Smoked Pizza is the perfect combination of two classic dishes – pizza and barbecue. The smoky flavor of the cheese and the crust creates a unique and delicious pizza that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
With a little bit of patience and the right equipment (a pellet smoker and a pizza stone), you can create a delicious, restaurant-quality pizza in your own backyard. This recipe is rated as intermediate difficulty, but with some practice, anyone can master the art of smoking pizza.
The combination of crispy crust, tangy sauce, and melted cheese is sure to be a hit with everyone at the table. So fire up the pellet smoker, dust off the pizza stone, and get ready for a taste sensation. Once you try this smoked pizza recipe, you’ll never want to go back to plain old delivery pizza again!
How To Make Smoked Pizza
Step 1: Preheat Pellet Grill
To begin of smoked pizza, preheat your pellet smoker to a temperature of 500°F, and make sure to place the pizza stone, baking sheet, or pizza pan inside the smoker. This will ensure that the pizza is cooked evenly and gets a nice crispy crust once it’s placed inside.
Step 2: Prepare Pizza Dough
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your premade pizza dough to your desired thickness. Don’t worry if the dough isn’t a perfect circle, as a rustic shape is part of the charm of homemade pizza. As you stretch it to a larger size, add a little extra flour to prevent the dough from sticking.
To create the crust, start by pinching the outside inch of the pizza dough in a circular motion. This will create a raised edge that will help contain the toppings. If you’re a beginner, there are many online tutorials available that can provide additional tips and tricks for stretching pizza dough.
Step 3: Place Pizza Dough on Preheated Pizza Stone
Once your dough is ready, remove the pizza stone from the pellet smoker and lightly brush it with olive oil. This will prevent the pizza from sticking to the stone and give it a nice crispy texture.
Place the stretched pizza directly on the oiled pizza stone and brush the outer crust with olive oil. This will add flavor to the crust and help it brown evenly.
Step 4: Quickly Build Pizza
Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edges to create the crust. Use a spoon or ladle to spread the sauce in a thin, even layer.
Sprinkle the shredded fresh mozzarella cheese over the sauce, followed by your favorite pizza toppings. Make sure not to overload the pizza with toppings, as this can make it difficult to cook fully. Sprinkle half of the grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza. This will add a nice flavor to the pizza and complement the other ingredients.
In our opinion, the key to great pizza toppings is simplicity. Try a simple pepperoni pizza or slice homemade sausage instead.
Step 5: Remove Pizza From Smoker
When your pizza is done cooking, carefully remove it from the smoker using a pizza peel or spatula. It’s important to let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. This will allow the cheese to set and prevent the toppings from sliding off the pizza.
With these simple steps, you can make delicious smoked pizza for pizza night right in your own backyard. Remember to keep an eye on the pizza while it’s cooking and adjust the temperature as needed. With practice, you’ll be able to create the perfect smoked pizza every time. Enjoy!
Tips For Making Pizza in a Smoker
Smoked pizza is a delicious and unique way to enjoy a classic dish. However, if you’re new to smoking, it can be a little intimidating to try. With that in mind, here are 3-5 tips that beginners should keep in mind when making this recipe:
Don’t Overload With Pizza Toppings
It can be tempting to go crazy with toppings, but remember that less is often more. Overloading the pizza can make it difficult to cook fully and can result in a soggy crust. Stick to 2-3 toppings, and make sure they’re evenly distributed over the pizza.
Experiment with Wood Pellets
Different types of wood pellets will give your pizza a unique flavor. Hickory and mesquite are popular choices for pizza, but you can also try cherry, apple, or pecan wood pellets for a sweeter flavor.
Preheat The Pizza Stone
Make sure your pizza stone or baking sheet is heated fully before placing the pizza on it. This will help create a crispy crust and prevent the dough from sticking.
Let The Pizza Cool
It can be tempting to dive right into the pizza but letting smoked pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing will help the cheese set and prevent the toppings from sliding off.
