There’s no need to order in when you have the hankering for crispy, charred, chewy pizza. Pizza is easy to make on the grill, right in your own back yard. It’s also an easy and fun way to get friends and family involved in dinner prep.
Making pizza on the grill doesn’t require any special equipment (no, you do not need a pizza stone) and it keeps the heat where it belongs—outside, and not in your kitchen. The high heat of the grill cooks pizza quickly, evenly, and promises plenty of the bubbling and crisping action that we all crave.
Not only does making pizza on the grill keep your kitchen heat and smoke-free, but whether you’re using charcoal, gas, or wood pellets, the smoke from your grill will take the flavors of your pizza crust and toppings to a whole new level. Prep your favorite toppings and check out our tips and tricks for how to make pizza on the grill at home:
Try your hand at making your pizza crust from scratch. Grillseeker Matt Eads offers the perfect recipe for grilled pizza crust with his Head Country Hawaiian Baby Back Rib Pizza.
Prep your toppings and crust beforehand. As the Scouts know, it’s always good to be prepared. It prevents scrambling and, the ultimate sadnesses, burned or soggy pizza crust.
Don’t be afraid of using high, direct heat on your grill. It’s this high heat that cooks the pizza quickly and adds delicious bubbling and charring, and prevents the crust from becoming soggy under your toppings.
Grease your grill grates. Or your pan, if you’re using one. You don’t want your pizza crust to stick.
Brush olive oil on both sides of your pizza crust. Not only does this prevent sticking, but it adds a boatload of warm, delicious flavor.
Cornmeal is delicious on grilled pizza crust. David from Livefire Republic proves it with his Chipotle Barbecue Brie Pizza.
Grill both sides of your pizza crust before adding toppings. Again, soggy pizza is not what we’re going for here. Grilling both sides helps to ensure a crisp, chewy crust with flavorful charring.
It’s hard to go wrong with chicken + BBQ sauce on grilled pizza. Part of the fun of making pizza at home is that you can experiment with new toppings. Follow your curiosity, and your tastebuds—you never know what new favorite dishes you might stumble upon.
Head Country Hawaiian Baby Back Rib Pizza
Baby back ribs pulled off the bone and added to a pizza reminiscent of the tropics. Yes, please. Grillseeker Matt Eads shows us how to get saucy with your pizza at home.
Chipotle Barbecue and Brie Pizza
Chef David Olsen’s Chipotle and Brie Pizza is proof that 1) cornmeal is delicious on pizza crust, and 2) it’s always a good idea to change up your go-to mix of toppings. You’ll need our Chipotle Sauce to make this recipe come together with a bang. From red onions to brown sugar, and brie to balsamic vinegar, this pizza holds the perfect mixture of flavors. Once it’s served, it’ll be gone within minutes.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
It’s a classic, and it’s delicious: BBQ Chicken Pizza. You can never go wrong with a pizza that layers on the cheese and chicken, especially if it’s BBQ chicken.
Don’t forget to load up on Head Country BBQ sauce, seasoning, and marinade before you start your cooking adventures. It might not hurt to pick up a Head Country hat or an apron, too—if you’re going to cook like a BBQ champion, why not look the part? Find us in a store near you with our store locater, or order online!