We’ve made a lot ofgrilled pizzas here at Bread in Five, but almost all of them have been on a gas grill. If you’ve ever attempted a pizza on a charcoal grill you know why this is: the pizza is much easier to manage, and there is less change of burning when it’s not over flaming hot coals. However, many people do not own a gas grill, and so we set out to figure out some helpful tips and tricks in making a charcoal grilled pizza a little bit easier. Twenty pizzas later, and we finally have something for you.
There were quite a few things we learned along the way: bread flour makes a nice, sturdy dough, olive oil in the dough keeps the pizza from sticking to the grill, building a hot and cool side in the grill is a must, and keeping the pizzas on the small side makes them easier to manage.
We are ready for warmer weather (50 degrees yesterday in Minneapolis!), and that means grilled pizza. There’s no better place for that than Phoenix, which is Minneapolis’s alter-ego– it’s pretty hot for indoor pizza-baking in the summertime (which is coming!). So we journeyed south a couple of weeks ago to do a demo of grilled pizza on the NBC affiliate down there– and soak up a little sunshine. We also taught again at Barbara Fenzl’s Les Gourmettes Cooking School. Thanks for an appreciative group, Barbara!
One thing to explain though, hostess Destry Jetton said that this was cracker-crust pizza on the grill–it’s not. Everything we showed in Phoenix was Neapolitan-style thickness, about 1/4-inch. We do have lots of directions for both kinds of pizza in Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day.