For this week’s review I was sent the KettlePizza from George Peters Jr. at KettlePizza.
KettlePizza started in early 2010 when owner Al Contarino came up with a new way to cook pizza on a Weber kettle grill. Builders at heart, Al and his business partner George Peters Jr. took on the challenge to design, manufacture and sell the KettlePizza right out of Al’s barn in Massachusetts. Customers responded and they soon had to move to a new manufacturing and distribution center in Groveland, MA. They’re also very proud that their core products are designed and manufactured exclusively in the USA and are now shipping all over the world.
The KettlePizza is an American Made stainless steel sleeve that turns your kettle grill into a wood fired pizza oven.
The KettlePizza fits between the kettle grill top and bottom creating a cooking chamber. The opening in the front allows access to that chamber. The heat comes up from the back of the kettle, along the rear of the cooking chamber and over the top exiting at the front opening. This setup creates a consistent heat loss that flows over the top of the pizza ensuring properly cooked pizza toppings. The KettlePizza can maintain consistent temperatures upwards of 750 degrees with the use of charcoal and hard wood.
Below is a picture from the KettlePizza website that shows how this process works:
The KettlePizza kit I received was the KettlePizza Super Deluxe USA 22.5″. This kit includes the following items below:
- one 304 stainless steel pizza oven sleeve for 22.5″ kettles
- two wood handles with stainless steel standoffs
- one hi-temp thermometer
- one 14″ USA Made porcelain coated steel pizza pan
- stainless steel hardware
- one 15″ pizza stone (USA Made)
- one aluminum pro pizza peel (USA Made)
- one pizza spinner set used to turn pizza while cooking (USA Made)
- one pizza cutter (USA Made)
- one rustic pine wood rolling pin (USA Made)
- one KettlePizza apron
- one KettlePizza t-shirt
- one KettlePizza bumper sticker
(Extra items in my KettlePizza kit included a visor and another rolling pin)
I was really impressed with how easy the KettlePizza was to put together. I was able to put it together in around 5 minutes without the use of any tools.
Once the KettlePizza was all put together it was time to start making some pizza. I gathered all the ingredients and brought them outside. I then lit a full charcoal chimney while my father was working on the first pizza.
Below is a picture of my father rolling out the dough for the pepperoni pizza.
When the charcoal was good and hot I used a really cool new charcoal chimney with a drop out bottom to drop the coals in the bottom back of the grill and then placed in some cherry Mojobricks Bar-B-Qubes on top of the hot coals. Love the Mojobricks!
After that I put the grill grate in-place and then the pizza stone on top of that followed by the Weber kettle lid. I adjusted the vents as needed until the KettlePizza thermometer topped out at over 700 degrees. Then I threw in some cornmeal on the top of the pizza stone and used the pizza peel to slide the pepperoni pizza onto the stone.
Half-way through the roughly 7 minute cook time I used the pizza spinner tools to rotate the pizza 90 degrees. Once the pizza was finished cooking I used the pizza peel to remove it from the grill and placed it on a pizza pan.
Next up was the sausage supreme pizza I made (minus the mushrooms).
Below are some pictures of the making of that pizza.
I followed the same steps as with the first pizza above and once it was done cooking it was time to come off the grill.
As you can see in the picture below, our 3 year old loved the pepperoni pizza.
I really enjoyed the great wood fired taste of the sausage supreme pizza.
The KettlePizza is a great quality, American Made product for people who love the wonderful taste of wood fired pizza!
I really enjoyed spending time with my family making homemade pizzas on the KettlePizza. It’s a product that works extremely well and is the perfect device for home pizza making.
You can find a great deal on the KettlePizza here.
Make sure to check back next week for another great BBQ Tools & Tech Review!