Pizza on the Grill
My ideal self would have the time, skill, and motivation to build a wood fired pizza oven in my own backyard. I would order bricks and concrete, buy a saw at Home Depot, invest in a good pair of work gloves, and download instructions from any of the myriad resources on the internet. I might even decide I need a pair of overalls for the job, since they happen to be in style at the moment.
My actual self is more likely find a way around all that heavy lifting. I’d use the time it would take to build a pizza oven to read last Sunday’s Style Section while sharing a bottle of rosé with Mr. Mom’s Kitchen. Meanwhile, pizza would be cooking on the outdoor oven I already have: my trusty backyard grill.
Cooking pizza on the grill is a method I’ve been using for years with terrific results. The scorching temperature of the grill, along with a pizza stone as the foundation for cooking, do a bang up job of emulating the real deal. The result is a perfectly burnished crust within minutes that is superior to anything I get out of my indoor oven.
Here’s how it goes down:
Put a pizza stone on the grates of your outdoor grill. Turn the gas to the highest heat (or get your coals going if using a charcoal barbecue) and shut the lid. Let that get as hot as it will go. I sometimes grill vegetables at the same time, since they make a great side dish.
Meanwhile, build your pizza on a well-floured pizza peel (the official term for the wooden board with a long handle you see in pizzerias). I find a pizza peel indispensable for shuffling the pies onto the grill, but you can use a wooden cutting board instead. For the dough, use your favorite store bought option or check out this recipe for no-knead pizza dough.
Carry the pizza out to the grill, lift the lid, and carefully transfer it onto the pizza stone, pulling the pizza peel away as you lay the pizza on the stone.
Cook the pizza until it is very crisp along the bottom and bubbly on top. I use tongs to pull it off of the stone and onto a cutting board.
Cut right into that beauty and enjoy, perhaps with last Sunday’s Style Section and a glass of rosé .
Side note: This is not the only way to do pizza on the grill, it’s just the best way I’ve found. If you don’t have a pizza stone, my friend Chris, a skilled home cook, recommends building your pizza on a baking sheet and setting the baking sheet on the grill. When the pizza is firm enough to transfer, slide it directly onto the grill grates and cook until crispy.Who needs a pizza oven when you can make one out of your ordinary backyard bbq. Pizza on the Grill!… Click To Tweet
Pizza on the Grill