The kettle grill has remained one of the most enduring grill designs since its inception back in 1951. Which isn’t a surprise, considering how versatile they are. With the KettlePizza, the humble kettle grill gains a new skill: cooking pizza like a proper oven.
Why not just use something like the BBQ Pizza Pan or cook the dough straight on the grate? While you can hustle a pizza that way, in no way can it produce that classic wood fired pizza taste, which is exactly what this accessory gets you.
The KettlePizza is an insert that goes between the top and bottom part of a kettle grill. Made from stainless steel, the fitting adds a thermometer (so you can constantly monitor temperature — important, so you don’t burn the dough) and a small front opening to the assembly (where you’ll put the pizza in). The idea is that the heat starts in the rear of the grill bottom, flowing up the back and running over the pizza before exiting out front. Provided you put the proper amount of fuel, heat should remain at a constant rate throughout the process, ensuring an evenly-cooked creation.
According to its creators, the chamber created by the accessory can maintain constant temperatures of 750 degrees Fahrenheit and more, which is ideal for proper wood fired pizza. It can handle temperatures up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do you need one? If cooking a pizza over a grate serves your taste buds well enough, probably not. However, if you hanker for more Neapolitan-type crusts, the KettlePizza should prove a more affordable purchase than nabbing a standalone outdoor wood fire pizza oven. Prices start at $129.99.