A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.
A long-time contributor to SeriouslySmoked. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling,
passed on from his father and grandfather to him.
Most pellet grill outdoor cooking enthusiasts are familiar with preparing delicious meats and vegetables. However, you can also use a pellet grill to create a pizza masterpiece with an authentic wood-fired smoky taste.
For grilling enthusiasts who enjoy experimenting with recipes and discovering new ingredient combinations, pizzas offer unlimited opportunities. You can place almost any topping on pizza dough and grill using various aromatic wood pellets to add a range of delectable flavors.
Pellet grills offer unrivaled temperature control, ensuring that you can cook your pizza to crisp perfection.
1. Prepare Your Grill
Your pellet grill should be clean and free from any residual debris from the last cookout for the best results. Use a brush or cloth to wipe away small bits of food or ash and change the water if you use a water pan.
Check your pellet supply and fill the hopper so you can concentrate on preparing your delicious pizza. Fire up your pellet grill and set the temperature between 450°F and 500°F. You get the best results when you use high heat.
You don’t need a pizza stone, but you can set it on the grill to preheat if you choose to use one. A pizza stone helps to distribute heat more evenly for a consistently cooked crust and gooey toppings. If your pizza dough is moist, a pizza stone also absorbs the liquid for a crisper base.
2. Roll Your Pizza Dough
When learning how to cook pizza on a pellet grill, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts focus on the grilling time and temperature. However, one of the most crucial aspects for achieving the best results is the correct dough preparation.
It’s easy to make your pizza dough from scratch, and there are plenty of incredible recipes available online. You can even prepare your pizza dough in a bread machine, so it does all the mixing and kneading.
You can use a breadboard or your kitchen countertop when stretching or rolling your pizza dough. A rolling pin can be useful, but you can also just use your hands. Ensure the depth of the dough is consistent, and avoid stretching it so thin that it tears. You can make a pizza of any size, but a regular pizza from a store usually measures 12” in diameter. To make a 12” base, you will need around 11 ounces of dough. However, for a thin crust pizza, 10 ounces of dough should suffice.
When you’ve rolled your dough, apply an ample covering of flour or cornmeal and drizzle olive oil on the dough. These ingredients reduce the risk of your pizza dough sticking to the pellet grill grates or pizza stone.
3. Pre-Bake Your Pizza Dough
If your grill is at the desired temperature, it’s time to place your dough on the grill or pizza stone. Pre-baking pizza dough before adding toppings helps create a crispy crust while still keeping a light and airy internal texture.
Prick the base lightly with a fork to prevent the dough from puffing up. Transfer the dough to the grill, baking for approximately 8-10 minutes, then remove from the smoker.
If you are preparing pizza for a crowd, you can pre-bake the bases in the oven before the guests arrive. Then top the pizzas to order or have everyone add their toppings.
4. Add Pizza Toppings
A tomato base is the most popular type of pizza sauce because it combines well with such a wide range of toppings. Meat lovers can add pepperoni, sausage, and chicken, while vegetarians can add peppers, onions, olives, and tomatoes for delicious flavors. Seafood lovers can savor the briny taste of shrimp and crab, while vegans can delight in sautéed veggies, nuts and seeds.
There is a virtually unlimited range of combinations, so you can indulge your creative side to come up with unique and unusual pizza flavors such as barbecue chicken.
Add your sauce, then cheese, typically shredded mozzarella, and any additional topping you want, as soon as the base comes out of the smoker after the pre-bake.
5. Place Your Pizza On Your Pellet Grill
When your pizza base and toppings are ready, it’s time to place your pizza back on your pizza stone or grill grates. It’s essential to monitor the cooking progress because pizzas cook very quickly in the pellet grill’s high heat.
While some prefer a crispy base, some family members may opt for a softer texture, and you can cook your pizza to meet every taste. Just leave your pizza to grill for a couple of extra minutes for a crisper texture.
A pizza with a thin base should be ready to serve and enjoy around 8-12 minutes after placing your pizza on the grill, while a thicker base may take 15-20 minutes. It’s best to monitor your pizza to ensure you don’t accidentally overcook it and allow the base to burn.
6. What About Leftovers?
Microwaving leftover pizza can cause a soggy base because the process vaporizes the moisture in the sauce and toppings, but gentle heating over a pellet grill allows you to heat the pizza more slowly. A pellet grill also reheats pizza evenly, ensuring there is a consistent texture in each slice.
7. Why Not Use My Kitchen Grill?
Pellet grills offer many benefits over an oven. The delectable smoky flavors and aromas that infuse a pizza made on a pellet grill offer more flavorsome results than in a conventional range.
You can add beer or cider to a water pan to add flavors you can’t achieve using an oven. The liquids also add moisture to keep your meal hydrated and prevent the dough and toppings from drying out.
Taking the time to learn how to cook pizza on a pellet grill is a rewarding experience, and it’s an excellent activity for all the family to do together.
8. Cooking Pizza On A Pellet Grill
Meals are never dull when you can add multiple toppings and sauces to give each pizza unique tastes and aroma. Cooking a homemade pizza on a pellet grill is also much more affordable than buying from the store so that you can enjoy this tasty treat more often.
No matter what type of pizza is your favorite, it tastes better when you cook it both using an outdoor pizza oven or a pellet grill.
Read also: Oven cooked pizza rolls.
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