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Barbecue Baked Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

By: Andrea Alden

Traditional pizza recipes, we’ve done that. But this. This Barbecue Baked Deep Dish Pizza Recipe is gooey, meaty, and incredibly delicious. Wow your family when you place the most deep and delightful slice of pizza.  The crust is buttery and flakey unlike most pizza crusts, perfect for supporting the thick layers of meat, cheese and sauce. This Chicago-style barbecue pizza is like no other.

Prep Time
120 Min
Cook Time
35 Min
Yield
6
Difficulty
Medium

Barbecue Baked Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

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Ingredients

Directions

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Ingredients

1 cup

water, room temperature

2¼ tsp. (1 pkg)

yeast

1 tsp.

sugar

2½ cups

flour

½ cup

cornmeal

1½ tsp.

salt

¼ tsp.

garlic powder

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp.

butter, melted, cooled

Oil for coating a bowl


Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp.

butter

1

white onion, diced

2+ cloves

garlic, minced

3 tbsp.

tomato paste

1 can (28 oz.)

crushed tomatoes

Italian seasoning to taste


Pizza Toppings

1 tbsp.

oil

Uncased Italian sausage

Thinly sliced pepperoni

Deli-style sliced mozzarella

Deli-style sliced Havarti

Parmesan to taste

Directions
  1. In a measuring cup, combine the water, sugar, and yeast. Allow the yeast to bloom for about 10 minutes. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fit with a dough hook, combine the flour, half of the cornmeal, and salt.  Add the water mixture and the melted butter. 
  2. Stir the mixture until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl then turn the mixer up to medium and knead for 7 or 8 minutes, until it’s smooth and elastic. Knead on a floured surface if the dough is still sticky.
  3. Alternatively, you can do this by hand, stirring until a dough forms in the bowl then kneading by hand on a floured surface until the dough is soft and slightly tacky – not sticky that it would come away on your hand. 
  4. Form a ball and place the dough into an oiled bowl to double in size. Leave it covered with a tea towel for an hour or so.
  5. While waiting for the dough, make the sauce. Drain the tomatoes through a sieve. While the tomatoes are draining, melt the butter in a skillet or frying pan. Sweat the onions until they begin to become translucent, add the garlic and fry a little longer. Add the tomato paste and cook until the onions, garlic, and paste darken in color a little. Then add the drained tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Bring to a simmer for at least 30 minutes to ensure all of the flavors have combined well. 
  6. Place a pizza stone onto the grill and preheat it to 500°F. 
  7. Once the dough has risen, grease a deep sided cast iron frying pan with a little oil and sprinkle with some of the remaining cornmeal. Turn the dough out into the pan and gently push it into the shape of the pan and up the sides. Cover the dough in the pan and allow it to rest for another 30 minutes. 
  8. Lay down a layer of cheese, followed by a layer of sausage and pepperoni. Layer another layer of cheese on top and then spoon over your tomato sauce. Finally, top the tomato sauce with some parmesan.
  9. Turn the burners down so that the grill will sit at about 400 to 425°F. Place the cast iron frying pan onto the baking stone and bake the pizza for between 25 and 35 minutes. Turn the pan about halfway through baking to ensure even heat. 
  10. Once cooked – the crust is golden and the fillings are bubbly, remove the pizza from the barbecue. Use a knife or thin spatula, ensure that the sides haven’t stuck to the pan and then carefully slide the pizza out on to a board. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

What toppings did you put on your Barbecue Baked Deep Dish Pizza? Share your BBQ pizza recipes and photos on our social pages like Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #NapoleonEats and #NapoleonGrills.

Happy Grilling!

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - ingredients

Gather the ingredients for the dough

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - Sauce

Combine the sauce ingredients and simmer until thick

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - Layers

Once the dough is ready, layer cheese, sausage, cheese, pepperoni, and top with sauce

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - bake1

Preheat the grill to 500°F with a baking stone, bake the pizza for 35 minutes+ 

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - bake2

Bake until bubbly and gooey and crispy

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve1

Serve with extra parmesan

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve2

It's so thick and cheesy!

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve3

It is very filling and thick

AndreaAlden
Andrea Alden

I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - ingredients

Gather the ingredients for the dough

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - Sauce

Combine the sauce ingredients and simmer until thick

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - Layers

Once the dough is ready, layer cheese, sausage, cheese, pepperoni, and top with sauce

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - bake1

Preheat the grill to 500°F with a baking stone, bake the pizza for 35 minutes+ 

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - bake2

Bake until bubbly and gooey and crispy

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve1

Serve with extra parmesan

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve2

It's so thick and cheesy!

Recipe Blog - Authentic Chicago Deep Dish - serve3

It is very filling and thick