Ingredients (makes 2 pizzas):
- 8 strips of bacon
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 pizza crusts
- 1 bottle (18oz) bbq sauce
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 of a pound of Smoked Gouda Cheese
- 1/3 of a red onion
- 1 jalapeno
- Crushed black pepper
Dice up your bacon and throw into a pan over medium heat. Add a dash of salt and pepper if so inclined.
When done cooking, take the bacon off the stove and drain on a paper towel.
Sprinkle BBQ seasoning on your chicken breasts. I used home made, but store bought is OK as well. Mine is a mix of smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, brown sugar, crushed pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and a teeny tiny bit of oregano.
Place a little oil (or that leftover bacon fat if you are as awesome as me) on a pan on medium-high and toss in the chicken breasts. Cook completely. Slice the chicken up into bite size pieces. It's OK if you eat a couple, I know I did.
Slice up the red onion.
Slice up a Jalapeno. This step is optional, but highly recommended. I love the heat. Alternatively, you can use a green/red/yellow pepper (or nothing at all if you hate peppers). I am omitting this from my family's pizza, which is why their is only one in this recipe.
Take your smoked gouda cheese and shred it.
Now for the barbecue sauce. I am using Sweet Baby Ray's, which is a thick and dark Kansas City style sauce.
For this dish, I need something a little thinner and tangy-er, so I will cut it with the apple cider vinegar.
Then I am adding a little freshly crushed black pepper for a little bite.
I bought a store-made pizza crust. I know some people will think that is cheating and I should have made my own dough, but I just got back from North Carolina today and didn't have the time. Anyways, once you are done judging me, add the BBQ sauce.
Follow with your freshly shredded gouda.
And then the chicken.
And the bacon.
And then the onions. This is really starting to look good now.
Finish with the jalapenos and take a minute to admire your work.
You did preheat your oven to 425, right? If so, go ahead and throw the pizza in and find something to do for the next 12-14 minutes while this cooks. Cooking time may vary according to your pizza crust, but when it is just about turning golden brown and the cheese has melted, it's time. It might come out looking something like this: