It’s summer and we know you’d much rather be outside than stuck inside sweating over a hot stove. That’s where the almighty BBQ comes in, but seriously though – hotdogs and hamburgers again?! Truthfully, I would never tire of devouring a hamburger, Mae though, she prefers less meaty eats. So over the years we’ve got inventive with cooking outside on the BBQ. In fact, we often cook entire meals on the grill – and even food you wouldn’t expect. Many of our bbqing tricks will be familiar to those of you who love camping (and we’re not talking trailer camping or glamping either). With a little ingenuity, the possibilities really are endless on the BBQ. In this post, we’re going to show you how to cook pizza on the BBQ. That’s right! Even when the temperatures begin to rise, you can still enjoy a delicious homemade pizza without worrying about heating up the house.
In fact, pizza on the BBQ may just be one of the best tasting pizzas we’ve had. It’s a summer staple in our house, not only because it tastes so damn good, but also because it’s super easy to throw together – and practically mess-free. Some of our most memorable moments of summer have also involved pizza on the BBQ – like that time Mae and I forgot to put the fly on our tent when we were camping and a summer thunderstorm rolled through. We returned to our campsite after a concert only to find our tents and all its contents a soppy mess. It was late, we were wet – so were our things… and it was still raining. What’s one to do in such a circumstance? Throw a big ole pepperoni and cheese pizza on the BBQ. As the heavy rain poured down, I barbecued that pizza under an umbrella. That was the best the damn pizza on the BBQ I ever grilled. It probably had more to do with an unpleasant evening turning out quite okay, rather than my stellar grilling talents. Of course, I am being modest – there’s a reason why I’m the family grill master. Even Mae refuses to BBQ because I’m just way better at it… I’m still not sure if it’s true or a clever ruse not to cook. It doesn’t bother me though because I love cooking over an open flame. I love the smell of a smoldering BBQ and most of all, I love the rich smoky flavour that grilling produces. Heaven, I imagine.
The secret to great pizza on the BBQ is in creating a convection of heat inside the BBQ. Ideally, you’ll want to use a BBQ with double or quad burners. Set one side to heat approximately 350F and the other to low. Your pizza is cooked over the lowest burner on top of a metal pizza pan. We decided to make a Hawaii-style pizza on the BBQ, complete with grilled pineapple! If you’ve never grilled pineapple then you’re missing a real treat! Smoky & sweet, grilled pineapple could be a dessert on its own. You’ll need to prep the pineapple by cutting it into thick spears before barbecuing. It only takes a few minutes to grill pineapple over a medium high heat. You can grill the pineapple and ham steaks for this recipe together.
Once grilled, set aside and begin prepping pizza. We recommend using precooked pizza shells that you can easily find in most grocery stores. Bonus- they often come with a package of pizza sauces too!
Here’s what you’ll need to make our Hawaiian-style pizza on the BBQ:
- 4 ham steaks
- 2 precooked, packaged pizza shells with sauce
- 1 small pineapple, speared and grilled
- 3-4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Set one side of BBQ burners to approximately 350F and the other to low.
- Place one prepared and dressed pizza on top of metal pizza pan.
- Cook over low burner with BBQ lid closed for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Rotate once, halfway through cooking time.
- Once crust is browned and cheese is melted and bubbling, remove from BBQ and allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing with a pizza cutter.
- Repeat process with second pizza shell.
Gregg & Mae