A slice of hot meat lover’s pizza is perfect on a cool evening or even after a pool or beach day in the summer. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to DIY.
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Preheat oven to 220°C. Place the pizza bases on 2 baking trays. Spread with the pizza sauce. Drizzle with the barbecue sauce.
Top the pizza bases with the onion, pepperoni, bacon, ham and cheese. Bake for 12-15 mins or until the pizza bases are crisp and the cheese melts. Sprinkle with chilli flakes, if using.
When it comes to pizza, meat lover’s is a flavour that almost everyone adores. It's essentially bread, cheese and different types of meat, tied together with sweet and smoky BBQ sauce – what’s not to like? This recipe is a really simple one that shows you just how quickly you can make it in the comfort of your own kitchen. You’ll find the flavours are richer and more distinct when you get to construct your own at home, because you get to choose your favourite meat lover’s pizza ingredients. Make it together with family or friends to enjoy during a Friday night wind-down, movie night or fun weekend activity. Ready to serve in just 35 minutes, this BBQ meat lover’s pizza may end up being a go-to weeknight dinner as well!
If you absolutely need to have the pizza ready in a flash, you can use ready-made pizza bases. If you want to turn this into a total cooking project, make your own bases with our great pizza dough recipe.
Choose a baking tray with holes in the base, so that when you bake the pizza crust, it turns nice and crisp.
Sprinkle the base of the dough with cornmeal before placing on the tray, so that the pizza crust gets crispy.
Meat lover’s pizza needs a variety of meats on it to be considered a meat lover’s pizza. The best meats are cured, such as ham, salami and a mild-tasting sausage. If you don’t have sausage, replace it with minced chicken, pork or beef instead.
If you want to add a vegetable or other toppings, olives, onions, mushrooms or green capsicum are good options.
If you’ve been avoiding meat lover’s pizza because you’re not a barbecue sauce fan, the beauty about homemade pizza is that you can swap it out for any sauce you prefer. A tomato-based sauce, such as marinara, goes well with the meats and cheese on this pizza.
You can store meat lover’s pizza in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on a baking tray in a 175°C oven for around 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble and the pizza is hot. You can also reheat it in a frying pan on the stove. Place a slice of pizza in the heated pan (at medium heat). Add a tablespoon of water to the frying pan, and cover with a lid for 3-5 minutes. To freeze, cut the pizza into separate slices first and wrap individually. Lay all the slices on a single layer in the freezer so they can harden before placing in a resealable freezer-safe bag. You can store frozen pizza for up to 2 months.
Enjoy a decadent pizza topped with gooey cheese and your favourite meat for your next midweek meal. For other pizza ideas, try our recipes for supreme pizza, simple pesto pepperoni pizza or butter chicken pizza.