Please please please, someone in the San Francisco Bay area tell me where in the world I can get authentic southern BBQ. I have tried several places and they are nowhere close to the real deal.
I’m talking about real southern BBQ. The kind of place where all of the vegetables offered on the menu are deep-fried, they make their own famous sauce, and their signature drink is way-too-sweet tea. Does that exist out here?
I am going through withdraw.
Speaking of BBQ, tomorrow is the first day of summer! I love the summer months, especially now that we no longer live in steamy, humid central Florida. Summer is the best time to eat pizza (not like there is a bad time to eat pizza—except probably in the bathtub—but I won’t judge).
This pizza is a wonderful combination of the flavors of summer: smoky BBQ sauce, hearty chicken breast, and fresh, earthy cilantro. You could even top it with some fire-roasted corn if you’re feeling really summery.
You can make your own pizza dough if you prefer (and if you’re like my mother) or just purchase one from the grocery store. Trader Joe’s sells whole-wheat pizza dough for about a $1.50, which to me is a much better deal than taking the time to make my own.
You should make tonight pizza night in your house. Your family will thank you.
Dough for 1 pizza crust
About 1 cup of BBQ sauce (per my brother’s suggestion, I’m using Sweet Baby Ray’s) —>
Pre-made pizza sauce
Cooked, diced chicken breast
2-3 scallions, sliced
1 small-medium tomato, diced
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place some flour on the counter.
Stretch, roll, or toss (come on, show me your skills) to the desired shape and thickness you’d like for your pizza. Place it on a baking sheet or pizza stone. I always scatter some cornmeal on the baking sheet or stone to keep the crust from sticking while it bakes.
Mix together BBQ sauce and pizza sauce until the flavor is to your liking. You can use straight up BBQ sauce if you’d like (I did this time), but sometimes I add just a little bit of pizza or pasta sauce to balance out the sweetness and smokiness of the BBQ sauce. Add in the diced chicken and stir until the sauce completely coats the chicken pieces.
Spread the sauce-chicken mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the pizza and top with the chopped scallions and tomato.
Place the pizza in your preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
While the pizza bakes, wash, dry and coarsely chop the cilantro leaves (remove the stems).
Sprinkle the hot pizza with the fresh cilantro and serve as soon as it is cool enough to bite.