Everyone loves pizza and making homemade pizza is becoming more and more popular. It's no surprise that because of the smoke flavor, smoked pizza is becoming the 'it' way to make homemade pizza! Fire up those smokers, let's get it!
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Smoked pizza is the best
Smoked pizza has that smoky flavor that you just can't get when baking in the oven. These pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and bold flavor from the sausage and pepperoni.
Once you make pizza on a smoker or grill, you will never go back to baking pizza in the oven again.
For this recipe I used store bought premade pizza crust, but you can make your own dough with bread flour and yeast if you have some extra time on your hands!
Another important ingredient is making sure to use a pizza sauce that is made from San Marzano tomatoes. These make the best pizza sauce and will elevate the flavor of your homemade pizza.
Go store bought for ease or make your own sauce with The Home Pizzeria's recipe.
When it comes to cheese, fresh mozzarella gives the best flavor! Slicing mozzarella in big flat pieces or using these mozzarella balls work fantastic. Then get as simple or crazy as you want with the toppings.
Some of my favorite toppings include pepperoni, bbq chicken, fresh basil, mushrooms, and bell pepper. Here are some great pizza toppings when it comes to making homemade pizza.
Assemble the pizza
Assemble the pizza by lightly brushing olive oil over the pizza crust. Then spread out about ½ cup of pizza sauce on the crust. Top with cheese covering the pizza sauce, about 1 cup of mozzerella cheese.
That's the base, now top with anything you want! Use any combination of ingredients from the list I have above to make your perfect pizza.
Smokers and grills
Let's start by choosing a smoker or grill for making pizza. The best one to use is the one you currently have! Don't have a smoker? Let's take a look at a couple.
These smokers and grills will churn out great tasting pizzas. You really can't go wrong with either method you choose to use.
I'm smoking this pizza on my wood pellet grill, just like the Camp Chef 36 smoker or Traeger 780. Wood pellet smokers are an easy and great way to impart fantastic smoke flavor on a pizza and are extremely easy to use.
They operate on wood pellets and hold a very steady temperature just like an oven. No worrying about temp spikes or dips with one of these bad boys. These will create a perfect pellet grill pizza.
A traditional offset smoker is another great smoker to use. These can get very hot (which is great for making pizza) and are normally less expensive than a pellet smoker.
A traditional offset smoker, like this Oklahoma Joe's Smoker is a great option to use. This will also pump out fantastic flavored smoked meats as well.
Using a charcoal or propane grill are also great ways to cook a pizza. These are another great option when needing to achieve a very high heat and most people already own one in most cases.
I'm a Weber fan and love grilling over charcoal on the Weber Kettle grills. These are very inexpensive and are great for cooking all types of meats.
Best wood to use
My favorite wood to use when it comes to smoked pizza is a hickory, pecan, or mesquite. Since the pizza will be cooked at such high temperature and for such a short period of time, stronger woods will work very nicely.
Smoking the pizza
Pre-heat your smoker to 450°F and place a pizza stone inside the smoker. You do not NEED a pizza stone, but they help to prevent the bottom of the crust from being burnt as well as puff up homemade pizza crust.
Unlike a pizza pan, a stone will not warp at high temperatures and work very well in smokers / grills. Make sure to place the pizza stone on the grill grates while pre-heating. You want the stone to be hot when you place the pizza onto it.
When the smoker or grill is up to 450°F, slide the pizza on the stone inside the smoker and shut the lid. Placing the pizza directly on the hot grill grate will work as well, just be cautious about burning the bottom of the crust.
Smoke for about 12-16 minutes until the cheese has melted and the crust becomes a little brown. That's it! Easy, right?! Pull it off using a pizza peel when it's done and slice into pieces with a pizza cutter.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper. I love pairing pizza with a crisp Caesar side salad and an ice cold Coca Cola!
Want to take your pizza skills to the next level? Green Mountain has a pellet smoker pizza oven. This pizza oven attaches to a pellet grill funneling the heat from the firebox into the oven raising the temperature to upwards of 800°F, cooking a pizza in 2-4 minutes!
If you and your family love making homemade pizza, getting a pizza oven attachment for the grill is a must have add on. You won't regret it!
Yes. Keep in mind the pizza will cook faster on the grate than on a pizza stone.
As hot as you can get the smoker. 450°-500°F is good.
It takes 12-16 minutes at 450°F to fully melt the cheese and crisp the crust.
This will have a light smoke flavor. Since the temperature of the smoker needs to be so high, there won't be a strong smoke flavor.
- 1 Pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- onion (sliced)
- red pepper (sliced)
- 5 oz sausage (cooked)
- basil (fresh)
- Pre-heat smoker to 450°F and place pizza stone inside while warming up.
- Spread olive oil all over the pizza crust followed by the pizza sauce.
- Top with mozzarella cheese covering the pizza sauce.
- Add all the toppings you desire.