Smoked & Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza
Spring and Summer are around the corner, and nothing says nice weather like an outdoor BBQ. Whether you are entertaining guests, having a family gathering, or just cooking for the people in your household, you want to really show off your skills as a grill master by making a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.
Few things are quite as sought-after at a BBQ as simple, grilled, barbequed chicken, but in this recipe, we are going to take it up a few notches and have some absolutely perfect smoked and grilled BBQ chicken pizza from the grill. In a few steps, you will have your guests salivating in anticipation of a bite of this dish.
First things first, it is important that you make sure that the chicken is cooked before you start on the actual pizza itself. The chicken will take a little while compared to the other ingredients, so make sure you start early by putting your rub or marinade on it about 4 hours before you put the rest of the recipe together.
This particular recipe will make one absolutely finger-licking chicken worth of meat, so it can very easily be made into larger quantities of BBQ if necessary. To start, you will need to assemble a few ingredients:
For the Chicken Itself:
For the Dry Rub:
Be sure to coat as much of the chicken as you possibly can with the olive oil and then the coarsely ground sea salt before setting it aside in the fridge to soak up as much of the saltiness as possible. This opens up the pores of the chicken to allow flavor to get into the skin more easily.
About an hour before cooking, combine the rest of the ingredients for the dry rub and give both halves of the chicken a nice, deep massage with all of those savory ingredients. Use it as liberally as you want to, because the more you use, the more flavor you pack in the chicken while grilling it. after applying the rub, let it set for an hour in the fridge.
In order to make the perfect chicken, your grill needs to be prepped as well. Start out by lighting your charcoal in a coal chimney. While the coals are getting nice and hot, soak at least two cups of your wood chips in water. Put coals to one side in the grill base.
Sprinkle the wood chips over the coals and place the two halves of your chicken on the grill skin side up and close the grill. Cook chicken for 2 hours, turning over every 25 minutes or so. Check temperature, and once it reaches 170 degrees, Slice chicken off the bone and place aside.
Next, make your home made pizza dough. You will need to mix warm water, sugar, and yeast and let the yeast proof. Make sure that the water is only about 100 degrees to keep it at the right consistency. Once it has finished, roll the yeast in 1-2 Tbsp of flour at a time to keep it from being too sticky and unable to rise when being cooked.
Making the pizza on the grill might sound a bit strange, but it is really easy. First things first, you will need about a pound of your pizza dough. You can find pizza dough freshly pre-made. Get a rectangular baking sheet that will fit on the grill and stretch the dough thinly across it.
Your grill grates should be cleaned and coated with plenty of olive oil while hot using tongs and a paper towel. Slide the dough directly onto the hot grate and close the grill for about 3 minutes.
Using tongs, lift the dough to make sure the bottom is light golden brown. Flip the dough over and brush the cooked side with olive oil. Add a light coating of your favorite kind of BBQ sauce, covering all but the outer inch of dough.
Sprinkle the pizza with some oregano, basil, and the grilled chicken. Spread shredded cheese of your choice over all ingredients and close grill lid for another 3 to 5 minutes until cheese is adequately melted. Brush edges of the crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Remove pizza from grill and place on the baking sheet to cool. Cut into slices and sprinkle with rosemary or oregano and plenty of Parmesan cheese. Serve on plates while still hot and garnish with your favorite vegetables or fruits and an ice cold drink for the best combination of flavors you can ask for, straight out of your back yard.
Your guests and your taste buds are guaranteed to be amazed that this delicious pizza came off of the grill instead of a box. You can add anything as a topping for this Smoked, Grilled BBQ Chicken pizza, including olives, onions, tomatoes, peppers, or even pineapple. No matter what you do with your pizza, it is perfectly made and ready to eat.
Not only is this pizza crispy and healthier for you than store-bought pizza or the kind that comes from a delivery, but it is guaranteed to taste a lot better. This crust is the most delicious, perfectly charred that you will ever find outside of a pizza parlor, and it is the perfect lightweight meal for any occasion.
All of these perks are even better when you consider that you don't have to bake everything inside the house and make it hot inside your house. You will be the talk of the town with this recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need a pizza stone to grill pizza?
Some recipes call for placing a buffer (like a pizza stone) in between the dough and the grill's fire to prevent the dough from charring. You can certainly use a pizza stone for our recipe above, but we suggest placing the dough directly on the grill grates! If you manage your heat properly and use plenty of olive oil on clean grill grates, there’s no reason you should have to buy extra grilling equipment to make delicious grilled BBQ chicken pizza.
How do you get the cheese to melt on grilled pizza?
If you manage the heat inside the grill properly, there should be no problem getting the cheese to melt on your grilled pizza. In the first step, you grill the dough on one side before flipping it over and adding the toppings. If you close the lid during the second step, the cheese will melt by the time the dough is finished cooking.
What temperature do you cook pizza on the grill?
Preheating your grill to 500 degrees will create the best results for grilled pizza. These temperatures cook the dough all the way through and melt the cheese in about 5 minutes. Keep in mind that this is not enough time to cook any meat toppings, so always pre-cook your sausage, chicken, beef, or pork toppings for grilled pizza.
Will a pizza stone crack on the grill?
Most pizza stones can withstand the heat of gas grills, but many will crack under the extreme heat of charcoal grills. Always check with your pizza stone manufacturer before placing a pizza stone on the grill. If you follow our recipe above, though, you won’t need a pizza stone at all to make delicious barbecue pizza.
Do you have to cook the toppings for pizza?
Some toppings must be pre-cooked before grilling pizza, but other toppings will cook through with the heat of the grill. Avoid putting any raw meat on your pizza (like sausage, beef, chicken, or pork) becuase they will not cook to safe temperatures in the time it takes to cook the dough and melt the cheese. When it comes to vegetables, tender veggies (like spinach, asparagus, onions, peppers, and tomatoes) will cook as the pizza cooks. Hearty vegetables (like potatoes or mushrooms) should be par-cooked in advance.