Grilling pizzas is a fun group grilling activity. You can feed a lot of people in a short amount of time, everyone gets to pick what they like and…hey… its pizza. Everybody loves pizza!
I had a houseful of guests over recently – a mix of kids of all ages and a handful of adults. All of them love to play in the kitchen. And, I love the fact that pizzas don’t have to be perfect. Kids and adults can stretch the dough and make their own unique pizza. They can be any shape or size and the topping combinations are endless. While the kids stuck with the typical pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, I wanted to make something a little more flavorful.
We made 8 large pizzas in a very short amount of time. When you have all of your ingredients assembled ahead of time, it’s a snap.
Here are my top tips for having a grilled pizza party:
- Use store bought dough. It saves time and stress. If you have a local pizza shop where you love their dough, ask if you can buy it directly from them or purchase from your local grocery store.
- Let the dough come up to room temperature and stretch the dough out at least 30 minutes in advance of grilling. This allows the dough to relax.
- Make sure every ingredient you want is assembled and ready to go ahead of time. Grilling pizzas happens quickly so you need to have everything set ahead of time.
- Make sure the raw ingredients you choose like peppers are sliced thinly so they will cook within 3-4 minutes. Or, grill larger pieces of vegetables and meats ahead of time and slice into smaller pieces.
- If you are grilling the pizzas directly on the grates – oil the grates generously and repeatedly if making more than one pizza.
- If you are using a pizza stone – generously flour or cornmeal the stone to help prevent sticking.
- Have all your tools ready to go ahead of time – pans, trays, tongs, and pizza peels should all be within arm’s length of the grill.
- After grilling the dough directly, use indirect heat to melt cheese and warm toppings.
- If making multiple pizzas, make sure to clean the grates and brush off the pizza stone in between each pie.
- Dessert pizzas (try a smores pizza) are a great way to end the meal. Experiment to find your favorite flavor combinations.
Here is the recipe for my favorite pizza from our pizza night: Grilled Shrimp, Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese pizza. Enjoy and have fun!