One of the things we are loving most this summer is pizza on the grill (well, we love everything on the grill, but pizza is a newer favorite). It has the added bonus of making your pizza delicious without having to turn on the oven and heat up the whole house!
We have spent some time perfecting our technique and wanted to share some tips for making the best grilled pizza for your family!
Taking Your Pizza to the Grill
Heat the grill: Aim for at least 550°F. We recommend placing the pizza over direct heat, if possible.
Gather your ingredients and toppings and be ready…you will add sauce, cheese and toppings while the pizza is already on the grill.
Prep your dough: It should be stretched or rolled out into a thin circle.
Brush the dough with olive oil: Brush one side of the dough with oil; this is the side you’ll lay down on the grill.
Grill one side of the pizza: Lay the dough round on the grill with the olive-oil side down. Brush the top of the dough with a thin layer of olive oil, too. Let the dough cook for about 3 minutes, with the lid off, or 1 to 2 minutes with the lid on. Use the tongs to lift up the dough from time to time, checking on how it is doing. You want grill marks on it, but you don’t want the dough to get crispy; it should be just set.
Top the pizza: Flip the dough over with the tongs or spatula. Spread on a thin layer of sauce, some cheese, and toppings. It shouldn’t be too heavily loaded, or the pizza won’t cook well.
Cook the pizza: Put the lid on and cook for 3 to 5 minutes
Remove the finished pizza: Remove the lid and check the pizza. The edges should be crisp and well-done, and the cheese should all be melted. Drag the pizza off with the spatula or tongs. Let cool for 3 minutes, then cut into pieces and eat!