This BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza is a delicious way to use leftover pulled pork and makes a quick and easy family dinner. Store bought pizza dough is topped with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, onions, jalapeno peppers, poblano peppers, queso and cheddar cheese this barbecue pizza is sure to be family favorite.
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I enjoy cooking, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend hours in the kitchen making meals. I like to have quick and easy dinners most nights and save my more involved recipes for weekends. Pizza is a always a quick dinner, especially if you use store bought pizza dough.
This recipe for BBQ pizza can be ready in less than half an hour, and it is a nice change from boring pizza. After all pizza doesn’t always have to mean tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese!
Using up Leftover Pulled Pork
My family and I love pulled pork which we usually make by smoking a huge pork butt on our smoker for about 16 hours. If I am going to run the smoker all day I am going to have it full, so I usually smoke 2 pork butts at a time, which means I have lots of pulled pork.
So I make many different meals with leftover pulled pork. Even if we have company over there is always leftover pulled pork! And as much as we love pulled pork we don’t want to eat it every day for a week. Pizza is a great way to disguise leftover pulled pork and make it seem like a totally different meal.
Even if you don’t have a smoker pulled pork is super easy to make in the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Pork butts are cheap so it is a great dinner to make and use in many different ways. You can also just buy cooked pulled pork in the refrigerator section of most grocery stores.
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Toppings for BBQ Pizza
I topped this pizza off with chopped red onion, one jalapeno pepper and one poblano pepper. The peppers add a little bit of spice to the pizza without making it super spicy. If your family likes things a little more bland a red or green pepper would work just as well.
For cheese I used both cheddar cheese and queso fresco. Queso fresco is light and fresh and melts well. I didn’t want to put a lot of strong tasting cheese on the pizza and overwhelm the pork. I wanted the pork and BBQ sauce to be the stars of this recipe.
How to Make BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
This recipe uses a couple quick and easy shortcuts, like using store bought pizza dough and store bought BBQ sauce. You could make your pizza dough from scratch, but I rarely do.
I find that store bought pizza dough usually is easier to shape and stretch. But if you are more of a purist than I am you could make your own dough. You could also buy a pre-made pizza shell or make this recipe on flatbread or naan.
But however you get your pizza dough, once you have it spread out on a pizza pan or cookie sheet the rest of the recipe is easy to assemble! First I spread the entire crust with BBQ sauce, using the back of a spoon to get it evenly distributed.
Then I broke the pulled pork up into small pieces and spread it out all over the pizza crust. I used about 1 cup of pulled pork, but you could use more if you like.
Next I sprinkled the pizza with the red onion and the jalapeno and poblano peppers. To make the barbecue pizza look fancier I sliced the pepper into rings instead of just chopping them. That is is the kind of small detail that makes the pizza look more like an artisan pizza. It doesn’t affect the taste any, but it does make for a nice presentation!
Finally I sprinkled the cheese over the whole pizza and added a little bit of cilantro. Then I followed the instructions that came with my pizza dough to bake my BBQ pizza.
Easy Pulled Pork Pizza
This barbecue pulled pork pizza is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Whether it is a lazy summer evening or a busy school night you can have a tasty and interesting home cooked meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. The BBQ sauce gives the pizza a tangy and sweet taste and the pork adds smokey flavor. This is a pizza that kids and adults will both enjoy.
- 1 refrigerated pizza crust (1 pound)
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 cup leftover pulled pork
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1 poblano pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup queso fresco
- 2 Tablespoons cilantro
- Preheat the oven to 500 F.
- Slice the onion, jalapeno and poblano.
- Sprinkle a pizza pan or cookie sheet with cornmeal.
- Gently stretch or roll the pizza dough to fill the pizza pan.
- Top the pizza with the BBQ sauce, spreading it evenly all the way to the edges.
- Top the pizza with the pulled pork, red onion, poblano pepper pieces and jalapeno pieces.
- Sprinkle the pizza with cheddar cheese and then crumble the queso over the top.
- Sprinkle some chopped cilantro leaves.
- Bake at 500 F for 15 minutes until the pizza crust is golden brown. Or follow the baking instructions from your package of pizza dough.
- Let the pizza rest for 5 minutes before slicing and enjoying.
You could use BBQ chicken instead of pulled pork.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 636 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 47mg Sodium: 1587mg Carbohydrates: 91g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 24g Protein: 24g