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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-style grill.
The Best Kamodo Grill Options
We bought an Acorn Kamado Grill a few years ago to try out the ceramic charcoal/wood grill trend. It quickly wore out with the amount of use we gave it. Now we have a Kamado Joe 2 Classic Grill and it is awesome!
Acorn Brand VS. Kamado Joe
We figured going with the Acorn grill was a less expensive way to try these grills out without breaking the bank. This way if these types of grills were not for us then we didn’t lose a ton of money.
- Less expensive
- Made out of metal not ceramic
- Does not last long
We ended up having to replace parts sooner than we thought. So instead of replacing a bunch of parts, we upgraded to the Kamado Joe Grill.
- Better quality
- Full ceramic no metal
- Better heat retention
- A lot of accessories
Best Pizza Stone for Kamado Grill
Let’s talk pizza! When you make wood-fired pizza on the Kamodo 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 quickly. Some brands have their own accessories like the Kamado Joe Pizza Stone.
What temperature do you Cook a Pizza on a Kamado Grill?
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.
The Best Hard Wood Lump Charcoal
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 husband’s favorite charcoal is the Royal Oak brand. Experiment and see what is best for you.
How to make Pizza on Kamado Grill
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.
What type of dough to use for Wood Fired Pizza
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 we love the grocery store deli premade dough you buy in a ball and roll out.
You can use any type of dough you are comfortable with. Let’s go make some pizza!
- 2 pkgs pizza dough, Wewalka Bistro 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.
Nutrition label may differ with added toppings.
Nutrition InformationYield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 294Saturated Fat 2.6gCholesterol 11mgSodium 777mgCarbohydrates 46.8gFiber 3.7gSugar 4.2gProtein 12.2g
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