When it comes to the tried and tested classics that make their way to the barbecue every summer, we are all familiar with the art of flipping burgers and turning corn or chicken wings, but let’s not forget that there is much more variety to be enjoyed when you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. For the griller who doesn’t mind experimenting a little, there are many. Many things you can cook on a grill and some are quite surprising, especially on a wood barbecue grill.
What about Pizza?
It might not immediately come to mind as a natural fit for the grill, but the truth is that pizza is a perfect choice for outdoor summer cooking, and we want to teach you exactly how to do it! Here are some pointers for how to cook pizza on a wood barbecue grill.
Set Up Your Grill
The first thing to do is make sure that your grill is primed and ready for pizza making. Confirm that you have a thermostat and a working lid, and place two large bricks on either side of the grill to create a more focused spot for heat in the middle. Preheat the grill to between 550 and 600 degrees and give it at least 15 minutes to get to the ideal temperature.
Roll Your Dough
Place one 1 pound of pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it outwards in a circle with a diameter of about 12 inches. Pick any toppings that you prefer, and make sure that you slice them all into consistent pieces with the same thickness. This ensures they are much more evenly cooked. Some of the best toppings include peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage and chicken. But, you really can use anything (even the controversial pineapple, if you must). Cook the raw ingredients like meat and seafood before adding them to your pizza.
Cook Your Pizza
Place your naked pizza onto a peel or baking sheet, and then brush the dough with oil and sauce and cook the base on the grill for a few minutes. Once it has started to cook, you can then add cheese and the rest of your toppings.. Cooking the base first will ensure that you don’t end up with a soggy bottom. At the right temperature, you should aim to cook your pizza for about 3 to 5 minutes to make it perfect.
Eat Your Pizza!
And finally, your pizza is ready to eat! Slice it up into quarters to leave a good chunk for each portion, and make sure to eat it while it’s hot to get the optimum cheese pull with each bite!
Wood Barbecue for Your Pizza Night
If you are interested in upgrading any of your barbecue equipment or accessories for this summer season, then don’t hesitate to browse the Knotty Wood Barbecue Company website. Check out all the various items that we have on offer, a full and wide range that will satisfy the needs of any barbecue lover out there. We very much look forward to being able to assist you in any way that we can!