BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
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For a different option on pizza night, try making this easy BBQ pulled pork pizza at home!
How is your new year going so far? Hitting all your goals?
This year I’ve decided to focus on spending less frivolous money so that we can travel more while also putting extra on our mortgage. Going out to eat was a big category for our budget in 2019, so I’m working on cooking more at home again.
One thing I really love to do to save time and money is to make a big batch of something we can use in multiple meals. Roast chicken is a really great example of this, but we also like to do it with chili and pulled pork.
I had plenty of leftover pork from when I made pork tamales in December, so I froze the remainder for more meals. This BBQ pulled pork pizza is one of our favorites for using leftover meat.
We started making this pizza because a few of our local restaurants offer a BBQ pizza option. While pizza itself isn’t extremely expensive, I know how cheap it can be to make at home, even if you buy premade pizza dough. Dining out definitely adds up!
When making this pizza, I use homemade pizza dough. This is my favorite dough because it comes out perfectly every time.
You can also use premade pizza dough. Many grocery stores now carry the unbaked dough in the chilled or frozen section of the store, or you can get the baked crusts in the pasta aisle.
Because this is a BBQ pizza, you’ll be using barbecue sauce instead of a traditional pizza sauce. I also drizzle it on top before serving, but you can toss your pork in it instead or skip that extra sauce entirely if you prefer.
There are many different varieties of BBQ sauce, so I recommend whatever flavor you would normally use on meats. I personally prefer a more smoky flavor on this pizza, but if you like sweeter, you could try my homemade cherry BBQ sauce.
I also use a mix of cheeses here, with half mozzarella and half sharp cheddar. The cheese is added in layers, both below and on top of the pork.
Red onions also get added for sharpness and bite, though sometimes I like to add pickled onions on after cooking instead. The tang of the pickle is a great complement to any spice in the sauce.
This makes one 14-inch pizza, which is enough for a family of four (provided you don’t have any teenagers!). Serve it with green salad and fruit on the side for a complete meal.
You can also add more pizzas to the lineup for a full feast! Try chicken bacon ranch pizza or carne asada pizza.
I’ve included the recipe for the pizza dough below as well!
BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
- 1 ball pizza dough
- 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, divided
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1 cup pulled pork
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- Chopped green onion or cilantro to garnish
- Prepare pizza dough and let rise. Once risen, preheat oven to 450°F.
- Take dough and roll/stretch to fit a large pizza pan. Spread on 1/2 cup of the BBQ sauce, reserving the remainder.
- Scatter on half of the mozzarella and half of the cheddar, then add pulled pork. Top with remaining cheeses and red onion.
- Bake pizza for about 15 minutes, until dough is browned and cheese is melted completely. Drizzle with remaining BBQ sauce and green onion or cilantro before serving.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon instant yeast
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Mix together flour, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Combine water and olive oil, then stir into dry ingredients. Mix together to create a shaggy dough, then mix in the salt.
- Place onto a flour-covered counter and knead to form a round ball, adding just enough flour to prevent sticking.
- Place dough ball into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Shape dough into pan of choice, top with your favorite ingredients, then bake at 450°F for 15-20 minutes.
And now I want pizza.