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Pizza - Do it Indirect?

I have an XL and did pizza last night using the Adjustable Rig from the Ceramic Grill Store.  The pizza came out OK but the crust didn't seem to cook thoroughly.  I did the pizza on the top rack of the rig (with the pizza stone) and had the pan set up on the bottom rack to make it an indirect setup.  Perhaps the crust didn't cook thoroughly because I didn't keep the temp high enough, long enough (around 500 degrees).  Any suggestions or advice?

A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

XL and a Small BGE.


  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,872
    Most likely it was because the pizza stone wasn't hot enough. You need to put it in early and let it warm up with the Egg.
    Winston-Salem, NC 
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,699

    Have found direct works if you get it high in the dome.


    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,909
    edited December 2012
    There's so many factors that go into pizza cooking:
    1.) flour to water content in the dough
    2.) temp of egg
    3.) temp of pizza stone
    4.) amount of toppings
    5.) others?

    I've been "BBQ'ing" over a decade and I find pizza to be the toughest cook - so don't get discouraged.  Keep experimenting and keep track of what you are doing so each time you improve.  
    I make my own dough and heat the pizza stone for at least 15 minutes. I shoot for about 550-600 degrees. Go easy with the toppings until you get everything down.  Mine usually take about 10-12 minutes but best to go by "look" when it comes to pizza.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    I always do my pizzas in two steps.  First step (skipping the fire, setup, etc) I cook the pizza dough and the sauce for about 5 minutes at somewhere around 550 degrees.  Step two is I take the pizza off the BGE, add the toppings and then put it back on for another 5/6 minutes and I too, go by the look test.
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