OK, I get it, you want to start making award-winning pizza at home. And maybe you already have a pizza stone, but it’s just not the same as that beautifully wood-fired pizza you get from the Italian down the road. At the same time, you may not be ready to commit to your very own wood-fired pizza oven, and that’s OK! Lucky for you, some very smart people created a BBQ Pizza Oven Conversion kit. And boy are they great!
To ease the weight off your shoulders, I’ve done some searching for you and found four of the best pizza oven BBQ conversions the market has. You will quickly see that these combine the ingenuity of a pizza stone, with the heat and lovely flavour only a true BBQ fire can provide.
Check out my top three choices right here, or read on for more details and tips!
Unlike your favourite pizza joint, BBQ pizza ovens are completely mobile, which means they’re excellent for taking on camping or caravan holidays or for those long weekends away in the lakes. So maybe it’s time to take the power into your own hands and bring the pizza-making home to you.
Now let’s check out what I’ve found, and see if you’re swayed to make the switch. From best priced, to pizza oven kits, there something for everyone with the humble BBQ pizza oven.
We have reviewed the following BBQ pizza ovens, covering enthusiast-level models intended for lighter use, to the most advanced commercial units available:
If you’ve always wanted to serve Italian style pizzas at your barbeques, now you can! With the Oxford Barbeques Pizza Oven, you’re sure to impress guests and family with your cooking. No doubts, this outdoor appliance will take your get-togethers to the next level!
If you host barbeques often, you know that a BBQ party is most enjoyed when you have the right grilling accessories. The Tepro Hott Box is the perfect addition for any get-together. The best part? You won’t break the bank with this high-quality purchase!
The KettlePizza Basic Pizza Oven Kit is a great basic kit. It works as a stainless steel sleeve that you insert into your kettle grill barbecue. With the sleeve, your BBQ grill converts into a pizza oven!
We have all encountered the familiar burnt crust, soggy middle combo of a poorly cooked pizza. However, you won’t come across this problem with this grill. Pizza requires a constant temperature at a high heat, which isn’t always obtainable with a regular grill. With KettlePizza, the equipment acts as a cooking chamber with an open front that helps regulate heat.
This steel firebox oven is an excellent piece for anyone wanting to speed up their cook times. Lightweight at 7 kg, it’s steel exterior and double insulation cavity ensures pizzas cook evenly and thoroughly. La Hacienda comes pre-assembled, and it’s suitable for charcoal, gas, and masonry BBQs.
A bbq pizza oven is a piece of equipment that can be added and removed from your average at-home barbecue. They tend to be around the measurements of 30 x 35 x 15, around the size of a rucksack. They are usually pretty lightweight and easy to move around. For the days you want some spontaneous outdoor cooking, or perhaps pack your kit away if the weather turns on you, a pizza oven for BBQ is a convenient choice!
The oven is generally placed on top of the barbecue, once it’s lit, and then left to heat up. These devices tend to be sturdy and will fit comfortably on top of your barbecue. They tend to take around 10 minutes to heat up properly. The materials they are often made of are designed to insulate the heat effectively, whilst circulating air appropriately.
Then, voila! You have a mini pizza oven. Most of us have seen the huge pizza ovens in restaurants, or the large pizza stone baking apparatus. However, most of us also don’t have the money, space, or resources to get one ourselves. So this nifty portable oven works just perfectly in this respect as well as still being able to produce wholesome homemade pizzas. Not to mention, the most important factor, these ovens deliver without compromising on taste.
BBQ pizza ovens work as a pizza oven but on a more domestic scale. They are affordable for the general public and not a pain to bring into your home. A large-scale pizza oven requires a builder and taking the time and effort to find the right space for it. The commercial-sized ovens also require a substantial amount of fuel to keep it hot and cooking.
A pizza oven is an excellent choice for summer barbecues, for something a bit different to keep all your guests pleased. They have a fascinating design and purpose. They don’t require lengthy preparation or elaborate ingredients and work well for the fancy do’s right down to the casual weekday family meals.
I’ve found it can be tiresome thinking of new meal ideas for myself and the kids, and I’m sure you’ll agree. Pizza ovens ensure you can create a dinner that is not only organic and homemade, but something everyone will enjoy.
This oven is not just for pizza, either.
As you may have noticed in some of my reviews, a lot of these ovens are ideal for cooking other foods too. Meat, fish, vegetables, even cookies and marshmallows are great for this oven! (Not quite a dinner time material, I know.) There is a variety of food you can cook with this equipment, and there are just as many reasons to embrace this style of cooking, which can be a healthy option and add that wonderfully different smokey BBQ flavour for your favourite outdoor adventures.
Like all products, there are certain features to look for and consider when looking to buy one of these BBQ add-ons. I narrowed it down to the top factors to consider for the best experience with your new appliance.
Material – Most pizza ovens are made from steel or stainless steel. This material is a great heat conductor and proves to achieve an even cook or bake with your food.
Do you have the correct apparatus to go with it?- The top main I’m referring to is a BBQ, which is essential for your BBQ pizza oven (would you believe?). These won’t work with disposable barbecues. Most of us have a charcoal, gas or masonry barbecue lying around somewhere in the shed or garage. If you don’t, it’s worth the investment.
What oven best suits you and your lifestyle? – If you are going to cook for a lot of people regularly, it may be worth investing in a larger oven or one that cooks quickly -which most do. Maybe you want one with extra tools,like the pizza paddle, especially if your kids are giving you a helping hand.
Thermometer – It’s quite essential that you can get your equipment with a built-in thermometer. This will help you monitor temperature and time your cooking accordingly.
Price range – Most of these pizza BBQ ovens start from around £55 and go up to £140 or so. Any more or any less, it may be worth looking into to make sure you’re not over or underspending. Quality for your money is important.
Using the oven is pretty simple. First of all, it’s best to make sure you’ve got the barbecue going. Then get your exciting new piece of kit and pop on top of your barbecue. It doesn’t matter too much if the flames haven’t quite died down yet—just watch your fingers! I recommend using oven gloves when handling your oven.
Place your appliance on top, or in between if you’re going for a model a bit like the KettlePizza, and wait for it to heat up for around ten minutes. This is when your thermometer comes in handy. Then pop your homemade doughy masterpiece into the oven. If you have bought a piece with a stone base, ensure that’s where it needs to be (placed in the base of the oven) as soon as you put it on top of the barbecue.