Do you know what the secret to great pizza is? Besides great ingredients, it’s heat and lots of it. Pizza crust benefits from super high heat that causes rapid expansion of the gases and steam in the crust creating that crunchy, chewy goodness.
Unfortunately your household oven just can’t get hot enough to do it. Commercial pizza ovens operate in excess of 800 degrees Fahrenheit and your average household oven barely hits 550. There is an option that can get you closer to that classic pizzeria crust your looking for and it’s in your back yard. Most gas grills can get upwards of 750 degrees on high and good charcoal ones can too.
The secret is in the stone. A good pizza stone heated in on the grill gives an extra boost of heat to the crust from below while circulating heated air melts the cheese. If you don’t want to spend big dollars on a pizza stone, or don’t want to put your expensive pizza stone on the grill, you can do like me and use non-glazed quarry tile instead.
www.woodfiredkitchen.com has a great article on using quarry tiles that I recommend you read before going that route.
How to Cook Pizza on the Grill
At this point the directions are fairly simple. Place your stone or tiles on the grill to one side and heat it as high as possible. Leave it heated for 20-30 minutes to allow the stone to thoroughly heat up. Prepare your pizza as you normally would. I recommend my homemade sauce and easy pizza crust for this.
I lay out a piece of foil several inches longer than I need so I can use the foil to easily pick up the pizza. This step is crucial for my dutch oven pizzas and works well on the grilled pizza too. Spray lightly with some canola or olive oil spray – or apply liberally if you want a more oily fried crust texture. Lay your crust out and top as desired.
Cook on the grill for 7 – 8 minutes or until your cheese is turning golden brown and the crust has reached your desired level of crispiness.
Have you grilled pizza or tried my directions? Tell me what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.