This year for Christmas, I surprised Joey with a smoker. I have to admit that this was partially a selfish gift, because I think I am just as excited over the possibilities as he is. To break it in, we decided to smoke a Boston butt on New Year's Eve. He left the rub and sauce(s) up to me, and he manned the smoker. We were both fairly nervous, since neither of us really know what we're doing, but it turned out beautifully! Smoky, flavorful, and tender.
We had my sister and her family staying with us for the holiday, and between 4 adults and 2 children, there wasn't much left over. Thankfully there was enough for at least one dinner though. I really prefer to reinvent certain foods into leftovers rather than just reheating, so I was excited to try a fun dish with the leftover pulled pork.
BBQ chicken pizza is fairly common on the menu of any pizzeria these days, so I thought I'd make my own version with pulled pork. Luckily, we had enough sauce left over to use as the base, and then I just layered the pork, red onion, and pineapple, and finished with a mixture of smoked Gouda and mozzarella. I thought about using cheddar in place of the Gouda, but I just really love Gouda. When it was out of the oven, I sprinkled some chopped scallions over the top before serving.
What's funny is that I formulated what to put on this pizza while walking around the grocery store, and then when I got home, I looked up a few pizza menus to see what they include - it turns out this is almost exactly like the BBQ Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen! I have had that pizza many times, so I must have subconsciously known what to use as toppings.
We really really loved this pizza. The crust was nice and crispy, thanks to my new pizza stone, and the flavors of the pork, bbq sauce, pineapple, and cheese just played off of each other wonderfully. Joey is already talking about smoking pork again this weekend, and I know just what I'll do with the leftovers.
One Year Ago: Garlic and Herb Ciabatta Bread
Hawaiian BBQ Pork Pizza
Pink Parsley Original, apparently inspired by CPK
makes 1 pizza
- pizza dough
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup pulled pork, finely shredded or chopped
- 1/2 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup 1-inch pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda
- 2 Tbs chopped scallions
On a large square of parchment paper, stretch and roll pizza into a 12-14 inch circle. Brush the outer edge with olive oil. Spread the BBQ sauce over the dough, then layer the pork, onion, and pineapple. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.
Transfer the pizza (on the parchment) to the heated pizza stone, and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is melted. Sprinkle scallions over the top. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes, slice, and serve.