Transform Your Kettle BBQ into a Pizza Oven with a Pizza Ring - The Ultimate Guide


​​A Kettle BBQ pizza ring, also known as a pizza ring or pizza attachment, is a handy accessory that can transform your standard charcoal kettle barbecue grill into a pizza oven. It allows you to make delicious homemade pizzas with a crispy crust and smoky flavour. Here's everything you need to know about a Kettle BBQ pizza ring and how to use it to make pizza:

  • What is a Kettle BBQ Pizza Ring?
    • A Kettle BBQ pizza ring is typically made of stainless steel and is designed to fit onto the top of a standard kettle-style barbecue grill. It has a circular shape with an opening in the centre to slide the pizza in and out.




Purchasing a Kettle BBQ pizza ring instead of a dedicated pizza oven has several benefits, making it a cost-effective and versatile option for home pizza-making. Here are some of the advantages of choosing a pizza ring for your kettle barbecue grill:

Cost-Effective: Kettle BBQ pizza rings are generally more affordable than standalone pizza ovens, which can be a significant investment.

Space Saving: If you already have a kettle barbecue grill, adding a pizza ring doesn't require extra space or storage like a separate pizza oven would.

Multi-Purpose: You can use your kettle grill for other cooking tasks, such as grilling, smoking, and roasting, in addition to making pizzas.

Portability: Kettle grills are usually designed to be portable, making it easy to move them around your outdoor space or take them with you on outdoor adventures.

Quick Preheating: Kettle grills can reach high temperatures relatively quickly, making them suitable for cooking pizzas within a reasonable time frame.

Smoky Flavor: Cooking pizza on a charcoal grill with a pizza ring imparts a delicious smoky flavour to the crust and toppings, enhancing the overall taste of your pizza.

Temperature Control: Kettle grills offer good temperature control with adjustable vents, allowing you to regulate the heat and achieve the desired crust texture.

Ease of Maintenance: Kettle grills are typically easy to clean and maintain, and replacement parts for pizza rings are readily available.

Adaptable to Different Grills: Pizza rings can often be used with various kettle grill brands and models, providing compatibility with the equipment you already have.

Learning Experience: Using a pizza ring on your kettle grill can be a great learning experience for home cooks, as it allows you to experiment with pizza-making and outdoor cooking techniques.

While a dedicated pizza oven may offer certain advantages, such as faster cooking times and more precise temperature control, a Kettle BBQ pizza ring is a practical and economical choice for those who already own a kettle grill and want to enjoy homemade pizzas with the added flavour and flair of outdoor cooking.




How to Use a Kettle BBQ Pizza Ring to Make Pizza:

  • Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a Kettle BBQ pizza ring to make pizza:
    • Pizza dough
    • Pizza sauce
    • Cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, or your choice)
    • Toppings (e.g., pepperoni, vegetables, herbs, etc.)
  • Instructions:
    • Prepare your grill: Set up your kettle barbecue grill for indirect cooking. This means that you should have charcoal on one side and an empty space on the other side, creating two heat zones. Preheat the grill to a high temperature (around 500-600°F or 260-315°C).




  • Roll out the pizza dough: Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface into the desired size and thickness. You may want to use a pizza peel or a baking sheet to transfer the dough onto the pizza ring.
  • Assemble the pizza: Place the rolled-out pizza dough on the pizza peel or baking sheet. Add a thin layer of pizza sauce and your choice of cheese and toppings. Make sure not to overload the pizza to avoid sogginess.
  • Prepare the pizza ring: Place the pizza ring onto the grill's cooking grate and close the lid. This will allow the ring to heat up and create a convection oven effect.



  • Cook the pizza: Carefully slide the assembled pizza from the peel or baking sheet onto the pizza ring inside the grill. Close the lid and cook for 8-12 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Cooking times may vary, so keep a close eye on it.
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  • Remove and serve: Using the pizza peel or a spatula, carefully slide the pizza out of the grill and onto a cutting board. Let it cool for a minute before slicing and serving.



  • Repeat: You can make more pizzas using the same method.
  • Tips and Tricks:
    • Preheat the pizza ring thoroughly to ensure that your pizza cooks evenly and quickly.
    • Rotate the pizza occasionally to prevent any hot spots in the grill from causing uneven cooking.
    • Use a pizza stone or a pizza peel to make it easier to transfer the pizza onto the pizza ring and remove it from the grill.

A Kettle BBQ pizza ring is a versatile accessory that can turn your barbecue grill into a pizza oven, allowing you to enjoy delicious, wood-fired flavour pizzas in your own backyard. Experiment with different toppings and dough recipes to create your perfect homemade pizza.


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by: Michael Wilkie