If you have ever written a book, been recorded in video or audio form, or any permanent record of a part of your knowledge or skill at a given point in time… you know that looking back after a year or two or ten.. is always an interesting experience.
I released my first solo album in 2000. A listen back to that album feels similar to watching the first Funktified Food pilot video that UnoDeuce Multimedia and I recorded in December 2009. I look back and realize that I was onto something and people liked it… but I have learned a lot since then. ha.
Many hundreds of pizzas later, I’ve experimented with lots of different flours, baking techniques, learned how to knead properly and even foraged wild grapes to harvest my own yeast to make a wild yeast pizza dough starter… I make at least a dozen pizzas and artisan breads most weeks but all of that is for another future blog posts… I’m here to revisit Barbeque Pizza.
Barbeque Chicken Pizza is still a pizza that a lot of friends request but my favorite Barbeque Pizza is a Barbeque Pork Pizza! I often make a few versions of this dish depending on what I have in my refrigerator at the time.
PULLED PORK PIZZA: The day after a barbecue, I often make a pulled pork version with leftovers… I usually add a some sesame seeds to the edges of the crust (to simulate a bun)… a light layer of cheese first (to act as the glue to keep the toppings from sliding off) then pulled pork and bbq sauce and a little more cheese… and the kicker is to serve it with a scoop of coleslaw. Simple. Easy. Tasty.
BBQ PORK PIZZA V.2.0: The other style Barbeque Pork Pizza that I like to make whenever I have extra pork tenderloin or pork loin… I usually start with a light layer of cheese (the glue) then thinly sliced pork loin then bbq sauce then more cheese (mozzarella would be fine but try it with a smoked provolone or Swiss for a twist) and fire-roasted green chiles, red onions, matchstick carrots and shredded red cabbage. Not only is it colorful, it is tasty.
VEGETARIAN BBQ PIZZA OPTION: Try zucchini slices instead of pork or chicken… add a few hulled pumpkin seeds for a little extra crunch.
I used to be very scared of baking because I was always told “it has to be exactly the right measurements or it won’t turn out, etc…” Not only did that scare me, it didn’t sound like much fun to me… BUT I’ve learned that you CAN experiment with baking and I make pizzas and artisan breads every week these days. More about the breads and other pizzas that I’ve made on Facebook and YouTube.
Whew. It has been a busy week taking care of my daughter Louisa and helping my friend’s band AtAverage record their new album, but I managed to finish the blog post.
Comments, ideas and questions are welcome. Thanks for reading. – dan
- Bone Daddy’s BBQ is the sauce that I use for the pizzas. It is a BBQ joint a few miles from my house and has won a bunch of national awards.
- Pizza Crust Video Recipe – An older pizza dough recipe from Funktified Food episode #8… it works even if you have bad technique and poor kneading skills like I did in this video.
- How to Fire-Roast Chiles Video Tutorial – If you want to get crazy and fire roast your own green chiles… I’ll show you how to roast them on the stove, in an oven or on the grill.
- How to make Pizza on the Grill Video - If you want to make your barbecue pizza on the grill… Funktified Food episode #30 shows how to make a flatbread pizza directly on the grill grate.