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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Grilled Pizza... It is very nice to meet you!

Good Day - I find myself this summer Saturday in Chicago looking back at my first meeting with a grilled pizza.  It happened last night and it was awesome!  We made a BBQ grilled chicken grilled pizza.  This is so simple and on a hot summer day it's great to keep all that heat outside.  You start off by grilling some BBQ chicken.  I used breasts this time but also really enjoy the thigh.  Using a dry BBQ rub then addin' sauce as you cook creates a nice char and moist chicken. 

The chicken was then chopped up and 1/2 inch cubes, tossed in some more sauce and placed in the cold box for later.  Next step is your dough...  You could go out and buy it pre-made or you can make it from scratch.  I chose the latter of the two!  Here is a very simple recipe (found on the enternet) that I use:
1 pack dry yeast.  the little ones!
1 TeaS sugar
1 Cup warm water
2 1/2 cups flour
2 TBS olive oil
1 TeaS salt
Dissolve yeast, sugar in the water till creamy - 10 mins.  Stir in flour, salt and oil.  Beat till smooth.  Let it rest for 1/2 hour to an hour.  I have also used after a 5 min rest and it still tasted good!  Normally I would roll it out to fit a large pizza dish but we are grilling these so I make the dough into two balls.  This will make it easier to move around on the grill.  Roll the dough out to your liking.  We like it super thin.

Preheat the grill and ready the toppings.  In this case we are using grilled bbq chicken, chopped red onions and shredded mild cheddar cheese.  The possibilities are endless using this vessel.  When the grill is HOT give the dough a nice spray with some cooking oil.  Keep the grill closed till you have nice crispy side and it starts to harden.  Could take as little as 4 mins so keep an eye on it.  When it's ready remove from grill and top that pie!
A little thanks to Sweet Baby Rays!  The Boss is the Sauce. 
You can see in the pics that we have topped the grilled side of the dough.   This is the easiest and fastest pizza that I have ever made and the grill adds some great flavors.  Back on the grill for 5 mins or so and that's it.
The pic doesn't do this pizza justice!  This is a great way to enjoy pizza.  Give it a try and grill your pie. 


  1. Curry-
    I tried the grilled pizza last night and it was awesome. I admit that I cheated with some pre-made dough bought from the store, but used the BBQ recipe you crafted above. Very, very good. Thanks.


  2. Hey Todd,So we are in Ohio. Did you go to a speciality store to get the pre-made dough?

    Thanks, Jody

  3. I am embarrassed to write this on a page authored by such a talented and colorful chef as Mr. Eric Curry....but I used Boboli Crust from Kroger. Again, I wanted to TRY this out and feel like now I would like to venture into making a crust. Sorry Eric to reference Boboli on your page. Please forgive. : )