Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Pizza

There are some things in life that you should totally be allowed to eat with a spoon.  A really good, thick and smoky barbecue sauce is one of them.  Not all BBQ sauce meets that criteria, but when you find one that is completely awesome… a nice big spoonful is awfully tempting.  So go get your favorite barbecue sauce and make this recipe that the whole family will love:  Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Pizza

Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Pizza

Sure, there might be a thing or two that the kids might want to pick around.  You can customize it how you like, but we liked this one just as I wrote the recipe below.  In fact, I made my son overlook the tomatoes (something he despises) and just take a big bite to see if he liked the pizza.  He complied, he took a great big bite, and he agreed that it was delicious.  The barbecue sauce and the gouda cheese take over the starring role in the pizza, and the other tidbits just add a little something extra here and there.

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You can use a store-bought pizza dough if you’d like.  I don’t like the stuff in the can, but Trader Joe’s and other specialty stores sell a ball of dough that is usually pretty decent.  ALSO… a little secret:  pop into your local pizza place and ask them if they’ll sell you a pound of dough.  You might be surprised that they will!  For this recipe, I made homemade- my favorite:  Easy Pizza Dough Recipe.  It’s easy to make- just mix and knead a little bit, let it rest and rise for 30 minutes, then roll it out.

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Brush it lightly with olive oil.  Then bake it for 7 to 8 minutes, just until the top is a little bit golden brown.

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Spread barbecue sauce on top of the partially baked crust (acting as your pizza sauce).

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Sprinkle desired goodies on top.  I recommend you try all of them!  Or you can let the kids sprinkle what they want on one side and you sprinkle the other.  Or you can just be one of those parents who says, “You’re eating what I make for dinner or you won’t be eating any dinner!” (like I do…)

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Bake for another 5 to 6 minutes, just until the cheese is properly melted and bubbly.

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Let the pizza rest for a few minutes after taking it out of the oven.  Slice and devour!  We made this for lunch last weekend and it was perfect.  Leftovers were enjoyed for a couple of days after.  My barbecue sauce of choice for this recipe is Bull’s Eye- Original.  And nope, they didn’t pay me to say that- that’s just the brand I prefer if I’m using store-bought.  Most store-bought BBQ sauce has high fructose corn syrup as a main ingredient, but Bull’s-Eye doesn’t have any.  Oh yeah… and I’m not gonna tell anyone if you decide to spoon-sample that BBQ sauce as I mentioned at the beginning 🙂  Enjoy your pizza night!

Yield: 1 medium pizza (8 slices)

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Pizza


1/2 tablespoon corn meal

1 ball pizza dough (or homemade)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh arugula or chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
2/3 cup shredded, cooked chicken
2/3 cup halved pear or small cherry tomatoes
2/3 cup (at least) chopped, cooked bacon
1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Sprinkle the cornmeal on a baking sheet.

2. Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured mat- into a circle or a rectangle. Move it to the baking sheet. Brush it with oil, then bake 8 to 10 minutes on the bottom rack, just until golden brown. Remove the pan from the oven.

3. Spread the sauce on the partially baked crust. Sprinkle toppings, as desired, ending with the cheese.

4. Bake on the middle rack for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, just until the cheese is melted and hot and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before slicing.


*Another flavor option is to skip the arugula/spinach and sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of cilantro instead.


Other creative pizza recipes you must know about!  From these blogs >
BLT Naan Pizza with Bacon, Arugula and Tomato by Cookin’ Canuck
Jalapeno Popper Pita Pizza by I Wash You Dry
Cobb Salad Pizza by Eat.Drink.Love
Grilled and Baked Aubergine Pizza by Drizzle and Dip
Pizza with Lemon, Smoked Mozzarella and Basil by Alexandra Cooks

44 Responses to “Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Pizza”

  1. postedMay 24, 2013 5:07 AM

    I love making BBQ chicken pizza!! Your version looks so good! I love the gouda cheese! Holy deliciousness!

  2. postedMay 24, 2013 5:44 AM

    I am just wondering if you have made your pizza dough with whole wheat flour?? How would you recommend adapting it if someone wants a little more whole grains?

  3. postedMay 24, 2013 6:14 AM

    Slice and devour, indeed! You had me at pizza, barbecue sauce, bacon and gouda! It really does make a difference when you bake the crust until slightly golden before topping it, doesn’t it? Otherwise, the dough can get soggy from the sauce. Great tip on the BBQ sauce brand as well as the fine graphics! Thanks for sharing, Lori!

  4. postedMay 24, 2013 6:17 AM

    Lovely idea with the bbq sauce as topping instead of tomato sauce. I hadn’t come across a pizza like this here and I bet we will love the recipe Lori.

  5. postedMay 24, 2013 6:29 AM

    this looks awesome, i love BBQ pizza, next time I make it, I am going to have to try arugula and gouda!!

  6. postedMay 24, 2013 6:34 AM

    Lori – mmm, your pizza looks delicious!! I love the BBQ with the gouda!! Great combo! Have a nice weekend!! ( : Tina

  7. postedMay 24, 2013 6:41 AM

    I just happen to have some gouda in the fridge – we may have to have pizza night tonight now!

  8. postedMay 24, 2013 7:45 AM

    Now this is my kind of pizza! You can’t go wrong with bbq sauce, chicken and bacon! 🙂

  9. postedMay 24, 2013 8:41 AM

    Wow, this looks absolutely incredible!

