For a make-it-yourself pizza that’s cheaper and better than delivery, follow these few steps. Prepare by pouring a 1/2 cup of tepid warm water (105°F – 110°F) into a jug. Gently stir-in 2 tsp. of active dry yeast and a single tsp. of sugar. Let the mix sit while you prepare your dry ingredients.
Next, sieve 5 cups of ‘strong’ flour into a bowl along with a pinch of salt and a tbsp. of olive oil. You’ll notice this recipe calls for ‘strong’ flour (00 flour). This will produce a nice, stretchy dough. Check on your yeast mixture to make sure it has developed a thick, foamy layer on top. If so, pour the mixture into your bowl of dry ingredients (if not, you may have to restart!). Add 1 ¼ cups of room temperature water and begin to mix the ingredients together. Here's where it can get messy. Begin by using a spatula to mix the ingredients. When the ingredients begin to bulk together, shift your dough onto a clean countertop. Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get to work. It's time to kneed the dough.
Kneed the mixture for about 5-10 minutes until you have created a smooth ball of dough. Cover the bowl and let sit for about 4 hours so the yeast can do its work. Lightly coating the dough with oil helps to prevent it from tearing as it expands.
After 4 hours you should see substantial growth in the dough. Scoop it out of the bowl and lightly work it into a manageable form. Now, cut the dough into thirds before letting it sit for another hour or so. This extra hour gives the dough an additional rise—it should now be ready to use!
And now for the main event. Roll your dough so it forms a base about a 1/2 inch thick. To impress your friends and family, you'll want to aim for a nice, pizza like shape. HINT: use a sprinkle of cornmeal on the countertop to aid in moving the dough.
Now for the toppings! Start by spreading 1 cup of Kansas City Style BBQ sauce onto each base. Make sure to leave a small portion for the crust! Next, load up with sliced chicken breasts, diced red onions and red bell peppers before finishing off with a two cups of shredded mozzarella cheese.
For a fresh, char-grilled pizza like this, a pizza stone is a must. A hot pizza stone will encourage your dough to rise and give a golden crust. Place the stone in your grill and preheat to 500°F. Pick up your pizza using a flat surface like a chopping board and slide the pizza carefully onto the hot stone. Close the lid and let your homemade wood-fired pizza bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove once your pizza has a golden crust and the cheese is bubbling. Cut and serve for pizza you’ll hardly want to share.
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