Best Beer To Serve With Smoked Pizza
Smoked pizza is a delicious and unique dish that combines the classic flavors of pizza with the smoky, savory taste of a backyard BBQ. And what better way to enjoy it than with a cold beer? Here are the top 3 types of beer that pair well with this smoked pizza recipe.
India Pale Ale (IPA)
IPA’s bold and hoppy flavor profile pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors of the pizza. The bitterness of the hops cuts through the richness of the cheese and toppings, while the citrusy notes complement the acidity of the tomato sauce. Try a West Coast-style IPA for a classic pairing.
A light and effervescent Belgian Saison pairs well with the rustic, homemade nature of the pizza dough. Its spicy and fruity notes provide a refreshing contrast to the savory flavors of the pizza, while its high carbonation helps to cleanse the palate between bites.
A rich and roasty Porter pairs well with the bold flavors of the smoked pizza. Its chocolate and coffee notes complement the smoky flavors of the pizza, while its smooth, creamy mouthfeel balances out the acidity of the tomato sauce. Try a smoked porter for an extra-smoky pairing.
- Smoker Pellets
- Cutting board
- BBQ Grill Accessories (Brush)
- Pizza stone or Baking sheet
- 1 ball of store-bought or homemade pizza dough
- 1 tbsp bread flour
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1.5 cup pizza sauce
- 2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- ½ cup sliced sausage (cooked) or pepperoni
- 2 tbsp parmesan cheese divided divided
- 1 tsp parsley fresh chopped fresh chopped
- Preheat your pellet smoker to 500°F with the pizza stone or baking sheet inside.
- Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Don't worry if it's not a perfect circle – a rustic shape is part of the charm of homemade pizza. Add a little extra flour as you stretch it to a larger size.
- Start pinching the outside inch of the pizza dough, in a circular motion, to outline the crust.
- Remove the pizza stone from the pellet smoker and lightly brush it with olive oil.
- Place the stretched pizza dough on top and brush the outer crust with olive oil.
- Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce, followed by your desired toppings. Make sure not to overload the pizza with toppings, as this can make it difficult to cook pizza fully.
- Sprinkle half the grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza.
- Carefully transfer the pizza to the pellet smoker and smoke it for 10 minutes
- After 10 minutes, rotate the pizza and smoke for another 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, and the bottom pizza crust is golden brown.
- Check the pizza frequently while it's cooking to make sure it doesn't burn. If you notice any burning or charring, move the pizza to a cooler part of the smoker.
- Once the pizza is cooked to your liking, use the pizza peel or spatula to remove it from the smoker. Transfer smoked pizza to a cutting board, top with fresh parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, and slice and serve when cool enough to eat.
Smoked Pizza FAQs
How do I preheat my pellet smoker for the pizza?
Preheat your pellet smoker to 500°F with the pizza stone or baking sheet inside.
Can I use a regular oven instead of a pellet smoker?
Yes, you can use a regular oven to make this smoked pizza. Preheat the oven to 500°F and place a pizza stone or baking sheet inside to preheat as well.
How do I stretch the pizza dough?
Roll out your pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Start pinching the outside inch of the pizza dough, in a circular motion, to outline the crust.
What type of toppings can I use for this smoked pizza recipe?
You can use any toppings you like for this pizza recipe. Some popular options include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions.
How much pizza sauce should I use?
Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Use about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of sauce for a 12-inch pizza.
How much pre-shredded cheese should I use?
Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce, followed by your desired toppings. Use about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of cheese for a 12-inch pizza.
How long does it take to smoke a pizza?
Cooking pizza in the smoker takes about 15-20 minutes. Start by smoking for 10 minutes, then rotate it and smoke for another 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bottom pizza crust is golden brown.
How do I prevent the pizza from burning?
Check the pizza frequently while it’s cooking to make sure it doesn’t burn. If you notice any burning or charring, move the pizza to a cooler part of the smoker.
How long should I let the pizza cool before slicing and serving?
Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving to allow the cheese to set.
Can I make this pizza ahead of time and reheat it later?
Yes, you can make this pizza ahead of time and reheat it later. Simply place it in a preheated 350°F oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through. The same goes if you want to reheat leftover pizza.