Grilled Pizza On a Charcoal Grill

Grilled Pizza On a Charcoal Grill

Did you know you can make grilled pizza on a charcoal grill? You can. In fact, one of our favorite things to do during the summer is eating outside on our deck directly from the grill. We haven’t gotten to enjoy the deck much this summer because we’ve been getting so much rain. A few weeks ago, we got our first chance to eat outside when we made grilled pizzas. We first made grilled pizzas last summer for Meatless Monday on David’s Weber Performer. We’ve been waiting ever since the deck furniture was put out this season for the perfect day to do it again. If you think just because you have a charcoal grill you cannot grill pizzas, think again, you can!

Prepared ingredients outside on the deck ready to make the pizza.

There are all kinds of pizza stones, and wonderful attachments to adorn the grill with for cooking pizza. I’m sure they all work great, but our dream is to have a big authentic wood-fire oven, on a brand-spanking new patio, in our wee-backyard, but until Rome is built we will settle for making pizzas on our charcoal grill.

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How to Make Grilled Pizza On a Charcoal Grill

Servings: 2-4 | Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 16-ounce pizza dough – store bought or make your own
  • Pizza Sauce – Store-bought or homemade
  • Meats: bacon (pre-cooked), soppressata sausage, pepperonis (pre-cooked)
  • Vegetables: red bell pepper (charred and sliced),  black olives (sliced), onions (sliced thin), tomato (sliced thin), mushrooms (sliced), pickled jalapenos (sliced),
  • Cheeses: Parmesan (freshly grated), mozzarella cheese (shredded or sliced), ricotta, feta, Mexican cheese blend
  • Garnish: red chili flakes, oregano, dried, fresh basil
Pizza dough laid out on baking sheets ready for the grill.

PREPARE THE PIZZA DOUGH:

Allow refrigerated dough to come up to room temperature, or if using a recipe to make the dough and have it ready for the grill. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into pieces if needed. Roll each piece into a ball. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into an irregular oval, dusting with flour as needed.

A silver gravy boat full of pizza sauce, ready for the grilled pizza.

PREPARE THE SAUCE:

Make the sauce and allow it to simmer a bit on the stove or warm jarred sauce.

A photo of the pizza ingredients.

PREPARE THE GRILLED PIZZA TOPPINGS:

Pre-cook any meats.

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Have the red bell pepper ready to go onto the grill. Chop and slice the veggies and have them close by and ready to go with the pizza dough.

FIRE UP THE GRILL:

Light the charcoal chimney and let it get hot. When the coals are hot dump them into the grill. Using long tongs, move all of the coals to cover only half of the grill. Doing this will give you a direct and indirect heat source. Preheat the grill on medium heat, about 350 to 400 degrees F for about 10 to 15 minutes.

FIRE ROAST THE PEPPERS:

While the grill is preheating, is the ideal time to roast any vegetables that you want to put on your pizza.

Place the bell pepper over direct heat and cook until charred and blistered, about 15 minutes.

After the pepper is charred, place it into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for about 5 minutes, then slice and dice.

GRILL THE CRUST:

Oil the grill with a rolled-up towel and tongs, then carefully add the dough to the side of the grill with direct heat.

Grill until the top is bubbly and the bottom is marked; about 2 minutes.

Pizza dough grilling on the Weber charcoal grill.

Flip with tongs and grill until just marked on the other side.

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Remove from the grill and transfer to a baking sheet; repeat with any remaining dough you may have.

Without a pizza peel, you never know what shape the dough will take, but it won’t matter you’ll forget all about shape when you taste it!

Triangle shaped pizza crust with char-markings.

ADD THE GRILLED PIZZA TOPPINGS:

Working on the baking sheets or platters, top the crusts with sauce, meats, veggies, and cheeses.

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The grilled pizza with all the toppings ready to go back on the grill.

Have fun creating unique grilled pizzas, like this one with half Mexican cheese, jalapenos, scallions, and bacon while the other half left off the green onions and added pepperonis.

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FINISH THE PIZZAS: 

Return the pizzas to the indirect heat side of the grill. Cover the grill and cook until the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and serve in about 3 minutes.

