BBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza

BBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza As many of you already know, or have probably noticed if you've been reading long, I eat a mostly vegetarian diet. I didn't grow up eating this way. My childhood was filled with chicken fingers and hamburgers. You know, kid stuff. :) 

But the thing I miss most about eating meat is not actually the meat, it's the BBQ sauce. I love it! So finding ways to add more BBQ sauce into my current diet is always a priority for me.

BBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza  Did you know that BBQ sauce makes a great pizza sauce? Oh yes. It's one of my favorites for sure. So that paired with one of my very favorite vegetables (brussels sprouts!) and my favorite food group (pizza!) is a total trifecta. 

OK, pizza isn't a food group. You got me there. But geez, wouldn't that be great if pizza could be a food group? Dare to dream.

Pizza dough recipeBBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza, makes two.

For the dough:
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
pinch of sugar
1 1/8 cups warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt

For the toppings (keep in mind this is for two, so cut in half if you are only making one):
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup brussels sprouts, cut into fourths
1/2 red onion
2 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella, pepper jack, colby jack, or a combination)

To make the dough, begin by stirring together the warm water and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the water and allow that to sit and activate for 5-6 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the oil, flours, and salt. 

Pour the yeast mixture in with the flour, and stir until a dough ball forms. Knead for 3-4 minutes until the dough begins to feel elastic-like. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour or until nearly doubled in size. This makes enough dough for two pizzas. So, if you only want to make one at a time, I'd recommend freezing half of the dough after it has risen to use at a later date. Or you can try cutting the entire recipe in half if you prefer.

Quickly cooked brussels sproutsFinely chop the onions and saute in a little oil over medium heat. Cook until they are brown, but not burnt. This will bring out a little sweetness in the onions, which goes well with the BBQ sauce. Once done set aside.

Cook the cut brussels sprouts in a similar way. You're looking to soften them and add a few crispy edges, but they won't necessarily be completely cooked through. And that's OK! They will cook a little more while on the pizza. I cooked mine in the pan (with oil over medium heat) for about 5 minutes. How long you cook them is really up to you and how you like your brussels, just don't burn them. 🙂

BBQ sauce from my childhoodRoll out the dough and cook at 400°F for 6-7 minutes. Then spread on the BBQ sauce. I'm not a super fancy/expensive BBQ person. I've been using the KC Masterpiece brand for years and love it. Use whatever you love. Then add the cooked onions, brussels, and the cheese. Bake for an additional 10-12 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the edges of the crust look crispy.

BBQ Brussels Sprout PizzaI like to sprinkle on a few red pepper flakes, but that's totally optional. I love when pizza places have red pepper flakes at the table. I'm not a super spicy-foods person, but a little heat can add a lot of interest. 

BBQ Brussels Sprout Pizza    Make a veggie-filled pizza this week. You'll feel good about it while also getting to enjoy one of my very favorite comfort foods. Happy pizza nights! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Definitely going to have to give this a try. One of our favorites is BBQ sauce + shrimp + bacon + red onion. I too loooooooove BBQ pizzas!

  • Emma, I love this recipe. I am currently not a good cook but am practicing so I need to ask questions so I learn. I’m not fond of Brussel sprouts. What would be another green veg for the pizza or even veg combination for the pizza? Would a red, yellow, green pepper pizza be a good choice? Love your recipes. Living brilliantly! X

  • looks so good! i don’t think i would have put bbq sauce with brussels sprouts but that looks delicious!

  • Made this for dinner last night. Left off the onions, because my husband isn’t a friend to the onions. This pizza? I had my doubts. But I love pizza and I love brussels and I love BBQ sauce and I love Emma so I obviously had to give it a go. All in all, this is one of the best pizza topping combinations I’ve had. It’s a keeper for sure. All you peeps planning on trying it better do it now!!!!! Thanks, Emma!! Elizabeth O

  • Made this tonight but added Parma ham too. It was fab so thanks foe the idea. Never would gave thought of putting sprouts on a pizza in a million years.???

  • I just made this (without cheese, because I’m vegan) and it was delicious! Next time I’d add more brussels (maybe mine were freakishly huge?) but it was amazing. The dough especially was delicious!

  • We love brussel sprouts in our house but never thought of putting them on pizza before. Looks like I know what we’re going to be making this weekend. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I agree with you on the bbq sauce on pizza it’s amazing and we use it a lot for that exact purpose.

  • Brussel sprouts are you favourite vegetable? Swap them for something else and this sound delicious

  • Okay, I laughed out loud when I read that you don’t miss meat, but you miss BBQ sauce! That was hilarious to me. This recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • This looks amazing! Definitely going to try it soon! 😀

  • What a great idea! Saving this for the weekend. Thanks for sharing, love your blog.

