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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


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