Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know From AmazingRibs.com

Pizza Perfection: Everything You Need Know

By:

Dave Joachim

Everybody loves pizza. And everybody has an opinion on what’s best, what’s authentic, and what is the one and only pizza dough recipe you will ever need. The truth? There are many styles of pizza out there, and they’re ALL good. Pizza is essentially flat bread with stuff on top. From there, the sky’s the limit. Sometimes it has a thin crust. Sometimes it’s thick. Sometimes it has tomato sauce. Sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes other sauces like pesto are spread on the dough instead of tomato sauce. Pizza usually includes cheese, but one of the earliest pizzas–marinara–has no cheese. Sometimes pizza is round. Sometimes it’s square or rectangular, like Roman style pizza al taglio (by the cut). Sometimes pizza is baked right on a hot baking stone. Other times it’s baked in a pan or on a grill grate. There are no hard and fast rules.

We celebrate ALL of kinds of pizza, whether it’s baked in a wood-fired pizza oven, a home oven, in a cast-iron pan under a broiler, or on a grill. The one constant among all pizzas is that it’s best when made by hand rather than by machine. The difference between frozen pizza and homemade pizza is what YOU put into it. Yes, shaping dough takes a little practice. And it helps to have some tools like a bench knife and pizza peel. But making pizza is not hard. Will your first pie be perfect? Probably not, but it will probably still taste good! From there, every pizza you make will get better and better. Check out the pages below to learn everything you need to know to reach pizza perfection, from the equipment and tools to the recipes and techniques.

The Science Of Pizza On The Grill

By:

Meathead

Grilled pizza is closer to brick oven pizza like you get in Italy or France than anything you can do indoors. A great pizza is incredibly easy to make from scratch at home, even the dough, and once you try it you'll never want delivery pizza again. Here are the secrets to making and grilling a perfect pizza at home.

The Pizza Project: A Taxonomy of the World’s Great Pizza Styles, Great Fun No Matter How You Slice It

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Meathead

Recipes for the world's most important types of pizza, Neapolitan, Roman, New York, Chicago, White Clam, Focaccia, Calzone, Provencal, and more.

Pizza And Flatbread Recipes

By:

Meathead

A great pizza is incredibly easy to make from scratch at home, even the dough, whether you cook it outdoors or in, but beware, once you get the hang of it, you'll never be satisfied with eating pizza in a restaurant again.

The Best Tools And Equipment For Perfect Pizza On The Grill

By:

Dave Joachim

Create perfect pizza on the grill thanks to these top rated tools. If you're a fan of brick oven pizza then this is the gear that will help you create it directly on your grill, from pizza stones to pizza peels and more. The result is a crust that is crisp, smoky and lightly charred and piping hot toppings.

Guide To Pizza Ovens

For the best Italian style pizzas or rustic breads, nothing beats a wood-burning oven/forno. Built for use indoor or out, built-in or portable for caterers.

Conditioning And Seasoning A Pizza Stone

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Meathead

You should condition and season a new pizza stone or baking stone before using it. Here are simple instructions on how to do it so your pizza cooks perfectly the first time you use the stone.

Is A Baking Steel Better Than A Pizza Stone?

By:

Meathead

The Baking Steel is an expensive slab of specially formulated steel that heats rapidly and holds heat very well. In other words, it is a steel pizza stone. In our tests, it performed similar to a cordierite pizza stone, cooking the bottom crust of pizza a bit faster than ceramic materials.
pizza Margherita

Grilled Pizza Margherita Recipe

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Meathead

Perfectly crisp and full of deep smoky flavor, grilled Margherita pizza comes closer to brick oven pizza like you get in Italy or France than anything you can do indoors. Unlike many pizzas that go overboard with toppings, this recipe for grilled pizza Margherita is a simple, yet elegant, blend of dough, cheese, tomatoes, and basil.
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This Perfect Neapolitan Style Pizza Dough Recipe Needs No Kneading

