How to Cook a Pizza on a Pellet Grill
Your pellet grill can help you make restaurant quality pies.
Have you been craving an original Italian-wood fired pizza that makes your taste buds jump for joy? Well, put down the take-out menu of your local pizzeria and get to cooking your very own wood-fired pizza with the help of your pellet grill. Pellet grills are already very versatile when it comes to cooking some of your favorites and pizza is just one more thing you can add to the list. Let’s find out how you can create a pizza that tastes as if it came from Italy in your own backyard!
Benefits and Advantages of a Pellet Grill
The beauty of using a pellet grill is the versatility that it provides when it comes to cooking. You can grill, smoke, roast, BBQ, and even bake with your pellet grill – you can tackle just about any style of cooking! Another huge benefit of using a pellet grill is the taste and flavor of the food. It’s a fact that cooking with wood just makes everything taste better. You can choose from a wide variety of wood pellets including apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, pecan, or even a mix of these flavors. These wood pellets make for incredible tasting food that comes off your grill. Put simply, the least savvy grillers can use a pellet grill and make food that tastes like it was done by an experienced pit master. Pellet grills are equipped with simple temperature controls that give you more time to spend with friends and family rather than checking on the grill constantly. Clearly, pellet grills are an amazing addition to any backyard and can drastically improve the food you cook and that includes wood-fired pizzas.
So, just how can you cook a pizza on a pellet grill?
Once you decide to try out a pizza on your pellet grill, you will never go back to cooking a pizza in a conventional oven. It doesn’t take a pizza master to follow these simple steps to create a wood-fired masterpiece that will leave you wanting more. Here are some of the best tips for making a delicious pizza on your pellet grill.
1. Purchase a pizza steel/stone
So, what exactly is a pizza steel or a pizza stone? These helpful devices are made of either stone or steel that hold heat more evenly to ensure that all parts of your pizza are being cooked the same allowing for that perfectly crispy crust. It also helps to absorb any moisture out of particularly wet areas of the pizza dough. This is an essential tool to help you create the perfect wood-fired pizza.
2. Fire up your pellet grill and pizza stone!
It’s time to get your grill fired up and your pizza stone hot. Use the control settings to set the temperature of your pellet grill between 480 and 500 degrees. Then, place your pizza stone directly in the center of the grill to allow it to begin heating up. During this time, get all your pizza ingredients including the dough ready to go while your pizza stone gets nice and hot. Need a dough recipe for your pellet grilled pizza? Try this one from finecooking.com.
3. Parchment paper for your pizza
Parchment paper is widely used in baking but who knew it could also serve as a valuable tool when cooking a pizza on your pellet grill? Trust us, it works great and this is how you use it. Cut out a sheet of parchment paper that fits your desired size of the pizza. Next, roll out your dough and place it on the parchment paper. Once you’re ready to add sauce and toppings, do so with the pizza remaining on the parchment paper. This makes for an easy transfer once you’re ready to get it on the grill.
4. Cooking your pizza
Once you have all your favorite toppings on your pizza and you’re ready to begin cooking, place it on the pizza stone (with the parchment paper underneath) to begin the cooking process. After this, turn the temperature down to 425 degrees for optimal cooking. Rotate the pizza and remove the parchment paper underneath after about 5 minutes. For the last couple of minutes, the pizza will finish cooking directly on the pizza stone. It shouldn’t take longer than 7 or 8 minutes in total to have a perfect pizza ready to eat.
5. Time to enjoy!
After your personal pizza has finished cooking, remove it from the grill and add any additional toppings that you like. To finish off, garnish with any seasonings that you prefer and it’s ready to eat. There are many unique pizza creations that can be made when using your pellet grill to cook a pizza!
Have your own tips for cooking pizza on a pellet grill? Let us know by sharing your recipe with us. If the only thing holding you back is a grill, may we suggest having a look at either our Grilla or Silverbac pellet grill?