Crazy-awesome BBQ turkey pizza

Have I told you? The refrigerated pizza crusts that everyone around here sells is one of my favorite things. I keep a few in the freezer, then unthaw them for a delicious, quick homemade meal in minutes. And yes, pizza may not be the best thing to eat all the time, but once in a while, these are great and you can load them with lots of veggies and other goodies to your liking. And it’s all way cheaper than delivery.

A few months ago, I made a barbecued turkey pizza and loaded LOTS of goodies on it. It was seriously awesome, and I’d been dying to make it again. Think classic barbecued chicken pizza, only significantly better.


I was ridiculously excited when I got this package in the mail. The last few months, I’ve had the privilege of working with Tribal Moose BBQ, which is a company based out of Sublimity, Oregon. I’ve read extensively and written about (and read lots of raving reviews) of their cranberry-based sauces, but had sadly never tried them. I was a very sad panda.

Sample Pack

So guess how happy I was when the owners sent me a freaking awesome sample pack with all their sauces?! Tribal Moose specializes in four sauces: an original barbecue, a spicy barbecue, a steak sauce, and a ketchup. And yes, they ALL have cranberries in them. (And guess what? ALL of the proceeds from the ketchup go to the Salvation Army. How cool is that?)

In any case, this was a perfect time to do a remake of my utterly fantastic barbecued turkey pizza!

Pizza Dough

First, grease (or spray) your cooking sheet. Then toss your pre-made pizza dough, and squish it in your pan. Then give a good squirt of Tribal Moose BBQ sauce. I used the SPICY because I’m crazy like that.

Then put a bit of mozzarella on that pie! Cook some ground turkey (yes, I said ground turkey. It works well! And it’s cheap and not greasy!). Then, if you like mushrooms, I highly recommend piling them on like I did. MMMM!!!


Now here’s the GOOD part. The one my mom finds questionable, but I swear to you it’s good. De-cob (or whatever) an ear of fresh sweet corn, and put it on top of everything. If you don’t have a fresh ear of corn, feel free to use the canned stuff, which is what I ended up doing. I’ve had this pizza both ways now, and the fresh, raw stuff has a much better, sweeter, and crisper taste and feel to it. But they both work. Top it off with a little bit of cheddar. Don’t be afraid to just pile it on!

Pop your pizza in the oven at about 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.


Et voila! Are you totally jealous? Look at the ooey-gooey-delicious-crispness! OMG, YUM!!

Close-upAnd if that wasn’t enough, take a look at THAT goodness. If you want, eat it with some fresh avocado on top.

So basically, my first brush with Tribal Moose was exceptionally awesome. I don’t make a habit of intersecting work and private life, but I had to let all y’alls know about this stuff, because it is genuinely really, really good. The cranberries lend a really delicious, sweet-yet-tart flavor to the already delicious sauce, and let me tell you–the spicy–it is spicy! Yess!! One of my friends who tried the sauce (she’s a vegetarian, so she had it with some cheese pizza) said that too often you buy spicy barbecue sauce and it just isn’t spicy. This had a FANTASTIC kick, that actually took me off guard. But in a good way. This pizza was so good!

If you don’t live in Oregon and can’t get to the several Safeways and other stores that carry Tribal Moose products, get your butts to their website. Their sauces come in a sweet 20-ounce glass bottle, and go for a very reasonably $3.99. LOVE!!!

Next up: Down-home oven fries and Tribal Moose cranberry ketchup! (Can we say NOM, please?!)


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2 thoughts on “Crazy-awesome BBQ turkey pizza”

  1. I am embarrassed that I have never heard of the town of Sublimity, OR, despite living in the state for the past 8 years.

    That said, your pizza looks effing delicious and I want to put it in my mouth. I’m definitely going to go looking for Tribal Moose next time I go grocery shopping! Also, refrigerated pizza crusts? I don’t think I’ve seen those. Is there a brand you would recommend?

    1. I grew up in Oregon, and Sublimity is a super-small town near Silverton, which is about 20 minutes from Salem.

      Thanks about the pizza! It’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. As for the pizza dough, I’m living on the East Coast now, and they have them at all the grocery stores. This is one thing I like about living in Upstate New York. I never found these in Oregon. HOWEVER, if you don’t feel like making your own dough, you should be able to get it frozen (instead of refrigerated); Rhodes brand is good! 🙂

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