This article will teach you how to grill a pizza on the Big Green Egg. You’ll learn what tools are needed, the most efficient setup using a pizza stone, a fantastic recipe for pizza dough, and the cooking directions for grilling a great pizza. Your homemade pizza will taste even better with the smoky flavor the lump charcoal provides. You’ll think pizza on the BGE came from an Italian wood-fired pizza oven!
Fogo Lump Charcoal
To set up the grill, I like to fill the firebox with Fogo charcoal. One tip when grilling pizza, it is always easier to bring up the temperature of the grill than it is to add more charcoal because you didn’t start with enough. Trust me; you don’t want to be moving a half-baked pizza off your grill to add more charcoal. Light the charcoal and get to the recommended cooking temperature.
Plate setter feet down to grill pizza
Should the plate setter feet be up or down? We’ll be cooking the pizza using the indirect setup so the plate setter feet should be down, so you have a flat surface to work on from the top.
Next, use the grill elevator or place the water pipe fittings on the top of the plate setter and organize in a triangle pattern of three, or a square design if you have four. The goal is to have a few inches of clearance from the plate setter to the pizza stone. This will increase airflow and prevent one of the pieces from cracking due to extreme heat.
Plate setter legs down with pipe fittings to elevate the pizza stone:
Big Green Egg Pizza Stone
I own and prefer the Big Green Egg brand pizza stone. I like the thickness of the stone; mine is 2/3 of an inch thick. However, I would also recommend this 15” pizza stone from Amazon; it has 4.5 stars out of 5 with over 3,000 reviews.
I recommend using pipe fittings or a grill elevator to raise the pizza stone off the plate setter. As a result, this will improve airflow, which allows the pizza stone to heat evenly throughout. All that means is if you are cooking with raw dough, it’ll help your pizza cook more evenly through the center.
Place the pizza stone on top of the pipe couplings:
View from the side of the elevated pizza stone:
Pizza Stone first-use
For the first-use of your pizza stone, I’d recommend doing a clean burn with the grill grate in your grill. You can accomplish this at or around 600 degrees grill temperature, and the goal is to burn off any chemicals that were leftover from the manufacturing process. Let the stone burn for a few minutes then carefully flip it over and let the other side burn for few minutes.
Cleaning the Pizza Stone
To clean a pizza stone, do not wash with soap and water. A pizza stone needs to be seasoned. The best way to do that is to wipe them clean instead of washing them. Always clean any excess food, but the goal is to create a seasoned surface.
Homemade pizza dough
The first step is to create your pizza dough. If you don’t want to make your dough, there are prepared options like Boboli. You can also call your local pizza restaurant because I’ll bet you they will sell you pizza dough. Making your pizza dough for the Big Green Egg is part of the fun. Here’s my go-to homemade pizza dough recipe from Giada de Laurentiis. You can Google other pizza dough recipes. Additionally, the most important things to remember when making your pizza dough is, use natural ingredients and allow enough time for it to rise.
Making the pizza
Once you’ve made your dough, you can use cornmeal and a pizza peel or use parchment paper as a canvas for your pizza. I prefer to use parchment paper because I can slide it right on the grill, and it won’t burn. Wax paper isn’t made for the grill, so you can’t use it as a replacement for parchment paper.
I put parchment paper on a cutting board to prepare my pizza. Prepare the pizza with the ingredients of your choice. Once you’re done, I recommend trimming the parchment paper around the pizza, leaving about one to two inches of paper around the outside of the crust. As a result, cutting the paper will prevent any hanging over the pizza stone and burning.
Pizza on parchment paper inside Big Green Egg:
Use whatever ingredients you want on your pizza. My favorite ingredients are red pizza sauce, smoked mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and sliced jalapenos.
Cooking pre-made pizza
Papa Murphy’s – some of the best pizzas that I’ve grilled were from Papa Murphy’s. Make sure the temperature in the middle of the pizza stone is the recommended cooking temperature. This will cook the dough thoroughly in the center, giving you a delicious golden brown crust.
Frozen pizza – I’ve also grilled frozen DiGiorno pizza, and it turned out ok. I’d recommend making the pizza from scratch.
Grilling my pizza with dough from scratch, I make sure the center of my pizza stone is at least 425 degrees Fahrenheit. If I’m cooking a pre-made pizza or frozen pizza, I always use their suggested oven temperature on the package.
Cooking time can range depending on the temperature of your grill. For example, with the grill temperature of 500 degrees and the pizza stone temperature in the middle of 425, a typical pizza takes 12 – 14 minutes. I will start checking for around 10 minutes. The pizza is done when the cheese is golden brown on the top. Now it’s time to enjoy a slice!
What temperature should my pizza stone be?
The pizza stone center should be 425 degrees Fahrenheit or should be equal to the recommended cooking temperature.
How long does it take to cook a pizza at 500 degrees?
It takes about 10 minutes for the center of the crust to be cooked.
Here’s the cooked pizza that took 14 minutes at 500 degrees:
Can I grill a pizza with parchment paper?
Parchment paper helps you get the sticky and wet dough onto the grill. About half to 2/3rd of the way through the cook, the pizza dough should be cooked enough that you can carefully slide the parchment paper out between the crust and the pizza stone.
Does a pizza need to be grilled to an internal temperature?
A grilled pizza is done when the cheese is golden brown, and the crust is cooked in the middle. Your pizza stone temperature should equal the recommended cooking temperature for the pizza. Grill the pizza on the stone for your specific cooking time, then cook until golden brown.
How much charcoal for cooking pizza?
Fill the firebox with charcoal. When grilling pizza, make sure you have more than enough charcoal in the grill.
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