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First pizzas tomorrow night - any tips or suggestions?

newegg13newegg13 Posts: 231
edited July 2012 in Baking
I'm going to give pizza a shot for the first time tomorrow night. I'm taking the easy way on the dough and buying it from Whole Foods (I'll try harder next time). I'll also be using my AR to get it high in the dome. Does anyone have any tips for a pizza first timer? What else do I need to know? What temps/times do you suggest. Discuss . . . Thanks for the input.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,823
    Let the pizza stone warm up for at least 45 minutes.  Cook in the dome, I use the plate setter legs down, then three bricks, grate and stone.  I find that gives a good balance between the stone temp and the dome temp - you don't want one or the other to overcook.  Be frugal with toppings, less is more (counter intuitive).  Pile too much stuff on it and you'll have undercooked dough on the top of the pie.

    Start around 600-700.  It should take about 8 minutes, but don't worry about time, go with the way it looks.  Adjust.  Usually the last pizzas I make are the best because I'm tweaking the toppings, temp, etc.

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  • ccpoulin1ccpoulin1 Posts: 386
    I am in the same boat here!  Getting ready for the first pizza bake on Sunday.  I was thinking fresh mozzerella, sun dried tomatoes and basil on one, and sausage, onion and bacon on the other.  Thanks for the tips! 

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  • Smokin_TroutSmokin_Trout Posts: 171
    The only thing I would do different than nolaegghead is put the feet up. I already toasted my gasket and could have saved that headache by putting the feet up with the stone on top of grill. Key thing is to let the stone heat up like he said.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,823
    The only thing I would do different than nolaegghead is put the feet up. I already toasted my gasket and could have saved that headache by putting the feet up with the stone on top of grill. Key thing is to let the stone heat up like he said.
    Since I've upgraded the gasket, I don't worry about the feet down anymore.  But you're right, that's how I fried my factory felt.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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