One of the many benefits of a Primo Grill’s versatility is the ability to bake – think wood-fired pizza oven with premium ceramic construction. The same heat absorption and distribution properties that make a ceramic pizza stone beneficial translate to the grill itself. This is especially helpful in the lid, which radiates heat back to the pizza from above. Here is a basic method for making pizza on the Primo – we did a simple pepperoni pizza as requested by the kids it was made for.
Pizza dough is a very broad topic by itself- you can either make it or buy it. If you like to make it you probably have a recipe you’ve followed in the past- if not, here is a good one from Emeril Lagasse. If you prefer to buy it you can go to the grocery store but we would recommend asking your favorite local pizzeria if they would sell you some dough. Here in Easton Maryland we recommend Rusticana Pizza. If you go ask for the medium dough- it fits well on the Primo 16″ glazed pizza stone.
Prepare the Primo to around 450 -500 degrees. Remember the dome temp reading will be a bit lower than the actual temp at the stone. Place and pre-heat a pizza stone- we used the 16″ Primo glazed stone for our Oval XL. We have found a direct correlation between dough thickness and target temperature- feel free to use higher temps with thinner crusts.
Pizza Update- Some things we’ve learned over the years:
- We would highly recommend using rice flour
- Give the grill ample time to warm up – 1/2 hour at the minimum to let all the ceramic warm up sufficiently. Most importantly the dome lid which will radiate heat back down and helps cook the top of the pizza.
- Use both d plates AND a pizza stone
Ok, some more pics:
Primo pizzas are great but be careful of the temperature. I always thought for pizza the hotter the better. Not so. My first attempt was over 500 and quickly turned the pizza to charcoal. I also tried directly on the grate; the pizza stone works best.
I cook pizza often on my Primo. I cook at 425 deg for 7-9 minutes. I use parchment paper under the pizza this make for easy removal from the peel and back to the peel when it’s cooked. I place it all right on the heated pizza stone. Works great every time. Enjoy!!