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How to Grill Pizza on the Barbecue

BY La Jolla Mom

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Grilling pizza on the barbecue is a project I’ve been meaning to tackle for a long time that I finally got around to last weekend. Friends and cooking professionals sing the praises of this pizza technique, but one thing was holding me back: our BBQ.

We did a lot of research prior to purchasing this top-of-the-line, built-in beast and I was nervous about dough slipping between the grates, sauce on fire… you name it. Plus, my husband loves this barbecue like a second child.

With a little wine to relieve the stress, I grabbed my Barilla® marinara sauce, fresh dough, olive oil, toppings (fearing failures, I went with what I had in the fridge and turkey pepperoni) and tools for what wound up being an easy task.

How to Grill Pizza on the Barbecue

A long-handled spatula and long-handled set of tongs are very helpful, if you have them as is a pizza paddle. Though I forgot to clean the grates, it is strongly advised that you do so in order to avoid dough sticking on them.

How to Grill Pizza on the Barbecue and a Barilla® Giveaway

How to Grill Pizza on the Barbecue and a Barilla® Giveaway


  • fresh pizza dough
  • flour for dusting
  • olive oil
  • tomato sauce
  • toppings of your choice


  1. Let refrigerated pizza dough come to room temperature. This took about 90 minutes.
  2. Crank up the heat on the barbecue. Ours was around 450 degrees but some recommend as high as 600 degrees, which I think is better.
  3. Roll out pizza dough. Flour the board and rolling pin during process to prevent sticking, if needed.
  4. Liberally brush oil on one side of the pizza dough. I suspect the spray oil won't cut it.
  5. Toss oiled dough on to clean barbecue grates (this is the hardest part).
  6. Close the cover and let cook for a few minutes (exact length of time depends on how thick your dough is). At this point you should be able to pick the dough up without it losing shape. The bottom will have grate marks and should be slightly brown.
  7. Take the dough off the grates, flip it over and place sauce and toppings on the cooked side. Some do this directly on the barbecue. I did it on a pizza paddle.
  8. Place the pizza back on the barbecue and close the lid. Cook until dough browns to your liking.

The most important rule is to be prepared. Once that dough is on the barbecue, everything moves quickly. Have all of your toppings, sauce and cheese ready to go right next to the barbecue. There isn’t time for you to make multiple trips back into the house.

Also, practice makes perfect. Next time, I’m rolling our dough thinner and cooking the toppings longer. The time to test pizza on the barbecue for the first time isn’t when you’re entertaining. Trust me.

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  1. We donate clothes, food items to local churches. Along with children’s books that I buy, because books are so important for those young minds. I also volunteer at a big cat sanctuary where exotic cats live out their days after having been in homes with people who have no business having large exotic cats. The cats get abused/starved and are usually sick when they show up. Sorry, getting off topic!

  2. I volunteer at Feed My Starving Children and I am a physical therapist by profession, so I help people who are in pain in my community every day.

  3. My kids and I deliver meals to elderly people through the Meals On Wheels program. Such a great experience! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  4. once a month we cook a dinner for a thing called faces without places its for homeless kids they get a homecooked dinner

  5. Our neighborhood has a community garden! It is a great way to make sure we all share in fresh food.

  6. We donate tons of household items (even plants/produce from our garden) to Freecycle members. Also donate to our food pantries. My latest idea is to do random acts of kindness. Big and small. It’s great to instill these values to my children. Hopefully they keep it going as they grow.

  7. We always have a donation box going in our home. As the kids grow and we get older (and chunkier, lol) we add clothes, shoes, other items to the box. When the box gets full, we take it to the Christian thrift store, drop the items there, and repeat!

  8. We donate food to the food banks, clothing to the Secret Seconds and household items are donated to either the Donation Warehouse or Home Resource. At Christmas, we pick names for the Christmas trees around our town to buy Christmas presents for the those in need.

  9. My son and I help out about a dozen or so seniors in our neighborhood. Make sure their grass is mowed, take them to appointments, and generally check on them.

  10. My wife and I have a small clothing store. At the end of every season we donate a majority of our leftover merchandise. We also do donations throughout the year with shelters and other such organizations who need clothing.

  11. I make a lot of pizza, at least once a week. I tried it on the grill a couple of years ago and didn’t like how it turned out but really need to give it another go. Turning on the oven at 550 degrees for a couple of hours in the middle of the summer heat isn’t the best idea!
    We give back to the community by donating food to the local pantry and volunteering at the grade school where my kids attend. My wife goes there once a week and helps kids with reading and math.

  12. I donate my time to my churches food pantry every week, sometimes a few times a week. we feed about 135 people a week and we are proud of that:) We also donate clothes to familys too and anything else that people tell us they are in need of such as shampoos and diapers!

  13. i donate to the goodwill-donate through food drives-help my elderly neighbors with yard work and errands

  14. I donate my time to fundraisers at my kids school, donate to the school’s community breakfast and donate all of our things we no longer need or outgrow to a local thrift store that supports women and children trying to get away from abuse.

  15. I give back to my community by allowing my neighbors to harvest wild blueberries on our 20 acres of land.

  16. I’m a grandma nanny to our 5 grandkids (NO PAY) and it’s almost like raising a 2nd family….when they go to school, church or a community function, it seem like I end up volunteering >>>taking them girl scout camping, Christmas pageant, Sunday school teacher, community Easter egg hunt, etc. .

  17. I donate food to the food pantry at my church and also to the Boy’s Scouts. I am a member of the local rescue squad auxiliary and local VFW auxiliary which both helps people in our community.

  18. We donate food, clothing and time to our local homeless and Women’s shelters.


  19. I give back by helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. I also volunteer at the food bank as well as the shelter for Abused Women and Children.

  20. I give back to my community by donating our clothes to the good will, and food to the churches locally.

  21. We like to give to the food bank. Since I bartend, I also try to collect all soda cans and give them to someone who recycles them.

  22. I used to give back to the community by being a volunteer in the hospital gift shop. In the past few years, I just donate gently used items to various charities like AmVets and money directly to local charities so I know where that money is going.

  23. We are always giving food and other personal health items to the school and community events that we score for free using coupons!

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