The Best Tools For Perfect Pizza On The Grill

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.

For anyone who hasn't tried grilling pizza, you will be surprised to learn that it isn't all that hard. You can make them exactly as you like them, and nothing beats fresh hot pizza still crispy from the grill or oven rather than soggy from the cardboard box.

The easiest and simplest tool is an honest to goodness pizza oven but you don't have to take out a second mortgage to make great pizza on the grill. As I discuss in my articles on pizza elsewhere on this site, for most grills you don't need any special devices other than a pizza stone or pan.

The difficulty with making pizza on the grill is simultaneous pizzagasm (i.e. a crust that is crisp, smoky and lightly charred with piping hot cheese and toppings). It is really tricky getting the bottom and the top done at the same time. If the stone is too hot and the top is not, you can burn the bottom and serve undercooked sausage on the top. Or visa versa. You can turn the cheese to plastic and still have wet dough. Usually it is just a matter of experimenting with the number of coals and their placement, or the dial settings on a gas grill.

Here are my favorite tools to help you get it right, and one to avoid. Also be sure to check out our grilled pizza and flatbread section here for tips for making perfect crust and several amazing recipes!

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This machine looks like a stylish countertop toaster oven, but gets cranking to temperatures above 750ºF! That's unheard oven for any home oven. Just plug it into a typical residential wall outlet, adjust the top and bottom heating elements, and you can turn out an almost infinite number of pizza styles. Impressive! read more
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Create perfect brick oven style pizza on the grill in less than 5 minutes with our highly rated Bakerstone grill insert. 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. read more
KettlePizza
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. read more
cast iron grill/griddle
A quality cast iron griddle is a wonderful addition to any grill and the highly rated Lodge Cast Iron Grill and Griddle Combo is a great option. Using a griddle plate on top of a portion of your grill is actually a great way to take advantage of both direct cooking on the grill's grates and griddle at the same time. read more
baking steel
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. read more
wooden pizza peel
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. read more
4 inch pizza wheel
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. read more
pizza stone
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. read more

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