Summer is here and with it, grilling season, but sometimes you might get the urge for another classic American dish that doesn’t require hours over a fire: that is, pizza. But with all the hot weather, who wants to fire up an oven to 450 degrees inside the house?
Luckily, your backyard grill is a perfect substitute for the oven–maybe even a step up when it comes to pizza–and with just a little practice, you’ll never want to go back to oven-baked pizza! Grills do a better job of mirroring the effects of traditional wood-fired ovens with their high heat and real flame, making it possible for you to easily capture the essence of rustic pizza at home.
The key to great grilled pizza is getting back to basics. Whereas pizza dough is often just seen as a delivery vehicle for toppings, grilled pizza bring a completely new dimension to this old favorite by adding smokey depth and char spots to a pleasing crunch. With your dough ready to steal the spotlight, add in a couple of your favorite toppings and you’ll have one of the best pies you’ve ever tried.