Made with leftover pulled pork, this 20-minute BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza recipe is sweet, savory, and ready in practically no time at all! Repurpose leftover pulled pork into an irresistible pizza that your whole family will love!
Don't let your slow-cooked, succulent pulled pork leftovers go to waste. Whether you made Slow Cooker Pulled Pork or Dutch Oven Pulled Pork, chances are you worked hard to make that perfectly seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth, shredded pork.
This super simple pizza is the perfect way to put those leftovers to good use. Premade pizza crust is layered with sweet BBQ sauce, leftover pulled pork, thinly sliced red onions, generous handfuls of cheese, and fresh arugula.
Why you'll love this recipe
- Super simple: Making leftover pulled pork pizza is way easier than ordering takeout pizza!
- Premade ingredients: This recipe is perfect for beginners, with all pre-cooked ingredients and virtually no prep time.
- Creative: There's no need to eat the same, leftover pulled pork meal for days when you can repurpose the leftovers into new and satisfying meals!
- Easy to double: If you have a lot of leftover pulled pork to use up, feel free to double or triple the pizza recipe. Especially if you're feeding a crowd!
- Your kids will love it: My kids devour this pizza, especially when I make it with a sweeter BBQ sauce!
Leftover pulled pork: Leftover BBQ seasoned pulled pork is best, but plain (without BBQ sauce or seasonings) will also work.
Pizza shell: You'll need a 12" pre-cooked fresh or frozen pizza shell. Homemade pizza dough is also an option. However, the recipe steps and cooking time will change if you make your dough from scratch.
Barbeque sauce: The best pulled pork pizza sauce is a thicker, glaze-like BBQ sauce. I prefer sweet BBQ sauces, but you can use whatever sauce is your favorite!
Red onion: The red onions will caramelize slightly while the pizza cooks and add some tangy flavor.
Cheddar cheese: Freshly shredded cheddar cheese adds sharp, creamy flavor.
Arugula: Fresh arugula gives the pizza a pop of vibrant, green color and peppery flavor. If arugula is too bitter for you, try any of these substitutes for arugula.
The pizza is baked directly on the oven racks, eliminating the need for a stone or round pizza pan.
- A frying pan or saute pan is used to warm the cold, leftover pulled pork.
- Having a cutting board, chopping knife, and measuring cups on hand is also helpful.
How to make Leftover BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
- Reheat the leftover pulled pork on the stove.
- Layer the pulled pork pizza toppings on the pizza shell.
- Bake until warm and melty, and enjoy!
Before you begin assembling your pizza, preheat your oven to 450°F.
Step 1: Reheat the leftover pork in a skillet on the stove over low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Reheating cooks off some of the fat that solidifies when the pork cools down.
Step 2: Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce on your pizza shell. Leave a small amount of space around the edges for the pizza crust.
Step 3: Layer a generous amount of pulled pork on top of the BBQ sauce.
Step 4: Spread thinly sliced red onions on the pulled pork.
Step 5: Sprinkle a handful of shredded cheddar cheese over top of the pork and onions.
Step 6: Place the pizza directly on the oven racks of your preheated oven. Bake until the cheese is gooey and melted, about 8-10 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the pizza from the oven and top it with fresh arugula. Let it rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing.
Step 8: Slice the BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza into six equally-sized pieces, and enjoy!
- Keep a close eye on the pizza while it bakes. Cooking times may vary depending on what pizza crust you're using. Look for golden brown crust and bubbling cheese.
- It's always important to use quality ingredients, especially when your recipe only calls for a few items! I recommend splurging on your favorite BBQ sauce and a high-quality cheese, such as Cabot or Organic Valley.
- Let the pizza rest for a few minutes after it's done baking. This allows the ingredients to settle, making it easier to slice.
- Pizza is best when it's fresh out of the oven. Enjoy it while it's hot!
Substitutions and variations
BBQ sauce: I love sweet BBQ sauces, but you could try using a hickory smoked BBQ sauce, apple cider BBQ sauce, or bourbon BBQ sauce.
Greens: If arugula is too bitter and peppery for you, try fresh spinach or romaine lettuce. Both greens are mild, without the strong, robust flavor that arugula has.
Veggies: In addition to sliced red onions, try adding diced tomatoes, chopped red bell peppers, or jalapeno peppers.
How to store, freeze, and reheat
How to store: Store leftover pizza in a glass, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to reheat: For a crispy crust, reheat leftover pulled pork pizza in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F, place the pizza on a baking sheet, and warm it in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until heated through.
How to freeze: Allow the cooked pizza to cool to room temperature. Tightly wrap the pizza in plastic wrap and place it in a ziplock freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.
What to serve with Pulled Pork Pizza
Pizza pairs wonderfully with sides like garlic bread, antipasto salad, Caesar salad, breadsticks, and chicken wings. Any of my popular side dishes listed below are great choices!
Frequently asked questions
Popular pulled pork toppings include BBQ sauce, coleslaw, fried onion rings, pickled red onions, and bacon.
Technically, yes, you can use pork tenderloin for pulled pork. However, pork tenderloin is not the ideal choice because it is much lower in fat compared to pork shoulder and pork butt. Pork tenderloin will become fork-tender, but it won't be as savory and melt-in-your-mouth as higher-fat cuts of pork are.
The rich and savory flavors in pulled pork lend well to pizzas. When topped with melty, cheddar cheese, the pulled pork becomes even more irresistible!
Sharp, aged cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and provolone are best. Mozzarella isn't as sharp, but will still provide rich and creamy flavor.
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