When you're making a homemade pizza, it can be difficult to get that woodfired oven taste from the conventional gas or electric oven that you probably have in your kitchen. However, grilling pizza on your barbecue can indeed achieve that bubbly, slightly charred crust and taste that will rival any restaurant with a wood-burning oven, and now is the perfect time of year to try it.
Grilled Pizza Ideas
There are lots of great recipes you can search for on the internet for making your own pizza dough. If you decide to go the route of making your own dough, make a double batch of dough so that you can freeze it for later use when you’re in a hurry. If you do two rises of yeast dough you can freeze it between the first and second rise, then just take it out of the freezer, oil it and let it rise a second time.
Make It A Pizza Party
A fun party tip is to prepare individual size pizza dough portions for guests to make their own pizza. Select the toppings, place them in bowls and everyone can make exactly the kind of pizza they want. If you want to expand out from the list of traditional toppings for grilled pizza, prepare caramelized onions or grilled veggies ahead of time to have for toppings. Pop open a can of artichoke hearts and put out some feta cheese. You can grill some sliced chicken or pre-cooked Italian sausage. Fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes and fresh basil make a wonderful fresh grilled pizza.
How To Grill Your Pizza
If you decide you want to make pizza grilling an easier meal, pre-made pizza dough is available at many stores. Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores carry whole wheat and herb-flavored dough. Buy a jar of pizza sauce (or any kind of red pasta sauce that you like) and purchase pre-shredded mozzarella.
When it comes time to get ready to grill the pizza, the first step is to press out or roll out your dough. For the culinary adventurers, you can even try tossing the pizza dough. Have all of your ingredients prepared. Make sure to precook toppings such as sausage, chicken, or veggies prior to getting the grill ready.
After you have all of your ingredients laid out and your pizza dough shaped, place the dough on the grill until one side starts to puff up and get crispy and slightly charred. Take the dough off the grill and place the ingredients on the cooked side of the pizza dough. Then place the uncooked side on the grill until the crust is cooked to your taste.
Some pizza grillers suggest that you put your cheese on the bottom and sauce on the top so that the cheese is sure to melt. Other grillers say you can just assemble grilled pizza in the same order as you would traditionally get the pizza at the restaurant. Try out different methods to see what works best on your grill. Get the whole family and your guests involved in the pizza grilling process for guaranteed fun at your next party!