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How to Cook a Pizza on a Pellet Grill

Your wood pellet grill can help you make restaurant quality pies.

Updated March 2022

What’s better than your favorite Friday night pizza pie piled high with sauce, cheese and tons of toppings? Making a fresh homemade pizza yourself using our foolproof pellet grill pizza recipe, of course!

In fact, making a delicious grilled pizza on a smoker takes very little prep time in exchange for loads of flavor. Just follow a few simple steps.

Let’s find out how you can create a pizza with an authentically delicious Italian taste in your own backyard!

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1. Purchase a pizza steel/stone

So, what exactly is a pizza steel or a pizza stone? These helpful devices are made of either stone or steel that hold heat more evenly to ensure that all parts of your pizza are being cooked the same, allowing for that perfectly crispy crust. It also helps to absorb any moisture out of particularly wet areas of the pizza dough.

Pizza stones make life easier if you’re craving slice after slice of a meat lovers’, veggie or specialty pizza straight from the pellet grill.

You can purchase a pizza stone right here at Grilla Grills. If you already have one, you’ll want to break it out for this recipe. You’ll get a crisp, awesome, perfectly finished crust every time. This is an essential tool to help you create the perfect wood-fired pizza.

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2. Fire up your pellet grill and heat your pizza stone

It’s time to get your grill fired up and your pizza stone hot. For the most awesome grilled pizza of all time, you’ll need your pellet smoker to be smokin’ hot. Use the control settings to set the temperature of your pellet grill between 480 and 500 degrees. Then, place your pizza stone directly in the center of the grill grates to allow it to preheat. During this time, get all your ingredients, including the pizza dough, ready to go while your pizza stone gets nice and hot. It’s easiest to keep your pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese all in the same place to make it easier to assemble your pizza. Need a pizza dough recipe for your pellet grilled pizza? Try this one from finecooking.com.

3. Don’t forget the parchment paper for your pizza on a pellet grill

Wait — parchment paper? Isn’t that for baking? Yep. It’s also a must-have for cooking pizza on a pellet grill. Pick some up at the grocery store when you’re shopping for the rest of your pizza ingredients.

First, cut a square or circle of parchment paper to fit your hand-tossed or store-bought pizza crust. The parchment paper will help you transport the pizza to and from the stone. Next, roll out your dough and place it on the parchment paper. Once you’re ready to add pizza sauce and toppings, do so with the pizza remaining on the parchment paper. This makes for an easy transfer once you’re ready to get it on the grill.

4. Design your best pizza ever 

While your pellet grill’s firing up, you should get fired up to top your pizza crust. Place the crust on your parchment paper and go hog wild. A standard base of pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese gives you a lot of freedom, but you can get even wilder with options like BBQ sauce or a “white pizza” loaded with ricotta and olive oil.

If you’re looking for some creative pizza recipes, you can find some right here on our site — like this Steakhouse Wood Fired Pizza Recipe. You can also freestyle your pie with whatever you have on hand.

5. Pop your pie onto the blazin’ hot pizza stone

After topping your pie, use a baking sheet or pizza peel to transfer it onto the pizza stone in your pellet grill. Make sure you transfer the parchment paper, too. Pro tip: Scatter a little bit of cornmeal on the pizza peel before you transfer it so your pizza slides off smoothly.

Once it’s in place, close the lid. After this, turn the temperature down to 425 degrees for optimal cooking. Rotate the pizza and remove the parchment paper underneath after about 5 minutes. For the last couple of minutes, the pizza will finish cooking directly on the pizza stone. It shouldn’t take longer than 7 or 8 minutes of total time to have a perfect homemade pizza ready to eat.

6. Remove your pellet grill pizza and slice away!

Pizza looking gooey and tempting? Fantastic! Use your pizza peel or a big spatula to remove it from the pizza stone, along with the parchment paper.

Discard the parchment paper, lay the pizza on a clean cutting board and use a pizza wheel to expertly divvy up the slices. Bonus points for having all the best pizza seasonings on hand that your hungry pizza lovers adore, like parmesan cheese sprinkles and hot red pepper flakes. 

You already know the rest: Dig in and enjoy the fruits of your grilling labor!

