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!