In the realm of Man Food, the barbecue rib is a Hall of Fame worthy item, so I was very interested in checking out the Archer Farms potato chip flavor option.  The Target house brand took aim at a classic “dish” (a term I use lightly, as most ribs are likely eaten off of plates made of paper or plastic, which I wouldn’t call a “dish”), and they didn’t exactly fail… but their success is only mild.

The “thick-cut” nature of the chips are of decent quality, as is the case with all of Archer Farms product.  The way in which the flavor is cooked into the chip is also good, and unlike other options from the brand, the flavor is abundant.

What this all boils down to is the fact that I wouldn’t buy the Archer Farms barbecue sauce if it tasted the same way these chips taste, though I realize that might just be a matter of preference.

The product name implies you should have a little bit of sweetness to the flavor, and while I suppose there is a hint of that, it’s more tomato-based than anything, and not necessarily in a good way.  I’ve had barbecue sauces before which have a similar vinegar-mixed-with-ketchup taste, and I haven’t been a repeat purchaser of those products.  If memory serves, I don’t recall seeing those brands in the grocery stores recently, so others likely agree.

There’s nothing smoky about these chips, either.  The only ribs I’ve ever had which tasted this way were ones cooked in an oven, and for any guy who considers himself a rib “fan” (I won’t even go so far as to say “aficionado”) you know that for the enjoyment of ribs to be maximized, grilling (or at least smoking or slow cooking) is a must.  These taste like ribs which were cooked in the oven for 20 minutes and then basted with a barbecue sauce recipe your mom threw together at the last minute (certainly not a recipe handed down through the generations).

I suppose some people might enjoy these chips, just like some people might enjoy the ribs that I’ve recently disparaged.  Regardless, I won’t be purchasing these chips again.

If you try these chips and enjoy them, let me know.  I’ll hook you up with some good barbecue sauce recommendations and some tips on how to cook ribs the right way.