Inside: If you ever wanted to try cooking a pizza on a wood pellet grill, you will want to keep reading! Plus, a bonus recipe for a great pizza dough that works in the oven or on your smoker.
This post was sponsored by Home Depot. All opinions are my own.
One of our favorite cooking “tools” is definitely our Traeger wood pellet grills. Our most recent addition to the collection is our Traeger Timberline 1300, which has a ton of space and the most up-to-date features from Traeger.
We have used it to cook so many things, but one of our favorites is pizza! We love to make pizza for holiday gatherings since everyone loves it, and it is so versatile. You can make many different flavors and even incorporate Thanksgiving leftovers like smoked turkey!
The Timberline 1300, which you can buy at the Home Depot, makes it easy. Using the WiFIRE feature, you can set and adjust the temperature straight from the intuitive app. It will even tell you how many pellets you have left and you can easily set a timer as well.
It is still a perfect time to buy a Traeger grill online since right now the Home Depot offers free delivery on all grills purchased online and free delivery and assembly of any grills purchased in-store over $399. We also buy our pellets from the Home Depot – the Timberline 1300 has a pellet sensor in the hopper so that you can tell straight from the app how many pellets you have left so you never run out while cooking.
One other thing I love about this grill is that it comes with a cool magnetic cutting board that goes on top of the pellet hopper, so you can cut into the meat to check it out without going back in the house!
Overall, this is my favorite grill by far. Everything I have made so far has come out very good and we get compliments all the time about the grill.
Whether you are making pizza, turkey, brisket, ribs, cherry cobbler, and more, you can easily do it with the Timberline 1300. Pick one up in-store or online this holiday season at Home Depot – you won’t regret it!
How do you cook pizza on a Traeger?
Using your Traeger to make a pizza is similar to an oven, in that you will preheat it and put the pizza inside. That said, the flavors that you can get from cooking the pizza on a smoker are amazing. The steps are pretty simple, but make a big difference.
- Prepare your pizza dough (see recipe below)
- Preheat your Traeger to 450 degrees fahrenheit
- Spread out the prepared pizza dough on a pizza stone or another heavy duty pizza pan
- Cook for 10 minutes, and remove from the smoker
- Add the sauce, toppings, and cheese and return to the smoker for 15-20 additional minutes
- Remove from the smoker and enjoy.
What are the best toppings for a smoked pizza?
This really depends on your personal tastes. I love to add ingredients that were previously cooked on the wood pellet grill. For example, if I make smoked pork or brisket one day, I will chop up the leftovers and add them as one of the ingredients on the pizza the next day.
Some other great options are smoked chicken, smoked ribs, smoked turkey, and smoked sausage (which is what I included on the one we made for these pictures).
Of course, you can always go with standard cheese, pepperoni, veggies, and more depending on what you like the most.
What dough should you use when cooking a pizza on a smoker?
There are so many different recipes out there for pizza dough. Personally, I love seasoning my dough by adding some herbs and spices like basil, oregano, and garlic. This gives the final product a delicious taste that is hard to resist.
One of the key steps for this dough recipe is using and activating the yeast. I always add the live yeast to a large bowl or cup with warm milk, and a little bit of sugar and flour until it starts to froth and rise. Then I add it to the dough with the other ingredients. Following this method will result in a dough that rises well and has a great texture when cooked.
I also like to melt butter with some garlic powder and fresh herbs, which I brush on to the crust right after it is done cooking.
This pizza dough recipe is always a hit and results in perfect pizza every time.
Pizza may not be what you think of as a traditional holiday meal, but when you get together with friends and family, it is a great option – especially when you are making something different from normal carry-out or delivery.
Let me know in the comments below how this turns out and what your favorite toppings are for pizza.
Pizza Dough Recipe
For the Dough
- 2 1/2 Cups All purpose flour
- Yeast prepared as described below
- 2 Tsp Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tsp Dried Basil
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2/3 Cup Warm Water
For the Yeast
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 3/4 Cup Warm Milk
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Active Yeast I use the kind that you keep refrigerated
- Prepare the yeast by stirring together all of the ingredients for the yeast shown above. Set aside and let rise for 10-20 minutes.
- Combine 1 cup of the flour and all of hte remaining dry ingredients for the pizza dough and mix well.
- Add the olive oil, warm water, and yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or in a stand mixure until well combined. This mixture should be quite sticky.
- Add additional flour until you can form a ball of dough thtat is soft, but no longer sticky.
- Form the ball of dough and add it to a large bowl that was previously coated in olive oil.
- Cover and let rise for 30-60 minutes (it should double in size)
- Roll out the dough into a 12-16 inch circle (depending on the size of the pizza stone you are using) and cook on your smoker or in your oven for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.
- Remove from the oven or smoker and add the sauce and toppings and then cook for approximately 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.