Enjoy the Summer with a PizzaQ?

Summer is the time for BBQs and it’s been great to have a proper summer in England this year, with SUNSHINE, and HEAT. Crazy. To celebrate this, we had some good friends over for a BBQ last weekend, and it was a great chance to try out our new pizza stone… I’m not sure about the concept of BBQ pizza though? It doesn’t seem quite right somehow, but then again, it’s a smokey, hot oven of sorts, so why not?

Smokey
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Smokey – Mr M is there somewhere

We had many BBQ treats on the go, including ribs with our homemade BBQ sauce (recipe here), beef grill steaks, piri piri pork shoulder and lamb burgers. A true feast! I also meant to cook vegetables, but then the wine came out and they suddenly seemed less important… We did manage some corns on the cob though, so at least there was at least one token piece of veg.

Mr M
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Mr M

Then came the BBQ pizza. It worked much better than I thought it would! The base was definitely the best bit; crisp and quickly cooked so it had a real bite and crunch to it. We made the pizza dough ourselves, and this always makes a big difference. I use Jamie Oliver’s recipe and the added semolina flour (which I also used to roll it out on – it grips the dough better so it’s much easier), and it adds extra texture, colour and flavour.

PIZZA!
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PIZZA!
Yeah
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Yeah

However, this pizza stone is really meant for a Weber style BBQ that has a lid, which ours hasn’t. The lid would have held in the heat in to cook the pizza top properly too… that’s my only qualm with the pizza stone though, and I’m definitely going to use it in the oven for our Friday pizza nights. Also, it might be less terrifying than plucking a red hot heavy stone out of burning coals! (Suffice to say, I left that for Mr M to do…)

FOOD!
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FOOD!

Whether you choose pizza or not, get barbecuing quick, before autumn comes storming in!

Our Weber pizza stone came from John Lewis, and you can find it along with other BBQ items, here: http://www.johnlewis.com/home-garden/garden-conservatory/bbqs-/c7000011355/pg-view-all

 

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  1. Now time to get Mr M out there in the garden building you an oven for proper pizza cooking

    1. I’m well jealous of yours. You could forge the one ring in that.

      1. It took a fair degree of begging, a couple of arguments over what is “my v our” money and five men to lift it. But it really is great having it.

        1. Now THERE’S an idea! Would love a proper one. Haven’t seen yours… do you have a link?

          1. chrisrking says:

            yep, that’s the one. There are cheaper (possibly better ones out there), but my fairy liquid hands required something that was easy to assemble and get going straight away. Baking sourdough this weekend in it – hopefully.

          2. I was wondering if it was a good one to use for bread too…

          3. JoMurricane says:

            COR, that’s a beast! Let us know how the sourdough goes… Sean is OBSESSED with sourdough.

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