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.
Hi everyone, another pizza cook on the DoJoe. This time i back hydration down to 65%. I made a mistake with the yeast, added to little (.03% vs .3%) and didn’t compensate with more time on the 1st rise. Ended up over proofing the dough on the second rise. so it was a little flabby to work with. Still not bad, still tasted pretty good. Dojoe got to 550, pies took about 8 minutes (cooked 3) Im going to try to bring it up to 650 next time, get more spring in the crust and cut the time down a bit.