For what this pizza lacks in class, it makes up for in good taste. Wait, no, that doesn’t work. Let’s try again. This barbecue pizza is my much classier arugula pesto pizza’s spunky little sister. She rocks mini skirts and drinks bourbon and you just can’t help but love her.
This pizza reminds me of fun times working at a bar after college. The barbecue chicken pizza was a popular menu item so I soon discovered the joy of barbecue sauce on pizza. Its concentrated sweet and vinegary flavor plays nicely with bubbly cheese and sweet and spicy toppings. It’s so wrong and so right at the same time.
I got all nostalgic the other day when I came across a pineapple and jalapeño pizza. I thought those flavors deserved more representation on the blog than just tortilla pizzas, so! here we are with homemade barbecue pizzas.
I totally believe that pizza making should be a fun, relaxed affair (especially when it comes to barbecue pizza), so feel free to take some shortcuts when it comes time to making this pizza. My whole wheat pizza dough recipe comes together super quickly in a food processor, but I won’t judge if you buy store-bought pizza dough (I like Trader Joe’s whole wheat dough).
You can also save some prep work by buying pre-cut, fresh pineapple and slicing it into little bite-sized pieces (that’s what I did). When it comes to barbecue sauce, I suggest a tangy sauce with classic barbecue flavor. You probably can’t go wrong with a Kansas City-style sauce (just check the label to make sure there are no crazy ingredients inside). I think this pizza would make a great Halloween dinner! Eat a Reese’s for me, please.
Cuisinart food processor
Baking steel c/o Sur la Table (the super hot surface makes for crisp, bubbly pizza crust)
Rosle Pizza Cutter
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Barbecue Pineapple, Jalapeño and Feta Pizza
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 2 pizzas 1x
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: American
Vegetarian barbecue pizza topped with sweet pineapple, spicy jalapeño and salty feta! This pizza is totally irresistible and really easy to make at home. Recipe yields two 11-inch pizzas.
- 1 batch easy whole wheat pizza dough, seasoned generously with freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- 2 cups (8 ounces) grated low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese
- ⅓ pound (1 cup sliced) fresh pineapple chunks, sliced into ¼-inch thick, bite-sized pieces
- ¼ to ⅓ cup pickled jalapeños (feel free to eyeball based on how spicy you want your pizza)
- ½ cup (2 to 3 ounces) crumbled feta
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
- Red pepper flakes, a light sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro, more barbecue sauce or a smoky hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit with a rack in the upper third of the oven. If you’re using a baking stone or baking steel, place it in the oven on the top rack.
- Prepare dough through step 5 (my only suggested change is to season the flour mixture generously with freshly ground pepper before turning on the food processor).
- Evenly spread ¼ cup barbecue sauce over each pizza. Divide toppings evenly over the two pizzas, beginning with grated mozzarella, followed by sliced pineapple, pickled jalapeños, crumbled feta and chopped onion.
- Bake pizzas individually on the top rack until the crust is golden and the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 12 minutes (or significantly less, if you’re using a baking stone/steel—keep an eye on it). Transfer pizza to a cutting board, slice and serve with desired garnishes on the side.
Pizza dough preparation tips: This crust turns out especially golden and bubbly if you bake it on a hot pizza stone or pizza steel instead of a baking sheet. I roll out the pizza on parchment paper, cut to size, then scoot it onto the pizza steel using a cookie sheet. The pizza will bake much faster on a hot surface, so keep an eye on it and reduce the baking time accordingly. I hear this dough works great on the grill, too!
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We make a lot of pizza on the grill, and I can’t wait to try this.
Emily van Kampen
Nice combination of ingredients on this pizza! I have never tried feta on my pizza and I’m very curious to try that.
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
Sooooo the title alone got me, but I need to make this immediately! Yum!
Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
It took me years after my move to North America to warm up to sweet and salty combinations, and particularly to pineapple on pizza. But now, I can honestly say that I love it. I have never tried it paired up with barbeque sauce, though – this might be all the inspiration I need. Thanks!
Gorgeous. I can almost taste this flavorful combination. Love your photography, beautiful. So grateful you are enjoying your Baking Steel…
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
Barbecue sauce and pineapple on pizza is AMAZING! I love when I see others doing that :)
Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
BBQ, pineapple, jalapeño, feta? I’m sold!
