There are a lot of ways to cook pizza and here, we will be teaching you how to smoke a pizza. This is one of the uncommon techniques that you can do to cook such a delicious recipe.
Pizza is a delicate recipe that needs attention and proper preparation. The key to a good pizza is a lot of heat and the combination of flavors coming together from different ingredients.
While it is very common to cook pizza in an oven or sometimes even on a grill, we are glad to let you know that you are not boxed in on cooking pizzas within those two appliances.
Smokers are very versatile equipment that can cook different types of food. Meat is common and grilling on them is possible, but smoking a pizza is quite unheard of in many places.
This cooking technique is a beneficial one where you would not need an oven or anything else. If you are out of budget and all you have is a smoker, then get ready to cook pizzas.
Smoker, obviously, emits a lot of smoke that is sometimes unpleasant to some recipes. But this smoke brings a lot of flavors and if you love smoked meat, then pizza is the next thing.
The smoker will bring a tasty, almost like a barbecue flavor in your pizza. This is perfect for cooking pizzas with meat toppings and vegetables that are good for grilling.
This is a very simple cooking method and if you already have experience with cooking pizzas, then you will find this easy and you will be cooking most of your pizzas in your smoker.
Here, we have a recipe that you can follow along with guides and notes that you can tweak to your liking or preference like if you have a different kind of smoker or pizza recipe.
Invest On A Pizza Stone
Pizza stones or baking stones are extremely important and useful when it comes to cooking pizzas. These are porous surfaces that help absorb moisture from the crust of the pizza.
Pizza stones are usually made out of ceramic or cordierite stone. These materials are durable and when cured properly, they can be resistant to thermal shock which is a common problem.
Resistance shock is when a substance is subjected to a sudden change of temperature. This can cause racks or even worse, breakage to certain materials such as ceramic and cordierite.
That is why you need to find a baking stone that underwent a thermal bond to make sure that they can resist thermal shocks. Needless to say, there is no such thing as full resistance to thermal shock.
There are a few alternatives that you can use if you really do not have a baking stone. You can use parchment paper to place your pizza on while it is cooking in the oven.
Parchment paper is useful in ovens or in radiant heat. Do not use parchment paper under direct contact with flames because it will not be much of a use.
You can also use baking pans or cast-iron pans for your pizza. These will not break no matter how hot the ovens or the smokers can get as they can resist exposure to any temperature.
Just to be safe, you can also use either a pizza stone or a baking pan and lay a sheet of parchment paper on top so that the pizza crust does not stick to the surface.
Smoking With Charcoal
If you are using a charcoal smoker, you will need something else to produce more smoke. Charcoals can produce smoke but not necessarily enough to infuse into the pizza.
So when you set up your charcoal smoker, place a block of wood on top to help it produce more smoke that will add flavors into the pizza crust and toppings.
This following recipe was cooked in a pellet smoker which we find best in smoking a pizza. Pellets produce a lot of smoke as they are made out of wood shavings that are compressed.
It is also important to select the kind of wood that you want. The flavor that the smoke emits will also root to the kind of wood that you use so make sure that the flavor in the pizza combines with the smoke flavor well.
Smoked Sausage Pizza Recipe
We chose this recipe to cook in a smoker because it has meat as toppings on it. This will give you a clearer taste of how the smoke infuses into the pizza to add flavor.
– 1 ball of Dough
– 4 Italian Sausages
– 1 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
– 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
– 1 cup of shredded mozzarella
– 4 teaspoons of mixed garlic, pepper, and herb seasoning
– 1 chopped bell pepper
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Here (Smoked Pizza on a Kamado Grill) is an example of pizza cooked in a Kamado Grill. These grills use charcoal so you can also smoke a pizza in these types of grill.
Step 1. Preheat The Smoker
Get the smoker fired up by putting the pellets into the pellet hopper. This process will take a bit longer than an hour so make sure to fill the pellet hopper with enough pellets.
Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually, the smoker will take about 10 minutes to reach this temperature so keep it going until it reaches the desired temperature.
Step 2. Smoke The Sausages
Since the Italian sausages are a bit thick and harder to cook, you will need to cook them in advance before placing them in the smoker along with the other ingredients.
Put the four sausages in the smoker and then let them cook for at least an hour. Get a meat probe and measure the internal temperature of the sausages.
