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Pizza on The Grill – Tips and Tricks

BBQ PizzaPizza is not often associated with the world of BBQ.

However BBQ Pizza On The Grill can be an easy and fun way to show off your grilling prowess and entertain friends.

The first tip is to use a pizza stone.  That may sound unusual or expensive but they’re not really. Here are a BUNCH of pizza stones for less than 20 bucks.  In our video here we used a pizza stone for a home oven and it works great.  Just heat it up slowly to high heat to avoid cracking.

Secondly – keep it simple.  Pre made dough (gasp!!) is super easy and is usually tastier than what you can make on your own with those little yeast packets that have been in your cabinet too long.  Go to your favorite pizza joint and see if they sell dough balls.   Probably do.

grilled pizzaAlso, you can pile on the toppings if you want but try to keep your topping layer thin to allow the pizza to cook from the top down too.

Lastly, and this could or should have been mentioned first:  Dust your pizza peel, your stone and your prep board with a coarse corn meal.   It really helps the pizza slide on and off the pizza stone without stretching out of shape.

There are lots of ways to BBQ pizza (another method below) but take a look at the video and see if our tips for BBQ Pizza On The Grill can help you too!


How To Make Pizza On Your Barbecue

By Vinny DiLeo

Barbecue Pizza! Why barbecue a pizza? The simple answer is fast cooking.

To make great pizza your pizza should cook fast and fast cooking is one of the secrets to making a perfect pizza pie.The main reason is that barbecues can reach very high temperatures! Some of the best pizzas that I have tasted were cooked in wood burning ovens. For centuries people around the world have been cooking in wood burning ovens. These ovens and also, professional pizza ovens can reach the high temperatures of 800 to 1200 degrees. At these high temperatures a pizza cooks in only 2- 5 minutes.

Here are three ways that you can make pizza on a barbecue.

First, Heat your barbecue to the highest temperature that it will reach. My barbecue reaches 600 degrees. Stretch your dough out into a small circle that will fit on your barbecue.

1. Use a wooden peel. (This is a shovel like tool used to put pizza or bread in the oven) First spread cornmeal on your peel. The cornmeal acts like tiny ball bearings helping to slide the pizza off the peel on to the barbecue. Put your stretched dough on your peel and place all your toppings on it. When your barbecue is heated to temperature, use a little jerking motion to slide your pizza off of the peel on to the barbecue grill. This method cooks your pizza directly on the grill. Close your barbecue top and check your pizza in a few minutes. It won’t take long before the crust of your pizza begins to char. You want some charring all around your crust. Be sure to take your pizza out before the cheese starts to burn.

2. The second method that I use is less messy. I stretch out a large piece of aluminum foil and lightly spray olive oil on it. After stretching my dough out, I place it on the aluminum foil. Put your pizza sauce, toppings and cheese on it. Now, crimp the ends of the aluminum foil so that you can grab it and pick up the whole pizza on the aluminum foil. Carry the pizza over to your heated barbecue and place it on the grill and close your barbecue. Check your pizza in a few minutes.

3. The third way is to use a pizza stone on your barbecue. I have tried fire bricks, clay tiles and pizza stones. They all work fine. Heat your pizza stone in your barbecue for at least 30 minutes before placing your pizza on it. When your barbecue is up to temperature use the same technique of sliding your pizza off of the wooden peel as described in my first method.

Your pizza crust should slightly puff up after cooking and be a little charred around the edges. Remember, your pizza is only as good as the pizza dough that you make. To find out some of the secrets that I use to make a chewy, great tasting crust check out my web-site at

Chef Vinny DiLeo is very passionate about pizza and Italian cooking. You can find some of his award winning recipes and pictures of his barbecue pizza at his website at:

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