By:

Meathead

Create delicious Neapolitan style pizza on the grill thanks to this no knead pizza dough recipe. True authentic Neapolitan pizzas have a tender, pillowy bottom with big blistery bubbles in it after cooking very quickly over extremely high heat. When cut, it is pliable and bends easily under the weight of toppings.
Marc Vetri making Naples style pizza dough

Try Marc Vetri’s Naples Style Pizza Dough for Your Next Pizza

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Dave Joachim

Renowned Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri shares his recipe for Naples style pizza dough from his book, Mastering Pizza. It's the perfect dough for making grilled Neapolitan pizza in a kamado.
rolling pizza dough

You’ll Love This No Knead Roman-Style Pizza Crust Recipe

By:

Meathead

Great grilled pizza begins with a great pizza dough such as this simple-to-follow recipe for no knead Roman-style pizza dough. It can be used for thin crust or thick crust, and even for focaccia. When followed precisely, the recipe's end result is a crispy, smoky grilled pizza similar to that from a brick oven.
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How to Make the World’s Easiest Pizza Sauce

By:

Dave Joachim

The best pizza sauce is also the easiest. Tomatoes, olive oil, basil and salt. What more do you need? You can blend up this sauce recipe right in a tall 1-quart container. Then use it make the pizza of your dreams. Or refrigerate it for a few days.
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Grilled pizza on a pizza stone, sitting on round grill grate

How to Make Kamado Grilled Sausage Pizza

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Dave Joachim

A grill makes a crisp pizza, and kamado style grills offer distinct advantages. Here's how to make sausage pizza on a Big Green Egg or other kamado, including techniques and recipes for grilled pizza from renowned Italian chef, Marc Vetri.
capicola pizza raw

Grilled Capicola Pizza, Delivery Pizza’s Worst Nightmare

By:

Meathead

Grilled pizza comes close to the brick oven style pizza we all love but without the cost of installing a brick oven. Here is a rustic grilled pizza recipe that features Capicola, a traditional cured and lightly smoked pork product from Naples, related to bacon, and some good examples are made in the US and Canada.
drizzling oil on pepe's white clam pizza

Pepe’s Style White Clam Pizza Recipe

By:

Meathead

Pepe's on Wooster St. in New Haven CT is one of the most famous pizza places in the world, and their most famous pie is the White Clam Pizza. Duplicating Pepe's pies is impossible, but you can come close at home with the right ingredients, and a little love. Here's the recipe for creating a delicious white clam pizza in your kitchen.
caramelized onion pizza

Grilled Caramelized Onion Pizza, An Outdoor Twist On French Pissaladiere

By:

Meathead

A French twist on traditional Italian pizza, the pissaladiere packs a ton of flavor in the form of caramelized onions, olives, garlic, anchovies, and herbs. Taking it one step further, this recipe for the classic pissaladiere (sans sauce and fromage) is cooked on the grill, rendering it perfectly crisp and smoky.

The Best Pizza Stone For The Grill From Pizzacraft

By:

Meathead

Looking to create perfect pizza and baked goods on the grill? There are many pizza stones, and the best modern ones are made from a special heat absorbing refractory type material called cordierite. Among our favorites is the Pizzacraft 15-inch square Thermabond Baking and Pizza Stone, creating even heat for baking.

KettlePizza Pizza Oven Insert For Charcoal Grills

By:

Meathead

KettlePizza is a well made stainless steel ring that sits between the lid and base of your Weber Kettle, transforming your charcoal grill into a high heat pizza oven for a fraction of the price of a real brick oven. With the insert in place, simply slide the pizza onto a pizza stone and cook via radiant heat.

