Great Tips for Pizza on the Grill (or Oven)


These tips come from our friend Chef Jason K. Morse, CEC - owner of 5280 Culinary Spices.  Chef Morse is a talented chef and Rocky Mountain Ace Hardware grill expert.

Preheat your oven, grill or wood pellet grill as described below.  If you are using a pizza stone (highly recommended), place it in the oven or on the grill when heating up to ensure the oven/grill and stone will be equally hot.

Prepare you dough using our healthy pizza dough recipe, or you can use some pre-cooked Indian Naan bread available at most grocery stores.

Place the dough or flat bread onto a pizza peel (such as Ace # 8419962) to make it easy to slide the pizza in-and-out of the oven or grill.  If you don't have a pizza peel, a cookie sheet can be used as a substitute.  If using fresh dough, lightly flour the pizza peel to make it easy to slide the finished pizza off the peel.  Add the toppings of your choice.


Gas, Charcoal or Wood Pellet Grill Instructions:


  1. Place the pizza stone on the grill as it heats-up.
  2. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees*
  3. If desired, add a little cornmeal on-top of the pizza stone to prevent the pizza dough from sticking.
  4. Slide the uncooked pizza from the peel onto the pizza stone
  5. Close the lid
  6. Cook until the cheese is bubbly and golden
  7. Approximately 14-18 minutes - the center will be firm when the dough is cooked and the cheese is melted

*The Big Green Egg offers some additional setup requirements and options when cooking pizza.

  1. Big Green Egg setup for cooking pizzas can be done a variety of ways.  We have found that for best results the ConvEggtor should be placed below the grill grate, legs-up.  Place the grill grate on-top of the ConvEggtor and place the pizza stone on-top of the grill grate.
  2. An alternative setup for high temperature cooking is the ConvEggtor legs-down with the pizza stone directly on-top of the ConvEggtor (no grill grate used).  Experiment sometime when you have some extra dough and no guests to determine what method you prefer.
  3. The temperature range capabilities on the Big Green Egg offer you the ability to cook pizzas at higher temperatures.  We have found that temperatures of 550 - 650 degrees produce great results and very fast cooking times.
  4. If you are cooking pizzas above 400 degrees be sure to use a genuine Big Green Egg pizza stone.  Kitchen grade stones can crack at high temperatures.


Oven Instructions:


  1. Place the pizza stone into the oven (if using).
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. If you are using a cookie sheet instead of a pizza peel, you can slide the pizza into the oven leaving it on the cookie sheet.
  4. Close the oven.
  5. Cook until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  6. Approximately 15-20 minutes - the center will be firm when the dough is cooked and the cheese is melted.


Finishing and Serving Your Pizza:


  1. Gently use a fork to slide the pizza from the pizza stone back onto the pizza peel.  If using a cookie sheet, just remove it from the oven.
  2. If you are done cooking, be sure to turn off your grill and close any gas valves.
  3. Allow the pizza to cool slightly to set the cheese.
  4. If desired, garnish with Italian herbs, parsley and then drizzle with pesto.
  5. Cut into 8 wedges.  Sharing is optional!


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Last updated March 3, 2017