Baking Bread on Your Grill

Hot, Dry Heat Makes a Grill the Perfect Baking Oven

Baked Bread
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Yes you can make bread with your grill. Flatbreads are a breeze and even raised breads come out well. All you need to bake bread is an enclosed space that is heated. For this, a grill works perfectly. One thing to remember, though, is that grills can get much hotter than your oven and temperature control is not as precise. Delicate breads that can be a challenge in the oven should be avoided on the grill until you really get the hang of it.

Temperatures

Bread cooks faster (sometimes twice as fast) on the grill as it would in the oven. Grills can produce a lot more heat than you traditionally use to bake bread so try to keep a relatively low temperature. Use an oven thermometer placed near the bread to monitor temperatures. Also, because of the natural air flow inside your grill (whether charcoal or gas) you get more convection than you do in your oven. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on bread when you are grilling.

Flatbreads

You can grill tortillas and pizza crusts quickly and easily by using frozen bread dough. Try using the frozen rolls because they're already divided into pieces. Roll out into thin circles and place on a preheated grill. Watch to make sure they don't burn and remove from the grill when they are a nice golden brown. For tortillas, remove while they are still pliable. For pizzas, let them get a little stiff, top with pizza sauce, cheese, etc., and put them back on the grill until the cheese is melted.

Extra Tips

  • Pizza stones are great, but before you put any cookware on your grill make sure it is safe to use. Some things do not stand up well to the heat and flame of a grill.
  • Although not necessary, indirect grilling can help create a more even baking environment for bread. Direct heat can cause the bottom of bread to get burned quickly.
  • Flatbreads need to be able to hold together on your grill. You can place them right on the grate but if the grate doesn't provide enough support you'll have trouble. Make breads thicker if you have a wide slotted grate.
  • A baker's peel can be very helpful getting bread on and off the grill. These are those wide board tools you see in bakeries. Super Peel is a great tool, well worth the money, that has a conveyor belt that really makes it easy to get bread onto the grill easily, especially pizzas.
  • These days many grill makers are touting the versatility of their products. Check with your manufacturer's website to see if they have specific accessories to help you bake on your grill.