Steak isn't the only thing you can whip up on your grill. Pizza lovers unite: your grill offers an alternative way to cook your favorite savory treat. Grilling pizza on a grill is a relatively straightforward process, but if you want to make the best pizza ever, there are a few grilling tips to help you enhance its appearance, aroma, and flavor. To aid you on your quest, here are three important rules for making the perfect grilled pizza.
The hotter, the better. Grills can reach much higher temperatures than traditional ovens, and pizzas need that extra heat. While most food cooks fine at lower temperatures, pizza cooks best at a heat that exceeds that of a conventional oven. That's the main reason brick pizza ovens exist. They raise the heat for a better cook. 800 degrees Fahrenheit is an ideal temperature for crispy pizzas.
Rome wasn't built in a day. Good pizza takes time, too. After making your dough, don't roll it out and pile it with toppings right away. Instead, let it sit and rise. Once it's doubled in size, place it in a closed container and refrigerate overnight. Then, bring the dough to room temperature and start your preparation. This will give your pizza more bubbles and char, enhancing texture and flavor.
No matter how well you constructed your pizza, it won't come out well if the stone you use is dirty. Before you cook, take the time to wipe down your pizza stone and get rid of any charred bits of food or grime. Pizza stones absorb moisture, so avoid using soap to clean them—this will give your pizza an unsavory soapy flavor. Instead, use a stone brush and, if necessary, a small amount of water. If you use water, let the stone dry prior to use, or else your pizza won’t crisp up!
Those are the three important rules for making the perfect grilled pizza. Crank up the heat, remember that patience is a virtue, and channel your inner neatnik for an unforgettable grilled pizza.
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