Make sure to leave them in the smoker with a closed lid until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This will be enough to cook the sausages halfway through.
Step 3. Turn Up The Heat
Once the sausages reach the desired internal temperature, remove them from the smoker and then place them on a plate with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Turn the heat up in the smoker to get it ready for the pizza. Add more pellets to the smoker if you need and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Before you turn the heat up, make sure that you put the pizza stone inside. This will preheat along with the smoker so that it can create an evenly heated surface for the pizza later.
Step 4. Prepare The Pizza
Get the dough and start stretching it. Get your workspace floured and roll the dough using your hand until you get a 12-inch dough with even surfaces and the sides are a bit puffed up.
Lightly brush olive oil on the pizza dough before spreading the tomato sauce. When spreading the sauce, use a ladle or a spoon and make sure to leave at least half an inch of space on the edge.
Sprinkle the seasoning on top of the sauce and then add a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the sliced mushrooms and bell peppers on top of the pizza.
While the sausages are still warm, slice them thinly and then place it on top of the other toppings. To protect the toppings, add another layer of mozzarella cheese and seasoning.
From there, you can either add chopped oregano or put it later when the pizza is cooked as a garnish. Slide the pizza carefully on a pizza peel and then put the parchment paper on the pizza stone.
Step 5. Smoke The Pizza
Once the smoker is set to the desired temperature, slide the pizza in carefully with the pizza peel. Close the id of the smoker and let the pizza cook for 20 minutes.
Limit the airflow by reducing the opening of the vents. This will keep the smoke inside the smoker and give the pizza more flavors when it is cooked.
When the cheese is bubbling and the crust turns golden brown, remove the pizza from the smoker and let it sit on a cutting board for at least 5 minutes.
Slice and Serve!
This one is pizza smoked in a standard smoker Smoked Pizza on a Pellet Smoker.
Tips On Cooking Pizza In A Smoker
There are a lot of possibilities when cooking pizza in your own backyard. You can alter the ingredients so that it fits to what your palate is used to.
Make sure to put enough toppings on the pizza so that it combines with the smoky flavor but do not put too much that the crust cannot handle and make it soggy.
Put some protein in your pizza by adding meat toppings. Meat is a very great combination with the smoky flavor that the smoker produces so make your pizza with more meat.
If you are a vegetarian, then just remember that you have all the freedom. Vegetables also go great with smoky flavors so do not be afraid to add whatever greens you want.
Frozen And Leftover Pizzas
When you cook pizza in a smoker, you can go for any kind of pizza. Frozen pizzas are common since they are very easy to cook and they are already prepared for you.
You can cook a frozen pizza in a smoker with the same temperature and time. This will make the pizza get more flavor and the needed moisture to cook the toppings properly.
Leftover pizzas can also be cooked in a smoker. Just store them properly in the fridge by letting the pizza cool down and wrapping it with a plastic wrap or putting it in a closed container.
Make sure that the pizza has cooled down before putting it inside the fridge to prevent it from gathering moisture. Get it out of the refrigerator the next day and cook it again in the smoker.
We still believe that cooking leftover pizza in the smoker is a better choice than reheating it in a microwave oven as the crust gets a little chewy and rubbery when reheated in a microwave.
Ovens are also a great option but there are instances where leftover pizzas are dried out when reheated in a standard oven. The smoker always perfectly reheats the pizza and maintains the integrity of the crust.
Smokers are a very versatile cooking appliance where you can cook almost any recipe in them. Pizza is one of the uncommon recipes but it actually tastes great when cooked in a smoker.
Just make sure you put all the effort and time when cooking. The first tries will be hard but as you cook more and more pizzas, you will become better after just a few tries.
The important thing that you need to remember is to cook meat toppings ahead of time so that they do not end up undercooked when you put them together with the pizza.
To enhance the flavor in the meat, do not fry them, it is best to cook them in the smoker so that the flavor will not change and it will combine well with the other ingredients.
In order to keep the smoke inside, you need to limit the exhaust of the smoker. Turn the vents down to let the smoke roll around inside the smoker and infuse the flavor in the pizza.
So if you have a smoker and you have all the ingredients that you need, start cooking and get a new taste on your pizza with a smoky flavor that bursts in your mouth!
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