After moving from New York City to Springfield Missouri I was extremely disappointed to find out that pizza in the Midwest is either cracker thin or an actual tomato pie with sauce and meat thrown in. So I started to make my own NY style pizza and found it to be delicious and pretty easy. During the summer though turning the oven on heats up the whole house and makes it a hassle to cook. The easiest solution to this is to make your own outdoor pizza oven! Read on for the details of how I built mine.
Step 1: Get Your Supplies and Assemble the Grill
A Charcoal BBQPro Grill $27 at Kmart
8 Fire Bricks ~$13 check your local hardware store or stone lot.
Furnace Cement ~$5 at Ace Hardware
A pizza Stone or Unglazed Terra Cotta tile ~$2
Grand total: 47ish dollars
Masonry drill bits
Hammer and Chisel
Metal Snips to cut the Hangers
Once you have the needed supplies you can assemble the grill according to the instructions and start working on converting it to the PizzaPro. The first step in the conversion is to remove the hinges that hold the top of the grill onto the base. Then you need to move the handles from the front of the grill to the top so that you can lift the lid on and of easily. I used the same screws and handles that came with the grill and just drilled new holes in the top.
Step 2: Mount the Fire Bricks to the Top Cover
To drill the holes in the firebricks be sure to use a masonry bit in your drill and go slowly. Be careful switching the bit out because it gets extremely hot. In order to get better coverage you can take one of the fire bricks and break it with a chisel so that the pieces fit in the spaces between the full firebricks. The bricks I went with were half cut so they were longer and thinner than the normal type of brick. Once you have all of the bricks mounted you can then work on patching the gaps between the bricks...
Step 3: Fill in the Gaps With Furnace Cement
Step 4: Fire Up the Grill
Step 5: Pizza Time
The chicken wing pizza that I make in the pictures is inspired by this delicious wing sauce recipe that you should really try to make.
Congratulations you just finished your PizzaPro the portable brick oven pizza grill that costs less than $50. Enjoy your delicious brick oven pizzas that cost less than $3 a pie to make!