Can you cook pizza on BBQ?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question, “Can you cook pizza on BBQ?”

Can you cook pizza on BBQ?

Yes, you can cook pizza on bbq. The art and science of grilling pizza are intertwined. The end product is a tasty barbecued pizza.

It’s easier to keep the steam outside if you’re using a barbecue to cook your pizza. Grills, on the other hand, better resemble a wood-fired oven than an indoor oven. Charcoal or gas grill smoke enhances the flavor of your pizza in a way that a traditional oven cannot.

In a professional kitchen, 90 seconds at 450° C is the optimal grilling time for a pizza, thus the hotter the grills, the better the result. It takes around 8 minutes to cook with briquettes, and they can burn for up to two hours.

How to cook pizza on BBQ?

Step 1

Place the pizza on a peel. Improvise by using an old cutting board, baking sheet, etc. to easily transfer the pizza to your barbeque dish.

Avoid letting your homemade dough rise too much if you’re not using a pre-cooked foundation since it will get mushy and rip easily.

Step 2

Apply a thin layer of olive oil to the pizza’s crust. Use your cooking brush to apply olive oil to the surface of your pizza. Apply more oil to the dough until it has a thin film on the surface.

Step 3

With a cover on, cook your pizza for one to two minutes on the olive-oil side. Remove the grill’s cover and place the dough on the grill without pressing it down. When using a cover, allow the dough to cook for one to two more minutes after the initial three minutes.

Every 30 seconds or so, flip the dough with tongs. Grill marks should be visible on your pizza, but should not be crunchy.

Step 4

Use a spatula to turn the crust over. A spatula should be placed beneath the dough, and your free hand should be placed on the top of the dough. Lay the dough on the grill and gently turn it over. 

You should be able to peel off the pizza dough without ripping it. Continue to wear it for a further 30 seconds after seeing any signs of tearing or fraying, then re-evaluate its fragility.

If just one side of the crust is browning, use a spatula or tongs to flip it 90 degrees and heat it for an additional 1 minute.

Step 5

Add 1 spoonful of sauce to the top and brush it with olive oil. Gently coat the cooked base of your pizza with olive oil using your cooking brush. After that, distribute 1 ladle of sauce on the pizza using a spoon. 

If you want additional sauce, feel free to use more than one ladle, but be aware that the pizza may become soggy as a result.

Step 6

On the cooked side, add your desired toppings and cheese. The first step is to equally distribute the pizza’s toppings. Finally, cover the pizza with cheese and meat if you’d like, and bake it for about 10 minutes. To avoid overcrowding the pizza with toppings, especially cheese and other sauces, keep it simple.

Overdoing it on the cheese can lead the ingredients to spill out.

In addition to being a fire hazard, an overabundance of cheese may cause the pizza to become unfit for consumption.

Step 7

On gas grills, grill the pizza for three to five minutes per side. Your pizza is done cooking when the cover is shut and the crust is golden brown. Remove the lid if you detect burning or have used your best judgment and your sense of smell. The pizza can also be moved to a cooler portion of the grill.

If your pizza continues to burn despite your efforts to move it or remove the barbecue cover, lower the heat to about 500 to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (288 to 288 degrees Celsius).

Step 8

For charcoal grills, shut the vents for around 2 to 3 minutes. Shut the cover’s vents pretty much all the way if possible. At this point, you may remove it from the grill using the spatula and let the cheese cool for one to two minutes on the cutting board before serving. 

When the cheese appears to have sufficiently melted, take it out of the oven and serve it.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “Can you cook pizza on BBQ?”


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