Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tropical Italian BBQ

This weekend, Alex and I had a visit from my sister, my brother-in-law, and my two adorable nephews. I knew that we'd be super busy seeing the sights around town, playing at the pool, and hanging out catching up. I wanted to make meals easy, a head of time, and favorites that everyone would love. For Friday, I made lasagna ahead and stuck it in the freezer. For Thursday, I did the same with Mac and Cheese. For Wednesday, where I had to work and wasn't getting home till the moment they got in, I wanted something that would be ready when we got home, so I made Slow Cooked Pulled Pork.

Whenever I've made pulled pork, I always have tons of leftovers. I'm not complaining cause who doesn't want to eat pulled pork for days on end. However, with all leftovers, I try to see if I can morph something that was delicious the night before into something new and equally delicious the next night. I did a little searching for what you could do with pulled pork and came across this recipe for Caramelized Pineapple Pulled Pork Flatbreads on Cake, Batter, and Bowl and thought it sounded just delicious. So I made up my own pizza using similar ingredients.

BBQ Pork and Pineapple Pizza
Makes one 16"-18" pizza
  • 1 yield of 15-minute pizza dough, recipe below
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 6 oz Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar, shredded

Heat olive oil in a pan over low to medium heat. Cook shallots until brown and caramelized.

Simultaneous, heat pineapple in a separate pan over medium high heat until juice is reduced and pineapple are lightly browned.

Cover pizza with barbecue sauce, top with pulled pork, pineapple, shallots, and cheeses.

Bake for 8-10 minute or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly.

Serve hot.

15-Minute Pizza Dough (from Little Birdie Secrets)

Makes one 16"-18" pizza shell

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water (120-130 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Mix dry ingredients together. Add hot water and olive oil. Mix for five minutes with your Kitchen Aid mixer and dough hook or knead with your hands. Let rest 10 minutes. Press dough on pizza pan, pizza stone, or jelly-roll pan. Bake at 500 degrees for 3 minutes. Take out of the oven and cover with toppings.


  1. Great use of leftovers. Hope your fam had fun and appreciated all the awesome food you prepared!

  2. ooh, love the idea of using pulled pork instead of chicken or Canadian bacon.

  3. I don't like pineapple with savory items but I do love pulled pork on anything! Great idea to amke pizza with it!