Pizza on a Charcoal Grill
How to Make Pizza on a Charcoal Grill
READ FIRST: Protect yourself against charred pizza! Our trays are flammable and must be protected from direct exposure to the heat source. To prevent scorching or igniting the paper tray or Fresh Pan aluminum pan, place it on a heat-shielding surface, such as foil, a large metal baking tray, or a pizza stone. Pre-heat the pizza stone for 10 to 15 minutes for best results.
Grill surface should be at least 16" x 16".
Step 1 - Start with the charcoal
Open all vents. Use recommended amount of charcoal (see below), light and let it burn until it's lighty covered with ash (20 to 25 minutes). Once the coals are ready, divide them evenly and pile on two sides of the fire grate. Distribute on all 4 sides for square grills. Place the grilling surface on the grill. Never put coals directly under a pizza.
Grill Diameter – Coals Needed:
18 inches – 25 coals per side
22.5 inches – 30 coals per side
26.5 inches – 50 coals per side
37.5+ inches – 75 coals per side
Step 2 - Preheat
Preheat charcoal grill to 425–450°F. To confirm temperature, use an oven thermometer in the center of the grilling surface.
Step 3 - Prep the pizza
Remove the plastic wrap from the pizza. Put the pizza and tray on a heat-shielding surface. Place on the center of the charcoal grill surface and close the lid, leaving the vent open. Note that if you have a thermometer in the lid of the grill, it will no longer read the correct temperature. Temperature should not be adjusted once
Step 4 - Grill
Bake pizza on the charcoal grill for approximately 20 to 30 minutes (baking times may vary). Do not leave the grill unattended. Check the pizza frequently by lifting the crust with a spatula. Rotate the pizza 1/4 turn every 5 minutes. Turn it, don't burn it!