Earlier this year I bought camp chef explorer 2 from Cabela’s when they had a good sale. I also bought the Camp Chef italia Artesian pizza oven 60 accessory. I have practiced using the pizza accessory the past 2 months making pizza on it, to understand how to use it effectively to get my desired look. I wanted a portable option for making pizza while going car camping.
On a cold day with high winds I made some calzones and I struggled to keep temperature over 350F in high winds with single degrees C temperature while keeping setting of burner at medium. I didn’t take any pictures because although the calzones tasted good, I didn’t have the colour on top that I wanted, Yesterday was also single temp C temperatures but this time no wind, I was able to use same settings and maintain 600F temperature. The Pizza was hit at the lake with my friends.
Photos I have attached are from tonight’s run. Today one of my sons requested pork lovers sourdough pizza. I used fried up medium Italian sausage, chopped up Black Forest ham and chopped upApple smoked Bacon which I had crisped up. The cheese I used was extra old cheddar cheese with my homemade crushed tomato pizza sauce. It turned out as good combination.
I would highly recommend the camp chef oven with the pizza accessory. It is a nice option if you like pizza. I still have to try planked fish on it.
I recommend practicing with it to understand how to get results you desire for pizza before taking it camping. One of the things I need to do to get cheese browned was after bottom of pie done, that I had to lift pie up close to dome for a couple of minutes. I never had to do this in my kamado. Glad I now have pizza option for car camping and that I practiced using it to understand how to be successful. Here are some pictures from tonight pizza.
Below are the results of my first cook on the DoJoe. Did two pies, the dough was the Ken Forkish 24 hr dough. No real modifications except i combined the initial dough in the food processor.
The grill toped out at about 575. 8 min cooks. 1 rotation half way.
Lessons learned: I used some leftover charcoal (maybe 1/4 basket) from a previous cook. Going to try to ramp the heat to 650 by using all new lump. I also lit in a single spot from below like i normally do using a couple of KJ starter cubes. I think next time im going to try to light in 3 spots up top.
Also going to back the hydration down to 65% to try and get some more lift in the crust. No undercarriage pics. That’s my bad. If anyone has any suggestions would love to hear them. Happy to answer any questions. Not a bad first cook overall, but more to be desired.
I have done NY style crusts successfully recently but really wanted to try my hand at achieving a Neapolitan style pizza.
I used the recipe found at https://amazingribs.com/tested-recipes/pizza-and-flatbread-recipes/neapolitan-style-pizza-dough-recipe
However, I did deviate a bit as I don’t have a scale and couldn’t measure by weight. I also used White Lily bread flour as I couldn’t track down any “00” here locally.
10” stone + 1” ceramic spacers (3) atop the KJ deflector. KJ big block and Togo premium as full as I could get it safely.
The recipe calls all’s for a surface temp of 600° and that’s most likely accurate. My first pie was a bit over cooked but still good at a surface temp of around 650°. After getting the temp down closer to 600°, they did much better. I did a Canadian bacon/shredded Italian cheese mix for my two boys, a traditional mozzarella/basil for me, and a pesto/goat cheese for my wife. Everybody was happy. Anyway, here they are:
not everything went to plan though...
This one didn’t cooperate coming coming off the peel..
I have a Louisiana grills K24 and I am not sure if I can cook pizza directly on the heat deflector or need a separate pizza stone. Also interested to know which side of the deflector is up for normal grilling. Thanks!
Here is my go to Pizza Crust Recipe, The only fails I've had were using old yeast, so now I make sure I use good yeast and the freshest possible. I have made this about 20 times and my non-GF part of the family says its just as good as anything else and doesn't taste like cardboard. I also add herbs to the dough like Basil, Oregano etc.
I have not made this in the Kamado Akorn (still new to Kamado) yet but it works like a charm in the oven so on the grill seems like no problem at all, this recipe works like a charm.
Tried and True Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
Found on allrecipes.com
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (I use Bob's Red Mill only or if in a pinch I use Cup4Cup)
3/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup lukewarm water (I usually add a bit more to get the right consistancy)
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder (I don't bother with this at all)
1/2 teaspoon agave nectar (I use Honey instead)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line pizza pan with aluminum foil; grease with vegetable oil.
Combine flour, cornstarch, water, dry milk powder, yeast, vinegar, salt, gelatin, and agave nectar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined and dough is very runny, about 3 minutes. (more like thick pancake mix) *** I also let rise about 15 mins or so
Spread dough over lined pizza pan with wet or oiled fingers.
Bake in the preheated oven until the underside of the crust is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; flip it on the pizza pan. Remove aluminum foil.
Add your toppings, cook til it's bubbly delicious on top, maybe about 7 mins. Enjoy