How to Cook Frozen Pizza on the Grill

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Pizza, frozen or otherwise, is typically viewed as an item specifically made for cooking in an oven, where the all-around heat allows the pie to cook all the way through from each side. A barbecue grill can be considered an outdoor oven if you use a cover and give it time to preheat. Moreover, a grill can provide a shorter cooking time and add a distinct grilled flavor to the pizza. This can be done with either a gas or charcoal grill, but the flavor is generally considered better with gas.

Things You'll Need

  • Grill
  • Frozen pizza
  • Olive oil
  • Barbecue brush
  • Aluminum foil (optional)
  • Spatula

Gas Grill

  • Thaw out the pizza.

  • Preheat the grill on low-medium heat with all burners on for five minutes. Keep the cover over the grill.

  • Place the thawed pizza on the grill. For a softer crust, wrap the pizza in aluminum foil. For a crispier crust, brush a light amount of olive oil over the grill to prevent sticking and place the pizza directly on the grill.

  • Close the lid and allow the pizza to cook. Check after 10 minutes for the pizza in foil, and after 8 minutes for the pizza directly on the grill.

  • Check the pizza crust with the spatula and rotate the pizza half a turn to allow the bottom to be cooked through.

  • Close the lid and let the pizza cook longer. Check the pizza after five minutes if it is wrapped in foil, and after four minutes if it is directly on the grill. Remove it when the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted throughout. Let it stand for two to three minutes.

Charcoal grill

  • Thaw out the pizza.

  • Preheat the grill using low heat. Use only a few briquettes to keep the heat low. Place the briquettes in the center of the grill. Cover the grill and allow it to heat.

  • Place the thawed pizza on the center of the grill and directly over the hot briquettes. For a softer crust, wrap the pizza in aluminum foil. For a crispier crust brush a light amount of olive oil over the grill to prevent sticking and place the pizza directly on the grill.

  • Cover the grill and allow the pizza to cook. Check after five minutes for the pizza in foil, and after two or three minutes for the pizza directly on the grill. Pizza will cook very quickly on a charcoal grill, so check often.

  • Check the bottom of the pizza using the spatula. Rotate the pizza half a turn and continue cooking if necessary. Keep the cover on if necessary.

  • Check the crust again every five minutes for foil pizzas and every two to three minutes for pizzas directly on the grill. Use the spatula to check the crust and bottom of the pizza. Once the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, remove the pizza from the grill.

  • Let the pizza sit for two or three minutes.

References

  • Photo Credit pizza image by gilles vallée from Fotolia.com
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