Turn off that OVEN and turn on that GRILL! Have I told you how much I have been grilling?Just in case you haven’t ever seen pizza cooked on the grill here is what it looks like, pretty good. Some people put the actual pizza right on the grill grate, but I kept it on my pizza stone and it worked fabulously. I hoped I wouldn’t crack or brake my stone, so glad it didn’t because I love that stone, and it must love me back because it always gives me great results with all my baking :).
There are two good reasons for me to use the grill, 1) I am trying to save the energy bill by not heating up the house, 2) the heat source coming from the bottom of grill made my crust crispier and I like that. An added benefit was it was pretty darn easy, all I did was turn my grill to low and popped that pizza in, closed the lid and viola 15 minutes later it was done. I also cooked a dessert pizza after this BBQ beauty was done, more on that in the next post.
The crust recipe for this pizza is my friend Maria’s, I pretty much made her same pizza minus the Swiss cheese. I also changed up the crust by substituting one of the cups of white flour for wheat flour and it was still great. The BBQ sauce was from a bottle and the toppings were rather simple besides chicken, I used sweet caramelized red onions, parmigiana cheese, cooked sliced bacon and some cheddar/Colby cheese sprinkled on top. Hubby loved it :), teenager loved it, boy child not so much only because of onions, so if you have picky boy children leave a little off for them.
BBQ Chicken Pizza on the Grill
4-5 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 cup wheat in mine)
1 T. olive oil
1 T. sugar or honey
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer put in the warm water, sugar and yeast together and let stand for about 5 minutes to proof the yeast.
Step 2: Add oil, salt and about 4 cups of flour and put the bread hook on your stand mixer and knead on low until the dough no longer sticks, add 1/2 c up of flour if the dough looks to be too sticky and knead until it isn’t sticky. If you don’t have a stand mixer that’s fine just do it by hand. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise until double. If you don’t have time for letting the dough rest then you can still proceed the dough will not be as airy and light but still works well.
Step 3: When the dough has risen long enough then punch dough down and cut about a 1/3 of the dough off and set back into the bowl for making a small dessert pizza. Shape the dough into a ball and on a lightly floured surface begin to roll the dough into a circular shape. I roll it a few times then turn my dough so that it doesn’t stick to the counter and continue until I get the shape I’m looking for. Place your dough onto the desired pan, if you are using a pan that your food typically sticks to then spray your pan with cooking spray first or sprinkle some corn flour onto it. The stone I use doesn’t need any oil or flour. With a fork make prick marks through out the pizza dough so large air bubbles will not form during the baking.
A side note: pizza stones heat slower and more evenly so remember that when choosing a pan, mine is a Pampered Chef stone, but there are all types out there. Another pan that I like to use is the air bake pan which gives me the same results as my stones do. If you have neither use a heavy duty pan possibly a cast iron skillet or griddle would do or other heavy duty pan so that your bottom crust does not get done so quickly due to the direct heat coming up from the bottom.
BBQ sauce about a 1/2 cup
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Colby jack cheese or whatever you have
1/2 large red onion sliced thin and cooked on low heat until caramelized
1 cup shredded chicken can use left overs or rotisserie
5-6 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
Step 1: Spread BBQ sauce on dough then add Parmesan cheese,chicken, onions then bacon sprinkle with Colby jack.
Step 2: Put the pizza in the pre-heated grill on low heat and close the lid and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Take out and enjoy! Come back for the dessert pizza on my next post