Grilled Pizza in Less Than 5 Minutes!
Here is my third attempt to convince readers that charcoal grilling is much easier than they think.
In my previous blogs, “Lamb Kebabs and Smoked Mac “N” Cheese Made Easy on the Spark Grill” and “Smoke Roasted Berry Crisp On Spark Precision Charcoal Grill,” I highlighted the benefits and features of the new Spark Precision Grill. Here, I will present one of the best features of the Spark Grill… grilled pizza in minutes!
Using the Spark Grill
Spark has created a revolutionary new grill that’s a game-changer. It combines the convenience of a gas grill’s turn-the-dial temperature control with the flavor of charcoal… letting you focus more on the culinary play, rather than the time-consuming and messy start-up process.
Spark designed a charcoal “briq” that fuels the grill. Yes, one charcoal briq gets the job done. The charcoal briq is placed in a front-loading drawer, and with a turn-of-the-dial, the briq is “sparked” up. Spark makes a variety of briqs to pair with your cooking so you can grill, smoke, and even make pizza.
Once the charcoal briq is ignited, turn the dial to your desired cooking temperature. Spark recommends leaving the lid open for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the plant-based accelerant to burn off. On average, it takes 10 minutes for the Spark to come up to temperature. So, you get the benefits of charcoal with the convenience of a gas grill.
The Spark comes with wide cast-iron grates for superior caramelization and the grill marks Steven prizes. The Spark is well-constructed using double-walled porcelainized enamel and insulated steel. The Spark even has an app that allows you to monitor the grill and your food via Bluetooth technology.
Spark’s variety of briqs include the quick, the everyday, the high heat, and the “low and slow” briq. You select a briq based on the expected duration of your cook and the temperature you need. The Spark grill can reach 900 degrees with the high heat briq—perfect for grilling pizza.
To get started, I removed the cast-iron grates and inserted the ceramic pizza stone. Next, I placed the high heat briq in the front-loading charcoal drawer and turned the temperature control to ignite. I set the temperature for 850 degrees. From previous cooks on the Spark grill, I knew it would be ready in 10 minutes. It was time to prepare my pizza.
Making the Pizza
If you really want an authentic-tasting pizza, I recommend making your own dough for the pizza. But, picking up dough at your local pizza place works as well and matches the convenience and speed at which the Spark grill cooks your pizza.
I followed Steven’s Honey Beer Pizza Dough recipe for my dough. I shaped the dough with my hands on a floured cutting board. My plan was to make a Margherita pizza, one of my wife’s favorites.
I first spread a thin layer of my homemade tomato sauce on the dough. I topped it with grated mozzarella cheese. I prefer to grate my cheese rather than adding larger pieces of cheese since I can cover more of the pizza with cheese. I also added freshly cracked black pepper. I decided to wait to add my basil to the pizza until the end of the cooking process so it would not burn while on the grill.
I recommend flouring the pizza peel or dusting it with cornmeal to prevent the pizza from sticking to the peel when you slide the pizza onto the pizza stone. The Spark Grill Chef’s package comes with the pizza stone and peel included.
The pizza slid on the stone with ease and I could hear the dough starting to cook immediately due to the heat created by the high heat charcoal briq. I kept the lid of the grill closed for two minutes to maintain the heat. After just two minutes, I could see the edges of the dough crisping up and the cheese melting. I closed the lid for another 30 seconds and then added my basil. Total cooking time was only 3 minutes. I recommend going light with your toppings so everything cooks evenly and quick.
I still recommend making your own dough, but if you picked up dough on your way home from work, you could be eating a delicious (almost all homemade) pizza in less than 15 minutes.
I drizzled olive oil over the top of the pizza and sliced it with a pizza wheel cutter. One of the factors I consider when evaluating a pizza is the crust. The high heat of the pizza stone created a light and crispy crust. It was spot on! The cheese was melted and creamy and the sauce had a subtle sweetness. The basil and black pepper provide a freshness and cut the heaviness from the cheese. The ultimate result is achieved when you get the crispy crust, the gooey cheese, the flavorful sauce, and the fresh basil all in one bite.
The Spark grill fitted with the pizza stone would make for a great summer pizza party. All Spark grills come with a cutting board that fits on the side table. You could cook a variety of pizzas quickly, slice the pizzas on the cutting board, and serve your guests right from the grill. You could even put out all the topping and let people create their own pizzas. Pizza toppings are only limited by your imagination.
Are you convinced yet? If not, I’ll be back with future blogs to highlight the ease of charcoal grilling on the Spark Precision Grill.