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The Frozen Pizza Experiment

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Post Wed May 01, 2013 5:38 am
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Ever wonder what a frozen pizza might be like if done on the Barbie? I have, and decided to share my observations with you. I selected my favorite, a store generic, that is not too dissimilar from the "Freschetta" brand. I was running really low on energy yesterday, and figured the time was ripe for it. That, and something about combining pepperoni, Italian sausage, and ground beef I could not resist. Here is a pic of the box:

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Sure doesn't look as pretty once taken out of the box though:

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Hmmmm.... Think I'll doctor this up a bit with some sliced red bell pepper, olives, and pickled jalapenos:

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So far so good. Let's get it started. I thought to add a little mesquite to this indirect cook:

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After about 35 minutes of a lower temp with smoke, pizza was done:

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Let's get this pizza on the plate and try it. I must say, of coarse nothing beats the experience of a homemade pizza, but taking a frozen variety to the pit sure takes it up a few notches. The difference is certainly significant enough to warrant doing it again (and again).

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Just a little sacrificial offering to the pizza gods. :D

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Post Wed May 01, 2013 9:23 am
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I don't eat frozen pizza as much as I used to but this looks like it's definitely worth trying.

Since most frozen pizzas call for temps in the 400-425 range, how much lower did you go and how crisp did the crust become?

Post Wed May 01, 2013 11:24 am
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You had me until OLIVES! :) I have done frozen pizzas on the grill before and they definitely are better than out of the oven. Your's looks great!
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Post Wed May 01, 2013 2:33 pm
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Thank you Brad & Toby :D

Brad--Box directions call for 425 degrees. I actually went about 325-350. The general rule of thumb is that the higher the heat, the crustier the dough. However, one can still achieve a certain level of crustiness by increasing the time. Moreover, if the dough has a considerable amount of fat or sugar in it, you definitely want a lower temp so as not to burn it. My primary goal here was to extend the time to infuse the pizza with more mesquite smoke. More flavor seems to develop within the dough as well. A few extra minutes actually produced a mildly crisp bottom with a pillowy interior.

Toby-- Sorry about the olives, brother! :lol: I see I am in great company then for having tried this experiment. My assessment is that a grilled frozen pizza is at least as good as many take outs (and can be a good deal cheaper, too)!
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Post Wed May 01, 2013 2:44 pm
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I'll have Toby's share of the olives. :D

The first thing I thought when I read the title of this post was "It'll depend on the brand of pizza". Other than that, frozen pizza on the grill is a great thing indeed. Thanks for the great pics, beercuer! :D
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Post Wed May 01, 2013 3:54 pm
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CanadaBBQGuy wrote:
I'll have Toby's share of the olives. :D

The first thing I thought when I read the title of this post was "It'll depend on the brand of pizza". Other than that, frozen pizza on the grill is a great thing indeed. Thanks for the great pics, beercuer! :D


Thanks, CBG :D

Well, looks like I've actually come late to the party. :lol: Glad you liked my stab at it.
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Post Wed May 01, 2013 7:01 pm
BuckeyeRob rare
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Best looking frozen pizza I've ever seen!!
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Post Wed May 01, 2013 10:24 pm
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BuckeyeRob wrote:
Best looking frozen pizza I've ever seen!!


Most kind words indeed, Rob. Thank you!

I can say it was the best frozen pizza I've ever eaten. :lol:
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Post Fri May 03, 2013 8:40 pm
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Everything is better with jalapenos! :D
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Post Fri May 03, 2013 9:29 pm
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Dyal_SC wrote:
Everything is better with jalapenos! :D


Except maybe ice cream..... :twisted:
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