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Gas Grill - Pizza Success

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by lukem, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    According to my sources- beans don't burn on the grill. I think this speaks to the difficulties.

    I make chili in a dutch oven when the maters are ripe- just do it outside with some charcoal. When I build the pizza oven, I'll throw it in there with lower heat

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  2. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Did you grill the pizza? I haven't tried to yet, but I understand it is outstanding.
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I did not, but hear it is great. Building a wood fired pizza oven later this summer
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    GAMMA RAY Minister of Fire

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    We will have to tell Franks about that.....he can save a chit load of moolah..... :lol:
  5. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Just my 2 cents worth: any Broil King products are outstanding. Made and assembled in Canada, they are like tanks. I use about 5 propane tanks per season and have had mine 3 years without a single issue.

    Andrew
  6. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Anybody have one of those dual fuel grills, gas on one side, charcoal on the other? We are considering one. Wife likes ease of gas, but i won't use it anymore because flavor is lacking. after elements burned out for like the third time in my gas grill, I started dumping charcoal in there. Haven't looked back since. Even made a wood burning stove from the tank, lol.
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I'm in the minority . . . cheap grill . . . I cannot even remember the name of it. I know it has the ceramic grill . . . but that's about it. I've replaced the burner unit a couple of times . . . and grill year-round -- maybe once to twice a week. Of course it helps to have the grill under cover . . . and no, that does not mean I grill inside the house. ;)
  8. Highbeam

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    Cheap(er) grill here too. Charbroil from Lowes for a whoppin 180$. 4 N-S stainless burners, SS top half of shell, cast iron grates coated with ceramic, side burner for bacon frying outside (keeps the kitchen cleaner), Really quite nice and very effective.

    The webers are higher quality but cost double or triple.
  9. woodmeister

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    I've had a s/s vermont castings for the past seven years. It's heavy duty and gets plenty hot and I haven't replaced a thing.
  10. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    Just another post against cheapos...

    At my buddy's place the other night cooking burgers on his 12 yr old $400 weber...in mint condition
  11. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Another vote for 2x2 square hickory and apple burned down to coals in 20 mins toss stakes on and ready under 25 mins... :cheese:
  12. jeffoc

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    I have a charcoal and gas, both are Weber. I used cheapo gas grill for years and then got a decent deal.
    I really like the gas grill, had it for 12 years or so. Never replaced a part. Ignitor still works even, I used to replace them practically yearly on the cheap ones Never put a cover on it or bring it inside because I use it so much.
    But really there probably are some brands out there that are just as good. The thing that I've noticed about this grill compared to my others is that everything is so much heavier, makes sense. When I bought it the salesman told me to keep it really clean and it will last forever. So before I shut it down after I finish grilling I will turn it on high for 5 or 10 minutes to burn all the stuff off. So far so good.

    Every one may know this trick, but I just learned it this year. If i'm in a hurry and want a charcoal flavor I'll use the gas grill and throw a couple of lumps or briquettes in the tray that I use for wood chips. Put it below the grates and it works really well.
  13. lukem

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    Grilled some pizza today on the new rig. Amazing. Homemade sauce and veggies from the garden. Wrapped up a little hickory bark in foil for some smokey flavor. I'm not sure if I can go back to oven pizza. Would have snapped some pics but it didn't last long enough.

    Best. Pizza. Ever.
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  15. jensent

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    Search the Holland Grill. Once you have used one you will never go back!
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  16. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    ok ok you guys got me. i want to make a pizza on the grill.
    do you wrap up the pizza top and bottom or do you just foil the grill???????????????
    how long do you cook it?
    i just go until the cheese starts to brown. is it the same?
  17. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    My advice would be to bite the bullet, get a Weber and don't look back.
  18. ewdudley

    ewdudley Minister of Fire

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    Just google it. Here's a video of a purpose-built stone. As you can see in the video, gas grills are perfect for lighting charcoal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXhoFX8c3B0

    We've been using a normal oven-sized square stone that works quite well, but it seems pretty tricky to me to get everything just right: right amount of charcoal, stone not too hot, dome temperature hot enough. I prefer to get the pizza hot before adding the smoke-wood so creosote doesn't condense.

