Smoked Brisket Pizza

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Brisket Pizza takes leftover brisket and gives it a fresh makeover!  This is another fantastic use for leftover Beef Brisket.

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My husband’s weakness is pizza. Usually he prefers plain ol’ pepperoni pizza (which I find quite boring). But lately, with his never-ending obsession with trying to perfect his brisket (this is a real problem, people), we once again find ourselves with ridiculously amount of leftovers. So…. Pizza.

Leftover Brisket

Leftover brisket happens. It’s true.

Leftover Smoked Beef Brisket

Make your jokes, but if you’re a true lover of BBQ, perfecting your craft whenever you get a chance, you’re practicing. And practice makes perfect. That’s true when it comes to brisket. Some will shine, and some won’t live up to your expectations.

And when life gives you leftover brisket, you give yourself…

Brisket Pizza

Brisket pizza unsliced on a cutting board.

Tips for Making Smoked Brisket BBQ Pizza

  • Pizza Dough: It seems obvious, but start with a good pizza dough. It makes a huge difference. Our favorite homemade pizza dough we make from scratch. Otherwise use your favorite store-bought dough.
  • The Sauce: I like to do ½ BBQ sauce and ½ traditional pizza sauce. If you use all BBQ sauce I find it tends to reduce and can burn easily, and also adds way too much sweetness to the dish masking the flavor of the smoked meat. Mixing equal parts BBQ sauce with pizza sauce adds a nice richness to the sauce without the BBQ sauce dominating the flavor of the meal. Just mix the two together and taste to adjust. Once again, use a good BBQ sauce. If your store doesn’t have anything worthy, use this pinot noir bbq sauce! It’s our current favorite.
  • Caramelized Onions: These are totally optional (but such an incredible addition to this pizza). We’ve done the pizza both ways. But I find they really add a nice depth of flavor that really kicks everything up a few notches.
  • Cheese: As far as the cheeses, don’t skimp on the smoked cheddar on this pizza. The blend of the smoked cheddar and mozzarella creates a really nice balance between ooey-gooey-cheesy goodness and awesome smoky flavor.
  • Smoked Brisket: I suppose, if you don’t have a smoker, you can use baked brisket, or even something cooked in a crock-pot (who does that?!). But really, nothing in the world beats the incredible flavor of perfectly smoked brisket!
Brisket smoked and before wrapped on a pellet smoker.

I have no doubt that you’re gonna love this pizza. And so will your friends!

Related Article: How to make this brisket pizza in an outdoor pizza oven.

Wine Pairing

We’ve tried this with everything from sweet white wines to bold reds. The flavors of the pizza are pretty complex, from the sweet caramelized onions and BBQ sauce, to the rich smoky brisket, to the juicy acidic tomatoes, to the melted cheese blend, topped off with cilantro. Rosé is your most versatile bet. We’ve had some success with Zinfandel and Syrah (just make sure it’s not a super rich or bold Syrah). But really, rosé with this pizza rocks. It’s got enough juicy fruit and bold flavors with balanced acidity to stand up to this pizza.

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Smoked Brisket Pizza
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Smoked Beef Brisket Pizza Recipe

A perfect use for leftover smoked beef brisket. Smoked Brisket Pizza. A great treat for parties or a fun dinner.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 14″ pizza
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Ingredients 

  • 1 store bought or homemade pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal, (just enough to cover board if you are using a pizza stone)
  • ½ cup red onions, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, (I use homemade)
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce, (or plain tomato sauce)
  • 1 generous cup of leftover brisket meat, shredded
  • 1 green onion, finely diced (both white and green parts)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped (more or less depending on your true feelings about cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon Maldon, (or finishing salt, it’s not necessary but adds a really nice finishing flavor and makes everything else “pop”)

Instructions 

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees, with pizza stone centered on the top rack.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil (or a combination of both) and cook onions, stirring occasionally, until soft and browned (approx 15 minutes).
  • In a separate small bowl, mix the BBQ sauce and pizza sauce together.
  • Stretch and roll out pizza dough to desired width. We have a 16” pizza stone, so we stretch the pizza to approx 14”.
  • Place dough on pizza pan or board with a tablespoon of cornmeal (if you will be using your stone to cook the pizza. The cornmeal helps the pizza slide off onto the stone). Alternatively, another trick is to place a piece of parchment paper between the pizza pan and the dough. It helps to transfer a heavier pizza in the oven. Roll out your dough to desired width.
  • Layer your dough with the sauce, then layer on the caramelized onions, leftover brisket, green onions, tomatoes, and both cheeses.
  • Bake approx 15 minutes or until sides look crisp and cheese is melted.
  • After removing the pizza garnish with cilantro and a pinch of finishing salt.

Notes

These measurements are for a 12″-14″ pizza. Adjust ingredients based upon your pizza dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 4668kcal | Carbohydrates: 274g | Protein: 437g | Fat: 194g | Saturated Fat: 70g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 81g | Cholesterol: 1225mg | Sodium: 7047mg | Potassium: 7254mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 3085IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 879mg | Iron: 49mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Entree
Cuisine: bbq, Pizza
Servings: 1 14″ pizza
Calories: 4668
Keyword: brisket pizza
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5 Comments

  1. Have you tried smoking your pizza? It adds a nice smoked flavor to the crust and cheese. I think I’ll try this in the smoker. It looks amazing.

    1. Yesss! We love smoked pizza. The only downside is the texture of the crust being a little less crispy but you are right – the flavor of the smoke in the cheese is great.

  2. Oh this turned out amazing! I love clever ways of using up left overs. For this, I used some I’ve the well done bits towards the thinner part and chopped it up i to small shredded like chunks. Took the advice of mixing pasta sauce and I just happen to have 1/2 a cup of tomato basil mixed with a equal part of honey mesquite bbq sauce. The fresh smoked cheddar and fresh mozzarella is KEY! Just fantastic! ::chefs kiss::

    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers from Midland, TX.