Homemade BBQ Pizza

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza - Lake Country - Okanagan - British Columbia - Pizza Dough

Friday night is all about pizza at our house. It’s something we look forward to at the end of a long week, and has turned into a bit of a tradition over the last few years. It started because my hubby loves pizza, especially when paired with his favourite drink – Okanagan Spirits Rye. If you haven’t tried it he highly recommends checking them out. But… I’m a picky pizza eater… it just wasn’t my favourite (i know… gasp!!) Whenever we ordered pizza I would stick with basic pepperoni (and it had to be the small pepperonis!!). Anytime I would venture out and try something new I would end up picking off all the toppings. So I decided to give homemade pizza a try to see if it was something I’d like better, and then we could have it more often.  After some trial and error, and lots of tweaking, we’ve been making homemade pizza since and we’re obsessed.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza - Lake Country - Okanagan - British Columbia - Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza sounded a bit daunting at first, but once I tried it we were hooked. And it really doesn’t take that long to come together when you make the dough ahead of time and let it rise in the fridge overnight, or store it in the freezer for an easy weeknight dinner. The pizza dough gets a slightly crunchier texture when it rises in the fridge overnight, making for an even tastier crust!

One of our favourites is BBQ pizza!  It’s so good that we feel it’s worthy of Valentine’s Day dinner and made a heart-shaped version on our InstaStories. The BBQ sauce is homemade but you can easily swap it out for your favourite sauce if you’re short on time. This pizza is really flexible and toppings can easily be swapped to make it suit your needs. The dough can be made vegan by omitting the honey, or you can pick-up some dough mix from Farmer’s Fruit and Produce. They also have shredded vegan cheese for dairy-free, and plain/unseasoned jackfruit if you prefer a meatless pizza.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza - Lake Country - Okanagan - British Columbia - Pizza Dough

Homemade BBQ Pizza

Our Pizza Dough

Makes 1 Large Pizza (approx. 16 inches).

  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Quick-Rise Instant Yeast (or 8g package)
  • 4 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Honey (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cup Warm Water

Sift the flour into a stand mixer, add salt and yeast, stir until blended. Add Olive Oil, Honey, and Warm Water and kneed using dough hook until dough comes together, is slightly sticky to the touch but pulls away from the sides of bowl. Add more flour or more water to get desired consistency. Place dough ball in a large bowl, lightly coated in Olive Oil, and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm location for 1½ hours or until doubled in size. Or, you can place bowl in fridge to let rise slowly overnight. Once risen you can wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and store in freezer for future use.

Spicy BBQ Sauce

Makes approx. ½ cup.

  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1/8 cup White Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp each Ground Sea Salt & Ground Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat while stirring frequently and being careful to not let burn. Once thickened, about 8-10 mins, carefully pour into a heat-safe dish and let cool.

Homemade BBQ Pizza

  • 1 Large Our Pizza Dough
  • 1 tbsp All Purpose Flour (for dusting)
  • 1 tbsp Cornmeal
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Spicy BBQ Sauce (or your favourite BBQ sauce)
  • ¼ cup Pizza Sauce
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Sliced
  • ½ Medium Red Onion, Chopped
  • Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • Aged Old Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse the chicken breast and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt & pepper and place in oven for 30 minutes. After 30 mins, rotate pan and cover top of chicken with a little BBQ sauce. Bake for another 30 minutes or until cooked through and juices run clear. Remove from oven and let rest. Once cool cut into chunks.

Preheat oven to 475°F. Place dough on floured surface and roll dough out into a circle. Sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal and place dough on top. Spread the tomato sauce onto the dough, add the green bell pepper, then sprinkle a layer of mozzarella cheese. Add the red bell pepper, red onions, chicken and sprinkle a little aged old cheddar cheese on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown and middle of dough is cooked through. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and devouring.