    Lately we've been baking in an electric oven for the first eight minutes or so and then finishing off on the grill, kind of a hassle but much more foolproof.
  19. lukem

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    Here's what I did:

    1.) Pizza dough was homemade (breadmaker recipe), as was the sauce (tomato paste, water, olive oil, white vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, basil, rosemary, oregano)
    2.) Roll out dough into pizza crust shape, but a little thicker than usual, place on cornmealed baking sheets (or peel if you have one)
    3.) Slice up some roma tomatoes, green peppers, and onions from garden and place then on a mesh grilling tray
    4.) Preheat grill to 600*
    5.) Wrap up some hickory bark tightly in aluminum foil, poke a couple small holes in foil
    6.) Put the foil back directly on heat diffuser below grilling grate
    7.) Once the smoke starts, put the veggies on for about 3 minutes until they just start to get tender, then remove from grill
    8.) Grill pizza crust directly on grates, no oil added, for about 1 - 1.5 minutes on first side...or until the top bubbles a little
    9.) Flip and grill directly on grate for 30 - 60 seconds on other side, then remove
    10.) Repeat 7 - 9 for second crust
    11.) Reduce heat on grill to about 400 - 450*
    12.) Take pizza crust and veggies inside and top with sauce, veggies, olives, basil, parm, prov, and motz, (make sure the first side you grilled gets topped)
    13.) Put pizza back on grill for about 5 minutes until cheese melts
    14.) Eat pizza and drink beer

    If you did it right, the crust will be crunchy on the outside and a little chewy on the inside, with a hint of smoke all around. My smoke packet was done smoking by the time I put it back in to melt the cheese, if it wasn't I would have removed it. The veggies can take a lot of smoke, but I wouldn't want too much when making the crust. The hickory was good, but next time I'm going to try apple.

    This was at least top 5 on the best pizza I ever ate scale.
  20. Delta-T

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    I'm sorta partial to my pellet smoker/grill. happy fusion of push button control and wood cooking/smoking. Hasn't failed me yet, 4-5 yrs running. Done pizza, apple pie, animals with legs, birds with the faces removed, and some of those vegetable things....what do they call them? ah yes, vegetables. Good times...averaging abour 250lbs of pellets/yr.
  21. Panhandler

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    I'll second that one. Had one about 15 years.
  22. fbelec

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    thanks lukem. i'll try it this weekend. i was talking to my neighbor next door, and told him about the thread. and he was in the middle of learning this on his weber. he came over tonight with one he made. it was so good. i'm going to pass this on to him also.
    i too make my dough in the bread maker. i've been making them white and with 25% whole wheat flour. not bad that way. to much wheat flour and it throws the cooking time off

    frank
  23. Highbeam

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    Wowsers. 250#!!!
  24. OhioBurner©

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    Hmm I havent been online as much this summer and missed this thread. In July we got a new grill too, after a lot of research decided on a Weber Genesis. Would have loved a Summit but the Genesis was already over our budget and we dont often entertain guests so even the Genesis has plenty of room for our family of 3. Got the EP-330 online for as cheap as I could get the E-310 from any local store, free shipping delivered right to my backyard. I am super happy with the performance after using it for about two months. Already half way through my second tank. The Webers dont have a lot of the bells n whistles but focus on the grill itself. I remember putting a big grill ($200 some dollars) from W@llmart together and getting pretty frustrated. This one, despite lots of parts, went together pretty easy with good instruction. Not the cheap photo copies of black and white pictures that you cant even read anymore, no holes in the wrong spot or crappy machined parts that dont line up right or threads not cut all the way.

    I've made pizza a few times - homemade except store bought crusts. I think this week I am going to have to try my own crust finally. Been busy this week (its my off week) putting sauce in the freezer!
  25. KB007

    KB007 Feeling the Heat

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    I had a Weber in the past, worked great for years. Eventually gave it to the neighbours and bought a Ducane - mostly because I wanted a big stainless steel one. Ducane works great too. Recently bought a Big Green Egg and love it!

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