How to Make a Pizza on the BBQ Grill

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Making a delicious pizza on the BBQ grill can be a great alternative to professional pizza ovens, or pizza stones. Using this method, you’ll have a pizza that can’t be rivaled by the conventional oven. The light, fluffy garlic and herb crust topped with your favorite pizza toppings will quickly win you over. You’ll wonder why you ever used an oven, once you’ve tried pizza on the BBQ grill.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • Flour
  • Kitchen towel
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • Small bowl
  • Basting brush
  • Large spatula
  • Tomato sauce
  • Pizza toppings of choice
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine the package of active dry yeast with one cup warm water in a mixing bowl. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes, or until frothy. Mix in two teaspoons of kosher salt, one tablespoon olive oil, and 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour. Stir until the dough pulls away clean from the sides of the bowl.
  2. Turn the pizza dough out onto a floured working surface. Knead with your hands for about five minutes, or until the dough is smooth and stretchy. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, and cover with a warm, damp kitchen towel. Allow the dough to remain until it has doubled in size, about one hour.
  3. Punch the dough down with your fist. Knead in two cloves minced garlic and one tablespoon chopped, fresh basil. Cover the bowl with the warm, damp kitchen towel again, and allow the dough to rise to double its size once more, about one hour.
  4. Preheat the BBQ grill to high heat. Place ½ cup olive oil in a small bowl with one teaspoon minced garlic. Put the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 30 seconds. Set the mixture aside. Punch the dough down again and divide in half. Form each half into an oblong shape, about ½ inch thick.
  5. Brush the grill grate with the garlic and olive oil mixture using a basting brush. Place each piece of dough on the hot grill. If you do not have room for both halves of the dough, you might have to prepare one pizza at a time.  The dough will begin to puff up. Wait for the bottom to brown lightly, and then turn over with a large spatula.
  6. Brush the oil and garlic mixture over the crust quickly, and then brush with about two tablespoons tomato sauce. Use more or less to suit your tastes. Add your preferred pizza toppings. Sprinkle with one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and two tablespoons fresh chopped basil. Close the grill lid and cook until the cheese has melted. Remove the pizza from the BBQ grill and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Tips:

Two spatulas may be used together, if a large grilling spatula is not available.

Pulled pork, BBQ chicken, roasted vegetables, and peppers make great toppings for the BBQ grill pizza. However, any of your favorite toppings will work using this method.

Warnings:

Be very careful removing the pizza from the BBQ grill. It will be very hot and could burn. Use potholders to be sure you don’t make contact with your skin, and have a pizza pan or large serving platter prepared to receive it.

Don’t overload the pizza with toppings. The lighter it is, the easier it will be to remove from the grill. Too many toppings could cause the pizza to sag and burn.

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