Benefits and Advantages of Using a Pellet Grill for Cooking

The beauty of using a pellet grill is the versatility that it provides when it comes to cooking. You can grill, smoke, roast, BBQ and even bake with your pellet grill. You can tackle just about any style of cooking!  Another huge benefit of using a pellet grill is the taste and flavor of the food. It’s a fact that cooking with wood just makes everything taste better. You can choose from a wide variety of wood pellets including apple, cherry, hickory, mesquite, pecan or even a mix of these flavors. These wood pellets make for incredible tasting food that comes off your grill. Put simply, the least savvy grillers can use a pellet grill and cook pizza that tastes like it was done by an experienced pitmaster. Pellet grills are equipped with simple temperature controls that give you more time to spend with friends and family rather than checking on the grill constantly. Clearly, pellet grills are an amazing addition to any backyard and can drastically improve the food you cook — and that includes wood-fired pizzas.

Tips for Cooking Pizza on a Pellet Grill

Once you decide to try out a pizza on your pellet grill, you will never go back to cooking a pizza in a conventional oven. It doesn’t take a pizza master to follow these simple steps to create a wood-fired masterpiece that will leave you wanting more. Here are some of the additional tips for making a delicious pizza with your Grilla Grill.

Customize to Your Preferences for the Best Grilled Pizza

Aside from delicious thick or thin crust, tomato sauce and melted cheese, the best grilled pizzas come from the taste of toppings. Pellet grilled pizza gives you the option to take your vision to a whole new level when you are in control.

That’s right. You are no longer at the mercy of a takeout menu. You have the power to create a meat lovers’ paradise or a vegetarian dream. If you’re going with an unconventional pizza, make sure to explore unconventional toppings, too! For example, a smoked pizza with BBQ pizza sauce tastes killer with chicken, red onions and some peppers.

Don’t Forget the Meat – Get Some Extra Protein

Don’t settle for just a standard cheese pizza. With the help of your Grilla Grill, toss in some meat to turn your side dish into a full meal. Whether you enjoy pepperoni, sausage, bacon, ham, chicken or all of the above, your new pellet grill will handle it.

Grilla Grills wants you to get the most out of your favorite backyard tool. Experimenting with different toppings takes your recipe from great to the next level. Remember that leftover meats, such as shredded pork or shredded BBQ chicken, go great on a pellet grill pizza. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to topping ideas.

But Hey – I’m a Vegetarian: Pellet Grill Pizza Minus the Meat

Here at Grilla Grills, we want to stress that vegetarians can benefit from our products, as well. When it comes to creating a pizza, flavor comes from freshly cut vegetables that play nicely with our grilling technology.

Tossing on some mushrooms, peppers, black olives and fresh basil guarantees positive results for your next pellet pizza. For a stronger flavor, consider options like jalapenos or red onions, too. And don’t forget that you can change it up with options other than mozzarella cheese, too. Goat cheese, burrata, ricotta and many others all give you a scrumptious flavor.

Reheat Your Grilled Pizza for Tasty Leftovers

If you are on your way to becoming a star in your backyard, chances are you are making multiple pizzas for family and friends. Your guests love the taste of pizza from your Grilla Grill, but what should you do if not every slice is eaten?

Moisture is your worst nightmare when it comes to preserving leftover pizza. However, wrapping leftover slices in plastic wrap or an air-sealed bag is the best trick for lunch tomorrow.

If you are thinking about heating up slices after storing them in the refrigerator, use your Grilla Grill. Microwaves cause slices to feel like rubber, and traditional ovens can dry out the ingredients. The consistent, even heat of your Grilla Grill will give you a beautifully crispy crust and juicy ingredients on leftover pizza!

Try lighting your Grilla Grill to medium heat and spreading out leftover slices. The reheating process does not take long as you monitor the crust on each slice. If slices start to burn, rearrange or remove them from the grill grates and let them cool.

Pizza for dinner two nights in a row is always the right answer.

Thinking Outside the Pizza Box

If you are looking for new ways to get the most out of your backyard pellet grill, your Grilla Grills family is here to help. From customer support to Barbecue Pizza recipes, Grilla Grills wants to bring your vision to life.

Gas grills and conventional pizza ovens are a way of the past. Experience the taste of Grilla Grills today.

Have your own tips for cooking pizza on a pellet grill? Let us know by sharing your pizza recipe with us. If the only thing holding you back is a grill, may we suggest having a look at either our Grilla or Silverbac pellet grill?

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