Ooni 3 with Gas Burner Review

By:

Meathead

You'll love making pizza outdoors in the Ooni portable pizza oven. The standard model is wood fired with pellets, but we prefer the optional gas fired system and award it our Gold Medal. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

Ooni 3 Pellet Burner Review

By:

Meathead

Ooni 3 comes standard with a wood pellet burner, which we found lacking and is Not Recommended. Click now to find out why we strongly prefer the Ooni 3 with their optional gas burner. With the gas burner, pizza doughs and toppings cook perfectly with slightly charred bubbles and leopard spotting on the crust.

Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

By:

Meathead

The Ooni Koda is a superb portable pizza oven capable of making restaurant quality pies in 2 to 3 minutes. Completely redesigned from the ground up, Koda outperforms its predecessor, Ooni 3, in every way. It requires no assembly and is ready to cook right out of the box. We reviewed Koda and award our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal!

BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

By:

Meathead

Create perfect brick oven style pizza on the grill in less than 5 minutes with our highly rated Bakerstone grill insert. Read our review. Bakerstone is a steel box that sits on a gas grill with the lid up. It is lined with cordierite and it has a simple airflow system that actually helps cook the top properly similar to a pizza oven.

Blackstone Ultimate Pizza Oven Bundle Review

By:

Max Good

Although Blackstone presents the Patio Oven as a versatile device that cooks a variety of foods, it is best suited for pizza. Blackstone claims it cooks a pizza in under 3 minutes. We reviewed Blackstone's Pizza Oven and award our Bronze Medal. This is a unique offering for those who would put a dedicated pizza oven to good use.

Alfa Pizza 5 Minuti Review

By:

Max Good

Check out our review of Alfa Pizza's 5 Minuti, which is so named for the ability to heat up quickly, although Alfa recommends you give it 15 minutes before cooking. Metal pizza ovens are known to heat up quickly in contrast to the traditional refractory ovens made with clay or modern refractory material.

Pizza Party Pizzone Review

By:

Meathead

Pizza Party is a very good wood burning pizza oven that is relatively inexpensive and easy to assemble. We tested and reviewed this versatile oven and awarded it our AmazingRibs.com Gold Medal. It has a dome that is high quality stainless steel inside and a painted aluminum exterior with a ceramic fabric insulation.

Forno Bravo Primavera 60 Outdoor Oven Review

By:

Max Good

Check out our review of this pizza oven package which includes the refractory wood oven and chimney, metal stand, clay chimney cap, CD ROM for instruction, and a steel door with built-in thermometer. Built-in dial thermometers are inaccurate. Forno Bravo recommends getting an Infrared Gun Thermometer for an accurate reading of the floor and dome temps.

Fontana Forni Toscano Margherita Outdoor Oven Review

By:

Max Good

Fontana considers The Forno Toscano Margherita Wood Fired Pizza Oven to be their signature product. Instead of bricks or cast refractory material, Fontana uses heavily insulated steel construction which heats up faster than refractory ovens, but cools off faster as well. It has a food grade stone floor. Read our review to learn more.

EcoQue Wood Burning Pizza Oven and Smoker Review

By:

Max Good

EcoQue's Wood Fired Pizza Oven and Smoker design is based on Fontana Forni's dual chamber pizza ovens that are made in Italy. The fire is built in the lower chamber and your food is baked and cooked in the upper chamber. EcoQue adds a second cook chamber which can be used for smoking and roasting.

The Best Wooden Pizza Peels For Grilling Pizza

By:

Meathead

The pizza peel or paddle is the best way to get your pie in and out of the grill and we've got our recommendations for the best in class. To use, simply dust the top with flour or corn meal, which acts like ball bearings. Then you spread the dough on the peel, top it, and slide it onto the pan or stone on the grill.

The Best Pizza Wheel For Cutting Pizza

By:

Meathead

A good pizza wheel will keep your pizza crispy, and it comes in handy for home made pizza and even for cutting pie dough. Her is our tested and rated review of our favorite pizza wheel, the OXO Good Grips 4-inch Pizza Wheel. Well priced and made to last, we found this to be the perfect choice for home pizza cooks.

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Published On: 5/9/2019 Last Modified: 4/23/2021


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