  10. postedMay 24, 2013 9:13 AM

    BBQ chicken pizza is never the same without gouda. SEriously takes it over the top in every awesome way! But adding bacon is just amaze balls.

  11. postedMay 24, 2013 10:29 AM

    This pizza is life changing! Ohmygoodness

  12. postedMay 24, 2013 10:44 AM

    This looks SOOO scrumptious, Lori! I love using BBQ sauce as a base for pizzas! I want to just dive right in to all of those perfect lookin’ pies…

  13. postedMay 24, 2013 11:16 AM

    This looks major yum! I love making our own dough with the food processor, doesn’t take long at all!

  14. postedMay 24, 2013 11:18 AM

    Ohhhhhhhhh my gawd, yes.

  15. postedMay 24, 2013 11:20 AM

    I love these ingredients! My husband would eat this pizza every single day!

  16. postedMay 24, 2013 11:38 AM

    I never use bbq sauce on pizza, really not sure why! This pizza looks amazing – so much goodness in one bite!

  17. postedMay 24, 2013 2:11 PM


    It’s nice to see Gouda on pizza. I’ve been working on a big block of Icelandic Gouda and like the creaminess it adds to my pizzas.


  18. postedMay 24, 2013 2:58 PM
    Laurie @ A Wiener Dog in the Kitchen

    That pizza looks awesome! Get in my belly! Bookmarking this one for a meal this weekend.

  19. postedMay 24, 2013 4:21 PM

    loved seeing you on QVC…you made David do the happy dance twice….everything looked so good…congrats!!!

  20. postedMay 24, 2013 4:58 PM

    Oooh one of my favorite combos! I am on a quest this summer to perfect my grilled pizza. I had a great first grilled pizza of the season last weekend. The neighbors were impressed. Of course there are improvements to be had –always 😉 Needless to say it is going to be a delicious summer. I am going to have to add this one to the line up.

  21. postedMay 24, 2013 5:03 PM

    I love eating BBQ sauce with a spoon as well as salsa. Great pizza!

  22. postedMay 24, 2013 6:21 PM

    WOW! This is one amazing pizza. I’m newly in love with BBQ chicken pizza. I’m drooling!

  23. postedMay 24, 2013 10:09 PM

    This pizza looks fantastic, Lori! Thank you for sharing my cobb salad pizza!

  24. postedMay 25, 2013 6:02 AM

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. Did you save me a piece, I will be right over? I hope you are having a super weekend. Take Care, BAM

  25. postedMay 25, 2013 2:22 PM

    Yikes—this combines my two all favorite pizza toppings!

  26. postedMay 26, 2013 9:46 AM

    They make a BBQ chicken at out local pizzeria but I prefer a less smoky BBQ sauce. Making our own allows us to use what we like and really enjoy this combination.

  27. postedMay 26, 2013 9:50 AM

    This just made me seriously craving pizza. And barbecue. And bacon.

  28. postedMay 27, 2013 3:17 AM

    I don’t know why my pizza never looks as good as the pictures.

  29. postedMay 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Hi…Just went out and bought some Bullseye-Original. Sorry to say, it DOES have high fructose corn syrup. i guess they changed the ingredients again. 🙁

  30. postedMay 27, 2013 1:45 PM

    Can’t wait to try this!! :o)

  31. postedMay 28, 2013 2:56 AM

    What a great pizza! I love arugula on my pizza and love all the combinations you suggest!

  32. postedMay 28, 2013 2:04 PM

    Oh my heavens! This is my dream dish!

  33. postedMay 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    Oh goodness! This pizza is so perfect, I need this in my life now 😉 great recipe!

  34. postedMay 30, 2013 9:24 AM

    goodness gracious! I think I could eat that whole pizza myself!!! It’s looks incredible!!! 🙂

  35. postedMay 31, 2013 6:50 AM

    I think I have to make pizza. Right now. At 7am. YUM!

  36. postedMay 31, 2013 8:51 AM

    Just made this pizza for dinner tonight and it was really good! The dough turned out beautiful and the combination of chicken, bacon and bbq sauce was great! Will be making this again soon! Thank you

  37. postedMay 31, 2013 10:05 AM

    This is like my ultimate dream pizza!!! I know we’ll be making this one verrrry soon.

  38. postedMay 31, 2013 11:56 AM

    That looks AMAZING!!!

  39. postedJun 5, 2013 12:51 PM

    Hey Lori! I, too, just went to the store the other day and saw that Bulls Eye original has HFCS in the ingredients. Crazy, right???? I think I’m going to contact them! 🙂 Anyway, getting ready to make this pizza and I cant wait! I’m using Weber brand for the first time. (NO HFCS!!!) I’ll let you know how that sauce is. I usually make my own, but I’m in a time crunch today (even though I had time to type this, LOL!!!!!)

  40. postedJun 9, 2013 5:15 AM

    This was AMAZING!!!!! I used Trader Joes pizza dough, Weber brand BBQ sauce (which was delicious!!!!!!!!!), turkey bacon AND rotisserie chicken that I got from my grocery store. Thank you for this recipe!!!!!!

  41. postedJun 18, 2013 10:31 AM

    This looks delicious. I am thinking this pizza would taste great with banana peppers.

  42. postedJul 7, 2013 10:22 PM

    Just FYI – apparently Kraft changed the “original” recipe and substituted sugar for High Fructose Corn Syrup in January of this year (2013). The product page was never updated to reflect this.

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