This tantalizing Pulled Pork Pizza recipe features bbq pulled pork, melted cheese, onions, bacon bits, and cilantro on a crispy crust!
The combination of the sweet and savory flavors of the barbecue sauce, the tender pulled pork, sliced onions, and cilantro is a delicious and unique flavor combination that has made BBQ pizza a popular choice for pizza lovers everywhere.
Table of contents
- Why You’ll Love Pulled Pork Pizza
- BBQ Sauce Pizza Ingredients
- How To Make Pulled Pork Pizza
- Additional Ways To Prepare This Pizza
- Pulled Pork Pizza Storage
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Additional Pizza Recipes
Why You’ll Love Pulled Pork Pizza
I think my friend said it best when she told me, “A good bbq pizza can turn your day around!” And I’ve got to agree with her. There’s just something about the sweet, smoky, tangy flavor combinations in a pulled pork pizza that make people happy!
BBQ Sauce Pizza Ingredients
Barbecue Pizza Sauce
This recipe uses bbq sauce in two ways. The first way is in the pizza sauce, and the second is to coat the pulled pork. To make bbq pizza sauce, simply combine pizza sauce and barbecue sauce.
We used homemade pizza sauce and Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce. Depending on which sauces you choose to combine, you can create different flavor profiles, from sweet and mild to hot and spicy.
BBQ Pulled Pork
We had leftover pulled pork to use for this pizza, but if you don’t have any, you can also buy ready-to-use pulled pork at many grocery stores. Pour the barbecue sauce over the pulled pork and stir until it is well coated. Of course, if your meat already has bbq sauce on it, you don’t need to add more!
Pulled Pork Pizza Crust and Toppings
- Dough: You’ll need one pizza dough to make the crust. You can choose homemade pizza dough like we did or use a store-bought version.
- Cheese: We love the combination of mozzarella and provolone cheese on pizzas. Other popular choices are asiago, parmesan, and cheddar cheese.
- Onions: Sliced red onions add a pop of color and a bite of flavor.
- Bacon: The bacon bits on top of the pizza add a crunchy texture and additional pork flavor. You can skip the bacon bits, but we suggest leaving them on the pizza!
- Cilantro: Chopped cilantro finishes off the pizza with added flavor and color.
How To Make Pulled Pork Pizza
Turning your oven into a bbq pizza oven is easy if you have a pizza stone. It helps to achieve a crust that’s similar to what you’d get at a pizzeria. To do this, preheat the oven and the pizza stone so that the bottom of the crust can cook on a hot surface and become crispy.
However, the hardest part is transferring the pizza onto the stone in the oven. But don’t worry; we’ve got some tips to make it easier. And if you don’t have a pizza stone, we have an alternative method for you.
Pizza Peel: Spread semolina flour on a pizza peel before adding your pizza dough crust. When you shake the peel, the dough should be able to slide around. If it sticks, sprinkle more semolina flour underneath.
Cookie Sheet: In case you don’t have a pizza peel, or it’s too small for your pizza, you can use a cookie sheet instead. Roll out the crust on a silicone mat, then sprinkle semolina flour on a cookie sheet before placing the crust on top.
Pizza Stone Alternative: If you don’t own a baking stone, you can make the pizza on a greased baking sheet. If you use this method, it is best to prebake the crust for five minutes before adding the toppings.
Cover with Sauce
Spread the sauce over the pizza dough, stopping short of the edge so that you get a nice edge crust.
Add the Pulled Pork Pizza Toppings
Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese evenly over the sauce.
Separate the pulled pork into small clumps and distribute them over the cheese.
Then, add the sliced red onions and bacon bits.
Bake the Pizza
Carefully slide the pizza from the cookie sheet (or pizza peel) directly onto the hot pizza stone in the preheated oven. Bake the pizza at 425˚F for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro.
Or, if you want to bake the pizza directly on the baking sheet, bake it at 425˚F for 10-15 minutes since you prebaked the crust for 5 minutes already.
Additional Ways To Prepare This Pizza
To make a Hawaiian version, add diced pineapple chunks along with the other toppings before baking the pizza. Pineapple adds a sweetness that contrasts with the tangy barbecue sauce.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
You can easily turn this pizza into a BBQ Chicken Pizza by swapping out the shredded pork for shredded chicken! It’s a great way to use leftover chicken, and it tastes fantastic.
Grilled Pulled Pork Pizza
You can make the whole pizza on a pizza stone on the grill. Preheat a grilling stone along with the grill and then slide the pizza onto it to cook the pizza.
Or you can make individual pizzas on the grill by precooking the crusts for 2 minutes and then adding the toppings called for in the recipe.
Pulled Pork Pizza Storage
- Make Ahead: You can make the pizza dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Remove the dough from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature before rolling it out.
- Refrigerator: Allow pulled pork pizza leftovers to cool and then store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Freezer: Store leftover pizza in a freezer-safe, airtight container for 1-2 months.
- Reheating: Reheat leftover pizza in the oven, microwave, or air fryer.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is topped with bbq pulled pork, shredded cheese, sliced onions, bacon bits, and cilantro.
It is a combination of pizza sauce and barbecue sauce.
Dill pickle slices are a popular topping for this pizza! You could also add sliced pepperoncini peppers or sliced bell peppers.
Additional Pizza Recipes
- A Cheeseburger Pizza has all the goodness of a burger in pizza form!
- Macaroni and Cheese Pizza combines everyone’s two favorite things: pizza and pasta.
- Dill Pickle Pizza has a creamy ranch sauce topped with melted cheese and dill pickle slices.
- Delight your family with this breakfast pizza on a puff pastry crust topped with bacon, cheese, and cheese!
Pulled Pork Pizza
- 1 pizza crust dough
- 1 ½ cup shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup shredded provolone
- ½ cup sliced red onions
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup bacon bits
- 2 tablespoon semolina flour needed when using a pizza peel
BBQ Pulled Pork
- 1 cup pulled pork
- 3 cup barbecue sauce
- Preheat oven to 425˚F and place a pizza stone in the oven so that it gets hot. *See note one for an alternative method.
- Roll the dough into a circle on a silicone mat and place it on a cookie sheet (or pizza peel) that has been sprinkled with semolina flour.
- Top the crust with barbecue pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, shredded provolone, bbq pulled pork, sliced onions, and bacon bits.
- Slide the pizza onto the pizza stone in the oven and bake it at 425˚F for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the crust is cooked.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro.
BBQ Pulled Pork
- Reheat the pulled pork, if necessary.
- Mix together the warm pulled pork and the barbecue sauce.
Barbecue Pizza Sauce
- Stir together the pizza sauce and barbecue sauce until combined.