Kettle BBQ Pizza Oven: A Basic How-To Guide

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If you're looking for a fun and unique way to make pizza, look no further than your kettle BBQ! With a few simple steps, you can turn your BBQ into a pizza oven and enjoy delicious homemade pizza in your own backyard. In this guide, we'll take you through the steps of using a kettle BBQ as a pizza oven.

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Getting Started

Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary equipment and ingredients. You'll need a kettle BBQ with a lid, charcoal, a pizza stone, a pizza peel, and of course, the ingredients for your pizza. You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, and your favourite pizza toppings.


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Preparing the Kettle BBQ

The first step is to set up your Kettle BBQ. Start by arranging the charcoal on one side of the BBQ and leaving the other side empty. This will create two temperature zones, one for direct heat and one for indirect heat. Adjust the vents to control the airflow and temperature. Preheat the BBQ for about 15-20 minutes before placing the pizza on the pizza stone.



Assembling and Cooking the Pizza

While the BBQ is heating up, prepare your pizza dough and toppings. Roll out the dough to the desired size and thickness and add your toppings. Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to the pizza stone on the indirect heat side of the BBQ. Close the lid and let the pizza cook for about 8-10 minutes.

After 5-6 minutes, use the pizza peel to rotate the pizza 180 degrees to ensure even cooking. Check the pizza after 8 minutes and continue cooking until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Use the pizza peel to remove the pizza from the BBQ and let it rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.


Tips for Success

Maintaining the right temperature is key to making great pizza on the BBQ. You can adjust the vents to increase or decrease the temperature as needed. Choosing the right toppings is also important. Avoid using too many wet or heavy toppings as they can make the pizza soggy. Use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza to the pizza stone and remove it from the BBQ. Avoid common mistakes such as overloading the pizza with toppings or not preheating the BBQ long enough.


Making pizza on a Kettle BBQ is a fun and unique way to enjoy homemade pizza. With the right equipment and ingredients, you can turn your BBQ into a pizza oven and create delicious pizzas in your own backyard. Follow the steps in this guide and experiment with different toppings to create your own unique pizza creations. So fire up the BBQ, get creative, and enjoy delicious homemade pizza!


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by: Michael Wilkie