Want to make great pizza on a Blackstone Griddle? Good news! For pizza lovers, few things beat a hot, fresh, homemade pizza.
With the right tools, you can create incredible pizza just how you like it in your own backyard and yes, on a Blackstone Griddle.
Blackstone griddles provide an excellent way to make homemade pizza that’s crispy, flavorful, and fun to prepare.
Things To Know Before You Get Started
The expansive, high-heat cooking surface of a Blackstone griddle allows you to make multiple fresh pizzas at once with an authentic crispy crust.
Be sure to preheat your griddle thoroughly for at least 15-20 minutes at 500°F or above before cooking. Use parchment paper to prevent sticking and make transferring easy.
Create dual heat zones to sear the crust while thoroughly cooking toppings. Brush the outer crust edges with olive oil for extra browning and crispiness.
Rotate the pizzas frequently and add cheese last to prevent burning. With the right techniques, you can achieve incredible brick-oven style pizza fresh from your Blackstone that beats takeout any day!
Benefits of Using a Griddle for Pizza
Cooking pizza on a griddle offers some advantages over traditional pizza ovens:
Large cooking surface
Blackstone griddles provide ample room for cooking multiple pizzas at once. The 36” model can easily fit 3-4 pizzas.
Griddles aren’t just for pizza. Use them for smash burgers, fajitas, veggies, breakfast, and more.
The broad, flat cooking surface promotes excellent heat contact and crust crisping.
Griddles can reach 600°F+ to mimic a real pizza oven.
Griddles are meant for outdoor cooking, giving a fun, communal feel.
Quality pizza ovens can cost thousands while Blackstone griddles are reasonably priced.
With the right techniques, you can make pizza on a Blackstone griddle that rivals the pros.
Best Practices for Cooking Pizza on a Griddle
Cooking pizza on a griddle takes some finesse. Follow these tips and tricks:
Use two zones
Set up a higher heat side for searing and lower temp side for thorough cooking without burning.
Get it hot
Heat your griddle for 15-20 minutes at 500°F+ before cooking for an ultra crispy crust.
Add smoking stone
Place lava rock or a smoker box on the hot side to infuse pizza with smoky flavor.
Use parchment paper
Cooking on parchment paper prevents sticking and makes transferring the pizza easy.
Brush crust with olive oil
Lightly oiling the outer crust helps it get perfectly brown and crispy.
Moving the pizza around promotes even crispiness on both sides.
Finish with cheese on top
Sprinkle cheese over toppings so it melts beautifully without burning.
With the right techniques, griddle pizza can exceed your expectations. Now let’s look at step-by-step instructions.
How to Make Perfect Pizza on a Griddle
Follow this simple process for incredible griddle-cooked pizza:
1. Make the Dough
- Mix pizza dough according to recipe directions. Let it rise until doubled in size.
- Punch down dough and divide into equally sized balls for each pizza.
- Lightly flour each dough ball, place on a tray, cover, and let rest 30-60 mins.
2. Prep Toppings
- Chop, slice, grate, and prepare all pizza toppings.
- Organize toppings in containers near the griddle for easy use while cooking.
3. Preheat Griddle
- Heat griddle to 500°F+ on HI, close lid, and let preheat 15-20 mins.
- Create distinct high and low heat zones. Add lava rock to hot side.
4. Roll Out Dough
- Lightly flour work surface and rolling pin. Gently roll each dough ball into a thin round.
- Roll dough out thinner in the middle and thicker at the edge for a nice rise.
5. Transfer Dough to Griddle
- Open lid and quickly transfer dough rounds to parchment paper on the griddle.
6. Build Pizza
- Working quickly, build pizzas one at a time with sauce, cheese and desired toppings.
7. Cook the Pizza
- Cover and cook 3-5 minutes until bottom forms a crust. Lift parchment and check often.
- Rotate pizza frequently to prevent burning. Cook to desired doneness.
8. Finish and Transfer
- Top with a final sprinkle of cheese and close lid just until melted.
- Use parchment paper to transfer pizza to a cutting board.
9. Slice and Enjoy!
Dig into the fresh, hot pizza straight from the griddle! Use a pizza cutter to slice and serve immediately.
The broad surface, high heat, and smoking ability of a Blackstone griddle allows you to make artisanal pizza at home.
Next let’s explore how to take your pizza game even further with the new pizza oven attachment.
Introducing Blackstone’s New Pizza Oven
Blackstone has launched an exciting new pizza oven that seamlessly integrates with their popular griddles. This revolutionary attachment brings innovative cooking technology into your own backyard.
At the heart of this oven lies a high-performance stainless steel cooking chamber able to withstand intense 900°F+ temperatures. It uses a patented high-pressure burner system with adjustable flame regulator to achieve optimum heat.
Inside the chamber, two heavy-duty baking stones cook the pizza from both above and below.
