There are many people who own a grill and wonder if they should invest in an outdoor pizza oven. So, in this post, we would discuss how you can easily convert your outdoor grill into a pizza oven.
There are so many ways in which you can cook a pizza inside your grill. The results are different from the ones that you get in the pizza oven but a few ways discussed are equally good.
Now, if you want the authentic pizza cooked inside a wood-fired pizza oven then you should check out the Ooni Pro, but if you are not that picky then you could do with cooking on your grill with a few modifications.
So let’s discuss a few ways in which you can easily turn your grill into a pizza oven.
Method 1: Using a Pizza Oven Box
There are some companies that have come out with pizza oven boxes for different grills. If you want to get the best results from your grill and cook pizzas then you might want to get a pizza oven box.
Pizza Oven Box is an attachment that you will be using with your grill in order to convert it into a pizza oven. The box is usually built in such a way that it can reach really high temperatures and maintain them in order to cook a pizza oven.
All that you need to do is place a pizza oven box on the top of the grill and then insert the pizza inside the box.
The one from BakerStone is pretty famous so do check out this one. Another way could be to use a pizza kit, now it is not the same thing as a pizza box but it is pretty similar, let’s discuss this in detail in the next section.
Method 2: Pizza Kits
Pizza kit is another tool that you can use in order to convert your gas grill into a pizza oven. The Pizza Kit usually consists of a pizza stone and other pizza accessories that you need to cook a pizza.
Once you get the kit, you can place the pizza stone on the grill and let the entire setup attain a really high temperature which should be around 500-600 F.
Once you have the desired temperature, you can place the pizza on the pizza stone for cooking. The kit comes with a pizza peel and other things that you would need to cook a pizza.
Make sure that you do not open the grill every minute to check on the pizza as that might just bring down the temperature of the grill making it difficult to cook a pizza.
This way you get a nice crispy base and well-cooked toppings along with some perfectly melted cheese.
Method 3: The brick setup
Another way to cook pizzas in a grill is by placing a few bricks on the grill and then placing your perforated pizza pan on top to cook the pizza.
This way, the pizza gets cooked evenly and the base does not cook faster than the rest of the pizza which can happen if you place the pizza directly on the grill.
Place the ricks as done in the video and close the grill so that the inside of the grill reaches a really high temperature that is needed to cook a pizza.
Once the grill has reached a temperature around 600-700F, you can place your pizza pan on top of it. It might take around 5 minutes for your pizza to cook.
The pizza tastes amazing when cooked this way and from all the methods mentioned this is probably one of the best ways to cook a pizza inside a grill.
You do not have to go out and buy any additional setup since all you need is a few bricks. Just make sure that you have maintained the temperature inside the grill so that the pizza cooks to perfection.
Method 4: Cast Iron Skillet
Another way to turn your grill into a pizza oven is by simply placing your pizza on a cast-iron skillet. You can place an iron skillet directly on the grill and cook your pizza inside.
The method is really simple and it does the job pretty well. You would be able to cook a pizza within 5 minutes this way.
The only issue I found in cooking with an iron skillet is that the crust does not cook as well as it does when you use the other methods that are mentioned above.
The crust cooks better when you cook pizza indirectly on the bricks or even with teh pizza oven box or the kits. But, if you are on a budget and just want to get a decently cooked pizza then you can go for the method.
The Pizza does taste good, it will just not look as gorgeous as pizzas made using other methods.
Method 5: Grilling a Pizza
Now, I barely use this method in order to cook a pizza on a grill but since I have tried it out once, I did like the method and think you can try it out.
Making a pizza is going to be a little different as you are going to cook the base on either side on the grill. Once you make the pizza dough, you need to get your pizza base ready.
Now, grill one side of the pizza base directly on the grill. Take out the base and put the sauce, toppings, and cheese on the grilled side.
Once you are done with that, you can place the other side of the pizza on the grill. This way you can get some perfectly cooked pizza on the grill.
The pizza tastes different from the authentic pizzas that we were aiming at in the other methods but it is definitely different and something you should try in your free time.
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