The Perfect Barbecue Beef Pizza: A Flavor Explosion

Do you ever find yourself craving a delicious, mouthwatering pizza? I know I do, and so does my entire family. One particular pizza that we love is the Barbecue Beef Pizza. It’s a recipe that rivals the famous Pizza Hut version, or at least the version they used to offer. I set out to create a pizza that would be just as good, if not better. And let me tell you, I think I succeeded.

Sliced Pizza with Lots of Barbecued Beef

When it comes to pizza, I have certain preferences. I’m picky about my barbecue, and I’m not a fan of chicken barbecue. I also don’t like barbecue sauce on my pizza. Instead, I wanted juicy barbecue beef strategically placed on top of a tomato sauce with lots of cheese. And of course, the dough had to be soft and seasoned with garlic and herbs.

Those were the requirements I had in mind when creating this recipe. The best part is that it’s quite simple to make, especially if you happen to have some leftover pot roast in your refrigerator!

As I experimented with this recipe, I discovered a time-saving tip. Whenever I had leftover roast beef, I would save a cup or two and freeze it. Then, when I had a craving for barbecue pizza, all I had to do was thaw the roast beef. It saved me time and the first few steps of the recipe. However, I’ve also included instructions for cooking the roast beef from scratch, just in case you need them.

Trying out Recipes for Barbecue Beef Pizza

For this pizza, I used my tried and tested recipe for Thin and Crispy Pizza Dough and my flavorful Zesty Pizza Sauce, both of which have been slightly altered to enhance the barbecue flavor. I tried different doughs and sauces, but these two yielded the best results.

Now, let’s talk about the tools you’ll need to create the perfect pizza. Over the years, I’ve collected a few kitchen items that make pizza-making easier and result in a better product. Here are my recommendations:

  • A Baking Stone: Make sure to choose one that is big enough to hold your largest pizza. You can use it for baking sourdough and flatbreads too.
  • Pizza Peel: This handy tool allows you to lift your pizza in and out of the oven. I recommend using it with parchment paper, especially if you’re new to pizza-making. Once you get the hang of it, you can try placing the pizza directly on the stone.
  • Pizza Cutter: You’ll need a way to slice your pizza. You can use a knife, a pizza roller, or a Pizza Cutter. Personally, I find the Pizza Cutter to be the best option.
  • Pizza Serving Pan: Since your pizza will be baked on a stone, you’ll need a pan to serve it on. I recommend simple and inexpensive aluminum pizza pans. Choose either a 12-inch or 14-inch size, better to have it too big than too small.
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Now, let’s talk ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need for the Barbecue Beef Pizza:

Barbecued Roast Beef

  • Beef stew meat
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Favorite barbecue sauce (We like Sweet Baby Rays)

Pizza Dough

  • 00 Pizzeria Flour
  • Nonfat dry milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Instant yeast
  • Dried basil
  • Oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Warm water
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  • Petite diced tomatoes
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Italian seasoning
  • Dried minced onion
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Seasoned salt


  • Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Minced garlic

To begin making this recipe, gather all the ingredients so that everything is within reach on your counter or table.

Prepare the Barbecue Roast Beef

Start by patting dry the beef stew meat with a paper towel. Heat a small to medium Dutch oven over medium heat and add olive oil. Once heated, add the stew meat and stir occasionally until all sides are browned. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and add about 1/4 cup of water to the meat. Cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes until the pieces are tender. Check every 15 minutes or so to ensure there is enough water in the pan to prevent burning, adding more if needed.

Remove the stew pieces when they are tender and place them in a bowl. Stir in your favorite barbecue sauce to your heart’s desire.

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If you already have leftover roast beef in the refrigerator or freezer, you can skip the previous steps and simply heat the meat and add the barbecue sauce.

Make the Pizza Dough

While the stew meat is cooking, go ahead and make the pizza dough. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the 00 Italian Pizzeria Flour, nonfat dry milk, granulated sugar, instant yeast, dried basil, oregano, kosher salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add the warm water and extra virgin olive oil, and mix together until it forms a soft dough.

Knead the dough for 5 minutes, either by hand or using a dough hook. Divide the dough in half and place each portion in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it relax for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the Sauce and Toppings

While the dough is resting, prepare your sauce and cheeses. In a small saucepan, mix together the petite diced tomatoes, red wine vinegar, granulated sugar, Italian seasoning, dried minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes until it has reduced by half.

Grate the block of mozzarella cheese and slice the fresh mozzarella cheese. In a small bowl, stir together extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic.

Make and Assemble the Pizza

Lay out two 14-inch squares of parchment paper on a work surface. Roll each piece of dough into a 10-12-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Smooth the tops with the prepared garlic olive oil and allow them to rise for 20-30 minutes. Trim the parchment paper close to the dough.

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Using a pizza peel, place the parchment sheets and crusts directly on the hot stone in your preheated oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes until the edges begin to turn brown. Remove from the oven before the crust starts to bubble. Flatten any bubbles that may have formed.

Top the par-baked crusts with the tomato sauce, followed by the grated mozzarella cheese. Next, place pieces of barbecue beef on the pizza, finishing with slices of fresh mozzarella nestled in between the meat.

Return the pizzas to the hot stone and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Transfer the pizzas from the oven to a serving tray and brush the outer crust with garlic olive oil. Repeat the process for the second pizza.

Allow the pizzas to cool for 3-5 minutes before slicing. Serve them on pizza platters and enjoy the deliciousness.

This recipe makes two 12-inch pizzas and will serve 4-6 people.

Now that you have all the steps and ingredients, it’s time to let your taste buds experience the flavor explosion that is the Barbecue Beef Pizza. So gather your friends and family, grab a slice, and savor the incredible combination of barbecue beef, tangy tomato sauce, and melty mozzarella cheese. Trust me, this pizza will leave you craving more!

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