The top stone radiates intense downward heat while the bottom stone conducts rising heat for fast, even cooking. These two stones surround the pizza in a trifecta of convective, conductive, and radiant heat.
A smartly designed rotating tray made of durable cast iron ensures the pizza cooks uniformly without hot spots.
The integrated quiet motor and dual-metal driveshaft provide smooth, reliable rotation. You can even pause the rotation at any point for more precise control while cooking.
The oven comes with a custom-built cart for mobility and convenience. The cart stores the pizza peel right on board and has smooth-rolling casters that lock for safety and stability.
With this exceptional new attachment, Blackstone brings the authentic taste of brick-oven Neapolitan pizza into your own backyard. Their innovative technology makes homemade artisan-quality pizza an everyday reality.
How the Blackstone Pizza Oven Works
Clever dual-layer insulation throughout the chamber traps in heat for fast oven preheating and recovery. An electronic ignition system fires up the oven reliably with the simple push of a button.
This innovative oven bakes 16-inch pizzas to perfection in just minutes, feeding the whole family or the biggest crowd effortlessly. All the components mount securely onto the Blackstone griddle for a compact, integrated unit.
The combination of radiant top heat and conductive bottom heat creates brick oven flavor and texture with impressive speed.
How the Pizza Oven Differs from the Griddle
While both allow you to make great pizza at home, using the dedicated pizza oven attachment provides some key differences:
- Far higher heat from dual top and bottom heating elements
- Genuine baking stones that conduct heat efficiently
- Enclosed design that traps in heat for faster cooking
- Rotating turntable makes turning pizzas easier
- Smaller capacity but faster individual cook times
- Wood pellet add-on for extra smoke infusion (if desired)
- Consistent results even for beginners
The specialized pizza oven delivers impressive results with less effort required.
Blackstone Pizza Oven Recipes
This high-powered attachment allows you to make virtually any style of pizza. Here are some fun recipes to try:
Classic Pepperoni Pizza
The iconic crowd-pleaser!
- Dough: Your favorite pizza dough recipe
- Sauce: Pizza sauce or crushed tomatoes
- Toppings: Sliced mozzarella, pepperoni
- Instructions: Top dough with sauce, pepperoni, and mozarella. Cook 4-6 mins rotating occasionally.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Savory barbecue chicken flavors.
- Dough: Pizza dough brushed with BBQ sauce
- Toppings: Grilled chicken, red onion, cilantro
- After baking, drizzle more BBQ sauce and ranch dressing
A delicious morning treat!
- Dough: Pizza dough brushed with olive oil
- Toppings: Scrambled eggs, bacon, potato, onion, mozzarella
- Add cheese last so it melts beautifully.
A tropical taste of aloha!
- Dough: Pizza dough
- Sauce: Pizza sauce
- Toppings: Ham, pineapple, mozzarella
- Optional: Sprinkle coconut flakes after baking
Get creative with the endless pizza possibilities!
Tips for Next-Level Pizza Success
Taking your homemade pizza to the highest level takes practice. Follow these pro tips:
- Use a pizza peel for easy transfer into the oven.
- Rotate pizzas 180 degrees every 60-90 seconds.
- Watch pizzas closely toward the end to avoid overcooking.
- Brush crust with olive oil or melted butter before baking.
- Experiment with nutty and whole grain crusts for richer flavor.
- Try mixing cheeses like mozzarella, parmesan, feta for more complexity.
- Add fresh herbs and spices like basil, oregano, red pepper flakes.
- Let dough come fully to room temp before stretching for an airy crust.
- Change up your pizza game by trying rectangular Sicilian-style pan pizzas.
With the right techniques, you can achieve incredible pizza that exceeds your expectations.
Blackstone Griddle Pizza Making FAQ
Cooking pizza does involve some learning and troubleshooting. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
How do I prevent a soggy pizza crust?
- Use parchment paper and don’t over-sauce the pizza. Cook with lid open initially to allow moisture to escape.
Why is my pizza burnt on the bottom?
- Cook at lower heat and rotate more frequently. Lower heat allows more thorough cooking without burning bottom.
How do I keep cheese from burning?
- Add cheese last, after other toppings. Close lid to melt cheese without burning it.
Why is my crust undercooked?
- Increase total cooking time, cook at higher heat, and rotate often to crisp up crust evenly.
How do I crisp up the crust edges?
- Brush outer crust with olive oil before baking. Cook pizza initially with lid open to crisp edges.
Mastering pizza does involve some learning and experimentation to discover what works best for you. But the rewarding, mouthwatering results are well worth it!
Enjoy Endless Homemade Pizza
A Blackstone griddle, and especially the new pizza oven attachment, opens up backyard chef’s abilities to cook incredible artisan-quality pizza at home.
With a bit of practice using the right techniques, you can craft pizza creations to enjoy any night of the week.
Surprise your family and impress your friends with your newfound pizza prowess. With the right tools and quality ingredients, the possibilities for delicious homemade pizza are endless.