Grippo’s Potato Chips

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that food is a big part of my life experience. I love food and I love to collect special things to eat….especially those things that are specialties of certain parts of the country. 

Grippo's - The Very Best BBQ Chip Ever

Grippo's - The Very Best BBQ Chip Ever

I grew up in Evansville, IN. One of the things that I love about visiting Evansville is the chance to eat at places that I really love with my family. There is a list of places that I have to try and eat every time I visit as well as some things I have to grab from the grocery store and bring home with me. At the very top of that list…..Grippo’s BBQ Potato Chips.

I love BBQ Grippo’s. They are absolutely addictive. The BBQ flavor is unlike any bbq chip I have ever had. It is bold, spicy and awesome! I have to confess that I am addicted. Seriously addicted! Kim and I both have to be very careful when we have them in the house. One of my favorite things to do when I get home from work is sit down with a bag and watch ESPN. Usually, before I even realize it, I have made a serious dent in the bag and have ruined my dinner. 

I have had the chance to test this theory many times over the years. We try to always keep a stockpile of Grippo’s on hand just in case friends come over or we have some kind of impromptu get together. Let me tell you the story of one of our friends….we’ll call this person “MJ.” I remember this friend being at our house for a meal where we served Grippo’s. “MJ” really enjoyed them and even took a bag home. As the story goes, “MJ” even took them up to bed for a late night snack before going to sleep that night.

I have tons of stories just like that one.

Grippo’s are produced in Cincinnati. OH where the company, billed as “The Original Fun Food Company” has been family owned and producing these good treats since 1919.

On a recent trip to Evansville I became aware of another Grippo’s story. Growing up there were always rumors that some of the chips were “double dipped” in the spicy coating that makes them so special. I had always put that story in the same category as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. But, on this trip I can tell you that my friend Sam confirmed that this is not just a myth but also a truism of Grippo’s lore that he has seen with his own two eyes. Grippo’s come in foil bags or boxes. Apparently some of the boxes are given this special treatment in production and though there aren’t very many of them, the occasional Grippo’s box is emblazoned with the “Double Dipped” stamp right on the bottom of the box. They are extremely rare and hard to find though. If you are interested I would encourage you to develop a friendship with your local grocery store manager to test the theory and see if he or she can hook you up with a box of double dipped goodness. 

Grippo's New BBQ Spice

Grippo's New BBQ Spice

I am also pleased to say that Grippo’s is now offering their BBQ spice all on it’s own. You can purchase Grippo’s New Gourmet BBQ Spice on their web-site or anywhere that Grippo’s are sold. I bought 7 of them and intend to try it out as soon as I possibly can! If it follows in the form of the chips I can only imagine what it will do to burgers & steaks!!

Have you tried it yet? If so, give me some feedback in the comments section.

In the meantime, thanks for reading. If you have never had Grippo’s before you can order them online through their web-site or you can make a trip to Evansville on Cincinnati or some other place where they are sold.

19 Responses to “Grippo’s Potato Chips”
  1. Fabulous. I live in Eville and knew nothing of this Grippos in a bottle. My guys LOVE Grippos so I’m going to have to find this stuff quickly. I can just see it now…Grippos chicken, Grippos steak fries, Grippos burgers…

  2. Ari says:

    Luckily for me I live about 5min away from the Grippos plant and you can actually go there and buy x-hot or xx-hot (or what you call double dipped) boxes of the their bbq chips. Click on link provided in this post and you can order them this way online!

  3. Synapse Trap says:

    Word! I was just doing an image search for Grippos & your blog came up. I mention them in a song I did with some friends called “Sumthin’ to look forward to” because sometimes the thought of gettin’ all that bbq dust on my fingers can get thru a day, amongst other thing.

    In case you’re curious, you can hear it here-


  4. Ryan says:

    I lived in Wilmington Oh while I was in college and have to agree that Grippo’s have the best BBQ chips out there…by far…and I have tried a hundred different types. I now live in San Francisco and just ordered an entire box!!

  5. renee says:

    I just got back from a trip to Evansville for a family gathering. We stopped at the Wal-mart and got 4 boxes to bring back to Alabama! They are the bomb. Nothing compares!! I posted something on my facebook about Grippos and had several people ask what a Grippo was. I may let them try some………maybe not, they will be begging for my stash!

  6. timothy says:

    growing up in vanceburg ky we had the local pizza shop uncle als i remember as a child loving his pizza (still my fav) but what i remember most is my first introduction to grippos and ive been hooked since i dont think they make a flavor or product ive not tried i recently found out about the seasoning and ive got to try it i imagine its just the dust that you get at the bottom of each bag and lets face who wants to waste that stuff i couldnt begin to countthe times ive tipped up a big ol bag filling my mouth and eyes at the same time but its worth it every time

  7. marques knox says:

    i love grippos

  8. bella says:

    Im in SC now…a cincinnati native. I LOVE Grippos. I buy them by the box (small bags…otherwise I’d be huge) and guard them with my life. I did order the BBQ spice thinking you could use it on everything. It’s not the same. Not the same on anything. AS I sit here and eat popcorn with the spice on there and it’s NOT the same. If somebody comes up with something good…I’d love to know.

  9. Scott Mollet says:

    WE love Grippos. Why don’t you sell them in all states? We have so many friends that love your product but can’t buy it in their state.

  10. Dakota Terremer says:

    you can go to and order from their website. They have a fan page on facebook too.

  11. Mary says:

    Grippos are my favorite chips. You haven’t lived until you have tried the Hot Dill Pickle chips. They are torture for the tongue, but oh so good. We live in the Louisville area and the barbecue flavor are readily available. However the Hot Dill Pickle and the Salt & Vinegar (another fave of mine) are hard to find.

  12. Sheba says:

    I am glad to know that I am not the only one that brings back bags and bags of Grippo’s BBQ chips when I come home to visit from Tennessee. I have my husband hooked on them too. I couldn’t believe he had not heard of them, until I found out, he didn’t have them where he lived.
    They are the BEST !!!!!!

  13. Andy Grider says:

    I love Grippos BBQ Chips too. I have a blog post about them here:

  14. chuckiepratt says:

    I moved to the Seattle area from Lexington, KY (I grew up in Hazard, KY) and ate Grippos my whole life. I missed them so much when I moved out here that I talked my folks into mailing me care packages that are filled with Grippos, Ale 8, and Mingua Beef Jerky. Grippos are killer. In Lexington I cooked chicken and other meet with the shake on spice….I even put it in salads.

  15. Shay WhoDey Price says:

    I’m a Cincinnati native living in Atlanta, Ga. now my parents just sent me a box of Grippo’s in the mail! So excited 😉

  16. Buffycrawford says:

    I love the BBQ chips they r awesome

  17. Debbie says:

    They Now have BBQ sauce as well.

  18. Melissa says:

    I’m from Harlan Ky and I grew up on Grippo’s! They are the BEST! I live on the coast of NC and look forward to getting my hands on them. My fave is too see people try them for the first time. It’s magical!

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