Easy Grilled Pizza Recipe
I posted a picture of my grilled pizza on my Instagram a while back and had some of you asking for the recipe. Pizza is one of mine and my husband’s favorite foods. I do not mean pizza from Pizza Hut or Papa Johns, but a good brick oven or grilled type pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I eat fast food pizza occasionally and it is decent, but nothing compares to a good homemade pizza at home.
A couple of years ago my husband and I got on this kick of making our own pizzas at home and sticking them in the oven on a stone. Then, when we moved into our new home and we upgraded grills and got a Primo Ceramic grill…well…pizza was one of the first things we could not wait to try on it.
Let me just say that, honestly, our pizzas, are literally some of the best we have ever had. When we travel, we always try and find a good local pizza shop. We have had pizza all over the world and I promise…these pizzas on the Primo Grill stand up to any of those.
Now, you have to make your own sauce and your own dough. You cannot go buy this from the grocery store – buying these ingredients defeats the purpose of making your pizza. Making your own sauce and your own dough is basically what makes the pizza so tasty..oh and the fresh ingredients.
- 4 cups of bread flour
- 1 envelope of dry yeast
- 2 thick “pinches” of kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups of hot water
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Pinch of sugar
- You will need some additional olive oil to put in bowl for rising
You will combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, and kosher salt. We use a Kitchen Aid mixer to mix and combine the ingredients. While the mixer is mixing, you will add in the water and the olive oil. Continue to beat this until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, you can add additional bread flour. You will add only small amounts of extra flour at a time until the dough forms a ball. If the dough becomes too dry, you can add a little extra water.
Next, you will add a couple teaspoons of olive oil into a large bowl. Add the round dough ball to this bowl and cover with plastic wrap (if you do not have plastic wrap you can use a damp paper towel – we have had to substitute a couple of times and this works for us). The dough will sit out on the counter at room temperature for about an hour. It should double in size. Once the dough is ready, you will divide it and spread each section onto a lightly floured pizza pan (for the grill). We typically get 4 small pizzas or 3 large pizzas out of this dough. We like thin-medium crust pizzas. So, if you like a thicker crust it will take more dough and therefore make less pizzas.
NOTE: Once the dough has risen, you can separate it and freeze it. You can also freeze it prior to rising. We have done both ways and both worked. Just put the dough into a freezer bag and stick in the freezer. Then, when you are ready for your next pizza night, you can just pull out of the freezer and prepare.
- 3 15 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves are garlic, minced
- ½ bouillon cube + ½ cup water
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
- Olive oil
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper to taste
First, you will drizzle a large pan on medium heat with olive oil. Next, you will add your chopped onion and minced garlic. I like to keep my chopped onion chunky because we like onion and do not mind medium sized pieces of onion in our sauce. However, if you do not like that, I suggest chopping it very finely. Once the onion and garlic is tender, you will add the remaining ingredients. Cook on low heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. We like to put the sauce on and then start working on the dough. This way, the sauce cooks while you are prepping and putting dough on your pizza pan. PS – Our inspiration for this sauce is from the Pioneer Woman – I just love her!!
Making Your Pizza
Once the dough is spread out on the pizza pan and your sauce is ready…you are ready to make your pizza. Start by adding sauce to your pizza. Next, you will add mozzarella cheese and fresh graded parmesan cheese. Lastly, you will add your toppings. We like to add red and green bell pepper, purple onion, and pepperoni. We like our pizzas to be colorful. Now, your pizzas are ready to go on the grill.
Cooking your Pizza
We use a Primo Ceramic Charcoal Smoker Grill to cook our pizzas. We also have the Primo pizza pan. Oh and you need either a heat deflector or two pizza pans. You will cook your pizza for 7-10 minutes at 500 degrees. The crust should be perfect and the veggies should be the perfect amount of “soft.” If you do not have a grill to cook on…you can stick it in the oven.
I hope you enjoy as much as we do!!!