If your family loves eating pizza as much as ours, you’ll definitely want to know how to cook a frozen pizza on your Pit Boss pellet grill. While it’s possible to make homemade pizza on the grill, did you realize that it’s much easier to cook a frozen one?
How to Cook Frozen Pizza On A Pit Boss Smoker?
Preheat the smoker to about 425℉ (218°C). Place the frozen pizza directly on the grill and cook for 25-30 minutes. Halfway through the cook, open the lid to ensure it is cooking evenly. If not, rotate the pizza. When done, use the cardboard paper plate the pizza comes on or a pizza stone to remove it from the smoker.
Owning a Pit Boss pellet grill makes it easy to cook anything that can be cooked using a convection oven. The temperature control functions differ from that of gas, charcoal, or propane grills.
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Once you learn how easy it is to cook a frozen pizza on a pellet grill. You’ll never use your stove again. Especially, once you taste the difference the wood pellets make the pizza taste.
Cooking Frozen Pizza On A Pit Boss Pellet Grill
While most don’t think about cooking a frozen pizza on their Pit Boss pellet grill. However, your pellet grill is extremely versatile and makes it so easy to cook much more than burgers, Boston Butts, beef briskets and etc.
In fact, if you’ve ever cooked a frozen pizza in your convection oven or stove, you won’t have any issues using your pellet grill.
In addition, the clean-up process is much easier when you use your pellet grill.
This step-by-step guide will walk you through the entire process of cooking a frozen pizza on the Pit Boss or any other pellet grill.
What Temperature To Cook a Frozen Pizza on Pit Boss?
Set the temperature control on the pellet grill between 400°F – 425°F, depending on what the back of the box says. Close the flame broiler plate, so you’re cooking on indirect heat.
Most frozen and Chicago-style pizzas will fair better over indirect heat.
If you do use a combo of indirect and direct heat to cook the pizza, make sure you don’t burn the bottom of your crust.
Can You Smoke a Frozen Pizza?
Since the pizza is considered a quick cook, I don’t think you’ll get a lot of smoke flavor from it. Smoking temps start around 180-210° F/ 80-100° C. In addition, to get a true smoke flavor, the food needs to stay in the pellet grill for hours.
Best Frozen Pizza to Cook on The Pit Boss?
There are literally tons of options when it comes to frozen pizza. You can choose different styles of crust such as; thick, thin, or even cheese stuffed.
Don’t even get me started on the toppings. Frozen pizzas can be purchased with meat, veggie, and cheese. Everyone’s taste is different.
Whenever I cook a frozen pizza, I usually choose one from Trader Joe’s or pick up Amy’s pizza from the local supermarket.
You’ll have to test out several different brands to find your favorite. However, once you buy one, here’s how you cook it on the pellet grill.
Prepping the Pizza
Other than taking it out of the freezer and out the box, it doesn’t require any prep work. Keep the pizza in the freezer until the pellet grill has reached the desired cooking temperature.
You’ll want to put the pizza on the grill when it’s frozen. If it’s allowed to thaw out at room temperature, it will become soggy and limp on the cooking grates.
When cooking a thawed frozen pizza, use a pizza stone. It will make it easier to handle than trying to put it on the grill racks.
What P-Setting to Use for Cooking Frozen Pizza?
Cook the pizza on the default Pit Boss P setting. As mentioned above, the pizza won’t be on the grill long enough to mess with the P-setting.
That said, if you’re cooking the pizza on a cold and windy day, you can increase or decrease the P-setting.
Best Pellets to Use for Pizza?
For meatier combination pizzas like sausage, etc, opt for stronger flavored pellets such as hickory. I’ve personally found that apple pellets work best for New York Style pepperoni pizza.
Alder, apple, and cherry pellets work best for flavoring vegetable pizzas.
Do You Need A Pizza Stone to Grill Pizza On A Pit Boss?
No, you can place the pizza directly on the rack. However, if you’re grilling a lot of pizzas, you may find it easier to use a pizza stone.
A pizza stone distributes and holds heat better than a regular baking sheet. What that means is your pizza will cook more evenly when you allow the pizza stone to heat up before placing the pizza directly on it.
How to Use A Pizza Stone On A Pit Boss?
Just preheat the Pit Boss to the desired temperature to cook the pizza, while leaving the pizza stone on top of the grill grates. It’ll take the pizza stone about 25-30 minutes to heat up.
Make sure you don’t put your pizza on it until it is done heating up. It takes the Pit Boss about 15 minutes to preheat, but it’s worth letting the pizza stone heat up completely.
If you don’t have a pizza stone, then this 3-piece stainless steel grilling is all the tools you need.
- ESSENTIAL PIZZA TOOLS: Set includes 13" Pizza Stone; Folding Pizza Peel and Pizza Cutter
- PIZZA PEEL: Folding handle stainless pizza peel stores easily
- PIZZA WHEEL: The pizza wheel cutter easily slices through pies for quick cutting
- PIZZA STONE: The 13" cordierite pizza stone retains heat extremely well, helping to create an evenly cooked and perfectly crispy crust
Of course, if you don’t want to invest in a pizza stone, here’s how you cook without one.
How To Cook Pizza On A Pit Boss Without A Stone?
Don’t have a pizza stone, no problem, you can place the pizza directly on the grill or a baking sheet. As long as you don’t place the pizza on the grill while it’s cold, the dough won’t fall through the cracks.
If you’re cooking a homemade pizza, there’s still a possibility the dough could fall through the grates.
Similar to when using a pizza stone, you want the grill grates to be hot. As soon as the pizza is placed on a hot grill, the crust will start firming and cooking immediately.
One thing I’ve noticed whenever cooking quiche or pizza directly on the grates, is the crust burnt quickly. Check the bottom of the pizza regularly, to prevent the crust from burning.
If it’s getting cooked faster than the toppings, lower the temperature. It will take longer for the toppings and cheese to melt but will prevent the crust from burning.
You don’t want it to get too dark. You’re looking for a nice golden brown bottom.
How Long To Cook A Frozen Pizza On A Pit Boss?
It will take about 15-30 minutes for the pizza to cook completely. Cooking times will vary depending on the temperature of the grill, how crispy you like the pizza, and how many you are cooking at once.
A hotter grill will result in a faster-cooked pizza.
Once the pizza is cooked to your liking, remove it from the oven. You’ll be tempted to cut into it, but let it rest for at least 3-5 minutes.
You don’t want it to burn the roof of your mouth. Plus, if it’s too hot, all the toppings will slide off when you grab a slice, leaving you with bare crust.
Waiting a few minutes lets the toppings “set” in. In addition, it helps keep the crust crispy. If you cut it when it’s too hot, the oils from the cheese will soak into the cut crust and cause it to become soggy and oily.
Hopefully, this guide shows you how easy it is to cook a frozen pizza on the Pit Boss. The next time your family is craving a frozen pizza, consider using your pellet grill to cook it.
You can even reheat the leftovers in the Pit Boss, instead of throwing them in the microwave.
Any frozen pizza will work, but my favorite one to throw on the Pit Boss is Amy’s frozen organic pizza.