I have a confession to make: I’m kind of a food masochist. The grosser something sounds, the more excited I am to try it (within reasonable limits). So when I saw Mama Cozzi’s BBQ and Beer Brat take and bake pizza in the latest Aldi ad, I knew I had to try it. But not because it sounded good; not by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, I wanted to try it because the combination sounded so heinously awful that it had to be better than what I was picturing. At least, that’s what I hoped.
Really, this pizza can best be described as Aldi‘s take and bake Hawaiian pizza, only with brats (?) substituted for pineapple. Oh, and no ham. So I guess they’re not so much alike after all. But I know the question that’s on your mind: How in the world does a brat taste on a BARBECUE-based pizza? Perhaps surprisingly, pretty damn good, to the point that I’m giving serious thought to the logistics of adding barbecue to a brat sometime.
If you’ve had their aforementioned Hawaiian pizza, then you’ll know what this sauce tastes like…it’s the exact same kind. It’s pretty sweet, but I didn’t think it was overly so, making it the perfect companion to the salty, shockingly flavorful brat. The brat slices are pretty thick, and there’s plenty of them on top of the pizza, so you won’t have to ration them out to make them last. I’d say on average, there were three large brat pieces per slice of pizza, which should be plenty for most people.
Then again, for what you’re paying, there better be lots of meat: Coming in at $6.99 for a 14” pizza, this is one of the more expensive (if not thee most expensive) take and bake pizza options I’ve seen Aldi offer (for those unfamiliar, most of their 16” extra large pizzas are $6 or less). While that’s still in the ballpark of similar supermarket take and bake offerings, it might be a little much for what will amount to little more than an experiment for some people.
Overall: 7.5/10. I’m going to say that if you like brats, and you don’t mind barbecue sauce on a pizza, you should probably go ahead and give it a shot. The vegetables play a nice supporting role to the main star (who I heard can be a real “brat”, haha…sorry), and the sauce provides a nice bit of sweetness to the saltiness of the meat. This is not something I would care to eat very often, but you can only have so many pepperoni and cheese pizzas before you want something different, and this definitely provides plenty of the “different”. For what it’s worth, we wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this pizza again the next time it’s offered. The biggest downside: At $6.99 (for a 14” large pizza), this is one of the most expensive take and bake pizzas I’ve seen Aldi offer; that might be a bit too steep to encourage those on the fence to make the leap. But if you’re curious, and can afford it, I’d say go for it.