How to Make Grilled Wood Fired Margherita Pizza

Raw pizza dough on the grill?! YES!! Surprisingly, it does GREAT! This pizza recipe is one of my favorites - simple, easy, fast & delicious.

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How to Make Grilled Wood Fired Margherita Pizza Recipe
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Tomatoes, mozzarella & basil for the toppings

Tomatoes, mozzarella & basil for the toppings

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Salt, pepper & olive oil for the crust

Salt, pepper & olive oil for the crust

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You can make your own dough or buy a pre-made crust but I prefer middle ground - publix has a great dough that I love.

You can make your own dough or buy a pre-made crust but I prefer middle ground - publix has a great dough that I love.

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Get some basil leaves and roll them up. TIP: if you don't have one in your home or garden you can buy a small basil plant for ~$3 instead of spending slightly less for a small bag of clipped herbs.

Get some basil leaves and roll them up. TIP: if you don't have one in your home or garden you can buy a small basil plant for ~$3 instead of spending slightly less for a small bag of clipped herbs.

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Rolled up..biggest leaves on the outside.

Rolled up..biggest leaves on the outside.

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Now, chiffonade by cutting across.

Now, chiffonade by cutting across.

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Here's how I slice tomatoes..

Here's how I slice tomatoes..

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Cored! TIP: squish the mush out - otherwise your pizza ends up soggy (learned that the hard way)

Cored! TIP: squish the mush out - otherwise your pizza ends up soggy (learned that the hard way)

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Slice..

Slice..

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Then dice & you're on to the next step.

Then dice & you're on to the next step.

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Cut the mozzarella

Cut the mozzarella

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You can shred or cut - this time I cut..

You can shred or cut - this time I cut..

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Then cube

Then cube

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Flour your hands and work surface.

Flour your hands and work surface.

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Roll out the dough - if you're a perfectionist (like I USED to be) the results will definitely bother you..

Roll out the dough - if you're a perfectionist (like I USED to be) the results will definitely bother you..

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Perfectly imperfect

Perfectly imperfect

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Now, to prep the crust

Now, to prep the crust

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Drizzle with extra  virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

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Brush to coat the crust

Brush to coat the crust

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Season with salt, pepper & garlic salt

Season with salt, pepper & garlic salt

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Extra flavor alert! I like making my own seasonings, but this one is the bomb diggity - great for pizza crust.

Extra flavor alert! I like making my own seasonings, but this one is the bomb diggity - great for pizza crust.

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Awesomeness is now applied.

Awesomeness is now applied.

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Ready for the grill

Ready for the grill

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Coals are hot! TIP: If possible, use charcoal with some soaked wood chunks/chips or at least some chips in a smoker box on a gas grill.  Check out my quesadilla guide for more about charcoal grilling.

Coals are hot! TIP: If possible, use charcoal with some soaked wood chunks/chips or at least some chips in a smoker box on a gas grill. Check out my quesadilla guide for more about charcoal grilling.

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You do NOT want a HOT fire - the doughy crust will char easier than a pre-made crust. TIP: use pre-made crust to save time/hassle. I like the boboli thin crust if I go that route.

You do NOT want a HOT fire - the doughy crust will char easier than a pre-made crust. TIP: use pre-made crust to save time/hassle. I like the boboli thin crust if I go that route.

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Very hard to see - sorry. You get the idea, though. That's my 4 yr old daughter saying "Hey!" at the end. :-)

Very hard to see - sorry. You get the idea, though. That's my 4 yr old daughter saying "Hey!" at the end. :-)

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Drizzle EVOO on this side now & brush to coat then season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt and optional garlic herb blend. I suggest covering to both help the baking process & to minimize flames.

Drizzle EVOO on this side now & brush to coat then season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt and optional garlic herb blend. I suggest covering to both help the baking process & to minimize flames.

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Take a quick sip of your favorite frosty beverage then check on that crust!

Take a quick sip of your favorite frosty beverage then check on that crust!

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When the crust starts bubbling up check the bottom and prepare to flip.

When the crust starts bubbling up check the bottom and prepare to flip.

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It's ready to flip using tongs, spatula or both.

It's ready to flip using tongs, spatula or both.

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Nice crust!

Nice crust!

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Quickly add the toppings.. Maters are what we call these in the South.

Quickly add the toppings.. Maters are what we call these in the South.

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Cheese..

Cheese..

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And basil..

And basil..

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Quit gawking at your pretty pizza and cover it up to let it finish!

Quit gawking at your pretty pizza and cover it up to let it finish!

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Heat was a bit too high, but we're still OK. Plus, we like a crisp exterior on our crust.  Switching to plan B.

Heat was a bit too high, but we're still OK. Plus, we like a crisp exterior on our crust. Switching to plan B.

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On to a baking sheet and back to the makeshift oven to finish cooking. You can gauge when it's ready by watching the crust & toppings.

On to a baking sheet and back to the makeshift oven to finish cooking. You can gauge when it's ready by watching the crust & toppings.

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Cheese is gooey, crust is crispy outside & tender inside.. Just right.

Cheese is gooey, crust is crispy outside & tender inside.. Just right.

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Time to eat!!

Time to eat!!

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