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I love these flavors, perfect Halloween dinner!
Julia | Orchard Street Kitchen
I am a huge pizza lover (I worked at a Chicago deep dish pizza place in high school!), and this looks like the real deal, Kate! That golden crust and bubbling cheese…perfection. My husband is a huge fan of Hawaiian pizzas, so I bet he will love this!
dixya@food, pleasure, and health
pizza is a weekly affair in my house – this is definitely happening!
Jessica | Saucy Pear
This pizza is so incredibly appropriate for my family, it’s not even funny: Hubs eats BBQ sauce out of the bottle on a spoon, my 2yo routinely walks around with a whole tub of feta, and I’m addicted to pineapple. The.End!
Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
Pinapple and jalapenos are my two favorite pizza toppings. This is beautiful- great combination!
Your talking my language here! I adore pineapple on a pizza but the other members of my abode don’t. I’ll have to come by your house. Save some for me — I’ll bring the Reese’s!
Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules
Yum! I love bbq sauce on pizza. And I especially love the easy to come together dough!
We are overseas and can’t get BBQ sauce. Does anyone have a recipe they could recommend that isn’t crazy involved but still tastes good? The flavour combinations on this pizza are right up my street if I can sort out the sauce element…
Very interesting combo- I love throwing something new on the canvas!
A great reminder that the combinations are endless- but sometimes it is also nice to know when they really click. cheers… wendy
Bri | Bites of Bri
This pizza rocks! I love the combo of sweet and spicY!
Millie | Add A Little
This looks so amazing Kate – love the big bold flavours!
I made this for lunch today and it was amazing. thank you for the inspiration!
This pizza looks amazing!! I love the combination of ingredients!!
In college, my two favorite pizzas were the California Pizza Kitchen bbq pizza and Hawaiian pizza. So this is the perfect marriage of the two!
My husband is non-pizza – so he rolled his eyes at the mention of pineapple and jalapenos. Told him he could pick them off :)
He ate two HUGE slices and not a crumb remained on his plate! Thanks for the encouragement of trying new combinations. I know what we’re warming up for a quick lunch tomorrow ~~~
Awesome! So glad you both enjoyed the pizza!
Just noticed your new ‘spot’ is Kansas City, MO. . .my hometown until 2004. Enjoy the Plaza Christmas Lights ~ so awesome.
I LOVE pineapple on my pizza! and I love that there is no Canadian bacon or ham! Can’t wait to make it!
My kind of pizza! Thanks for the recipe!
Made this last night – had to sub fresh jalapeños as I didn’t have any of the pickled version on hand- but the end result was so delicious! I was skeptical going in, but man, this was great! Sweet pineapple and barbeque sauce, spicy pepper, and salty feta all came together perfectly. Will definitely make again
This is an excellent combination of ingredients – love the sweet/spice/salty thing you have going on here so much.
Best crust ever!! Love the addition of black pepper. This is my new favorite pizza recipe, will definitely be repeating it! I used brie in place of the feta (had a chunk in the fridge that needed to be used and was delightfully salty) and it turned out great.
Thanks, Mandy! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the pizza! I just remembered that I have some brie in the fridge, never would have thought to put it on pizza! Great idea.
Oooooh, yes please! I love pineapple on pizza. I usually do it with bacon or pepperoni, but pickled jalapenos? Sounds AMAZING!
I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog, I’ve made 4 or 5 of your recipes in a week. I live halfway across the world (in Hawaii) but I grew up in KC (and love it)! Making this pizza tonight and can’t wait to try it. Question though, no Reeses?
Should rephrase that, no Reese’s!? Can you please provide some insight as to how you resist them at this time of year? ;-)
Hey Alicia! So glad you’re enjoying the recipes. I don’t resist Reese’s this time of year. :) I’m a big fan of the pumpkin-shaped dark chocolate ones. Trader Joe’s dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups are my favorite, though.
Just noticed your new ‘spot’ – K.C.MO. was my hometown for 68 years! Enjoy the Country Club Plaza Lights – soooo awesome.
Well, you have me beat! I’ve been in KC for two years and a few months. I really like it here! I used to live on the Plaza and the lights are so pretty.
