Amazingly for a chicken store run by a family of Germans, Frisch's was renowned for their pizza! When I wasn't boiling birds in oil, I spent many an hour rolling out fresh dough and slinging pies of every concoction imaginable. Fast forward 11 years, head 350 miles east, add a pitbull, 2 kids, 1 wife and the sweetest trash can this side of Sesame Street and you get Pizza Nite---Redneck style. Yep...I'm talking 'bout fresh, homemade dough SMOKED ON THE UDS at 500+ degrees!!!
I've been reading Guy Fieri's book so I decided to use his pizza dough recipe. It's pretty basic and super easy to make. I proofed the dough for an hour at first and then a half hour after portioning and rolling. You can pick up the book by clicking the image below.
First up I decided to make a calzone since that is the wifey's favorite. In order to get the drum up to the desired temp I lit a full chimney full of kingsford blue and allowed it to burn red hot up to the top. This is at least double what I start for a normal cook in the UDS. I also open all of my vents (3, 1 inch holes and 1, 3/4 inch ball valve) wide open. Within 15 minutes of adding the hot coals I was up to just under 500 degrees!
I must say that all the brainwashing effected my construction of this pie all these years later! I used the same sauce concoction on the pizza from before and added the mozzarella pizza cheese. Half the pie got fancied up a bit...fresh mozzarella chunks on 2 and sliced Italian dry sausage on the others.
Just like the calzone, I cooked the pizza on a perforated pizza pan. Next investment is a pizza stone for the barrel. I used my lower rack for both cooks as well. My baby was blazing here...
My thermometer on the UDS was sitting tight at just over 500 when I dropped it into the can. I cooked the pizza for 10 minutes and cut right away. The results were excellent, especially considering it was the first time for me doing this in the UDS. The smoke flavor was very unique and a plus in my opinion. Check out the finished product...
EL MEXICO! ARRIBAH!!!!!!!!!!!
LOVE, PEACE AND SMOKE