Smoked Chicken Pizza on the BBQ

1 Twelve-inch pizza dough
2 Boneless chicken breasts
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tsp Minced garlic
1 tbsp Ground mustard
1 tbsp Chili powder
2 tsp Grated fresh ginger
3 c Ketchup
1 c Light brown sugar
2 oz Balsamic vinegar
1/2 c Worcestershire sauce
6 oz Mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp Sesame oil
1 sm Red onion; julienned
2 oz Molasses
1/4 c Chiffonade of basil

Season the chicken breast with olive oil and spices.

Place chicken on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and julienne. 

Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, molasses, chili powder, ground mustard, garlic, ginger, and balsamic vinegar in a food processor and puree until the sauce is smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon the sauce over the dough. Layer the cheese over the sauce. Sprinkle the chicken, red onion, and basil over the cheese.

When grilling a pizza you want good dough that will hold up to being transported and turned on the grill.

Rollout your dough about 1/4 inch thick and try to keep it pretty even. Pizza is a very forgiving dish so you don’t need to break out the calipers for this one. Just keep the dough uniform and well floured.

When it comes to the grill, keep it clean and well oiled. You need the pizza dough to slide on the cooking grate. If it sticks you’ll be out some dough.What you want to do is take the rolled dough rounds and lightly grill them. You can grill them on one side or both. If you just grill one side put your toppings on this side before you return it to the grill. Either way, with the bare dough rounds lightly browned, put your toppings on and turn down the heat on your grill.

If you are using charcoal you will what one side hotter than the other so you can put the topped pizzas on the cooler side. The goal here is to get the toppings heated and any cheese melted before the crust burns. As with all grills, keep a close eye on the pizzas.

With the lid down you can bake the toppings to get your pizza just right. If you are using heavy toppings, like meats or thick cut vegetables you might want to grill them up a little first before you cut them up and put them on the pizza.

While the grill is a great place to cook pizzas the intense heat can burn through crusts pretty quickly. You don’t want cold toppings on a burnt crust.

Enjoying a Healthy BBQ or Cook Out

How to Enjoy a BBQ Without Giving up on Healthy Eating

If you’ve ever gone to a cook out or BBQ and felt like there is nothing healthy to eat, read this. I found that making wise choices ahead of time will help you avoid making bad food choices. Here are a few tips to make your cookout or BBQ fun and enjoyable…and healthy.

  • Bring Your Own Food -If you’re going to a BBQ or cookout, ask if you can bring a side dish. There are many great and tasty side dishes to bring that are low-cal and not full of fat. A veggie platter with a lite dip is a wonderful choice. Fruit salad is a healthy side dish and is refreshing on a hot day. A tossed salad with a lite dressing is always a hit. Bringing extra food is almost always welcome at a BBQ. A sliced watermelon will be a favorite for all ages.
  • What to Grill – There are alternatives to traditional BBQ foods to grill. Instead of a full-fat hot dog, try a lower fat or turkey dog. You can buy hamburger with lower fat content or use ground chicken to make a delicious burger. Hot dog and hamburger rolls come in whole wheat or reduced calorie. My family has really gotten into grilling veggies. Some of our favorites are large mushrooms, summer squash, zucchini, and asparagus. Just brush the veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill them on the top level and be careful not to burn them.
  • Stay Away From.. – Greasy chips, salads loaded with mayo, the desert table…unless it is fruit or low cal.