A great way to use up leftover ham, this BBQ Hawaiian pizza combines the tangy flavor of BBQ sauce with the freshness of pineapple and the savory taste of ham. Wrapped up with gooey mozzarella and it makes for the perfect meal.

A hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple.
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Not sure what to do with all the leftover ham from a holiday meal? Always a hit, pizza is a dish you can serve any time. This BBQ Hawaiian pizza recipe features a sweet and savory flavor blend that will have you licking your fingers.

With only 6 main ingredients and using store-bought dough, this homemade pizza comes together in a breeze.

With a classic flavor combination of pineapple and ham and featuring a smoky BBQ sauce, this is a pizza recipe you’ll be making on repeat.

Love pineapple flavor? Don’t forget to check out this grilled Hawaiian chicken, it’s the perfect summer recipe.

Here Are the Ingredients You Need For BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

Multi-grain pizza dough – though you can use a homemade crust if you like, opting for a store-bought one saves a ton of time in the kitchen just like naan bread pizza.

Pineapple – you can use fresh pineapple and chop it into cubes or grab a canned variety at the store. If you’re using canned pineapple though, make sure to drain the juices really well.

Cooked ham – use up all the leftover ham you have from a big dinner whether that’s a holiday ham or a ham steak. Chop it into small pieces so that there’s a savory taste in each bite.

BBQ sauce – use a homemade BBQ sauce if you have a recipe you love or a store-bought one. Since the BBQ is used as the base, trying new sauces can alter the taste of the BBQ Hawaiian pizza and make it into something new each time.

Mozzarella – try to use a whole milk mozzarella for maximum taste. The skim version won’t be as rich on the pizza.

Green onions – give a burst of color to the homemade pizza and compliment the flavor of any BBQ sauce.

How to Make BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

Step 1: The dough

Roll the dough out with a floured rolling pin and make sure that it’s even all around. Spread the BBQ sauce over the dough while making sure to leave a ½ inch border.

Step 2: The toppings

Spread the cooked ham and cubed pineapples evenly on top of the sauce before sprinkling on the mozzarella cheese.

Step 3: Baking

Transfer the dough to a pre-heated oven and bake until the cheese is completely melted, and the outside of the crust is beginning to turn golden brown (roughly 12 minutes).

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tip

Bake the pizza on a pizza stone if possible. With a stone, the tiny cracks in it allow moisture to escape quickly and results in a crispier, evenly cooked crust that tastes better.

Step 4: Finishing it off

Remove the pizza from the oven and garnish it with chopped green onions before serving.

Hawaiian pizza on a baking sheet.

Why You’ll Love the Recipe

Pizza is a classic dish that everyone loves, however, homemade pizza takes this comfort food to a whole new level.

  • This BBQ Hawaiian pizza is quick to whip up and will come together far faster than ordering a pizza will if you use pre-made dough or crust.
  • The flavor is the perfect balance between sweet and savory that you won’t get anywhere else.
  • This pizza recipe is a great way to use up leftover ham and reduce food waste. You can also make this light and tangy ham salad or a breakfast quesadilla.
  • Making your own pizza means that you can customize it to your liking any time you make it with new toppings and flavors.

Tips and Tricks To Make The Best Pizza

If at all possible, use a pizza stone to cook the BBQ Hawaiian pizza. This helps remove moisture and create a more delicious crust.

Make sure to preheat the pizza stone with the oven. Adding a cold stone to a warm oven will increase the cook time needed.

Store leftover pizza once cooled in an airtight contained in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat it, either heat the pizza at a low temperature in the oven until warmed through or use a microwave making sure to check the pizza in intervals so that the cheese doesn’t burn.

A pizza is sitting on top of a piece of paper.

Topping Additions and Variations

Add vegetables: Though the green onions are a nice pop of flavor, adding on some red onions, small broccoli florets or mushrooms are tasty additions as well.

Switch cheeses: You can use marbled cheese with this BBQ Hawaiian pizza as well or opt for a blend of cheese with mozzarella as the base and some feta sprinkled on top.

Spice it up: If you love a dash of heat, sprinkle on some sliced jalapeños or red pepper flakes.

FAQ

Can you make this pizza gluten-free?

The BBQ Hawaiian pizza can easily be made gluten-free by using a gluten-free pizza crust. Triple check that the BBQ sauce you’re using is gluten-free as well. Outside of that, the remaining ingredients are naturally gluten-free.

What is traditional Hawaiian pizza?

A classic Hawaiian pizza combines sauce, ham, cheese and pineapple. The pizza normally uses a marinara sauce and is often topped with crumbled, cooked bacon. The result is a comforting, savory flavor blend.

A ham and pineapple pizza on a tray.

More pizza recipes to try

Skillet zucchini pesto pizza is a summer time favorite. With a tangy vinegar taste and fresh pesto, it’s a white pizza lover’s dream.

This spring pea and lemon pesto pizza is so unique if you’re craving something different.

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5 from 46 votes

BBQ Hawaiian Pizza

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
A hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple.
With the tangy flavor of BBQ sauce paired with sweet pineapple, this BBQ Hawaiian pizza is the best way to use up leftover ham in the fridge! Easy to make and has a sweet, savory taste in every bite.

Ingredients 

  • 1 store bought whole wheat or multi-grain pizza dough, or homemade if you prefer
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed pineapple, fresh or canned, drain well if using canned
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup shredded whole milk mozzarella
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven and a pizza stone (if using) to 500°F.
  • Roll the dough out and spread the BBQ sauce evenly leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  • Spread the ham and pineapple on top of the sauce and top with the cheese.
  • Transfer dough to the pizza stone in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is starting to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove pizza from the oven and garnish with the green onions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 19gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 1205mgPotassium: 152mgFiber: 5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 308IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yes, please! I had pizza dough in my freezer for a couple of weeks now, and when I saw this recipe I was craving it so bad. It was delicious! So whoever loves ham and pineapple on the pizza. Go for it! It’s a very good pizza recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Pizza with pineapple has to be our favorite kind of pizza ever! We even add pineapple to regular veggie pizza. I have never used BBQ sauce until now and love the depth of flavor that adds. Adding one more to our favorite now.

  3. 5 stars
    I just got a pizza stone and this pizza was the first one I used it for. Wow, that stone makes all the difference. I love pineapple on my pizza and your recipe was right on with the flavor. I will be making this pizza again.

  4. 5 stars
    Used a mix of BBQ sauce and hot sauce for an extra spicy kick. It was amazing! I also tried mushrooms as a topping, and they added a nice earthy flavor. Will definitely be making this again.

  5. 5 stars
    I used a homemade BBQ sauce for this BBQ Hawaiian pizza, and it was incredible! Such an easy recipe to throw together on a busy weeknight, and the whole family loved it.