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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BBQ Hawaiian Pizza
- 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
- 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 information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.