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Want the taste of brick oven pizza at home? Then fire up the grill and try our regimen for Wood Fired Pizza on a Kamado Grill! You can find more great recipes on my recipes favorites page.
Grilling pizza is our favorite way eat pizza these days. You get the crispy crust of a restaurant-style brick oven and the fresh taste of homemade by making it yourself at home and cooking it lightning fast on a kamado grill.
A few years ago we bought an Acorn Charcoal Grill to try out the ceramic charcoal/wood grill trend. The top of the line of these grills can be very, very pricey. We figured going with the Acorn was a less expensive way to try these grills out without breaking the bank. This way if ceramic grills were not for us then we didn’t lose a ton of money. The Acorn does not disappoint and frankly, it’s been awesome! If you are thinking about trying one of these grills the Acorn Grill is the less expensive way to go. We are totally going to upgrade when this one goes.
Let’s talk pizza! When you make wood-fired pizza on the Acorn grill you need to add a Char-Griller Smoking Stone under the grates. This turns your grill into a convection oven by distributing heat evenly around the stone. Then you add a pizza stone on top of the grates. If you only add the top pizza stone the crust will burn and blacken really quick. As for temperature, the grill must be at least 500 degrees or higher. My husband heats ours up to around 600-700 degrees. It is best to use a large pizza peel to move the pizza from counter to grill, so you do not risk getting burned.
You can use wood or charcoal to heat your kamado. If you are using wood go for a pecan or oak. If you choose a hickory or mesquite the pizza will have a more smokey taste. Unless that’s what you are going for! My husbands favorite charcoal is the Royal Oak brand. Experiment and see what is best for you. If you do not own a kamado grill you can easily make this same pizza in the oven. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees and add the pizza stone while heating. Cook anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Keep your eye on it so it will not burn.
For the pizza crust, we have tried several ways to make these pizzas. We like the premade dough that is rolled and flattened out, that you just remove from the package and unroll on the counter.
In this wood fired pizza recipe, we used Wewalka Bistro Thin Crust (Walmart, Harris Teeter) but you can use any type dough you are comfortable with. Let’s go make some pizza!
Grilled Veggie Wood Fired Pizza
Grilling pizza on a kamado style grill with a pizza stone.
- 2 pkgs pizza dough Wewalka Bisto Pizza Round & Thin
- 1 16oz pizza sauce Cucina Antica Pizza Sauce
Any topping combination you desire:
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 4 cups mozzarella cheese
- frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
Wash and sanitize your counter. Sprinkle flour on the counter surface.
Roll out your dough and smooth it out with your fingers.
Spoon a thin layer of pizza sauce over dough.
Add a layer of mozzarella cheese over the pizza sauce.
Sprinkle the veggies over the cheese.
Preheat your kamado grill up to at least 500 degrees. Add pizza stone to the grill grate while preheating.
Use a large pizza peel and gently scoop up the pizza and place it on the pizza stone.
Pizza will cook very quickly, usually anywhere from 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.
Cooking Pizza in an Oven:
Preheat oven to 500 degrees and add the pizza stone while heating. Place dough on pizza stone and bake for 5-10 minutes
TIPS: Moving the pizza dough to the grill with the pizza peel can be tricky. Here's a couple of tips for the perfect pizza.
- Place parchment paper under the dough when you are preparing the pizza. Place the paper and pizza on the grill to cook.
- Use precooked pizza dough. It stays together pretty well when moved from counter to grill.
- Cook the dough for 1-2 minutes before adding cheese and toppings.
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More Main Dish Recipes:
- Chicago Style Pan Pizza
- Oven Baked Ravioli
- Lightened Up Chicken Broccoli Braid
- Pepperoni Pizza Dip Wonton Cups by Meatloaf & Melodrama
Must-Have Pizza Making Resources:
- 18 Piece Pizza Making Kit
- Pizza Stone Cutter & Cooling Rack for Grill
- Ultimate Pizza Making Tools: Peel & Cutter
- Williams Sonoma Pizza Night Recipes
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