Today I transcended my pizza making skills of almost 30 years.
Most of my friends love my homemade pizza. I make the dough, grate the cheese, and make my secret sauce. But I have never been happy with my crust after baking.
I have buttered the edges out of the oven, tried adding an egg yolk to the dough mixture, grilled in right on the grates of a grill, cooked it on a pizza stone in the oven, but never figured out why I never got the chewy crust I was looking for.
All the chef’s magazines offer stones to grill on your grill. I had an extra one and thought, hey, why not toss it on the grill and try it.
The first time was an absolute disaster. I preheated the grill and stone as hot as my Weber grill goes – 700 degrees F.
The first pizza came out all right. Nice crust, chewy, like a pizza oven. I was thrilled. Then I made my husband’s favorite, bbq chicken. It burned to a crisp in minutes and was inedible.
I spent hours researching the best way to cook on a stone. NEVER let the grill heat up past 550F was my conclusion.
The pizzas today came out like a pizzeria fire oven had cooked them. I don’t think I will ever make pizza any other way again.