This Is How Costco Sauces Its Popular Pizzas Via an 'Edible Record Player'

Shoppers will know the best part of going to Costco is buying a huge slice of pizza for less than $2.

The chain, which has stores in nearly every U.S. state, is almost as famous for its food courts as it is for bulk buys.

Costco offers hungry customers burgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts. But the star of the food court menu is pizza, with a cheese, combo or pepperoni slice on sale for $1.99. And if that's not enough, a whole 18-inch pie costs less than $10.

Somehow the pizza is always perfectly sauced, seasoned and cooked—and now a fan has shared how it's done.

Mohammed Ayesh posted a video to TikTok showing the machine that distributes tomato sauce on the base.

Instead of this being done by hand, an extendable arm pours the perfect quantity over the dough as it spins on a turntable, ensuring that no spot is missed.

Ayesh's video, uploaded on Monday, was simply captioned: "How Costco puts their pizza sauce."

In the background, he can be heard saying: "Costco pizza don't get any easier than this. Look at this."

It emerged that Ayesh first shared the clip in mid-April, but reposted it after the original amassed nearly 3 million views. The latest upload has been watched more than 125,000 times.

TikTok commenters have compared the gadget to a record player, with I Love Cheese posting: "Edible record player."

Hellcat agreed, writing: "It almost looks like a record player."

Alex Saturn wrote: "Their pizza is literally perfect."

Cataldo joked: "That's why they are so good. You gotta get those RPMs on the dough."

Cdickgoeh posted: "Someone play this with Dean Martin music it's a record."

Brads asked: "That ain't a record player?"

Aussiegirl added: "Like a record turntable."

"It's like a sauce turntable instead of records it's crusts," wrote another Tik Toker.

Mo_Yo_Yo was impressed, posting: "Guess I'ma marry that sauce machine."

Costco's food courts have even inspired shoppers to set up websites about their favorite menu items. One fan site,, says the retailer gives "you a chance to grab a meal before leaving the store or before if you need some strength to make it through!"

That opportunity has not been available since March last year, when food courts were limited to hot dog and pizza takeout because of the coronavirus pandemic, but indoor dining is now returning to Costco.

Indoor seating will come back to most stores, but tables will only seat four, rather than six or eight, CNN reported at the end of May.

The retailer also plans to bring back food samples at its 550-plus stores, after a COVID-related suspension, the news channel added.

Richard Galanti, Costco's chief financial officer, said the company was "beginning a phased return to full sampling" this month.

Newsweek has reached out to Ayesh and Costco for comment.

Image of New York style pizza slice
Stock image of New York-style pizza slice. A shopper has revealed exactly how Costco sauces its pizzas. Mariha-kitchen/Getty Images