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Barbecue Pizza Recipe

With Christmas fast becoming a distant memory and the taste of turkey sandwiches beginning to fade, it’s the perfect time of year for getting creative with the barbecue – and pizzas are a brilliant way to make dinners fun, hearty and wholesome.

The heat of a hot BBQ cooks a pizza beautifully, leaving you with a crispy and flavoursome meal. You can add your favourite toppings and invent your own barbecue pizzas. Throwing a party is effortless and it’s easy to get everyone involved too, as all you need are the pizza bases and a load of tasty topping ingredients, as well as a pizza lifter or pizza stone for cooking on the barbecue.

You can choose whether to make your own pizza base or simply use bought bases. Of course, part of the fun of barbecuing pizzas is making it from scratch so if you want to make your own dough, here’s a good recipe you can use:

  • 1 teaspoon baking yeast
  • 115ml warm water
  • 1 sprinkle caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ dessertspoon salt
  • 200g plain flour

In a large bowl, add the yeast and warm water and let the yeast dissolve. Add the sprinkle of caster sugar and then let the mix rest for about ten minutes, until frothy. Next, add the olive oil, salt and flour and stir together until the consistency is slightly sticky and the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. On a floured surface, place the mixture and knead for about 5-10 minutes, until it’s smooth. Then leave it for one hour, to let it double in size.

Knead the dough once more and add in the basil and garlic. Then leave for a further hour, when it should double in size again. When ready, knead for a few minutes and then form your pizza base with a circa 1cm thickness – you can decide whether to split the dough into smaller pizzas or keep it as one larger pizza, depending on your preference. The good thing about having smaller pizzas is people can have their own toppings.

Once you have the base ready – or have opened packaged pizza bases – you should get the barbecue going as you want it to be nicely heated up before you start cooking. You should let it warm up for around 20 minutes first.

During this time, sort the toppings you want, including slicing any meats or vegetables and placing them in easy-to-access bowls. When the cooking begins, you need to move quickly to avoid your pizza burning.

If you’re using a barbecue grill or plate, add a touch of oil to it before placing the pizza base to the barbecue. With a pizza stone, you should sprinkle this with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to it. The base of the dough will begin to brown quickly because of the heat so have a pair of spatulas to-hand, ready to turn the pizza over – and have the ingredients you want nearby too as you’ll need to add these quickly once you’ve turned it over.

Once the toppings are on the pizza, close the lid and let it cook for 10 minutes, until the crust crisps and the cheese melts. Remove from the barbecue, slice and enjoy!

If you want to take things to the next level try using a pizza oven.