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Barbecue Turkey Pizza
Laura Vitale
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Crispy, sweet and slightly spicy, this pizza is by far the best use of leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Swap Option: You can use flatbreads instead of pizza dough, or even Greek pitas, and prebaked pizza crust, just adjust the temperature and time of baking. You can also swap the turkey for chicken or even leftover pork of any kind. And if you’re not a fan of barbecue sauce, substitute Buffalo sauce or even marinara sauce.

Special Kitchen Equipment Required: A pizza stone and pizza peel are crucial to making good pizza at home with ease!

Technique Tip: If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use a large, flat baking sheet (make sure it’s roughly the same size as the pizza or lay two of them side by side) upside down instead. Just make sure to preheat it as well.


    • 1 pound ball of pizza dough
    • 3/4 pound shredded, cooked turkey
    • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
    • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning (McCormick works well)
    • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
    • 1/2 cup pickled jalapeños, or more to taste


1. Preheat your oven to 450°F; if using a pizza stone, make sure to have it already placed on the center rack to preheat as well.

2. In a large skillet, add olive oil and allow it to get nice and hot over medium-high heat, add the turkey and steak seasoning and cook to caramelize and crisp the edges of the turkey, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the barbecue sauce and set aside to cool.

3. Roll out your pizza dough, either by hand or rolling pin, to about a 12-14-inch circle, place the rolled out dough on a lightly floured pizza peel and start layering your ingredients.

4. Carefully spoon the barbecue turkey mixture over the pizza dough, followed by the mozzarella and finally, the thinly sliced red onions. Slide the pizza in your preheated oven on the hot pizza stone and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

5. Remove from the oven, scatter the pickled jalapenos over the top and dig in!