With the upcoming Labor Day holiday, I thought I would share one of our favorite Summertime dinners, Pizza on the Grill. We love to grill pizza because it gives it such a unique flavor. The bottom of the crust gets those beautiful grill marks. The pizza gets a little bit crispy and a little bit chewy with a wonderful smoky flavor. I also HATE turning on my oven when it's really hot outside, so I cook on the grill as much as I can.
How to Make Pizza on the Grill
Using the grill to cook pizza is not much different than using the oven. The dough and toppings are prepared the same and for the most part, all the same equipment is used. Except for the grill of course. The recipe for pizza dough that I like to use is adapted from Sugar Spun Run. It's easy, has amazing flavor and works perfectly on the grill. Then, once your dough and toppings are prepared, it's time to cook! I use a pizza stone to par-bake the crust then cook it directly on the grill grates with the toppings. Par-baking the crust allows for you to place it right on the grates without it sticking or falling through. If you don't have a pizza stone, you can use a sheet pan to par-bake the crust on the grill or in the oven. Here are some tips for success:
- Pre-heating is important! Give both your grill and your pizza stone time to pre-heat. It does make a difference.
- Next, use cornmeal on your stone to prevent the dough from sticking to it during cooking and transfer.
- Don't forget to brush your crust with olive oil so it doesn't dry out. It also adds good flavor.
- Finally, cooking on the grill heats your food from the bottom, so keep an eye on your crust so that it doesn't burn.
What are the best toppings for pizza?
I think I could start a huge debate on which toppings are best to put on a pizza. Let's be honest though, the best thing about making your own pizza, is that you can put whatever toppings you want on it. Meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, whatever you like. Really, there are no wrong answers, but here are some of our favorites:
- Italian Sausage
- Diced Ham
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Ricotta Cheese
- Peppers (hot, spicy or mild)
- Grilled Vegetables
- Pineapple (yep, I said it)
- Homemade or Store bought Pesto
- Fresh Herbs (always put these on AFTER cooking)
Looking for more recipes to cook on the grill? Here are some popular ones from the blog:
- Grilled Pork Chops with White BBQ Sauce
- Grilled Peaches with Honey Whipped Mascarpone
- Hatch Chile Turkey Burgers with Fresh Pineapple Salsa
- Pork Ribs with Coffee Molasses BBQ Sauce