Pizza! We love it. Who doesn’t? Is there anything better than every bite flooding your senses with molten cheese, flavorful sauce, and that satisfyingly crispy crunch? Besides, baking pizza at home is fun for the whole family — and a great way to get the gang together for an afternoon. Even if you’re flying solo, what other activity rewards you with fresh, delicious pizza? It even leaves you all those gooey spoils for yourself.
As for cooking, the path of least resistance is by far an outdoor pizza oven. Options abound; many will be your personal bouncers against guesswork and inconsistent results (for a deeper dive, follow our pizza oven buying guide). Whether you’re baking pizzas in your indoor oven or that dedicated, highly-recommended pizza oven, certain cooking accessories really smooth over the process. That’s why we’re clarifying our top 5 pizza making accessories to properly prepare your next pizza pursuit.
Pizza StonesIt doesn’t get more classic than this. Usually made from ceramic, refractory cement or stone, pizza stones carry a lot of outstanding benefits: their insulation outperforms metal pans or backing sheets in even heating, their porous surfaces sponge water out of your dough as it cooks, and they eliminate any hot spots on a grill or oven. Preheating the stone before use fills it with a huge burst of heat to the crust — puffing it up the same way as the bottom of a brick pizza oven. Shop Pizza Stones
Pizza PeelsWe can’t overstate the importance of pizza peels. This is actually two variants of the same tool, serving very different purposes. Wooden pizza peels help roll out your dough and build your pizza; they tend to absorb moisture and resist dough sticking to the surface. On the other hand, metal pizza peels maneuver your pizza into and out of the heat — but the metal generally sticks easily to dough, which can leave your stomach empty and your floor a mess. Shop Pizza Peels
Pizza Cutting ToolsEver try to cut a pizza with a knife? The results are disturbed toppings, a mess of cheese, and our condolences. Forget that; use specialty pizza cutting tools instead. Like pizza peels, they include two main styles (though the differences are more conspicuous this time). Large rocking cutters work extremely well for cutting pizza but are tougher to store. Pizza wheels — the handheld ones that vanish into your drawers — are slower but easier to use, and easier to clean. Shop Pizza Cutting Tools
Accessory BundlesHaving trouble choosing which accessories should enter your outdoor kitchen repertoire? Why settle, when you can have more? These easy bundles contain everything you’d need to rev up your own efficient pizza production outfit. Do you just need the bare necessities, or would you rather a variety of tools that help you use or clean your pizza oven? Don’t answer until you’re ready to hit “Add to Cart” — because we’ve got a pizza accessory bundle that’ll match any needs you’ll have. Shop Accessory Bundles
BBQ Grill Pizza OvensDid you know that your gas or charcoal grill can happily moonlight as a pizza oven? No? Wild, isn’t it? As it turns out, making pizza on your grill is just as easy as working with a regular pizza oven. With that said, the previous accessories help to fully transform the rest of the pizza-making process. With the right tools, your gas, charcoal, or kamado grill becomes a rapid-fire pizza machine to make those hungry guests into happy guests. Shop Grill Pizza Ovens
Want to be a real pizza pro? With these accessories, you’re already well on your way. If you’re looking to purchase a pizza oven, check out our pizza oven buying guide and/or give our outdoor entertainment experts a call at. They’re standing by at 1-877-743-2269 to answer all of your outdoor pizza cooking questions. (Well, except the answer to the ceaseless “pineapple on pizza” debacle. They’ve grown pretty wise to that one.)