We have repeatedly said on this blog that there are a lot of ways to cook pizza. So this pizza on a grill with a premade crust recipe will get you to cooking pizzas in a different way.
Pizza is a very versatile recipe where you can use what is available around you. It allows you to get the freshest ingredients and making it at home will be the best option for making pizzas.
You no longer need to deal with hassle orders where you spend time specifying your pizza toppings and the way it is cooked. You can do it yourself at the comforts of your home.
Cooking pizza in an oven is pretty common and while that is great, you can also buy a grill that you can use for many other recipes as well as cooking pizzas in it like no other.
Grills can produce the same amount of heat needed to cook pizzas perfectly. With pellet grills, you can even use the fuel to add more flavors to the pizza that you want to make.
Grills can create the perfect environment for making the pizza crispy and evenly cooked no matter what kind of toppings you use. So they are not the most common appliance but they do well.
Pizzas are great especially when they are made with the freshest ingredients. However, making pizzas with all fresh ingredients will take time especially in the preparation stage.
So some of us choose premade ingredients such as the crust itself. It is the most important part of the pizza as it is responsible for holding the other ingredients when cooking.
If you are one of those people who just want a quick pizza meal, then you should read on as we take a look at the process that needs to be done when grilling a pizza with a premade crust.
Why Use Premade Pizza Crusts?
This recipe is perfect for people who do not have much time to spare for cooking pizzas. You no longer need to wait for hours or sometimes a day for the proper rise of the dough.
Premade pizza crusts also give more consistency. Since they are made the same way, each pizza will come out with the same quality as they did not go through any different process.
Crusts that were cooked before putting the toppings on them also make a greater surface. They always come out with crispy outer parts and an airy, fluffy interior which is perfect for any topping.
A pizza crust that can hold its own is the perfect crust to make pizzas with great toppings. You also do not have to worry about premade crusts being soggy as they always come out crispy.
Can you Grill your Pre-made Pizza Crust?
Yes, you can easily grill a Pre-made pizza crust. It is almost as good as grilling a pizza made from scratch so you are not going to see a lot of differences when it comes to cooking the pizza.
Although one needs to consider the fact that these pizzas are premade so you are saving some time on making the dough and if you are a beginner who is struggling to get the dough right then this is the perfect pizza for you.
You can add some of your favorite toppings to the pizza and if needed add some extra cheese to make the pizza more cheesy.
Grilling a pizza crust is very similar to grilling any other pizza out there, so you can be sure and throw that Premade pizza crust on the grill!
Get Your Grill Ready
With any type of pizza recipe, the first thing that you need to do is to preheat the grill to the right temperature. This will help you create the perfect environment for evenly cooking the pizza.
Most grills are not able to reach a temperature of over 900 degrees Fahrenheit so you need to compromise. For average grills, you can set them up for 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is a weaker heat for making pizzas in just seconds so when you go for this lower temperature, you are going to need to cook the pizza a little bit longer than usual.
Flash-cook The Crust First
Flash-cooking the crust is a process that you always need to do when using the grill to cook the pizza. You also need to do this especially if you are using a freshly-made dough.
This process will allow you to cook the pizza without actually using other appliances or cookware. This will make the crust more firm and will allow it to hold the toppings.
First, rub some oil on the grill grates and drizzle some olive oil on the pizza crust itself. Do it on both sides before putting it on the grill grates after the grill has reached the desired temperature.
Do not use too much olive oil on the crust as it might cause flare-ups. Close the lid of the grill to make sure that it keeps a consistent temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
After a minute, flip the crust over to cook the other side. It is important to flash-cook both sides so that the crust can get crispy on the side that is touching the grates and the other side will hold the toppings.
This process will create a crust that is firm and prevents sogginess on it. This process is also fast so you need to get the other ingredients ready for cooking while the crust is in the grill.
Add The Other Ingredients
Since the crust needs to be cooked first, there is no need for you to take it out of the grill after the flash-cooking process. It will also make less mess if you arrange the pizza on the grill.
So once the flash-cooking process is done, start placing the ingredients directly on the crust.
Spread the sauce forming a thin and even layer on the crust and then proceed with the toppings.
Make sure to spread the toppings evenly so you do not put weight on one side of the crust. Keep the toppings thinly sliced and then protect them from too much heat by covering them with cheese.
Close the lid of the grill to keep a consistent temperature. At 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the pizza will be cooked after 5 minutes, or you can go longer for 10 minutes if you want more crispy crust.
Check for the toppings if they have been cooked but do not regularly open the lid of the grill. This will cause heat loss in the chamber leaving the crust soggy and uncooked toppings.
After the toppings have been cooked to perfection, take the pizza out of the grill using a pizza peel, and then let it rest for 5 minutes to help it cool down before serving it.
Slice and then serve. The pizza crust should have a nice browning on the bottom and a crispy texture without any soft spots from the sauce or the pizza toppings.
How do you grill pizza without burning the crust?
The only way you can avoid the crust from burning is to keep the grill at a slightly lower temperature.
That’s usually not an issue since the grill temperature is perfect for cooking pizzas but I would highly suggest that you keep an eye on your pizza to avoid it from burning.
Perfecting Making pizza this way is definitely a process and you are going to get used to this maybe after one or two tries.
So do not beat yourself up if you burn the crust of your first pizza. The key is to be vigilant and keep and eye on the pizza whilst it is cooking.
Tips On Grilling Pizzas
While it sounds pretty easy to cook pizzas on your grill, there are a few tips that are important but are also often overlooked or forgotten by most users, so keep the following in mind.
Always Use A Clean Grill
Do not put the pizza crust directly on a dirty grill grate. A dirty grill will give you the browning on the crust but it is disgusting to put the dough directly on the grate before washing it.
So after every time that you use the grill, make sure to clean it. Even if you have cleaned it before, it does not hurt to wipe the grill grate with a clean cloth before using it.
Using A Pizza Stone or Baking Steel on a Grill for a Pre-Made Pizza Crust
We would normally say or suggest that you use a pizza stone but the thing is, they do not do well with direct heat. So use another cookware for a better cooking surface for the pizza.
Pizza steel is often used for baking especially in cooking appliances that produce intense heat. This cookware allows you to cook pizzas directly over flames without breaking.
This is recommended especially for fresh doughs but since you are using a premade crust, then you can just go ahead and place it directly over the grill grates when cooking.
Making pizzas for your family is a really fun activity to do. If you are having a party in your backyard, you are also not limited to the appliances that you use outdoors in making pizzas.
You can use the grill to make the perfect pizzas. Using premade crusts will also make the process faster and will give you much easier control over the direct flames when cooking.
Just make sure to use the lid of the grill at all times to keep the chamber heated evenly. This will help you cook not only the crust to a crisp but also the toppings to be evenly finished.
Make your own delicious pizza by following the instructions above and using the freshest ingredients that you have around you to keep the pizza delicious and tasty!
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