It is time to turn up the heat on backyard al fresco dining!

 

There is nothing quite like a cookout in the backyard, right? BBQ’s and smokers are usually the go-to essentials for a backyard party, but pizza ovens are quickly gaining attention as the number one essential for outdoor entertaining.

Pizza ovens have similarities with your standard brick pizza oven, but with the added portability and convenience of a grill. They are also more energy efficient, have consistent cook temperatures and most importantly, give a much-enhanced flavor and texture to the pizza.

If you are looking to invest in a backyard pizza oven but are unsure where to start, read on to discover the main benefits of cooking with a pizza oven!

 

5 Benefits of Cooking With a Pizza Oven

 

High Temperature and Faster Cooking Times

Pizza ovens cook at ultra-high consistent temperatures that ensure a perfectly cooked pizza. When compared to a standard kitchen oven the cooking time is greatly reduced. This means that your pizza dough will turn crispy on the outside quite quickly but allow a deliciously chewy (non-soggy) center. Another great benefit from the short cooking time at high temperature is that your toppings will be evenly cooked and tenderized. In addition, the shorter cooking time ensures that nutrients are preserved and that there is no loss in flavor.

So, what is the ideal temperature for pizza? Ideally you want the temperature to be between 780-850 degrees Fahrenheit. The typical max temperature for your standard kitchen oven is usually 600 degrees. Top of the range pizza ovens often reach temperatures of up to 950 degrees Fahrenheit. This means you can cook your pizza in just 60 seconds!

 

Fahrenheit Celsius Style Of Cooking What To Cook
750°F + 400°C+ Pizza cooking Pizza, garlic bread, naan bread
540 – 600°F 280 – 320°C Grilling Steak, sardines, shrimp
450 – 540°F 230 – 280°C Roasting Turkey, Roast potatoes, whole fish
400 – 450°F 200 – 230°C Baking Bread Sourdough, pizza rolls, foccacia
320 – 400°F 160 – 200°C Baking Desserts Carrot cake, cinnamon rolls, strawberry cobbler
210 – 250°F 100 – 120°C Slow cooking Pulled pork, BBQ ribs, stews

Flavor Enhancement

It is due to this fast-cooking time and high temperature that the pizza ovens deliver a superb authentic Neapolitan-style texture and flavor that can not be achieved by using a conventional oven. Picture charred bubbles in the crust, a springy texture on top and perfectly melted cheese oozing all around. But in addition to this, you get a nice sturdy base to support all your toppings.

Versatility

It isn’t just pizza that you can cook in a pizza oven, there is so much more you can cook! Unlike your traditional brick-based ovens, your backyard pizza oven can combine several different cooking methods into just the one appliance. All you need to do is adjust the temperature and add a few common kitchen utensils such as a cast iron pan, cake pans, tongs etc. You can then use your oven for convection, conduction and radiant cooking.

Whether it is slow cooking some BBQ ribs; baking some sourdough bread or grilling some steak or fish, your food options are endless. Anything you cook will also benefit from the smokey flavor that the pizza oven will provide.

Safe and Cost Effective

Most traditional pizza ovens are going to take up a lot of space, require commitment and use a lot of fuel. Brick ovens will need time and dedication to ensure the flame is well-lit and functioning properly and you may need to rearrange hot bricks from time to time to ensure its efficiency.

Furthermore, traditional ovens can be costly, and they will always take more time to get to the required cooking temperature. Bricks or stones used for the base will likely need to be replaced every so often and this is an added cost as well as a possible safety hazard if not properly maintained.

Outdoor portable pizza ovens are insulated so that the surface is hot, but very little heat will come through the legs. Always avoid touching the outside of the oven until it has cooled down which may take up to 90 minutes. It is recommended to use cooking gloves to rotate or remove your pizza from the oven to avoid any accidental burns.

Easy to Use and Fun

Whether you are hosting a backyard party, going camping, or just chilling at home, you can enjoy cooking any type of pizza as well as other food types in your pizza oven. Designed for easy use, portable pizza ovens are becoming a must-have essential for your backyard.

Pizza ovens allow you to enjoy a complete cooking experience. Why not get all the family involved in the food prep together and enjoy a fun-filled day! Alternatively, those not cooking can just sit back and enjoy the ambience that a backyard pizza oven creates.

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