Pringles BBQ Flavor Potato Crisps Review

I bumped into  Pringles BBQ Flavor Potato Crisps   while grocery shopping at Walmart, and figured I’d taste them and write on how they satisfied me.

These barbecue-flavored potato chips had a nice flavor, but did not taste as strong as some of the traditionally bagged potato chips I’ve sampled such as Snyder’s and Lay’s.  While the flavor was definitely BBQ, the bright orange color found on more intensely flavored BBQ chips, was much less noticeable on these chips.  Had to look closely at them under a bright light to see it.

The barbecue flavor here is derived from artificial chemicals and flavorings.  The potato chips themselves are coated each with a small amount of this paprika-like orange powder that seems to be where any BBQ flavor in this snack originates.

Pringles BBQ Chips are a delightful, traditionally flavored potato chip snack that reminded me of LG brand BBQ potato chips.  The flavor is much milder than what you find in those chips, but is definitely BBQ, and definitely tasty as well.


Benefits, Advantages, Pros, and Features

  • This product is generally easily found at some of the bigger grocery stores.
  • Their light barbecue flavor can quickly suppress that afternoon hunger or those bedtime stomach pangs. The dry crunch is uniquely Pringles, which have never arrived at my table soggy.
  • This snack is not greasy, and the flavor, never gets old.
  • The stay-fresh can with the resealable lid keeps these BBQ crisps fresh for weeks after opening, and many months before breaking the seal.  This is a thus a great snack to stockpile.
  • Zero grams of trans fat.
  • Cans may be stacked vertically or horizontally several layers deep, without worry that the potato crisps inside will be cracked.
  • I found this BBQ Pringles product for roughly $1.50 per Super Stack can; a good price indeed.
  • Though the original flavor of Pringles is the one that I most enjoy, I’m pleased that Pringles today offers many flavors of that famous potato-chip-in-a-can, like this barbecue flavor.
  • As with all other Pringles canned potato chips, these ones are all shaped identically, which makes them easier to devour. You can easily grasp a big handful of them, and gobble them down without much crumb spillage.


Cons, Disadvantages, Concerns, and Problems

  • These BBQ crisps could be somewhat thicker, as I often find myself grabbing two or three at a time to get a big enough mouthful. Thicker crisps would not only boost their wholesome taste, but also make them strong enough to hold any chip dip you’d wish to scoop with them.
  • These chips have much fat and sodium in my view, at 9 grams and 135 milligrams respectively, per 1-ounce serving.
  • There’s also a sizable list of high-tech and unnatural-sounding food additives printed on the can that includes disodium inosinate, monosodium glutamate, and disodium guanylate.  Any present natural-ness herein, seems to have been more than cancelled by all of these additives.
  • Sugar (in the form of dextrose) as well as starch have been added. Do away with added sugar, please.
  • I wish these chips could taste as good as they do but without the added sugar, salt, and fat.
  • The barbecue flavor is a bit too weak and is missing zest, though it is significantly stronger than some of the other Pringles flavors I’ve sampled, such as Mexican Layered Dip and Mexican Layered Dip.  I struggled to even taste it, and had to keep looking at the orange tomato powder coloring on the crisp itself to remember that I was in fact, eating a BBQ potato chip.


Ingredients List

Dried potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following: corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and/or sunflower oil), corn flour, wheat starch, maltodextrin, and sugar. Contains 2% or less of: rice flour, salt, dextrose, tomato powder, monosodium glutamate, onion powder, garlic powder, spice, hydrolyzed corn protein, yeast extract, malted barley flour, natural smoke flavor, citric acid, malic acid, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, natural flavor and paprika extract (color).

Contains wheat ingredients.


Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 ounce (approximately 16 crisps). Servings per container: 6.
  • Calories per serving: 150.  Calories from fat: 80.
  • Total fat: 9 grams, 14% DV.
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 grams, 13% DV.
  • Trans fat: 0 grams.
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4.5 grams.
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams, 0% DV.
  • Sodium: 135 milligrams, 6% DV.
  • Total carbohydrate: 15 grams, 5% DV.
  • Dietary fiber: 1 gram, 4% DV.
  • Sugars: 2 grams.
  • Protein: 1 gram.
  • Vitamin A: 0% DV.
  • Calcium: 0% DV.
  • Vitamin C: 6% DV.
  • Iron: 2% DV.


Product Rating

On the whole and aside from the near-overly subtle BBQ taste, I find these Pringles potato chips an okay snack; particularly at Cajun-themed get-togethers. Pringles always go well at just about any gathering; the particular flavor notwithstanding.  They hold their freshness for several hours when poured into a bowl, and are widely recognized as a snack tradition. People know a Pringles chip without even seeing the can. I’d rate this product thus, an 85 of 100.


Where To Buy Pringles BBQ Flavor Potato Crisps

So look for them in the red-onion colored can with the clear plastic lid that tops it at your favorite larger grocery stores.  I’ve yet to see this flavor at my local convenience stores.




Revision History

  • : Moved this piece to the    Tom’s Diet Quest   blog, added whitespace, tweaked content, and adjusted ad placement and category and tag assignments.
  • 2012-04-23: Originally published.