I’ve been yammering on for a couple weeks about how good the pizza is that we’ve prepared on our grill. So today I’m sharing some pizza grilling tips and tricks I’ve learned from making a few pizzas on the grill. Seriously, you have to try this sometime this summer. The pizza is so good.
1. Preheat your pizza stone.
Using the thermometer on the grill, we preheat the grill to 400 degrees before putting the pizza on the pizza stone.
2. Cornmeal is your friend.
Cornmeal will keep the pizza from sticking to the pizza stone, plus it gives the pizza crust an extra crunch. We learned this the hard way with the first pizza we made on the grill. I used a little bit of flour on the pizza stone and the pizza stuck to the stone like crazy. (FYI, I may have used a smidge too much cornmeal when I made the barbecue chicken pizza.)
This is our very first pizza we made on the pizza stone on the grill. It stuck to the stone because I didn’t use cornmeal, and it’s misshapen because I had to fold it like a calzone, put it on the stone, unfold it, and cover it with more cheese to hide the hot mess that it was. Learn from my mistake.
3. Build your pizza on the pizza stone.
I found this to be the easiest way. Instead of trying to slide a doughy pizza on to the stone, I quickly build the pizza on the stone. Really, it shouldn’t take you very long if you have all your ingredients ready to go. I’m pretty sure the pros can build a pizza in 20 seconds.
Like my fancy schmancy GIF? And yes, I most definitely built my barbecue chicken pizza that fast. I’m giving Papa John a run for his money. Look out, Mr. Schnatter.
4. Remove the pizza from the pizza stone once it’s done cooking. . .
Or it will continue to cook on the hot stone/grill even though the grill is turned off. I cut the pizza with a pizza cutter and use a spatula to move it onto a baking sheet. Then I cut the rest of the pizza and plate it to be served.
5. Make sure you read the washing directions for your pizza stone.
Our pizza stone is not dishwasher safe, so we simply rinse it in the sink. We don’t even use soap because the stone will absorb the soap. Some people will say to not even get a pizza stone wet. If you’re worried about germs and food contamination, as long as you preheat the stone before using it again it should kill any bacteria.
6. Your pizza stone won’t remain pretty like it did when you got it out of the box.
Stains and discoloration are normal. It adds character.
Now, I will admit the barbecue chicken pizza featured in this post wasn’t my best pizza. It’s a delicious pizza, but we had a little bit of a technical issue when making it. It had rained a lot the day I made this pizza, which caused some water to get into our grill (even though it was covered) and make the burners act up. So the pizza got a little more toasty than what we like.
In case you’re wondering, we bought our pizza stone at Lowe’s for $20. And it gets good reviews in case you’re like me and base a lot of your purchases off other people’s reviews.
Happy pizza grilling!