Most people somehow overlook cooking their home made pizza's on the grill. Do people not realize that the best tasting pizzas are usually cooked over real fire? Why waste your money on fancy pizza oven, when the grill or BBQ in your backyard will make pizza that rivals the best pizza parlors in town?
I am not going to get into how to make pizza in this article, just how to cook it. You can make your own home made pizza or you can go pickup a Kraft DiGiorno pizza and still use this same technique, although I would suggest at least partially defrosting any frozen pizza to help make your pizza cook a little more reliably.
What you need:
- A pizza stone that fits in your grill
- A pizza peel
- Grilling Tons
- A pizza that needs cooking
Preheat your grill on high to roughly 500 degrees and place your pizza stone upon the grill with the lid closed for one hour. The pizza stone requires roughly an hour to fully absorb the heat, so don't just throw your pizza on the stone and start cooking without preheating.
If you are making your own pizza, start putting it together in this time. Make sure you cook any ingredients that may be raw such as chicken. You can NOT cook raw meat on top of the pizza and expect it to get fully cooked! If you are going to cook a frozen pizza, use this time to let the pizza defrost.
Pick your pizza up with your pizza peel and transport it to the grill. Gently slide the pizza off the peel and onto the pizza stone, pulling the pizza peel away from the stone like a magician would pull a tablecloth out from under a table covered in dishes.
Allow the pizza to cook for 10-12 minutes until the crust begins to become golden brown. Half way through cooking, use your grilling tongs to gently pick the pizza up and rotate it 180 degrees to ensure the pizza is being cooked evenly.
Once your pizza appears to be finished grab your grilling tongs, and gently pull the pizza back onto the pizza peel. Bring pizza back into your kitchen and apply any seasonings sush as basil or parmesan, then slice and serve.