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How to cook pizza on a barbecue

MoonshineBen
Senior Contributor

Difficulty: Beginner

It’s quick and easy to make a crispy and delicious home-made pizza on your kettle barbecue that will have friends and family coming back for more.  

 

Here’s our simple step-by-step guide how to make pizza on your barbecue.

Video Tutorial

Steps

Step 1

Mix 500g of pizza flour, 330mL of warm water and a sachet of instant yeast in an electric mixer with a dough hook for about six minutes. Place dough on a floured surface and knead by hand until the dough is elastic, then form into a rough ball and set aside to rest for an hour.

 

1. Make your dough.png

Step 2

Make your pizza sauce by sautéing onions, tomatoes and a garlic clove in olive oil. Add red wine, basil and oregano. Simmer until soft, then blitz and sieve until smooth.

 

2. Make your pizza sauce.png

Step 3

You’ll need to light your barbecue charcoal briquettes inside your chimney starter before putting them on the barbecue.

 

Choose a flame-proof surface and fill your chimney starter with charcoal briquettes. Place a firelighter or some newspaper soaked in olive oil underneath the chimney starter and light it.

 

Once the coals are burning you’ll need to wait until they’re “ashed over” (completely white). This can take 10 to 20 minutes.

 

3. Light your barbecue charcoal briquettes inside your chimney starter.png

Step 4

Prepare your kettle barbecue by placing your lit coals on one side and adding some lump charcoal on top of them. This will turn your barbecue into an oven.

 

4.a Place lit charcoal on one side of the barbecue.png  4. b Add lump charcoal on top.png

Step 5

Position your pizza stone on a trivet in the middle of the grill and close the lid. Allow to heat to about 230C.

 

5. Position your pizza stone in the middle of the grill.png

Step 6

While your barbecue is heating, stretch your dough out and place down on a floured board. Add your sauce and toppings.

 

For our pizza, we used baby spinach, home-cured bacon, Italian sausage, cheese, pepperoni, diced tomato and oregano.

 

6. Stretch the dough and add toppings.png

 

Step 7

When the barbecue is at temperature, dust your pizza stone in flour and then place your pizza on the stone. Close the barbecue lid.

 

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Step 8

Check the progress at 10 minutes and rotate the pizza if needed. It will be cooked when the base is crispy and the cheese has melted.

 

8. Check on the progress after 10 minutes.png

Step 9

Slice and enjoy.

 

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Materials

  • Barbecue charcoal briquettes and lump charcoal

  • Pizza flour

  • Water

  • Sachet of instant yeast

  • Fresh cherry tomatoes

  • Onion

  • Basil

  • Red wine

  • Oregano

  • Garlic

  • Toppings of your choice.

Tools

  • Kettle-style barbecue

  • Pizza stone

  • Trivet

  • Charcoal chimney starter

  • Stick mixer

  • Pizza paddle (helpful but not essential).

Images

 

1. Make your dough.png

2. Make your pizza sauce.png

3. Light your barbecue charcoal briquettes inside your chimney starter.png

4. a Place lit charcoal on one side of the barbecue.png

4. b Add lump charcoal on top.png

5. Position your pizza stone in the middle of the grill.png

6. Stretch the dough and add toppings.png

7. Place the pizza on the stone.png

8. Check on the progress after 10 minutes.png

9. Slice and enjoy.png

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