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How to Cook Pizza on a Gas BBQ Grill

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How to Get Started Cooking BBQ Grill Pizza

Your outdoor BBQ grill can also double as an emergency oven when your home has lost power following a disaster. In addition to grilling foods, you can cook a pretty mean pizza on your gas BBQ grill, as well as using it to boil water and cook daily meals. Before we moved to the suburbs, my wife and I lived for several years on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Power outages from falling trees were very common there, yet even during those times we still enjoyed a variety of different pizzas cooked on our gas BBQ grill.

Step 1: Get a Pizza Stone and Pizza Peel

  • Pizza stones are typically made from stone or ceramic and come in a variety of sizes. You'll want to measure your grill first, and then purchase a pizza stone that's able to fit inside once the lid is closed.
  • A pizza peel is a large, flat kind of spatula that you use to place your pizza onto the stone and to remove it once it's ready.

Step 2: Make the Dough

Yield: 2 BBQ grill pizzas

Ingredients

  • 1 package of active yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine the yeast, warm (never hot) water, and sugar in a small bowl. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate, larger bowl, combine the all-purpose flour with the salt and olive oil.
  3. After 10 minutes have passed, add the yeast-water mixture to the larger bowl and knead the dough for about 6 minutes. Use more oil if needed to keep the mixture from sticking to the larger bowl. Add more flour if needed to get the dough to a playdough-type consistency.
  4. Once it's well kneaded, form the dough into two large balls and place them in a clean greased bowl and let it sit for about 30 minutes. You can freeze one of the dough balls to use later if you don't want to cook two pizzas.

Step 3: Flatten the Dough, Roll It Out, and Start Grill

Now is a good time to start your grill (with pizza stone inside), if you haven't done so already. Take out a ball of dough and press downward on it with with your fist and using a rolling pin on a floured flat surface, roll the dough ball out into a flat, rounded crust. Next you can cover with sauce and toppings of your choice. To prevent the crust from being soggy, use a thick sauce and don't let it sit too long before cooking.

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Step 4: Cook Your Pizza and Serve

Once your BBQ grill has reached about 400 degrees, use your pizza peel (which has been lightly dusted with cornmeal), and pick up your topped pizza and place it onto the pizza stone and close the lid. The trick here is to use enough cornmeal on the pizza peel to keep the dough from sticking, and to hold it an an angle and allowing the pizza to gently slide onto the pizza stone. You may want to have a friend handy with a spatula to give the pizza a nudge if it gets stuck. Once the pizza is centered as best you can on the stone close the grill's lid. Keep a close eye on the temperature and adjust the gas flame to maintain it in a range of 400-450 degrees F. Your pizza should cook in about 10 minutes, more or less, or when the edges are golden brown.

More Tips

  • Never touch or wash your pizza stone until it has thoroughly cooled down. If water or a drink is accidentally spilled on a hot pizza stone it can break.
  • Check your propane cylinder and make sure you have enough gas before you start cooking. You can often tell how full your BBQ grill's propane tank is by gently lifting and moving it side to side. You'll feel the liquid inside moving unless it's empty. Also, under certain temperature conditions you may see a line of condensation, showing the level of the propane inside. Some grills, such as the Weber model I own, have an indicator inside that shows the level of the propane based on the weight of the tank.

How Long Does a BBQ Grill Propane Tank Last?

A typical 20-pound propane tank will power a typical gas grill (set on low heat), for 18-20 hours. You should be able to cook most of your meals in under an hour, so with very efficient use you might be able to stretch one tank out over a month. I recommend having on hand several backup tanks, stored in a safe location, in case of an extended power outage.

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