Monday, August 27, 2007

What's on the Grill #36

Pizza! I have been wanting for sometime to add a pizza stone to the grill. As I have talked about before, we are huge fans of homemade pizza. After using pizza sheets in the oven for years, I decided to move the operation to the grill. However, I refused to pay one hundred bucks for a fancy pizza stone cooking accessory. Actually, the money was only part of it. Size was the other (isn't it always?). Most stones I came across were only twelve inches. We always serve up pies that are eighteen inches, so I knew I needed to have an adequate sized work surface...among other things.

So, where do you turn for a DIY solution? Lowe's, where else! I picked up an eighteen inch natural stone tile. Price? Six dollars and some change. Based on the one hundred dollar Williams-Sonoma stone, that leaves almost ninety three dollars for beer!

I did a little research and learned that the only thing I needed to be careful with is that the stone is heated slowly. With the power of the 650, I decided to heat it in steps and it worked just fine.

The result? Probably the fastest cook and the crispiest crust I have yet to experience at home. We make the dough from scratch and I must say, on the stone, it was great. Zoe crafted her favorite artisan pizza of feta, sage and onion in the oven. Although, it too was really good...I stole a piece...don't tell her, I think mine was a tad better. Come to think of it, don't tell her that either.

The only thing I need to invest in to complete the grilling pizza process is a peel and a really good Italian accent.


Anonymous said...


Any reccomendations on the type of stone that it should be? Granite? Marble? polished? unpolished?



Mike said...

Hey Johnny -

If you are heading off to Lowe's or HD, look for a natural stone tile. If memory serves me right, there was only one type when I picked mine up at Lowe's. It wasn't tile, granite, or marble, it was just an 18 inch stone. The adhesive side was rough and unfinished and the top side was smooth, but not polished. I hope that helps!