I’m making this tonight. Can’t wait to taste it.
I ate a lot of greek quinoa salad last week so I decided to change up the cheese on this pizza and used mostly provolone and a little pepper jack instead of the feta and mozzarella. I thought those flavors would be yummy with the peppers and pineapple and everything. The pizza’s in the oven right now.
The pizza turned out so yummy! Awesome recipe. Thanks.
Glad to hear it! Thanks, Jen!
I just made this pizza for dinner and my husband and I were both like, I made this? It’s too good! Too sophisticated! I don’t like jalapeños so I omitted them but I did sprinkle on some coconut bacon. Totally yummy. Such a great mix of flavors.
Thank you, Natalia! Coconut bacon on top sounds so awesome.
5 alarm pizza night at our house this evening! This is a good recipe. And the heat all depends on the bbq sauce you use. I used a spicy Carolina variety and between that and the jalapenos, Yikes! I used fresh jalapenos because I didn’t see it called for pickled jalapenos. I have no idea if that would make a difference. The combination of sweet pineapple and the spicy bbq and peppers makes a mighty nice pizza. I would make this again.
My boyfriend and I have started eating vegetarian 6 days of the week and your recipes are AMAZING. I’ve always loved cooking but taking the meat out of my favorite dishes was just not cutting it. Neither of us are fans of “meat substitutes” so I started researching how I could make fresh, all vegetarian meals. I found your site and I’m totally addicted! Tonight we are trying this recipe here, I’ve given it 5 stars already but there is no doubt in my mind this will be delicious.
P.S. – Your Curry dishes are ten times better than anything you can get at a restaurant here in Arizona.
I made this pizza tonight and it was absolutely delicious! This will be a new favorite in my household. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
So glad to hear it, Kersti!
Pizzas looks really delicious, looking forward to make and taste it.
Let me know how it goes, Priscilla!
Any chance you have more pizza recipes planned for 2018 ;)?
Your pizzas are the best!
I will add your request to my list, Camille!
Love this recipe!! But your directions are a little confusing. Step 2 doesn’t quite make sense to me! There is no step 5 so we weren’t sure if we needed to do anything special or extra. But the pizza turned out yummy either way!
I’m sorry to hear that. What did you find confusing? My goal is to make sure my directions are easy to follow.
I figured it out! I didn’t realize that you were referring to the pizza dough recipe you linked. We bought premise dough so I didn’t even think about it! The more I looked at it then it clicked.
I have been following you for years and I can’t believe I haven’t see this recipe before. I live on an island and I am always looking for new combinations to try. This pizza has all the things I love on it. Keen as!
Keep up the good work mate. Love all that you do.
Thank you for your support through the years! I’m so happy you have had such success with my recipes. :)
I came across this recipe and was intrigued but skeptical that I would like it enough to make again. But it was SOOO good! Amazing combination of flavors! We will definitely be incorporating this into our regular meal rotation.
Great to hear, Bethany! Thanks for sharing.
didnt come with the ingredients
Hi S. Philips, I’m sorry as I’m confused at what you mean? The ingredients are listed in the recipe.
I love this pizza! I’ve made it so much that I know the recipe by heart. I don’t like jalapenos, but I love them on this pizza!
I made this pizza tonight and OMG. The best combo of flavors ever. My husband was raving about it the whole time we ate.
Made this for the family tonight. A huge hit! Since our vegetarian daughter moved back from NYC to live with us, I’ve cooked only vegetarian -and 95% your recipes. Thank you for all of your accessible, delicious, healthy recipes!
Incredible! One of our all day favorites. I make it without the jalapeño and it’s perfecto
Can I use fresh jalapenos? Will it affect the flavor?
Hi Stacey! You can, but may be on the spicier side. It would be a good alternative!
This pizza was incredible. Salty. Sweet. Spicy. Funky. It was everything. My husband is a true meat and potatoes Southerner and I am a vegetarian from the North. When we agree on how delicious a meal is, it is a true miracle. Lol. He absolutely loved this pizza. Thank you!
I’m glad you loved it, Daisy! I appreciate your review.
Wow thank you again for knocking my socks off!
I’m not a big BBQ person but this pizza was amazing!
Added extra jalapeño and used a honey BBQ for sweetness.