Heating Up the Grill

BBQ Pizza

Though the concept is not new to me, the practice of grilling pizza is relatively new. I suppose since I have only had a BBQ for just under a year, I was bound to get around to it eventually. In my last pizza post I focused more on the restaurant styles of typical American pizza. This post focuses primarily on the rustic charm of quality homemade pizza cooked on a mega hot grill.

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Aside from the flavor combinations of the toppings, what makes this pizza unique is the thin brittle crust of white wheat flour, halved with barely flour. Though barely flour is only of moderate nutritional value, it’s not about the nutrition I’m necessarily concerned about, but rather the richer, nuttier flavor. The dough tends to be drier than most pizza doughs, but that contributes to a crispier crust.bbqpizza2The following recipe is for the barely crust, as well as the components for the pizza pictured above and below: Blue Cheese & Balsamic Onion Pizza. Unlike a standard pizza, this one uses a white sour cream sauce, then generously topped with balsamic onion, mushrooms and Parma ham. Yes, it may be an acquired taste, but it’s my wife’s first choice. I usually go with a meat lovers pizza of handmade Italian sausage, bacon, red wine salami and butter-braised mushrooms. The choice is of course all your’s, but if you plan to grill pizza this summer, then I highly encourage you to try out the barely crust.

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BBQ Pizza with Blue Cheese & Balsamic Onion

  • Servings: Makes 4 Medium Pizzas
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
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Barley Crust:

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups barely flour
  • 11/4 warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tsp salt

1. In a mixing bowl with dough hook attached, combine the water, sugar, and salt. Stir to dissolve and then sprinkle the yeast over the surface. Wait 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the oil. Turn on the mixer and gradually add both flours. Knead for 10 minutes by hook.
3. Let rise at room temperature for 90 minutes. Punch down, then place the dough in a freezer bag and let rise again for 4-6 hours in the refrigerator.
Sour cream sauce:

  • ½ cup sour cream or creme fraiche
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 1/4 pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to develop flavor.

Balsamic Glazed Onion:

  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp salt

In a hot skillet, heat the olive oil and toss in the onions. Stir for a minute or two.  Add the balsamic vinegar and reduce heat to low. Add the butter thyme and salt and let simmer for 15-20mins. Cool before adding to the pizza.

Building the Pizza:

On a cold grill, place the cold pizza stone and turn on the gas. Heat to at least 250°C/485°F, hotter if possible.
Roll 1/6 of the dough out as thinly as possible without ripping it. Sprinkle cornmeal all over a pizza paddle or cutting board. Place the dough on the board and add toppings–

  • Sour Cream sauce
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
  • Balsamic onions
  • Parma ham
  • Mushrooms, braised in butter
  • Chunks of blue cheese
  • Crispy bacon, optional

Slide the pizza onto the heated stone and cook for 5 minutes, turning it if necessary. Remove pizza and finish with a handful of arugula (rocket). Slice and serve hot.

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25 thoughts on “Heating Up the Grill

    1. Thank you so much!! I haven’t yet participated in any nomination, but not because I didn’t want to. Time slips away and it just feels awkward after more than a week passes, so I’ll try to participate this time around. Thanks again!!😃

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    1. Thanks so much!! Grilling pizza is certainly something I’ll continue doing throughout the summer, and probably throughout the year, but I’m really looking forward to trying some interesting flavor combinations.

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  1. Just this morning I was craving grilled pizza. I’ve made it once before but it was years ago and I was thinking I should find a good recipe when I came across your blog. This looks amazing, can’t wait to try! You have so many other delicious recipes, looking forward to following along!

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