If you own a pellet grill like the Traeger grill then you must be wondering how you can cook a pizza inside these grills. Another question is why cook inside a Traeger grill?
There are so many amazing pizza ovens out there, especially the ones from Ooni then why bother cooking a pizza in a grill. First off, if you already own a grill then you might not want to invest again in a pizza oven.
Another good reason can be the fact that grilled pizzas or pizzas cooked inside the grill actually taste amazing. A wood pellet grill like Traeger is an even better option as this way your pizzas cooked inside the grill have a smoky flavor.
The Traeger grills are known for adding the woody smoky flavor to all the foods that are cooked inside them and it does the same with a pizza.
You can cook a thin-crust pizza or a deep-dish pizza and you are going to love the results of the pizza cooked inside the grill.
Of course, the time taken to cook these pizzas is going to be a lot more than the best pizza ovens but you can make it work with a few tips and tricks.
The temperature at which you cook a pizza on a Grill…
This was the first question that came to my mind and it is an important game-changing question considering that pizzas need to be cooked at really hot temperatures.
The grills can cook the pizzas successfully but make sure that you have the temperature on the highest setting and preheat the grill for 5 minutes before inserting the pizza inside.
This process is a learning curve but typically, the hotter the grill, the better it would be. In the process of cooking multiple pizzas, you would observe that your first pizza took a long time to cook in comparison to the last one.
This happens because the grill gets hot towards the end of your cooking session making it faster to cook a pizza. So, the highest temperature setting it is.
The Traeger grills go up to 500 F and while this is quite hot, the best pizza ovens can go up to 935 F, so you can see here that you are not going way too above the ideal cooking temperature for a pizza.
Instead, it is quite a decent temperature to cook a pizza and you might want to cook it for at least 10 minutes or so depending on the current temperature of the grill.
The Traeger grills are huge so you can make a really large pizza which would not be possible inside a medium-sized pizza oven. Try to take advantage of this and make a large, smoky cheese and pepperoni pizza for yourself.
Things to remember while cooking a pizza on the Traeger Grill
1. The first and important point that you need to remember is that preheat your grill for a few minutes. I would suggest that heating it for about 5-10 minutes is pretty good but you can go for a longer time as well.
2. Close the lid of the Traeger grill while you are cooking the pizza inside. Pizzas need to be cooked from the top and bottom, so it would be ideal if you close the lid so that the heat stays inside and the pizza is cooked the way it should be.
3. Another reason to close the grill would be that the smoky flavor from the wood pellets stays in the food and that is what makes pizzas cooked inside the Traeger grills so irresistible. If you have never cooked a pizza in this grill then you are missing out on a lot.
4. Make sure that you have the pellet hopper loaded. The last thing you want to do is run out of pellets which would cause a decrease in the temperature of the grill and result in a pizza that is cooked not so well.
Cooking a Pizza inside the Traeger Grill
Cooking a pizza inside a Traeger grill is pretty easy and you can do it in multiple ways. The first one would be cooking the crust separately and then cooking it with the pizza toppings and the cheese.
The second method and the method that I would highly recommend would be cooking pizza on a pizza stone using a parchment paper.
Both these methods yield amazing results and you are going to enjoy the pizzas that you cook this way. So, without wasting any more time let’s get started with different ways in which you can cook a pizza on a Traeger grill.
So, in this first method, you need to prepare the dough and once you are done with the kneading and proofing, you need to roll out the dough on a surface.
Once you get the dough of the pizza nice and rolled out, now place the crust on the frill and try to cook it on both sides. The grill does not need to be at the maximum heat setting on this and you need to cook this with the lid open.
Once you cook the dough and remember you just need to cook the dough and not make it crispy. Since you are done with cooking the dough, you need to take it out and put some toppings and cheese on top of it.
Again put the pizza you made on the grill and it would take about a couple of minutes to be done. Once you see the toppings are well cooked you can remove the pizza using a pizza peel and then serve the pizza hot!
This method we would be using a pizza stone and a parchment paper so that you can cook the pizza easily. If you do not have a pizza stone then you can go ahead with the method mentioned above as that is pretty easy and does not require any additional accessories.
Now, using a pizza stone, place the pizza stone while you preheat the grill so that the pizza stone gets hot and all ready to cook with it.
Once you have preheated the grill for about 10 minutes, you can then roll out your dough, make your entire pizza and place on top of the hot pizza stone. Leave it to cook inside the grill at the max heating temperature of the grill.
Now, after 5-6 minutes check on your pizza and see how far the crust has been cooked, if need you can turn the pizza else just cook it for a few minutes longer.
Make sure you are cooking it till the bottom turns golden brown and once done you can take off the pizza from the grill. You can use a parchment paper in case you do not want to slide the pizza on the stone or if you want better results.
The pizza cooked using this method is pretty amazing considering the taste of the pizza and the way the crust gets all crispy. Do try this method on your Traeger grill and let us know how you liked it in the comments below!
Cooking a Deep Dish Pizza on a Traeger’s Grill
Yes, you can cook a deep-dish pizza on a Traeger’s grill and the results are simply amazing. You are going to need a cast iron pan which is an essential requirement for anyone planning to make a deep-dish pizza.
Once you have made the pizza on the pan, you need to place the pan on the grill and cook it properly for about 20-25 minutes. It is important that you cook it with the lid closed.
This way the entire pizza gets cooked properly and you are going to enjoy the nice crispy crust as with a soft well-cooked gooey cheese inside.
The deep-dish pizzas on the Traeger grill can take a while to cook but since you have a lot of space on the grill, you can cook about 4 pizzas at a time which is amazing.
I love cooking deep dish pizzas inside the Traeger grill as they come out tasting pretty amazing. The wood flavor gets so infused in the pizza that you are going to love so I highly recommend making one with it.
Do try all these methods and let us know which ones worked the best for you!
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