  Juicier patties + lettuce & tomato =  a better bite.

A&W also has the better fries.  Don't get me wrong, the Freddy's fries aren't bad and I love the seasoning, but I'd rather have full size fries and not the shoestring variety.  I know, a lot of people love 'em, but like a thin patty not being juicy, shoestring fries don't exactly lend themselves to being crispy on the outside and fluffy tender on the inside...  Shoestrings tend to be more crispy, rather than a nice balance of crispy and tender inside.  The A&W fries, full size fries, had that balance and the seasoning salt A&W puts on their fries isn't bad either, it's not quite as good as Freddy's, but it's pretty close! 

Both meals were Bachelor on the Cheap friendly, with pricing falling into the typical fast food range of $7 - $9 for a sandwich, side and a drink.

3 starsI'm giving the Freddy's Bacon & Cheese Double Steakburger  3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's a borderline repeat buy.

4 starsI'm giving the A&W Bacon Double Cheeseburger 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Not only was this the better burger of the two, it also has the better price!  It's definitely a repeat buy.

The iconic A&W beats the up-and-comer Freddy's!

Both restaurants need to step up their game and put a smokehouse/chophouse sandwich on their permanent menu.  Consumers are demanding it and if they want more market share......  'jus say'n...

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Burger King goes after KFC with a new grilled chicken sandwich

MIAMI -- Available starting today nationwide, the King of Flame-Grilling, BURGER KING®, is introducing its new Grilled Chicken Sandwich. The new Grilled Chicken Sandwich is made with seasoned 100% white meat chicken filet, flame-grilled to perfection, marinated with spices, layered with fresh lettuce, ripe tomato, and sweet honey mustard on a toasted potato bun. BURGER KING® knows that grilling – with real fire – makes everything better.

A new video that pokes a little bit of fun at one of BK® restaurants key competitors launches today at YouTube.com/BurgerKing and features the King as the “K.F.G.,” or the “King of Flame Grilling.” BK® guests can also find limited edition “K.F.G.” sandwich wrappers starting today at select restaurants in Kentucky, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

“BURGER KING® has been flame-grilling since our first restaurant opened in 1954 -- we have over 60 years of grilling expertise under our belt,“ said Chris Finazzo, President, North America, Burger King Corporation. “We wanted to celebrate this expertise and show that when it comes to flame-grilling, we ‘reign’ over the competition. We’re not just the King of flame-grilling WHOPPER® sandwiches; we’re also the King of flame-grilling chicken.”

The New Grilled Chicken Sandwich is available at participating BK® restaurants nationwide as a permanent menu item with a recommended price of $4.99 for the sandwich only and $6.99 for the combo meal that includes a small drink and small fries.

when it comes to flame-grilling, a king always outranks a colonel. introducing the King’s new flame-grilled chicken sandwich, with the tender white meat you love and the sweet honey mustard you crave. it’s flame-grilled good!

 


Smokehouse/Chophouse Style Challenge: Reviewing a BBQ pizza from Pizza Hut

By Mike Thayer

I recently wrote about what to look forward to in 2019 from fast food.  Trending, are smokehouse/steakhouse style burgers and sandwiches and the meat of the year is predicted to be brisket.

Consumers are clamoring for something more, creations beyond the ordinary realm of classic burger and sandwich flavors.  People want smokey, they desire more than just ketchup and mustard, folks are calling for cheeses with deeper flavors and buns with a little more tease than run-of-the-mill sesame seeds.  And it's no different when it comes to other meat on bread options, a.k.a., pizza, consumers are looking for more, something beyond the traditional flavors.

20190221_170203-1Tonight for dinner I opted for another 'other' meat on bread option, deciding on a BBQ pizza from Pizza Hut.

Pizza Hut doesn't have a BBQ version for a Meat Lovers pizza on the menu, but you can customize your own pizza to create one.  Here's what I crafted using their online menu for a carry-out order:

  • Thin & Crispy crust
  • Garlic butter brushed on the crust
  • Honey BBQ sauce (The only BBQ sauce offering available)
  • Extra Cheese
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Grilled chicken
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion

20190221_173141The pizza was baked to perfection, the garlic buttery thin and crispy crust was the perfect platform for the BBQ meats, which were nicely portioned and seasoned well.  The grilled chicken was a tad dry, the red onion portion was a bit sparse and the honey bbq sauce was really nothing special, but over all, every bite of this pizza was enjoyable, tied together nicely by that golden, brown and delicious cheese.  It was a superior pizza to what Papa John's calls a BBQ Meats pizza.

Ordering a large, my pizza cost $22.56 after tax.  That's not a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly price but it was pretty tasty and I've got leftovers.  And while the smokehouse/bbq style flavors were there it's not a repeat buy, the price is cost-prohibitive.  Pizza Hut's BBQ Pizza using their 'Create Your Own' feature online gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's better than Papa John's if you're in the mood for BBQ pizza or have never tried one before, but for me it's not worth buying again.

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....