How to Create a Wood Fired Pizza

How to Create a Wood Fired Pizza

Pizza Dough:

  • 3 cups of bread flour or high gluten flour.
  • 1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water (around 105 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp of Onion Powder (to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Pour warm water, yeast, sugar and a small amount of flour in a bowl and mix the ingredients together. Let it stand for 8-10 minutes to let the yeast activate.

Pour flour, salt and 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil in an electric mixer (using Dough Hook) and lightly mixed it up. Add Yeast water and mix for 7-10 minutes until dough is coming off the sides but still slightly sticking to the bottom.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it on a slightly floured table and let rest for 2-3 minutes

Pour remaining 2 Tbsp into the bowl and mix it around the bowl to coat it with oil and place the dough in the bowl. Turn the dough until the oil lightly coats it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in warm, dark location. (I put it in the oven to get it out of the way)

Let the dough rise for 2 hours.

After the 2 hours, take large dough ball and cut in 1/2 to create 2 pizza dough balls. (these pizza dough balls will be roughly 12 ounces each)

Cover the dough with a light moist cloth and let rise for 1 hour.

Pizza Sauce:(make 3-4 days in advance if possible)

  • 1 - 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 6 oz. can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp oregano

Mix the ingredients together in a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Put it all together:

  1. Start by adding a little flour to your table and begin working the dough with your hands in a circular motion. Continue to work the dough until it is even, thin thickness and forms a circle. Be careful not to tear the dough.
  2. I like to use a dough docker (puts little holes in the dough to prevent large bubbles to form). - You can also use a fork to dock the dough as well.
  3. I place some cornmeal on my pizza peel and put the dough on top of the cornmeal. (this keeps it from sticking to the peel).
  4. Put a couple of large spoons full of pizza sauce in the center of the pizza dough and begin to move the sauce around until it evenly covers the whole pizza dough - leaving about 1/4 of an inch of dough on the outside.
  5. I sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the sauce and then begin to add meat and vegetable toppings.
  6. Add cheese (I like to do a mixture of Mozzarella and white cheddar)
  7. Drizzle a little high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the top of the cheese and add some fresh chopped basil and a little more Parmesan cheese on top for taste.
  8. Place pizza on top of a pizza stone.(using indirect heat on a 650 degree charcoal grill with some hickory or oak sprinkled in for flavoring)

-Remember to preheat the grill and pizza stone for 30 minutes prior to making pizza.

9. The pizza should be done in about 3 - 4 minutes.

I use a Big Green Egg to cook these pizzas. I use it because it imparts a nice wood fire flavor and has a wonderful ability to maintain even high temperatures.

If you wish to bake in the oven:

Set the temperature to 500 degrees (most ovens only go to 500 or 550 degrees)

Remember: Let the pizza stone sit in the oven for at least 30 minutes to allow it to come up to temperature.

  1. Start by adding a little flour to your table and begin working the dough with your hands in a circular motion. Continue to work the dough until it is an even, thin thickness and forms a circle. Be careful not to tear the dough.
  2. I like to use a dough docker (puts little holes in the dough to prevent large bubbles to form). - You can also use a fork to dock the dough as well.
  3. I place some cornmeal on my pizza peel and put the dough on top of the cornmeal. (this keeps it from sticking to the peel)
  4. I have found that it is often a good idea to shape the crust and let it pre-bake in the oven for 3-4 minutes and then add the sauce and other toppings. This allows the crust to crisp up a bit.
  5. Put a couple of large spoons full of pizza sauce in the center of the pizza dough and begin to move the sauce around until it evenly covers the whole pizza dough - leaving about 1/4 of an inch of dough on the outside.
  6. I sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over the sauce and then begin to add meat and vegetable toppings.
  7. Add cheese (I like to do a mixture of Mozzarella and white cheddar)
  8. Drizzle a little high quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the top of the cheese and add some fresh chopped basil and a little more Parmesan cheese on top for taste.
  9. Place pizza on top of a pizza stone and bake until cheese is bubbling and just starting to get a bit of brown on the crust and cheese.

I hope you enjoy your homemade pizza. I love getting feedback on this. Please share your experiences and any thoughts you may have that would improve this recipe.

Thank you!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Pizza, pizza, pizza! I love pizza! LOL

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danbr7777 7 years ago Author

FYI. I will be posting a hub for my Barbecue Chicken Pizza soon. It is very good.


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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Wow! I love pizza, wood-fired pizzas even more! I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! My oldest daughter is all over that Hawaiian pizza with the ham and pineapple. If you have a recipe for that, please share as well.


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Camping Dan 7 years ago

Oh this sounds delicious!! I have made pizza while camping before and it is so much better this way.


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Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Pizza Rocks!! But what is a big green egg?? Never heard of this before...I usually use Hot Roll Mix by Pillsbury for my pizza crust..of course I like thick bread pizza!! GREAT RECIPE!! And awesome of you to share it!!


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danbr7777 7 years ago Author

The Big Green Egg is a Kamado style grill/smoker/convection oven. Take a look at my hub...

http://hubpages.com/food/Why-I-chose-my-kamado


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ktowers 7 years ago from England

sounds yummy :)


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jstevens11 7 years ago from Torrington, CT

Nice Hub, That pie looks great. It's making me hungry!

http://hubpages.com/food/The-Perfect-Hardboiled-Eg


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welch 7 years ago from Alabama

This sounds awesome,I can Smell it already !


Carrie Goff 7 years ago

Sounds awesome! Something I'd LOVE to have is a real wood fired oven in my house. Wouldn't that be great.

Great hub. I'm inspired.

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