Learn the secrets to perfecting grilled pizza by following these easy steps and get the recipe for my favorite cheese pizza dough.
There’s no secret I love to bake but from time to time I turn off the oven and relax in a chair on out back deck and watch my husband firing up the grill. We don’t have a big fancy grill but our little charcoal grill is enough for the three of us. Vegetables, meat or fruit , we make it work.
Unfortunately my relaxing time came to an end the moment I suggested we cook pizza of the grill. Yeah, I wasn’t playing smart. But it’s OK. After a few burned pizzas I figured out how to make a grilled pizza that leaves my family award me the mom of the year.
And not just grilled pizza, but pizza made with dough made from scratch and packed with shredded cheese leaving my family oohing and aahing all day long.
Secrets to perfecting grilled pizza
First and the most important tip is being organized. Before you even fire up the grill make sure you have all your toppings handy, the extra baking sheet, the pastry brush, oil,, scissors, salt and pepper. There’s no such thing as over-prepared when it comes to grilled pizza.
Once you have everything in place it’s time to fire up the grill. Heat the grill until the internal temperature reaches 450F but no more than 500F. Since your grill it’s going to be that hot, the pizza will only take few minutes to cook.
As much as I try, I can not place the toppings on my pizza while still on the grill. If you’re like me, once the pizza is lightly brown on one side, remove it from the oven, flip it, arrange the toppings on the grilled side and return it to the grill. Make sure your grill’s lid is closed all the time. This ensure the grill’s temperature is still above 400F.
Knowing that grilled pizza takes only 7-9 minutes to cook it’s very important to not be heavily topped or you’ll end up with toppings not fully cooked.
Let’s talk toppings!
I love vegetables on my pizza. Since I don’t cake much for tomato sauce, I skip it completely and just top my pizza with thinly sliced vegetables and a whole lot of cheese!
I use my OXO mandolin to cut veggies like onions, garlic, zucchini, mushroom but also to slice the cheese. Since I don’t use tomatoes sauce, I use halved or quartered grape tomatoes.
Alternately, you can partial cook your vegetables or grill them ahead of time.
If you’re using meat, it must be fully cooked!
What are your secrets for the perfect grilled pizza? please share your tips in the comments below.
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Disclosure – this post is sponsored by Jarlsberg. Although I’ve been monetary compensated to develop the recipe and write this post, the opinions expressed are all mine.