One of my favorite activities on a weekend is making homemade pizza. Not only does homemade pizza taste so much better than take-out, but you have so much flexibility and creativity with what ingredients you use. As long as you’ve got a good Pizza Dough Recipe (or store-bought dough), then the sky is the limit with the flavors and combinations for your homemade pizza masterpiece!
I recently had the opportunity to try several products from Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, and as soon as I tasted the delicious Original Bar-B-Q Sauce, I knew exactly what I wanted to make… Barbecue Chicken Pizza! I was born in Texas, so I am well aware of Stubb’s tasty sauces, marinades, and rubs.
It had been many years since I’d last tried Stubb’s sauces, and I must say that I was really impressed with the flavors. In fact, Stubb’s makes a number of different sauces in addition to the classic Original flavor. If barbecue sauce combinations like Hickory Bourbon, Honey Pecan, and Smokey Mesquite don’t make your taste buds water, then I recommend a visit to the doctor!
Did you know Stubb's BBQ Sauces and Marinades are the only mainstream barbecue brand to carry Gluten-Free Certification Organization seal and contain no high fructose corn syrup either? Win-win, given their authentic Texan flavor to boot.
For this Barbecue Chicken Pizza, you’ll need to cook the chicken ahead of time. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try Stubb’s Green Chile Marinade, so I covered a chicken breast in this marinade and went about my daily chores. By the time late afternoon rolled around, I fired up the grill and threw the chicken on.
About 10 minutes later, I was looking at a delicious piece of chicken, and it was all I could do to save it for the pizza! (Ok, I may have snuck a piece or two when I was chopping it up…can you blame me?) I am a true believer in this Green Chile Marinade, and I suspect I will be trying Stubb’s other marinades in the not-so-distant future!
Once your dough is prepared and chicken cooked, this pizza comes together very quickly. Just lay down a generous amount of Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Sauce (I opted for the Original this time), and cover the pizza with a blend of shredded cheeses and chicken. But there are a couple of secrets that take this recipe over the top. (I’ll share these secrets with you…but you have to promise to keep them between us!)
Secrets to Making the Perfect BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Use a blend of cheeses. Mozzarella is a requirement because of the way it melts, but I like to throw in some shredded Cheddar and smoked Gouda, too. Trust me on this one!
- Mix a small amount of Stubb’s spice rub with olive oil. Then brush this mixture all around the outer edge of the crust. This will give your pizza crust an amazing texture and taste! I dare anyone to leave the crusts on their plate after using this trick! (Even though this is a chicken pizza, I used the Beef Spice Rub for the crust, and it worked beautifully.)
- Once the pizza comes out of the oven, top it with a small handful of freshly chopped cilantro. The brightness from the fresh herbs really balances the deep, delicious flavors of the barbecue sauce!
- And last, but not least: Use a squirt bottle to drizzle a little bit of barbecue sauce back and forth across the top of the pizza once it is done and ready to serve. In addition to boosting the flavor of the pizza, this extra sauce provides a nice visual appeal for your finished meal!
In total, I used 3 different Stubb’s products when making the pizza, and this Barbecue Chicken Pizza could be one of my absolute favorite pizza creations to date! As I mentioned above, the beauty of making homemade pizza is the ability to be creative, so pick up some different varieties of Stubb’s sauces, marinades, and rubs and get to experimenting!
Looking for a vegetarian pizza that would be fab with Stubb's sauces too? Try this Kale and Sweet Potato Pizza!
David received free coupons for Stubb's sauces and marinades in order to create the recipe. All opinions expressed about the products are his own.