Like a lot of teams after a contest, we typically have several pounds of meat left over; and I’m always looking for creative ways to put it to use.
This week I want to share with you a BBQ Pizza recipe that uses pulled pork. This recipe is quick and easy.
You can even get the kids involved and make a pizza night out of it. The best part of this recipe is that it’s cooked right on the grill!
Here are the ingredients I use for making Grilled BBQ Pizza:
- 1 Thin Pizza Dough (store bought)
- 1 ½ lb Pulled Pork (thawed or room temp)
- ½ cup Pizza Sauce *recipe to follow
- 8oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 small Red Onion chopped
- 1 jar sliced Jalapeno Peppers
- 1 bottle of BBQ Sauce
Pizza can be cooked on just about any grill as long as you can control the heat. For this recipe the grill needs to be 350 to 400 degrees or on a medium setting.
I use a store bought pizza crust for this recipe. You can make your own crust if you like, but I’ve found these prepared, thin crusts are really good on the grill plus it’s quick & easy. The typically come in a 2-pack, so the kids can create their own pizza as well.
Some of the brands come with sauce packets but I prefer to make my own sauce. Here’s the recipe for my quick pizza sauce…
- 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
- 4-5 cloves of Fresh Garlic chopped
- ¼ cup Red Onion chopped
- 2 TBS Olive Oil
- 3-4 Fresh Basil Leaves chopped
- ¼ cup Red Wine
- ½ cup Water
- Salt and Cracked Black Pepper to taste
- Pinch of Sugar
Heat the Olive Oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Sautee the garlic and red onion for 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, and red wine. Bring to slight boil and season with salt, black pepper, and pinch of sugar. Reduce the heat to low and add the water. Simmer for 30 minutes. The sauce can be made in advance and held in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Once you have the grill fired up, it’s time to assemble the pizza. Place the crust on a round pizza screen and ladle on the sauce. Use the back of a large spoon to evenly spread the sauce almost to the edge of the crust; then sprinkle a border of the mozzarella cheese around the edge.
Starting with the pulled pork, spread it around evenly on top of the sauce. Repeat with the onions and lastly the sliced jalapenos. If you don’t like the heat you can leave this step out but they go really great with the pulled pork!
With a thin crust it’s best to limit the toppings to 2-3. The pizza will grill more evenly and it will stay on the pizza instead of falling in your lap. Lastly top the pizza with more mozzarella and it’s ready to grill.
Carefully slide the pizza off the screen directly onto the grill. Since the crust is precooked this is simple. Close the lid and set a timer for 10 minutes.
The pizza will cook pretty fast, so you’ll want to keep an eye on it. I check the bottom of the crust half way just to make sure it’s not burning. Also if one side seems to be cooking faster on top give it a rotate.
Once the edges have browned and the cheese is completely melted the pizza is done. Slide the pizza screen underneath and take it inside to your cutting board.
To finish the pizza, drizzle on your favorite bbq sauce; now it’s ready to cut into serving portions.
What I really like about this pizza is the smoky flavor the crust has plus it gets crispy. The next time you’re looking for something to do with left over BBQ give a grilled pizza a try.
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