Succulent pulled pork and juicy apple piled on pizza with onion and sweet barbecue sauce. The combination of flavors in this quick pizza with easy premade crust and leftover pork is fun for pizza night, even on a weeknight.
Why this recipe works
There are a several flavor combinations happening in this pizza that are pure magic. First, is the yummy pulled pork with the barbecue sauce – that’s a textbook flavor combination. Then we have pork and apple – another textbook flavor combo. And THEN we have apple and cheddar cheese which if you’ve never tried, just works.
These flavors work with each other and further combine together to deliver a tremendously tasty pizza. The pork and apple are the stars of the show, and the barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese support them. Finally, the red onion comes in with its subtle bite to cut the sweetness and bring it all together.
About the ingredients
For the pork, I used leftovers of my Coca-Cola pulled pork. I took the pork straight from the fridge and broke it up with my fingers right onto the pizza. I did not reheat the pork first which isn’t necessary because the meat will reheat as the pizza cooks in the oven.
This recipe is versatile in that any leftover pork will work. Got leftover pork tenderloin? Use it! Just chop it up and layer it on. The same goes for pork chops or pork loin. Leftover chicken (dark or white meat) will work as well.
For the barbecue sauce, I grabbed what I had in refrigerator. You can also make your own with my Cherry Chipotle BBQ Sauce recipe.
Instead of using only sharp cheddar cheese, I prefer to use a combination of sharp cheddar and Vermont white cheddar cheeses. this has basically become a general rule for me. The inclusion of Vermont white cheddar cheese breaks up the orange of the sharp cheddar cheese, making a more aesthetically pleasing pizza.
And lastly is the apple for our pork and apple pizza. I chose Granny Smith because for flavor and texture. Granny Smiths cook well and don’t become mealy like other apples.
If you love cooking with apple, also check out my recipe for Crab Stuffed Shells with apple in the filling.
Pulled Pork and Apple Pizza
- 1 premade pizza crust
- ¼ cup barbecue sauce
- 1 Granny Smith apple cored and sliced
- ½ cup red onion thinly sliced
- 4 oz pulled pork
- 6 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese see Notes
- Heat the oven to 425°F with a pizza stone in the oven to preheat as well.
- Layer onto the preheated stone, in order: pizza crust, barbecue sauce, apple, onion, pork, and cheese.
- Put the pizza on the pizza stone into the oven and cook at 425°F for 10 minutes until golden around the edges and toppings cooked through.
Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.