Applewood smoked deep dish pizza!

So my in-law’s got me a Weber 26.75″ One Touch Gold charcoal grill, or “kettle”, for Christmas and after putting it together this weekend I of course wanted to immediately take it for a spin.  I’ve had so much pork and beef over the past few weeks I wanted to try something different, so I made my first ever smoked deep dish pizza!  It was AMAZING.  I set the OTG up for an indirect cook, fired up about half a chimney load of charcoal then dropped 2 small chunks of applewood in for a bit of smokey goodness.  I’ve got the ingredients, procedure and pictures below.  The only thing I messed up was I used too much dough and the dough was still slightly raw in the thickest parts.  Other than that, it was so freaking good my wife and I didn’t know how to process it all…  🙂  If these pictures don’t make you drool there’s something wrong with you.

This recipe was recommended to me by John Setzler of the BBQ blog “Man Cave Meals.”  Thanks again John!


Pizza dough (I used 2 of the pre-made pizza dough bags from Publix.  Should have only used one.  Or…you can make your own.)
1 large can of your favorite sauce
6-8 slices of provolone
1 bag of shredded mozzarella
1 roll of pork sausage (Jimmy Dean or whatever is on sale)
1/2 to 3/4 of a green pepper
1/2 to 3/4 of a sweet or white onion
Pepperoni slices
Vegetable oil
Corn meal

1)  Grease a cast iron skillet (we use a 12″) with some vegetable oil then lightly coat with corn meal (this combo keeps the pizza from sticking)

corn meal in a cast iron skillet for a deep dish pizza

2)  Fill with the pizza dough, making sure to stretch out to the edges and up to the sides if possible

pizza dough in cast iron skillet

3)  Add your sauce then cover with slices of provolone cheese

sauce and provolone cheese for deep dish pizza

4)  Add the ground up sausage (make sure to brown it in a skillet before adding to the pizza)

sausage deep dish pizza

5)  Add pepperoni slices

pepperoni deep dish pizza

6)  Add onions and green pepper

green peppers and onions on deep dish pizza

7)  Sprinkle 1 entire bag of mozzarella cheese on top and then sprinkle with oregano and basil

mozzarella deep dish pizza

8 )  Cook on a charcoal grill around 400°-450° making sure to toss in a couple small chunks of your favorite smoke wood 5 minutes before you thrown the pizza on.  I used apple and it was delicious!  Keep an eye on it, but cook about 20-30 minutes.  Here’s the final product!

applewood smoked deep dish pizza

slice of applewood smoked deep dish pizza





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