Let me introduce you to a friend of mine. Meet, Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Fresh from the oven, oozing cheese, and dripping with homemade barbecue sauce… what more is there to say?
This pizza has been on my list of things to make for a long time, now. It all started back when Game of Thrones was in its first season. You see, back then, there was only one person in my group of friends who had HBO. So, every Sunday, we all gathered ’round their television with a pizza and a few beers.I don’t know whose idea it was to order this particular pizza, but all I can say is, thank goodness we did. We dubbed that inaugural pie, “Barbecue Chicken Sex Pizza” (as in, “Better Than”), and it became a Sunday night tradition henceforth.Well, a few things have changed since then. One, I stopped watching Game of Thrones (forgive me, GoT fans), and two, I started making my own pizza.
And I’m never going back.
If you’ve never made pizza from scratch, please don’t be intimidated. It is easy as pie. Pizza pie. It takes a bit more planning ahead than ordering out, but all of the components can be prepped ahead of time — the dough, the sauce, the toppings — and once all is said and done, the assembly and cooking time is comparable to delivery. It’s also a million times cheaper, and can be made exactly the way you like it, with ingredients you know and trust.
For me, one of the biggest reasons for making this pizza at home was the barbecue sauce. As much as I love the Sweet Baby Ray’s brand that the pizza place uses, it was hard to overlook the fact that the first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. Delicious, but gross. That alone was plenty of motivation to come up with my own recipe. For all you Sweet Baby Ray’s lovers out there, this stuff is damn close (and dare I say, even better) than the original… and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand to make it.

Homemade “Sweet Baby Ray’s” Style Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 1/4 cups ketchup (preferably organic)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP molasses
  • 1/4 cup 100% pineapple juice (no sugar added)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. wochestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. finely ground black pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, to taste

Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (one 1/4 oz packet)
  • 400g. (about 2 1/2 cups) white bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • 100g. (about 1 cup) fine semolina flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. fine grain sea salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

  • 1 small boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and sliced or shredded*
  • 2-3 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP barbecue sauce (recipe above)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 cup monterray jack cheese, grated (or other cheese, or more mozzarella)
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, for garnish
  • 1/3 dough recipe (above), plus a bit of flour, semolina, and olive oil, for rolling and brushing the dough

Homemade “Sweet Baby Ray’s” Style Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency. (Keep in mind the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools — if it thickens too much, thin with a little water or more pineapple juice).
  2. Taste, and adjust the level of heat if necessary. Let cool, then store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks. Smother on everything.

You can find complete recipes of this Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Homemade “Sweet Baby Ray’s” Sauce in willcookforfriends.com

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