amazing pizza made on the grill

Okay, so we LOVE pizza at our house! Honestly, this “pizza on the grill” process took my husband and I a couple of times to get it just right. It cooks pretty quick so the trick is to have everything ready to go. I get the toppings and sauce ready BEFORE I make my dough. You can use any basic pizza dough recipe. I stole this one from my sister Melissa who is an AWESOME cook! I like to use whole wheat flour but you can do half whole wheat / half white flour or just go with all white flour. This recipe will give you enough dough for 2 pizzas.

1 ½  c. warm water (115-120 degrees)

1 TBSP instant yeast

1 TBSP sugar

½ tsp salt

3-4 ½ c. flour

It’s super easy. Just throw all the ingredients into your stand mixer and let it do all the work. Don’t put all of the flour in initially. Put in 2 ½ c. of flour, then add the remaining flour a little at a time until the sides of your bowl look clean. After your ingredients have formed a ball just let it knead for a couple minutes. Now you take your pretty ball of dough and divide it in half. At this point I like to roll my dough onto tin foil. I grease the tin foil REALLY well with olive oil and roll the dough out. (be careful that you don’t roll your dough too thick, keep it under ½”) Grease the top of the dough with olive oil as well. Repeat this process with the other half of your dough.

Make sure your charcoal briquettes are good and hot…not flaming…just nice and toasty. Oh…and only put them on half of the BBQ. You need a cool side to slide your pizza over onto if it is cooking too fast. Now for the fun part! Take your rolled out dough (still on the foil, and greased on both sides) and slap it onto the grill. Quickly pull the tin foil off and watch your pizza dough cook, it will bubble and start to smell soooo good!.

Keep a close eye on things. You’ll want to flip it as soon as the underside is golden (if your briquettes are really hot, flip it onto the cool side, it will buy you some time while you put the toppings on).

This is the part where you have to be fast. Spread your sauce onto the golden yumminess and then sprinkle on your toppings. In this case less is more. Don’t pile the toppings on. You want everything to melt together quickly.

On this pizza we used bbq sauce, grilled chicken, red onion, a little cilantro, and then topped it off with provolone cheese.

Check the underside of your pizza and situate it on the grill depending on how fast it’s browning. Put the lid on and let the grill do it’s magic!! You will know it’s done when the toppings have melted together and the underside of the crust is nice and golden.

Yum! Now my favorite part…it’s time to eat it! Pizza on the grill…crisp crust with a slight smokey taste…heaven!

Now, because you can’t have pizza without its side kick…instead of doing two pizzas we love to use the other rolled out dough for GARLIC BREAD. You make it just like the pizza. But instead of sauce, spread on some butter, then sprinkle garlic bread seasoning, Parmesan cheese, and then top it off with mozzarella.

This bread is so good…we made it three nights in a row one week!

There you have it!  Pizza AND Garlic Cheese Bread! Happy grilling!!

Pizza on the Grill

Pizza on the Grill

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ c. warm water (115-120 degrees)
  • 1 TBSP instant yeast
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 ½ c. flour

