This rodeo season, Killen’s Barbecue and Papa John’s Pizza Houston join forces to create the Killen’s Barbecue Brisket Pizza. This special collaboration is available now at 82 participating Houston Papa John’s locations for a limited time between February 18 to March 31, 2019.
The sauce is a harmony of Papa John’s pizza sauce and Killen’s housemade barbecue sauce. Toppings include Killen’s beef brisket, mozzarella cheese, bacon, pickles, and pickled onions.
Papa John’s Houston’s Keith Sullins (left) and Ronnie Killen (right) said the pizza underwent several months of development. What attracted Killen to Papa John’s was their priority of using fresh ingredients; Papa John’s doesn’t have freezers in their stores. “We have the same beliefs [when it comes to ingredients],” Killen said.
I was invited to attend the collaboration’s debut party. Now, I was excited for this because Killen’s Barbecue is my favorite BBQ joint in Houston and it did not disappoint. I ran into fellow food Instagrammers Jovi (@houstonfoodee) and Mai (@maihtxrealtor/@htxfoodietwins). It’s always a pleasure seeing them, so give them some love! Playing live at the party was the local country music sensation The Junior Gordon Band. They’ll be playing at the Houston Rodeo February 28-March 2.
My verdict: This pizza is Killen (killing) it! The brisket is cooked well and the pickles and pickled onions give just the right amount of crunch. Going half and half between the two sauces was a good decision; neither overpowers the other. Though I am not a huge pizza fan, this pizza is solid choice. I love a good collaboration.
After the rodeo ends, the brisket pizza will no longer be available, but it won’t be the last collaboration between them. They currently have four future pizzas in development.