BBQ Rib Pizza
- Grilled baby back ribs, chopped into small pieces
- BBQ sauce
- Cheddar cheese
- Homemade pizza dough
Note: I love when I can use leftovers to make an awesome pizza (see my Thanksgiving Pizza recipe from last year). For this pizza, I broiled, then grilled the ribs with BBQ sauce. The ribs were delicious on their own, but on a pizza with cheddar cheese… amazing!
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Chicken Bok Choy Pizza
Bok Choy is Chinese cabbage widely used in Asian cuisine. The green leaf vegetable is high in vitamin A and C and best of all, it holds up well under the high temperatures required for baking pizza.
1. Prehead the oven to 500 degrees
2. Grill two chicken breasts that have marinated in Asian BBQ sauce
3. – Steam the bok choy
3. Pre-bake homemade dough on a pizza stone for 4 minutes
4. Spread Asian BBQ sauce on crust
5. Sprinkle on a generous portion of shredded cheddar cheese
6. Top the pizza with sliced grilled chicken and bok choy
7. Bake for 8 minutes
Andrew’s little brother came over for this pizza. His favorite pizzas have been my Garbage Plate pizza, pulled pork pizza, and spicy meat pizza, so it was funny to see him devour a bok choy pizza with grilled chicken. It must have been good because there weren’t any leftovers!
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Barbecue chicken pizza has been a favorite of mine since I first made it in July 2010, but each time I’ve made it since I’ve known it could be better. Today was that day. The combination of homemade bar-b-que sauce, cheddar cheese and sliced red onion did the trick. Here’s how it came together:
1. Grill, pull, and marinate a chicken breast in bar-b-que sauce
2. Prebake the dough for 4 minutes on pizza stone
3. Spread homemade bar-b-que sauce on the dough
4. Sprinkle on shredded cheddar cheese
5. Place marinated chicken on the pizza
6. Top with sautéed sliced red onion
7. Bake on pizza stone for 8 minutes
I have been making so many pizzas this summer that I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog posts. Andrew’s former student Rob and his girlfriend joined us for dinner in June before they headed off to NYC. Rob is a foodie, but he didn’t have any special requests so I decided to make a Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza and take a second shot at my Barbecue Chicken Pizza.
I think you need more than two types of meat to classify a pizza as meat-lovers so I can’t label this pizza as that, but this one sure tasted great. I used precooked sausage from Wegmans prepared food section and turkey pepperoni. The flavor from the sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese combined for guest-satisfying first pizza.
The second pizza was the show stopper of the night. Last summer I made a BBQ chicken pizza, but used store bought sauce and red onions. For this pizza I marinated the chicken in homemade sauce. First, I spread on a thin layer of BBQ sauce onto the dough. Then, rather than using mozzarella like last time, I sprinkled on cheddar cheese. Finally, I placed the grilled BBQ chicken on top. The homemade sauce and the cheddar cheese made all the difference. I still prefer onions on my BBQ chicken pizza, but this was still a winner.
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I have been looking forward to visiting my mom’s family in Indiana for quite some time. As I have mentioned before, I come from a long line of great cooks, and have used my Uncle Al’s recipes on a few occasions. We spent the weekend at my Uncle Al and Aunt Dianna’s (along with my cousin Dawn) visiting with family, relaxing in the country and collaborating on pizzas. It was the first time I had cooked with my Uncle Al and hopefully not the last.
The night we arrived we were casually talking about Asian inspired food. Uncle Al described his favorite meal from a local restaurant, kimchi. Kimchi is a popular Korean dish consisting of various vegetables and spices. Uncle Al, being the do it yourself kind of guy he is, created his own kimchi recipe. As he described his creation I suggested we make a kimchi pizza. He loved the idea so much that it made the menu for the next night.
Kimchi is super healthy and loaded with veggies. Uncle Al’s kimchi recipe consists of Chinese cabbage, turnips, scallions, fresh garlic, fresh ginger, paprika, chili paste and salt. He jars it and keeps it on-hand for just this type of situation. To go along with the Kimchi Uncle Al mixed up an Asian BBQ sauce and marinated pork shoulder. He then grilled the pork and sliced it really thin. We pre-baked the dough, then spread on the Kimchi and topped that with the sliced pork. We let it bake and work some magic.
The aroma coming from the oven was heavenly but was nothing compared to the taste of the pizza. The spicy flavor of the Kimchi combined beautifully with the sweetness of the BBQ pork and the crust. This Kimchi pizza recipe was so much fun to make and even more fun to eat! Uncle Al was thrilled with the turn out and hopes to repeat this pizza again!
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Kansas City, MO
The humble beginnings of barbecue in Kansas City can be traced to a trolly barn over 100 years ago when a rack of ribs could be purchased for only 25 cents. A tomato based sauce with a sweet and tangy flavor make Kansas City BBQ unique.
Last summer I made a Pulled Pork Pizza using my Uncle Al’s BBQ sauce recipe and it was delicious. For tonight’s pizza I chose a Wegmans Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce that had all the right ingredients. We’ll see how they compare. Although, I’m guessing that Uncle Al’s might come out on top.
The night before, I baked a pork tenderloin with a bottle of Pepsi for about an hour. Then I pulled a bit of it apart with a fork in order to let some of the juices soak in overnight. In the morning I pulled the rest of the tenderloin apart, then let it soak for a few more hours. Once the pork was nice and juicy I put it in a crock pot with half a bottle of Kansas City BBQ sauce and let that simmer for an hour. While the aroma from the crock pot encouraged my hunger, I pre-baked the dough, slathered on a thin layer of BBQ sauce, sprinkled on sharp cheddar cheese and then topped it with the BBQ pork. I probably could have eaten it right then and there but I resisted and let the pizza bake for ten minutes.
I wish I had the camera in hand when Andrew took his first bite. It looked like he was praying! My Kansas City BBQ pizza was fantastic!!! I think the key to the deliciousness of this pizza was the combination of the Kansas City BBQ Sauce and the cheddar cheese. While the sauce was tasty, I think my Uncle Al’s BBQ sauce combined with cheddar cheese might actually be prayer inducing!
Andrew’s brother Tyler has enjoyed a lot of my cooking and he has tasted some of the very best pizzas. For example, you may remember that he is the reason I finally caved and made the Macaroni and Cheese pizza. Tyler has spent many of his summer vacation days helping us move, unpack, and lay over one ton of stone pavers in the backyard. I would say he has been beyond generous for anyone, especially a 16 year old. The last time Tyler was over I let him peruse my list of pizzas I have not yet made. I gave him the honors of choosing one for me to make for him as a small thank you for helping us out so much. There was one I had been saving and thought he might select. And he did. He chose my pulled pork pizza recipe.
I was very excited to attempt this pizza and make pulled pork for the first time. My mom shared her recipe for pulled pork, which included my Uncle Al’s BBQ sauce recipe. The pulled pork was surprisingly easy to make, however it did take a while to complete. I roasted the pork loin in Pepsi on Friday. Then I let it cool and soak up some juices over night. On Saturday morning while Andrew and Tyler were painting our garage, I made Uncle Al’s BBQ sauce, pulled the pork loin, then simmered it all in the crock pot for a while. When the aroma was too irresistible I spread some BBQ sauce on the pizza dough, sprinkled on Colby jack cheese, then slapped down the pulled pork and let it bake. Andrew, Tyler and I stood anxiously awaiting the timer to go off and then dug in. Between Uncle Al’s BBQ sauce, the juiciness of the pork and the cheese I’m not even sure how to describe the deliciousness of this pizza. It was just fantastic. Tyler even thinks it topped my Macaroni and Cheese pizza!