Let’s set the scene. You want to make yourself and your family and friends some pizza at home. But, you’d rather do something different to buying a frozen pizza from the supermarket and cooking it in your oven.
If you want to make a smokey and sensational-tasting pizza with an authentic taste, have you ever tried barbecuing pizza on a stone? It’s a brilliant way to cook a delicious pizza or two on a summer’s evening, and it’s something you can get all the family involved with!
You might not think it, but barbecuing a pizza on a stone isn’t as difficult as you might think! All you need to do is have the right tools at your disposal, and think about the toppings and base you want for each pizza that you cook.
Want to know how to create a delicious pizza that you cook outdoors on a stone? The following instructions will tell you all you need to know!
What you need
First of all, it’s important that you have everything to hand that you need to barbecue a pizza on a stone. Here is what you need:
- Barbecue (obviously);
- Pizza stone;
- Pizza peel (essentially a big spatula used for lifting pizzas);
- Small spatula (to help with guiding the pizza on/off the stone).
Preparing the base
We all have different tastes when it comes to our pizza bases. Some of us like ones that are quite thin, while others prefer a lot of dough under the toppings! There are a couple of ways to prepare your pizza base. The first option is to purchase a ready-prepared base from your supermarket.
The second option is to make it yourself from scratch. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, and want to make your entire pizza with your fair hands, this is the option for you! There are many pizza base recipes online, especially for those using gluten-free flour, so find one that best suits your needs.
In general, though, you usually have to do the following steps to prepare your pizza base:
- Mix water, sugar, and yeast in one bowl;
- Mix flour and salt in another bowl, and transfer the contents of the first bowl into this one;
- Knead the dough for a few minutes, then let it rise in a greased bowl for a couple of hours;
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and transfer to a pizza peel.
Adding the toppings
Once you’ve prepared the base, it’s now ready for you to add the toppings you love the most! Before you add them, it’s important to add some thick tomato/pizza sauce to the base first. That way, you can then add your toppings without worrying about them falling off the base!
If you’re creating a thin-crust pizza, try not to overload the base with toppings. Otherwise, it will take longer to cook the pizza, and there’s a danger it might collapse due to the weight.
Barbecuing your pizza
The final stage is to cook your pizza on the stone. It goes without saying that your barbecue should be functional and have medium-sized flames. You use the peel and small spatula to transfer the pizza to the stone and vice-versa.
Depending on the toppings and size of your pizza, it should take around 12 minutes to cook it on your BBQ.