KettlePizza 101: Getting Started with your New KettlePizza

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Did you get a new KettlePizza this holiday? If you’re excited to enjoy wood oven-flavored pizza and wondering how to get started, we have some tips for you.

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You may want to watch this video from White Thunder BBQ on Unboxing, Setup and Installation – How to install a KettlePizza Deluxe.

Now, start by using a chimney starter to bring your charcoal to a light grey color. Place the lit charcoals in a “C” shape in the back of your kettle grill. When the charcoal is ready, add about six fist-sized chunks of hardwood on top of the charcoal to the back of the kettle in a “C” shape. Put your kettle grill lid on and close the top and bottom vents to allow just enough of an opening for air flow.

Once the fire is going, place the KettlePizza insert, the grate that came with your grill, and the pizza stone on the grill. Now place the grill lid on top of the KettlePizza insert and wait for it to really heat up.

How do you know when it’s hot and ready? The temperature should be about 700 degrees F. Look for the temperature to reach “PIZZA” level on the thermometer. If/when you need to add more fuel, use the handles to lift the KettlePizza ring off the grill and slide more charcoal and/or hardwood into the rear of the kettle.

Once the oven is ready, it’s time for pie. Before spreading your dough onto a peel, we recommend sprinkling some corn meal, then add your sauce, toppings and cheese. Use the peel to transfer the pizza onto the hot pizza stone. KettlePizza cooks in minutes, so keep an eye on your pie! You may want to use spinners to ensure an even baking experience. If you’re cooking multiple pizzas, have them ready to go so you don’t lose valuable cooking time and heat.

Now you’re cookin’!

Keep in mind that these are our basic instructions for getting started. We highly recommend experimenting with your KettlePizza to see what works best for you.

And once the fun is over, here are some tips for caring for your new KettlePizza:

Clean the stone by scraping off excess food with a spatula. When the stone has cooled, run it under hot water while scrubbing with a brush. Do not use soap on the stone as it may leave a soapy aftertaste. Let the stone air-dry. The natural properties of the stone will cause it to darken and spot with age; do not attempt to remove this discoloration.

To clean your Baking Steel, use a stiff nylon brush, but don’t use any soap or detergents. Avoid putting a hot baking steel in cold water as it could warp due to thermal shock. If the Baking Steel is wet, towel dry it immediately.

If food sticks to the surface of the Baking Steel or if you notice a dull grey color, it’s time to re-season the baking steel (it comes pre-seasoned with flax seed oil). Re-season it by washing it in hot, soapy water and a stiff brush. Rinse and dry completely. Apply a dab of organic flax seed oil (we recommend Barleans) or cooking oil in center of baking steel. Use a paper towel to wipe oil around baking steel evenly. Use another towel to wipe excess oil. Do this procedure to both sides. Prepare your KettlePizza oven with charcoal and hardwood. Once your KettlePizza thermometer reaches 375-400 degrees place baking steel on grate and bake for one hour. After one hour let grill cool and remove baking steel.

Any other questions? Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kettlepizza, or call us toll free at 888-205-1931 or send email to Al (al@afclancer1.com) or George (George@afclancer1.com).

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