How to Grill Pizza on a Smoker for a Tasty Summer Meal

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This homemade smoker pizza is perfect for impressing your dinner guests.
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With spring in the air and summer looming on the horizon, the smokers and grills are out in full force. While the traditional fare of burgers, brats and dogs create mouthwatering meals, there's a less traditional (but no less tasty) barbecuing option: Pizza.

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Barbecue pizza cooked on a smoker grill gives your pie a traditional smoky flavor with a modern twist. If you're looking for some fun lunch or dinner ideas, crank up the barbecue and let your guests create their pizzas. In about an hour and a half, you'll be eating flavorful smoked pizzas that rival your local shop's pies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Smoker grill

  • Charcoal

  • Smoking wood

  • Pizza dough

  • Flour

  • Rolling pin

  • Barbecue sauce

  • Pizza sauce

  • Mozzarella cheese

  • Toppings such as mushrooms, peppers, black olives and grilled chicken

  • Serving dish

1. Prep the Smoker

Light a fire in the smoker, and let your charcoal burn down, then add in your favorite smoking wood. Keep the wood and smoke to a minimum, otherwise, you may overpower the pizza with too much smoke.

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Aim to keep the smoker's temperature around 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Roll Out the Pizza Dough

Take your ball of pizza dough and pull it apart into an even amount of golf ball-sized pieces.

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Dust a clean counter with flour and, using a rolling pin, roll out each of your pizza dough pieces into small 6-inch pizzas.

Tip

You can use whatever pizza dough you prefer — try making your own (with this two-ingredient pizza dough recipe) or buy prepared dough from the store (we like Whole Foods Market Ancient Grains Pizza Dough: $3.49 on Amazon.com).

3. Assemble the Pizza

Once the smoker is hot, and your pizza dough is ready, place your pizza on a serving dish and lightly brush your pizza dough with your favorite barbecue sauce, adding pizza sauce over that.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, and then add your favorite pizza toppings to the top.

4. Place the Pizza in the Smoker

Carry your pizza to the smoker, and slide the dressed pizza on the lowest rack first, right on top of the grate. Cover the smoker, and let the pizza cook for 60 minutes or until the bottom of the crust looks crispy.

Remove the pizza to the top rack, and finish off the pizza for another 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pizza is hot and bubbly.

5. Let It Set and Serve

Remove the pizza from the smoker and place it back on a serving dish. Let it set for about 5 minutes — you'll want to make sure to wait a few minutes to dig in as the melted cheese, meat and vegetables will be very hot.

Warning

Do not use a water smoker, as the steam could keep the dough from getting crispy, and your pizza may not cook well.

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