  • Pizza is just.. Pizza. There is no other way to describe it xx.

  • This looks great! I’ve thought a lot about going vegetarian, but one reason I haven’t is a lack of imagination for veggie-filled foods. Love how creative this is. I NEVER would have thought of the Brussel sprout/bbq combination!

  • Dear Emma,
    I am a dietitian by trade and Pizza is most definitely its own food group 😉
    Eat your heart out (I do!).
    p.s. I am a HUGE fan of your super healthy, delicious meals! You lead such a great example of balance and moderation.

  • Sounds and looks amazing!
    Would like to try this out.I really like your recepts Emma!

    Have a nice day.

  • It looks amazzzingggggg! So delicious! Need to try this recipe.
    Happy new year!

  • I just made roasted b-sprouts the other night and I can’t get enough of them! I’ve never thrown them on a pizza before…looks delish especially with the bar b q sauce!


  • Oh goodness me this pizza speaks to me! Bec x

  • yeah looks awesome! ill be trying it with a vegan cheese aswell. nom nom! happy new year everybody!

  • I loove barbecue pizza! Unfortunately with my celiac I cannot have pizza as often as I would love to, but this sounds delicious nevertheless.

  • I can NOT get enough brussel sprouts!! 😉
    This pizza looks so good!!!!!!

  • This looks delicious! I’ve been on a brussels sprouts kick lately, but I’ve never thought about putting them on a pizza! Love it.

    Always, Anita

  • i LOVE bbq sauce, adore brussels sprouts and i could live off of pizza for the rest of my life.. so the topping combination is a winner!

  • YAY FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS! And this looks absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try it with vegan cheese! (I may or may not have a bit of an obsession with brussels sprouts..) Thanks! xx

  • What a fun idea!! Never thought of BBQ + Brussels Sprouts.

  • What a fun idea!! Never thought of BBQ + Brussels Sprouts.

  • I can just imagine how amazing this must taste! Mmm!

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  • After reading the title I was like… I don’t know… and now I’m like oh heck yes!

  • Mmm mmm – you can never go wrong with a great BBQ sauce! And you’re so right, it’s delicious on pizza as well.

    Thanks for this tasty recipe, Emma! I’ll be giving it a try with vegan cheese. 🙂

    xx Kathryn

  • I love Brussels sprouts. I have had them on pizza before but never with BBQ sauce. This pizza looks amazing.

  • Not sure I could get mine to eat the BBQ sauce, haha- agree though- it looks so tasty!

  • This is perfect! Three of my fave’s rolled into one! Thanks, Emma!

  • Hi, Emma! I too do not eat meat; I’m actually a vegan! What are your reasons for not eating meat? 🙂

  • Oh. my. gosh. Ive never thought of this!!! Its so easy too. Wonder if it is just as good with a pre-made sauce.

  • I love the idea of finding ways to make pizza a bit more healthy! Personally, I kind of like brussels sprouts anyways. Genius idea, Emma 🙂


  • Yum! I’ve been craving pizza lately, but I also need more veggies in my life. This is the perfect thing!

  • Putting brussels sprouts on a pizza is brilliant! I think I might add that to one of my pita pizzas sometime. 🙂

  • I love BBQ sauce too and brussels sprouts are way underrated. Pizza is always a favorite, so this is a prefect way to prove it!

  • Woah! I’ve never had brussels sprouts and BBQ sauce together…is it good? I used to waitress at a pizza place with a BBQ sauce pizza and it was so good – really awesome what happens when you bake the sauce on there. My husband and I like to do pepper and onions and sometimes vegan sausage with spicy brown mustard baked on there…its such a winner!

  • This looks amazing! I think this would make my brussels sprout-hating hubby love brussels sprouts!

  • Perfect Emma! I’ve never thought in using BBQ sauce as a pizza sauce.
    And now i’m surprised that i’ve never tried it before!

    Tks for the tip. Tomorow will be a pizza night!

    xo, Deborah

  • This is so genius!! I LOVE BBQ sauce on pizza and I love B-sprouts = heaven!! I would probably try this on a cauliflower crust with vegan daiya cheese (I love that overprocessed stuff like nothing else hehe).

    Thanks for this amazing original idea!!
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  • I hate barbeque sauce on pizza. But I get my dose with cauliflower “wings” instead.

  • I freaking love BBQ sauce! Nice to see a healthier alternative to my BBQ Chicken Pizza. 🙂

  • I am getting ready to go to the store so I am picking up these ingredients! Looks great =) Thanks for the veggie inspiration!

  • Well this sounds amazing! I wonder if I could get my fiance to eat the brussel sprouts haha

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