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Note: When grilling pizza, it is very important to have all the prep work done beforehand. It is next to impossible to prep everything at the same time you light the grill.

We had waited so long to be able to make grilled pizza again, that our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We decided to have them again on the weekend. Our plans changed as soon as we got home and a storm blew in.

The storm moving across the valley.

Within 5 minutes, it was pouring and the deck was soaked. No grilled pizza that night. Thank goodness for a nice dry house and a hot oven!

Oven baked pizza hot of of the oven.

If you want to fire up your charcoal grill to make a pizza, but don’t feel your grill is up to par for the occasion, you can put it back into commission fast by finding new parts to make it like new. Just visit my friend David’s website: QualityGrillParts.com I’m sure he’ll help you get that grill fired up before your pizza dough finishes rising!

Grilled Pizza On a Charcoal Grill

Grilled Pizza On A Charcoal Grill

If you think just because you have a charcoal grill you cannot grill pizzas, think again. Learn how to make and enjoy grilled pizza on a charcoal grill.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Charcoal Grill, grilled, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 223kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 12-inch pizza dough store bought or make your own
  • 1 cup pizza sauce store bought or make your own

Meats:

  • cooked bacon crumbled
  • Sopressata sausage chopped
  • pepperonis (pre-cooked)

Vegetables:

  • red bell pepper charred and sliced
  • black olives sliced
  • onions thin sliced
  • tomato thin sliced
  • mushrooms sliced
  • pickled jalapenos sliced

Cheeses:

  • parmesan freshly grated
  • mozzarella cheese shredded or sliced
  • fresh ricotta cheese
  • feta cheese crumbled
  • Mexican cheese blend shredded

Garnish:

  • red chili flakes to taste
  • dried oregano to taste
  • fresh or dried basil to taste

Instructions

PREPARE THE DOUGH

  • Allow refrigerated dough to come up to room temperature, or if using a recipe to make the dough and have it ready for the grill. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into pieces if needed. Roll each piece into a ball. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into an irregular oval, dusting with flour as needed.

PREPARE THE SAUCE

  • Make the sauce and allow it to simmer a bit on the stove or warm jarred sauce.

PREPARE THE TOPPINGS

  • Pre-cook any meats.
  • Have the red bell pepper ready to go onto the grill. Chop and slice the veggies and have them close by and ready to go with the pizza dough.

FIRE UP THE GRILL

  • Light the charcoal chimney and let it get hot. When the coals are hot dump them into the grill. Using long tongs, move all of them to cover only ½ of the grill. Doing this will give you a direct and indirect heat source. Preheat the grill on medium heat, about 350-400 degrees F for about 10 to 15 minutes.

FIRE ROAST THE PEPPERS

  • While the grill is preheating, is the ideal time to roast any vegetables that you want to put on your pizza. Place the bell pepper over direct heat and cook until charred and blistered, about 15 minutes.
  • After the pepper is charred, place it into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for about 5 minutes, then slice and dice.

GRILL THE CRUST

  • Oil the grill with a rolled-up towel and tongs, then carefully add the dough to the side of the grill with direct heat. Grill until the top is bubbly and the bottom; about 2 minutes. Flip with tongs and grill until just to on the other side. Remove from the grill and transfer to a baking sheet; repeat with any remaining dough you may have.

ADD THE TOPPINGS

  • Working on the baking sheets or platters, top the crusts with sauce, meats, veggies, and cheeses.

FINISH THE PIZZAS

  • Return the pizzas to the indirect heat side of the grill. Cover the grill and cook until the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and serve in about 3 minutes.

Notes

When grilling pizza, it is very important to have all the prep work done beforehand. It is next to impossible to prep everything at the same time you light the grill.
Have fun creating unique pizzas, like this one with half Mexican cheese, jalapenos, scallions, and bacon while the other half left off the green onions and added pepperonis.
Calories are based on two 12-inch pepperoni and cheese pizzas. For more information about nutrition, visit our Policies & Disclaimers Page.

Nutrition

Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 267mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 645IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 1mg
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