Review: Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza from Pizza Hut
I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur of pizzas featuring BBQ sauce, but I do love a good BBQ chicken pizza. Up until now I don’t think I’ve sampled a BBQ pizza that didn’t have chicken on it. Enter the new line of BBQ Pizzas from Pizza Hut where just one of the trio of combination choices include chicken. Since Blake Shelton’s mug is plastered all over Pizza Hut ads right now, I figured that I should give his pizza creation a shot. There’s no chicken in Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza so this was new territory for me.
Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza from Pizza Hut is described like this:
A toasted Cheddar crust topped with sweet Honey BBQ sauce, hardwood smoked bacon, smoked ham flavored with a hint of sugar, and juicy pork
Obviously Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza is all about the pig. Why have chicken on your BBQ pizza when you can have three different cuts of pig?
I figured the trio of pork meats would’ve been overkill in Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza and yet I found them to all work pretty well together. The bacon was the most difficult of the meats to identify visually because it’s scattered about in tiny chopped pieces. Out of the three meats, the hardwood smoked bacon also had the least flavor impact, yet just enough to give you that salty kick. I can feel my heart rate start to pick up speed after my third bite and I’m well aware of the sodium bomb this pizza is. The smoked ham flavored with sugar was nothing more than typical ham to me as I couldn’t tell any sugary difference. The “juicy pork” is basically pork sausage pieces and they dominate the pizza with plenty of meaty morsels. On first inspection I thought I accidentally got a sausage pizza. Tons of pork.
Pizza Hut uses the new Hand-Tossed crust (which I like) with Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza and adds a nice touch with the Cheddar cheese toasted edges. There’s a much more crisp crunch to the ends of the crust with the added cheddar and I enjoyed that.
The BBQ sauce in a BBQ pizza is so crucial and will either make or break the meal for me. I was slightly wary about Honey BBQ sauce and whether or not the pizza would come off too candy sweet. With Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza the Honey BBQ sauce was pretty sweet yet wasn’t too distracting considering the savory blends of plentiful pig on top. I would have preferred a bolder, thicker BBQ sauce to be honest… especially with a name like “Smokehouse”. The sauce was also applied a little on the light side and I was surprised by that considering BBQ sauce with this kind of pizza should really stand out.
Priced at $11, this specialty pizza is only available as a large and it’s a promo price that felt about average. It would’ve been nice to see a discounted deal for adding other BBQ Pizzas to your order, but this style of pizza feels more like it works better as an add-on to a more traditional pizza order. After a couple of slices of Blake’s Smokehouse BBQ Pizza my taste buds were looking for something different to break up the flavors and cleanse the palate. My initial thought after slice number two was buy this to add a little change of pace to a pizza party, but proceed with caution if going in for a solo purchase.
Pros: Plenty of pork. Nice crunchy edges to the cheddar topped crust. Sweet and savory.
Cons: The Honey BBQ sauce didn't really impress me. It was sweet, one-dimensional... no bold, spicy, tangy elements.
Price: $11 large
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://www.grubgrade.com/2014/05/08/bbq-pizzas-coming-to-pizza-hut-on-may-12th/