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North Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

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For toppings:
● 2 T. packed brown sugar
● 2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
● 1 tsp. paprika
● 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
● 4 lb. boneless pork butt (Boston butt or pork shoulder, boneless), cut into quarters
● 1/2 cup, plus 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, divided
● 1 T. red pepper hot sauce
● 1/4 cup ketchup
● 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
● 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
● 1 small carrot, cut into 1/8-inch matchsticks
● 2 green onions, chopped
● 2 T. mayonnaise

For crust:
● Olive oil, for greasing
● 1 cup warm water (110-115°F)
● 1 tsp. granulated sugar
● 1 tsp. active dry yeast
● 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
● 1 tsp. kosher salt

Cooking Instructions

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours 8 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 33 minutes (plus resting time)
Serves: 4

1. For topping: In a small bowl, mix sugar, salt, paprika and pepper together. Season pork on all sides with spice mix. Place pork, 1/2 cup vinegar and hot sauce in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours until tender. Shred pork into bite-sized pieces using tines of forks. Return pork to the slow cooker. Reserve 3 tablespoons of cooking liquid for topping pizza. Set aside for topping pizza.

2. For crust: Generously grease a large bowl with olive oil and set aside. Combine water sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Mix on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Let stand until yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes. Add flour and salt. Mix on medium speed until smooth dough is formed, about 3-6 minutes. Transfer dough to the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour 30 minutes.

3. Place pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F. On a lightly floured surface, press dough into a 14-inch round circle. Transfer dough round to lightly floured pizza peel. In a small bowl, combine ketchup and reserved cooking liquid. Spread mixture evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with mozzarella and pulled pork, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Quickly slide pizza onto preheated pizza stone.

4. Bake, rotating pizza halfway through, until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 5-8 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix cabbage, carrot, green onions, mayonnaise and remaining vinegar together until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top pizza with cabbage mixture. Slice and serve.

Tip: Use leftover pork to make pulled pork sandwiches!