Did you know that you can cook pizza on a gas barbecue? In fact, barbecuing pizza is easy and fun.
Ingredients and supplies:
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- Pizza toppings
- Olive oil
- Square of parchment paper large enough for pizza
- Gas barbecue with grill basket
Prepare the dough. You can cook a regular pizza on a gas BBQ, including the take-and-bake style or a homemade pizza. Make the dough and sauce from scratch, or buy premade pizza dough and sauce. For a delicious barbecue flavor, try using barbecue sauce instead of marinara, and top with slices of barbecue chicken and pineapple. If you're using meat on the pizza, make sure that it is pre-cooked, or at least nearly fully cooked before you place it on the pizza. Although you can start grilling once the pizza is already made (and you'll have to, if you've purchased a premade pizza), it works best if you assemble the pizza as it is cooking.
Turn the barbecue on. Turn the barbecue onto the lowest heat setting. It should be no more than 350 degrees. If you use higher heat, the bottom crust will become overcooked. All you want to do is toast the bottom of the pizza using this direct heat.
Cook the toppings. For a delicious barbecue flavor, cook your toppings, especially the meat, on the barbecue grill before you assemble the pizza. A grill basket is the perfect way to barbecue chopped vegetables to use as pizza toppings.
Toast the crust. First brush your crust with olive oil. Place the pizza crust on a sheet of parchment paper, and then carefully transfer the crust and paper onto the grill. For best results, begin with the plain pizza dough. Roll it into a round pizza shape, and slide it onto the grill. If it starts to sizzle like a steak, the grill is too hot. Grill the dough for about 1-2 minutes until it's just starting to brown, turning once halfway through so that both sides become evenly browned.
Continue grilling. Add sauce, cheese, and desired toppings to your pizza once the dough begins to brown. You can add the toppings right on the barbecue, or remove your pizza, add the toppings, and return it to the heat. Remove the parchment paper underneath the crust, and continue grilling. Close the lid to the barbecue, opening it as little as possible. This trapped heat will cook your pizza. Grilling the pizza should take about 5 to 10 minutes.
Enjoy! Serve hot. Pizzas grilled on a gas BBQ are an easy way to please your guests. Throw a backyard pizza party by browning the dough and then let each guest pick the toppings for their personal pizza.
Cooking pizza on a BBQ is great for family get-togethers or backyard barbecues. More unique than the usual steak, chicken, or hamburgers, barbecue pizza is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. When it's hot outside, try cooking your pizza on the gas BBQ instead of staying inside near the hot oven.