Homemade pizza night was always one of my favorites growing up. The house smelled like fresh bread from making the dough in the bread machine. There’d be flour all over the kitchen counters while we rolled out the dough into perfect crusts and loaded them up with sauce, different kinds of cheese, meats, and veggies. It was always a great opportunity to spend time with our family and friends (and absolutely tasted better than ordering 2 medium pizzas for $10 down the street). You won’t be disappointed throwing these pizzas in the oven, but we like to use the BBQ every chance we get!
How To Make Wood Fire Pizza On The Traeger
Prepping the Dough & Traeger
- On a flat, floured surface, knead your dough into personal sized pizzas. You do not want it to stick to the surface you are working on.
- Form the dough into 8″ – 10″ rounds, about the size you want for your personal pizzas. You do not want the crust to be too thin. It’s easier to tear when transferring to the Traeger. We find it easier to work with thicker crusts when cooking these on the BBQ (about 1/2″ thick). If the crust begins to tear or has holes, reform the dough so that it is a smooth, even surface again.
- Sprinkle corn meal on your surface and place kneaded rounds on top of the corn meal.
- Turn the Traeger on to smoke and keep the lid open. This will take a few minutes.
- Set temperature to High (450 degrees) and allow the Traeger to come to temp.
Pre-Cook Your Dough On The Treager
- Take your personal sized pizza dough rounds and coat one side with olive oil. We like using a combination of smoked salt, minced garlic, and olive oil on ours.
- Place olive oil side down on the grates for about 5 minutes (depending on size of pizza crusts).
- Apply olive oil to the top side after a few minutes and your dough has started to get crispy on the bottom. Flip your dough to the other side and let it begin to crisp on the other side.
Build your pizza
Once your crust has gone through the first cycle of cooking on the Traeger, it’s time to load it up with your ingredients. The beauty of this step is that you can put really anything you want on your pizza.
We pre-cook some of our ingredients before preparing the pizzas (caramelize onions, saute mushrooms, etc.) This way everything cooks evenly and to our liking.
Time To Cook
Put the pizza with all your ingredients back in the Traeger and cook for about 5 minutes / to your liking. Make sure that your cheese has softened and begun to melt before pulling these off the BBQ. It’s time to enjoy!
Some of our favorite pizza combinations
Margherita : Tomato sauce, basil, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato slices, grated Parmesan
A Little Of Everything: Artichoke hearts, black olives, caramelized onion, sauteed mushrooms, prosciutto, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, jalapenos
Sweet Peach: Grilled peaches, burrata cheese, blackberry jam / blackberry BBQ sauce, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, basil
Roasted Onion : Roasted onions, garlic, chives, prosciutto, mushrooms, tomato sauce
Pesto Chicken: grilled chicken, pesto, basil, fresh mozzarella, carmelized onion
Hawaiian: canadian bacon / prosciutto, jalapenos, pineapple, mozzarella, tomato sauce
Greenie: Pesto, artichoke hearts, arugula, spinach, zucchini, mozzarella cheese, burrata cheese
Buffalo Chicken: grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, red onion, chili flakes (or replace ranch dressing with blue cheese and blue cheese crumbles on top!)
Cheesy: Fresh mozzarella, smoked gouda, fontina, crispy bacon, chives
Spicy: spicy sausage, jalapeno, roasted garlic, chili flakes, tomato sauce, sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onion, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce
Roasted Corn & Chorizo: Roasted corn, fresh mozzarella, scallions, red onion, sliced avocado, chorizo sausage, roasted garlic, fresno chiles, fontina cheese
Short Rib: Braised short rib, shallots, Gorgonzola cheese, arugula
BBQ Chicken: grilled chicken, bbq sauce, red onion, cilantro, mozzarella cheese, bacon
Supreme: Pepperoni, sausage, black olives, green bell pepper, mushrooms, carmelized onion, red onion
Mushroom Medley: mushrooms, fontina cheese, thyme, tomato sauce
Homemade Pizza Dough
You can buy pre-made dough at most grocery stores. We prefer making our own, but pre-made / store bought dough makes life so much easier on days when you don’t want to wait for dough to rise and want to start building pizzas right away.
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 envelope instant dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons