Have been busy with my other toy projects so the pellet Akorn has been cold for a while. Today kids want to eat pizza so I fired up the pellets akorn. It heats up to 500+ degrees in less than 10 min and the pizza was perfect. I fitted a WiFi PID controller and was going to tweak the algorithm but...too many projects!
Right now the temperature overshoots 50-80 degrees if set below 300 degrees, but gets better as it goes higher.
Anyway here is the pizza and the good looking grill haha.
I got a bonus at work (a lot more than I expected, woot!) and I ordered me a Baking Steel. It is about 1/4" thick plate steel, and it is supposed to be great for making pizza. Tonight I put it to the test.
Grill: Kamado Joe Classic III
Charcoal: Lazzari Fuel Lump Mesquite (I used to use this when I was a professional chef, cooks clean and HOT)
Dough: Ken Forbish's Overnight Pizza, from Flour, Water, Salt and Yeast.
Sauce: fresh Maranzano tomatoes, some EVOO, with salt, pepper, and some basil and oregano.
The first pizza burnt a bit on the bottom. The steel cooks hotter than a pizza stone, so I am chastised. As a pro, I used to cook in a pizza oven at 625, but it was a standard pizza oven with a refractory brick baking surface. Not ruined, but not perfect.
The second pizza was perfect. After a minute or two on the grill, I added a pizza pan under it to prevent the heat of the steel burning the bottom.
Both pizza's: The crust was chewy, with great open crumb. Cheese melty and delicious, and awesome.