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Pulled Pork Pizza

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This Pulled Pork Pizza is no ordinary pizza! It’s mouthwatering, sweet, “holy moly give me another slice” good. 


main image for pulled pork pizza of pizza on a pan, ready to serve.


BBQ pulled pork pizza is a regular pizza crust topped with BBQ sauce, pulled pork, mozzarella cheese, and drizzled with cilantro lime dressing.

It is the delicious pulled pork you know and love in a delicious pizza you know and love. So just get ready to know and LOVE this pizza.

I love that this pulled pork pizza recipe can be adjusted in so many ways. I also love that it is so simple! It can come together as quickly and taste like I was slaving away over my stove all day. 

When I hear that signature “mmmmm” from my husband and kids as they sink their teeth into this BBQ pork pizza… I know I’ve picked the right one.


pizza dough rolled out onto pan with barbecue sauce poured on top.


Ingredients in Pulled Pork Pizza

Pizza Crust:

  • Yeast: As you’ll be proofing the yeast you can use active dry yeast, not instant yeast. Active dry yeast needs to be rehydrated in order to make the dough rise.
  • Water: The water temperature should be about 110 degrees to activate the yeast. You don’t want it too hot as it can kill the yeast but too cold won’t let it activate. If the water burns you coming out of the tap, it’s too hot for your yeast.
  • Sugar: Sugar not only adds a little bit of flavor to your dough but it also helps your yeast to activate.
  • Salt: Of course, you want to use salt for flavoring for sure. Without salt most foods would taste pretty bland.
  • Oil: I use vegetable oil but use whichever liquid oils you have such as avocado, vegetable, or olive oil.
  • Flour: I made this recipe using regular all purpose white flour. I haven’t tried making this recipe with any other flours so I’m not sure how they would turn out. If you want to substitute with wheat flour, keeping it below 20 percent of the flour ratio would be my recommendation to maintain flavor.

Pro Tips: 

  • If you’re in a hurry, skip these ingredients and just pick up a crust from the store. The toppings will be delicious no matter which crust you put these on.
  • If you’re not in a hurry now but will be later, cook the dough now and save it wrapped in your fridge for up to 5 days and then it’ll be ready when you need it.


red onions sprinkled on top of pulled pork


What Toppings to Put on Pulled Pork Pizza?

  • Barbecue Sauce:  How many barbecue sauces are there in the world? I have no idea but we might find out! We love making this with a different barbecue sauce every time we cook it. If you have one you absolutely love you should use it, but don’t be afraid to experiment! The barbecue sauce is what makes the entire flavor of this dish so pick a good one.
  • Pulled Pork: We have used homemade pulled pork, leftover restaurant pulled pork, or even store bought pulled pork. Our favorite is by far this Cafe Rio style Sweet Pork. But if it’s not yours, that’s ok! This is another spot where you get to customize to your heart’s content. 
  • Red Onion: Sometimes this onion is also called a purple onion. It lends a sharp flavor to the dish that compliments the pulled pork and barbecue sauce.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: I’m not sure who first decided to put mozzarella cheese on pizza, but I’m so glad they did. Mozzarella cheese is THE cheese to use if you’re making homemade pizza.
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing: The dressing is optional. You don’t need it, but you should. It is heavenly. If you’ve ever eaten at a Cafe Rio, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is meant to go with pulled pork. It’s their destiny.

Pro Tip: I love doubling this recipe and making one pizza today and then one another day. The ingredients will stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days so why not get two meals out of all your work?


Lots of mozzarella cheese piled on top of pork and onions.


How to Make Pulled Pork Pizza

  • Make the Dough. You’re going to proof your yeast with water and sugar and then add the rest of your ingredients. There isn’t much rise time required, just 5 minutes of proofing followed by 5 minutes of resting before you can roll it out onto your favorite pizza pan, pizza stone, or cookie sheet.
  • Layer The Ingredients. When you spread the barbecue sauce on the pizza be sure to leave a ½ inch crust with no sauce. Then sprinkle on your onion, pulled pork, and mozzarella cheese.
  • Cook. My friend likes her pizza extra crispy. I like it slightly golden. About 20 minutes is my recommendation but you can always adjust the time to your personal preference.
  • Serve. Let it cool just a bit and then drizzle that cilantro lime dressing all over just before serving. Enjoy!


pizza fresh out of the oven and sliced, ready to serve.


What Are Other Toppings to use on Pulled Pork Pizza?

I told you this recipe was customizable! Here are some BBQ pork pizza toppings that I’ve heard other people used and loved:

  • Chopped Green Onions
  • Chopped Jalapenos
  • Sliced Pineapple
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Bacon Crumbles
  • Minced Garlic
  • Sliced Mushrooms
  • Sliced Olives
  • Cut Scallions
  • Chopped Tomatoes

With so many options it would be fun to make mini pulled pork pizzas and everyone can add their own favorite toppings!


a single slice of pizza being removed from whole pizza, side angle. Showing a nice cheese pull.


What to Do with Leftover Pulled Pork

Leftover pulled pork is so versatile!

Not only can you use it in this delicious pulled pork pizza recipe but you can also use it in things like Pulled Pork Quesadilla, Pulled Pork Nachos, or Pulled Pork Flautas.


zoomed in image of half the cooked pizza on pan.


More Pork Recipes You’ll Love…


If you loved pulled pork and you love pizza then you are going to absolutely love this finger licking pulled pork pizza! It will definitely end up on your favorites list!


Yield: 8 Slices

Pulled Pork Pizza

a single slice of pizza being removed from whole pizza, side angle. Showing a nice cheese pull.

This Pulled Pork Pizza is no ordinary pizza! It’s mouthwatering, sweet, “holy moly give me another slice” good. 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  1. In a mixing bowl combine yeast and warm water and sugar.
  2. Cover with a dish towel and let poof for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, add salt, vegetable oil and flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
  4. Once all of flour has been added, cover again and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan and roll out onto your favorite pizza pan, pizza stone or cookie sheet.
  6. Spread barbecue sauce all over dough, leaving 1/2 inch along sides with no sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with onion and pulled pork.
  8. Top with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake at 425*F for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  10. Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.
  11. If using Cilantro Lime Dressing, drizzle over pizza before eating - HIGHLY recommend - loved it!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 444Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 881mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 15g
Originally Posted: June 28, 2016

Photos & Text Updated: August 28, 2018

Photos & Text Updated: July 7, 2021

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Tuesday 28th of June 2016

"Optional but recommended - Cilantro Lime Dressing"

I would say it's mandatory. It makes it taste absolutely perfect.

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