We have a favorite pizza place back east, Sally’s in New Haven, CT. This is the closest I’ve come to creating that wonderful pizza….grilling. Sally’s uses a “coal” fired oven so cooking the pizza on the grill is a very close resemblance. It’s pretty easy to do, and no better time than summer. Whip up some dough, fire up the grill, pop a cold one and enjoy!
Grilled BBQ Pizza
1 package Fleishman’s active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 3/4 cups warm water (110 – 125 degrees)
1 tablespoon Mazola Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 cups King Arthurs Bread Flour
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Add yeast and sugar to stand mixer. Add warm water and wait 2-3 minutes until yeast blossoms. Add remaining ingredients. Using a dough hook, knead for 8 minutes. (Can also be made in a large mixing bowl, then knead by hand, or use a food processor and process until all ingredients are combined). Place dough in a large bowl (oil bowl first), and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for up to 5 days. Remove dough at least an hour before rolling out pizza. Recipe makes enough for 4 pizza’s. This dough also freezes well for up to 2-3 months.
1 quart crushed tomatoes (Pomi Brand is best, $$$ at Fresh Market)
1/4 cup red wine….drinking wine
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
red pepper flakes to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon crushed fennel seed
1/2 cup Weber’s “Kick’n Spicy” BBQ Sauce
Combine all ingredients, simmer 30 to 60 minutes until slightly thick. Makes enough for 3-4 pizzas.
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup shredded roasted chicken (store bought roasters work great) tossed with 1 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/4 cup Weber’s “Kick’n Spicy” BBQ Sauce, or 1 cup shredded pulled pork (recipe below to make your own)
shredded cheese – mozzarella, pepper jack, sharp cheddar (use your imagination)
2-3 grilled jalapeños, sliced, optional
Roll dough thinly and place on a flour dusted pizza peel. Using a silicon pastry brush, brush the entire surface of the pizza. Place pizza oiled side down on hot grill (make sure you either oil or pan spray your grates). Close grill cover and cook for about five to 10 minutes, checking periodically to make sure dough is not burning (reduce your heat if needed). Oil top side of dough, when bottom is slightly browned, flip dough over.
Cover dough with sauce, cheeses, shredded chicken or pork, and top with jalapeños (I grill these while preheating the grill). Cover grill and let cook 5-10 minutes until slightly golden and cheese are melted.
To make your own Slow Cooked Boston Pork Butt:
1 4-5 pound bone-in pork Boston butt
1-2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons “Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning”
Preheat oven to 275°F.
Remove excess fat from pork. Using a large carving fork, poke holes over entire surface of pork. Sprinkle meat with salt and seasoning. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Place on baking sheet. (This may be done the night before and held in the refrigerator over night).
Place baking sheet in preheated oven and cook for 6-7 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 225°F and the meat pulls away easily from the bone. Let meat rest 10-15 minutes before shredding. This also freezes very well after cooked. You might also purchase a larger Boston butt if on sale and have the butcher cut it for you, freeze what you don’t use for a later time.