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Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips

Raise your hand if you’re a major potato chip fan!! Hiiiii there, friends!! You’re my peeps! Even if you’re not a fan of BBQ potato chips, you’re going to want to stick around for this review. Because the Trader Joe’s Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips? They’re worthy of a moment in the sun.

Keep reading for our review and Two Cousins Exclusive Cart Rating!

An open bag of Trader Joe's Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips on a marble counter. There are a few chips spilling out of the top of the bag onto the counter.

What are Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips?

If you’ve been down the chips and snacks aisle at Trader Joe’s – or basically any grocery store in the U.S. these days – you’ve probably noticed the gigantic variety of potato chips.

Some of my favorite Trader Joe’s chips are the Patio chips and the Chips in a Pickle chips. What I can say? We like really flavorful chips!

These NEW Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips though? They’re like an amped up version BBQ potato chips…and not like BBQ chips at the same time. Yes, both! Stick with me here!

Nutrition facts for Trader Joe's Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips.

For these chips, Trader Joe’s made the flavor of its Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce into a fabulous potato chip using the crispy, crunchy Ridge Cut Potato Chips. And it’s kind of a match made in heaven!

The description on the bag notes that these chips are smoky with the flavors of mustard, vinegar, and with just a little kick of heat from the BBQ spices. All good things for something BBQ flavored, right?

Ingredient list for Trader Joe's Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips.

Are the Carolina Gold BBQ Chips a Seasonal Item?

It hasn’t been made clear if these chips are seasonal but since I haven’t seen them on the shelves in several weeks, I think it’s safe to say that they are a seasonal summer item.

The Crunch Factor

Let’s face it, The Crunch Factor is what makes or breaks a potato chip. No pun intended.

If you’re already a fan of the Ridge Cut Potato Chips, you’ll know how insanely crunchy these Carolina Gold BBQ chips are. They’re made with the same base potato chip and aside from kettle cooked potato chips, these are THE crunchiest potato chips I’ve ever eaten!

Where In the Store?

You can find the Carolina Gold BBQ Potato in the Chips and Snacks aisle at Trader Joe’s, nestled among all of their other delicious potato chip choices.

How to Serve Trader Joe’s Patio Chips

Let’s not take too long to discuss how to serve these BBQ chips, OK? OK.

They’re perfect on the side of sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. And because they’re sturdy chips, you’ll want to dip them in everything from hot and cheesy pulled pork dip to caramelized onion and bacon dip to a basic ranch dip.

They’re also just perfectly delicious eaten straight from the bag!

The Review

Admittedly, I was a little skeptical of these chips when they first appeared on the shelves.

I’m a big BBQ potato chip fan but I’m not at all familiar with the flavor of Carolina-style BBQ sauce. I really didn’t know what to expect from these chips.

BUT!! I can’t begin to explain how much I LOVE these potato chips!! Seriously, I loved everything about them: the crunch, the vinegary mustard flavor that came through, and the kick of BBQ spices at the very end of the taste.

These chips are just downright fantastic!!

Buy It Again

These Carolina Gold BBQ Potato Chips are a summer seasonal item, which means that they’re only around the stores for a short time. We’re big potato chip fans – and especially big fans of these chips – so we definitely plan to keep the house stocked with these chips while they’re in season!

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