Pizza on the Grill

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Last Wednesday night my cousin came into town. He is visiting for two weeks, as has become tradition every summer. So what do you feed a 14 year old boy? Whatever it is, you should probably have a lot of it. I went with BBQ pizza for his first night in.
Here are the stars of the night..
Pepporoni Pizza (yes, it had regular pepporoni and regular cheese)
Ranch BBQ Chicken Pizza
Tri Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Sadly, I do not have a pic of the mushroom pizza- despite how delish it was. I had never made that one before and I should have sauteed the mushrooms slightly to let them cook a bit before putting them on the pizza. I found that they took longer than the crust, making the crust a little dark. Still edible, but I would like to perfect the recipe before I hand it off to you.
I will give you the simple Ranch BBQ Chicken one though...I will say, there is no cheese on it. You surprised? You shouldn't be.

BBQing pizza is an art and takes several attempts to get right. Here are my tips:

1. Have all of your ingredients ready to go before you put the dough on the grill- I always place them in bowls on a plate, etc and take them out to the grill. You have to work fast once the dough is ready.
2. Have a big pair of BBQ tongs to help you flip the pizza. Your fingers will get hot; there is no way around this.
3. Place cornmeal on the dough while you knead it because it will keep it from sticking to the grill.
4. Keep your grill on medium heat- not high!

Ranch BBQ Chicken Pizza
Pizza dough
1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, crushed
corn meal
1/4-1/3 cup light ranch dressing- your choice
1 large or 2 medium chicken breasts- see how to prepare below
1/4 large red onion, chopped
4 oz deli ham, chopped

First, prepare chicken. Place breast(s) in a large plastic bag, or between two sheets of plastic wrap. Bang with tenderizer or`rolling pin until thin- about 1/2 inch or so. THIS STEP IS KEY. IT cooks the chicken faster and makes it a lot juicier. In abowl, blend 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Place chicken in bowl and bathe it in the mix for a minute. Place chicken on a hot grill until fully cooked with grill marks- this probably takes about 5-6 minutes on each side.
Take off the grill and let it REST while you prepare the pizza.
Sprinkle some corn meal on a smooth surface and knead the pizza dough. Brush with the 2 tablespoons olive oil- on both sides.
Chop chicken, onions and ham and take them outside- ready to place on the dough when it's time!
Place dough on grill and let the bottom cook, but still stay pale in color. It should be cooked enough that you can flip it with the help of some tongs. Flip dough and spread the ranch dressing, like pizza sauce, over the entire dough. Top the dressing with ham, onions and chicken. Close grill, check often and make sure to pop any large bubbles. Leave on gril until the dough is not gooey all the way through.


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