Do you live in a town that rolls up the sidewalks after dark? Or maybe there are no sidewalks to roll up at all. If a night of laughs around the fire pit goes a little late and everyone starts to get hungry, what do you do?? Well, we decided to make the best fire pit pizza ever!
Pizza recipes are pretty standard, right? Dough, sauce, cheese, toppings. But there are different ways to bake it. Standard oven, brick oven and even the grill are great options…so is the fire pit!
This method happened totally by accident. It wasn’t a planned meal, it was more like a midnight snack. But let me tell you, I thought about this pizza for days! It was just about the best pizza I had ever had. Ever.
Since we’re friends and all, I will share with you the secrets to making pizza on a fire pit.
Please be safe when dealing with open flame and be advised that all pans and equipment will become super hot!
- Fire Pit – Great options here, here and here
- Heavy Duty Fireproof Oven Mitt meant for grilling
- Grill Tools
- High Heat Cookie Sheet
- Grilling Tin Foil
- Grill Grate – make sure it fits correctly over your fire pit.
- Pizza Dough
- Pizza Sauce
- Toppings of your choice
The first thing you want to do is light the fire. You can’t have a raging inferno or your pizza will burn, so light the fire a little while before you plan to make your pizza and let it come down a bit. Always be careful while lighting a fire and never leave it unattended.
The most important thing is making sure the dough doesn’t stick to the cookie sheet. Under such high heat, things tend to burn and stick. This is where the grilling tin foil comes in. Cover your cookie sheet nice and tight with the tin foil.
Roll out your dough and put in on the tin foil and add your toppings. I know you have made pizza before, you don’t need help with this part.
Once your fire has burned down enough, while wearing your oven mitts, add the grate to the fire pit. Place to cookie sheet on the grate, off center from the fire to get indirect heat.
Let the pizza cook for a while, rotating it as needed to keep the crust evenly browned.
Once the crust is almost done, use another piece of foil to tent the top of the pizza and redirect some heat to melt the cheese and toast the top of the crust.
When your pizza is done, take it off the fire and be sure to use a trivet or other heatproof surface to place the pan. Again, be very careful because the pan is scorching. We are still waiting for our grass to grow back where we put the pan down on the lawn. Burnt grass was totally worth it.
Now there’s nothing left to do but grab some lemonade or sweet tea (or a margarita-you can totally mix Italian and Mexican) and enjoy the summer.