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The Best Tools For Perfect Pizza On The Grill (1 Page, 1 Article)

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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 amazing pizza ovens.

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 key to 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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Guide To Selecting The Perfect Pizza Oven

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.

Blackstone Pizza Oven With Stand Reviewed and Rated

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Dave Joachim, AmazingRibs.com Contributing Author

Many backyard pizza ovens suffer the same problem: they don’t get hot enough, and they heat unevenly. Blackstone’s solution? Pizza stones on the bottom and top help set the Blackstone Pizza Oven With Stand apart from others in the space.

Solo Pi Prime Pizza Oven Starter Bundle Reviewed and Rated

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Brigit Binns, AmazingRibs.com Culinary Content Contributor

From the makers of highly popular fire pits comes an innovative entry into the outdoor pizza oven market -- The Solo Pi Prime pizza Oven. Read our complete hands-on review.

Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven Rated And Reviewed

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

Interested in making restaurant-quality pizzas at home? Ooni's Karu 16 burns charcoal or wood and they offer an optional gas burner which we highly recommend. Although we have a few criticisms, Karu 16 still gets our thumbs up!
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Ooni Volt 12 Electric Pizza Oven Reviewed and Rated

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Dave Joachim, AmazingRibs.com Contributing Author

Ooni's Volt 12 is a well-designed, compact, energy-efficient electric oven that achieves raging hot temps capable of cooking fantastic pizza, steaks, fish, vegetables, and more. After months of cook tests and tinkering, we rated it in comparison to competitive models. Read our review to learn all about Volt 12.

BakerStone Pizza Oven Box

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment Review

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Dave Joachim, AmazingRibs.com Contributing Author

Want to get more from your pellet smoker? How about wood-fired pizza? The Green Mountain Grills Wood Fired Pizza Attachment expands the capabilities of your pellet cooker far beyond low and slow smoking. Read our review to see just how hot this inexpensive attachment gets and to see the gorgeous pizzas we baked on it.

Breville Pizzaiolo Smart Pizza Oven, Rated And Reviewed

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Dave Joachim, AmazingRibs.com Contributing Author

The Breville Pizzaiolo smart pizza oven looks like a stylish countertop toaster oven, but gets cranking to temperatures above 750ºF! Read our review because that's unheard of for any home oven.

Ooni Koda Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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!

Blackstone Ultimate Pizza Oven Bundle Review

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Max Good, AmazingRibs.com’s Full-Time Grill Tester

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.

Pizza Party Pizzone Review

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Alfa Pizza 5 Minuti Review

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Max Good, AmazingRibs.com’s Full-Time Grill Tester

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.

Forno Bravo Primavera 60 Outdoor Oven Review

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Max Good, AmazingRibs.com’s Full-Time Grill Tester

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

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Max Good, AmazingRibs.com’s Full-Time Grill Tester

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.

How to Buy the Best Infrared Thermometer

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Bill McGrath, AmazingRibs.com Chief Thermometer Reviewer

An infrared thermometer is a handy device to have, even if it's not essential. It differs from other thermometers in that it measures the temperature of your cooking surface, which can be useful when making things like pizza on a hot baking stone. Here's what to look for and how to buy the best infrared thermometer.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display Review

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

I don't know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. If you ever mix up anything with flour, weigh it instead of measuring it with cups. It's so much more accurate.

Is A Baking Steel Better Than A Pizza Stone?

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

New Star Foodservice Wooden Pizza Peel

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

The Best Pizza Stone For The Grill From Pizzacraft

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

Lodge Logic Pro Cast Iron Grill/Griddle Is A Multi-Purpose Grill Topper

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

KettlePizza Pizza Oven Insert For Charcoal Grills

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Meathead, AmazingRibs.com Founder And BBQ Hall of Famer

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.

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Published On: 6/26/2019 Last Modified: 6/22/2024

 

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