April 20, 2022

Slow cooked Short Rib Cheeseburger Pizza by Barry Horne

By Tom Gibson
Slow cooked Short Rib Cheeseburger Pizza by Barry Horne

Makes 2 large pizzas


For the dough:

500g strong flour

7g fast action yeast

5g salt

300ml warm water 

For the short rib:

500g short rib

1 large onion

2 carrots

1tbsp tomato puree

125ml red wine

500ml beef stock

Salt and pepper

For the rest:

Tomato sauce for pizza (either jar or homemade)

200g grated cheddar and mozzarella 

1 small red onion (cut in rings)

Small jar Gherkins/pickles

American mustard 

50g Mayo 

50g Ketchup

¼tsp Smoked paprika


Start with the short rib as this takes about 2 hours. Pre heat the oven to 160 deg C. Roughly chop the veg and leave to one side. Season the ribs well with salt and pepper and sear in a hot pan to get colour all over, take them out and add the onion and carrot and colour them also. Add the tomato puree and cook for 1-2 mins, remove everything from the pan and place in a deep dish or baking tray, deglaze the pan with the red wine and reduce, then add the beef stock, bring to the boil and pour over the beef and veg cover with some foil and put into the oven and cook for 2-3 hours or until it’s falling apart.

When cooked strain off the sauce and stored the beef and keep in the sauce until ready to use. 

While your short ribs are cooking you can make the dough for the pizza.Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and bring together to form a dough. Knead the dough for 8-10 mins to activate the yeast and to stretch the gluten, this will make for a better bread dough.

Place back into the bowl and leave to prove for 45 mins to 1 hour or until doubled in size.

When doubled, roll out a large rectangle and put it into a deep rectangular tray and leave to prove again until doubled in size.

Then onto the toppings:

For the burger sauce, mix the ketchup and mayo, a nice pinch of paprika and add a small amount of the pickle juice. Whisk together and season well. 

Then slice up the gherkins and onions and your ready to build. 

Preheat the oven to 200 deg C. Grab your tray with the dough and add a layer of tomato sauce. Add the cheese all around the edge of the tray as you want a thick crust of cheese around the pizza and then scatter the rest around the middle. Add a good helping of the shredded short rib and bake in the oven for 15 mins. 

When it comes out of the oven then you can add the rest. 

Add the gherkins/pickles and onion rings and then drizzle over the burger sauce and American mustard and enjoy !