Instructions

  1. Throw all the ingredients into your stand mixer and let it do all the work. Don’t put all of the flour in initially. Put in 2 ½ c. of flour, then add the remaining flour a little at a time until the sides of your bowl look clean.
  2. After your ingredients have formed a ball just let it knead for a couple minutes.
  3. Now you take your pretty ball of dough and divide it in half.
  4. At this point I like to roll my dough onto tin foil. I grease the tin foil REALLY well with olive oil and roll the dough out. (be careful that you don’t roll your dough too thick, keep it under ½”) Grease the top of the dough with olive oil as well. Repeat this process with the other half of your dough.
  5. Make sure your charcoal briquettes are good and hot…not flaming…just nice and toasty. Oh…and only put them on half of the BBQ. You need a cool side to slide your pizza over onto if it is cooking too fast. Now for the fun part! Take your rolled out dough (still on the foil, and greased on both sides) and slap it onto the grill. Quickly pull the tin foil off and watch your pizza dough cook, it will bubble and start to smell soooo good!.
  6. Keep a close eye on things. You’ll want to flip it as soon as the underside is golden (if your briquettes are really hot, flip it onto the cool side, it will buy you some time while you put the toppings on).
  7. This is the part where you have to be fast. Spread your sauce onto the golden yumminess and then sprinkle on your toppings. In this case less is more. Don’t pile the toppings on. You want everything to melt together quickly.
  8. heck the underside of your pizza and situate it on the grill depending on how fast it’s browning. Put the lid on and let the grill do it’s magic!! You will know it’s done when the toppings have melted together and the underside of the crust is nice and golden.
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COMMENTS
  1. September 15th, 2011 at 7:23 am
    MyPeaceOfFood says:
    My mouth is watering...wish I could eat this for breakfast! (Well, a second breakfast!)
  2. September 15th, 2011 at 8:24 am
    Shelley says:
    Oh. My. Can you do this on a gas grill? I could lick my screen. Thanks for sharing.
    • September 15th, 2011 at 10:39 am
      dawn says:
      Shelley, yes you can use your gas grill! You might not get the same smokey taste but it might be a little easier to control the heat.
  3. September 15th, 2011 at 8:50 am
    Alison says:
    Dawn this is such a cute post! I love the pictures and the pizza looks awesome! We've tried it 2 times and it hasn't worked so thanks for sharing the secret!!
    • September 15th, 2011 at 10:43 am
      dawn says:
      Thanks Alison!
  4. September 15th, 2011 at 9:16 am
    Sara says:
    It's a regular meal for us and we make them a little smaller so everyone can choose their own fresh toppings! Sooooo good and we use a gas grill.
  5. September 15th, 2011 at 1:58 pm
    Mindy says:
    I use a gas grill and pitas for mini pizzas :) bacon and goat cheese was my fave combo!
  6. September 15th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Penny says:
    My daughter in law made something like this for me a couple of weeks ago. It was so good! I never want to cook my pizza in the oven ever again. Thanks for a great recipe.
  7. September 15th, 2011 at 8:15 pm
    Becky says:
    I've made pizza on the grill twice and they both came out great. Even the kids loved them (4 and 5) even though they were a little burnt. I like to make mini pizzas, they are easier to flip. I also cook one side, flip it over for a min then pull it off to put the toppings on the cooked side then finish cooking/melting. then you aren't in such a rush to get everything on.
  8. September 15th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    Breanna says:
    I use this dough recipe for SO many things! Breadsticks, sandwich pockets, pizza rolls, the list goes on and on.
  9. September 20th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
    susan baldner says:
    We just did this for the first time on Labor Day...sooo good and the kids loved it too!!
  10. September 20th, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    Joy says:
    We just made pizza on the grill for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and used up some of our prolific zucchini! It was AMAZING! http://www.simplybloomblog.com/2011/08/zucchini-pizza-on-grill.html
  11. September 20th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    ERIN says:
    we always do this with Papa Murphy's take-n-bake pizzas. We also buy the pepperoni one and then add onion, green pepper, tomatoes and sliced basil (from the garden) and a can of sliced olives and some grated parmesan... It is sooo good! Don't forget the basil. That adds such a nice flavor.
  12. December 5th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
    chelle says:
    One of my friends introduced me to grillng pizzas!! They are soooo yummy!!!! and easy!! take so much less time then baking 1 in the oven! and keeps the house cooled down in the hot summer months!!! My kiddos decorated their own and we put them on!! yum!!!
  13. September 18th, 2012 at 2:53 pm
    Catherine Mae says:
    Finally glad to see someone make a pizza on a charcoal grill! I have seen many that use propane grills, and I'm sitting there feeling left out because we prefer charcoal and it's the only thing we have, so now I'm glad that you are able to make a pizza on charcoal! Mmmmm! Must try this soon because in Washington our summer is still here a little but won't be here for long!
  14. February 8th, 2014 at 11:07 pm
    Diana B says:
    Yum - haven't made this in years and did it tonight. Kids loved it and I ate waaaay more than I should have since it was so good!
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