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KETTLE PIZZA ATTACHMENT CALZONE

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by SmokinAl, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Ok guys I'm still fooling around with the kettle pizza attachment.Now I have put my cast iron grate in & wired it to the ring so it sits a little lower. This way I have a little more room to get the pizza or in this case the calzone in thru the door & also if I need to add another split all I have to do is take off the lid & drop one in. Before I had to take the whole assembly off. Here is a coupe of photo's of what I'm talking about.

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    I'm not sure if you can see the S/s wires I have suspending the CI grate frame. I left the grates out to cut down on the weight.

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    Since the grate frame & stone are lower in the unit, it gives you more room to slide the pizza or calzone or whatever you are making in the kettle. As soon as I get done typing this Judy & I are going to try to make some French baguettes. This should be an adventure.
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    The other cool thing is that I can add a split to the fire by just lifting the lid & throwing one on the fire, where as before I had to remove the whole kettle pizza unit to do so. Since there is no grate in the frame i can drop a split right in the fire & put the lid back on.
    7c.JPG Here is a photo of the calzone from last night. I'm not trying to brag, but it came out very very good. crunchy outside & soft inside with the cheese melting right out .

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    It really just doesn't get much better than this!

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    I had to dunk mine in marinara sauce & we could only eat half of this. We just heated up the other half in the air fryer & had it for lunch, but that is another story.
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    I have to say that this unit is one of the best things that I have bought recently, I am thinking about the endless possibilities that I can use this thing for. And the cool thing about it is if any of you metal workers out there want to give making one of these a try, I'm sure they would be pretty easy to make. Thanks for looking fellas & happy smoking!!!
    Al
     
  2. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow Al!
    Looks great!

    We need Smellavison, and Samplevison added to SMF.com!
     
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  3. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Absolutely beautiful, Al!
     
  4. motocrash

    motocrash Master of the Pit

    Great looking calzone Al! Can't wait to see the baguettes.
    You're turning into quite the Italian chef.:D
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  5. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    That how it goes we learn to improvise for the things we want.

    Warren
     
  6. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks Great Al, Looks more things for me to do in the future, The list keeps growing... Point.
     
  7. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Master of the Pit

    SmokinAlfonse, that looks great Al, a whole lot better then we see here in our hum-drum pizza joints.

    Point for sure.

    Chris
     
  8. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That sounds like a great idea to me!!
    Al

    Thank-you so much!
    Al

    Thanks Buddy, we are having some fun with this thing!!
    Al

    Thanks Warren, I'm dreaming up all kinds of stuff to put in there!
    Al

    Yea this thing has been a real good addition to our cooking arsenal!
    Al

    Thanks Chris!
    Al
     
  9. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Looks great Al!
    Possibilities is almost endless with toppings.
     
  10. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Mighty Tasty, Al !!:)
    I never made a Calzone!
    I made a couple Stromboli in my AirFryer that turned out Great, but your Calzone looks Mighty Tasty!
    Like.

    Bear
     
  11. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Doug!
    Appreciate it!
    Al


    Thanks Buddy!
    I may have to try
    Stromboli next!!
    BTW the AirFryer does a fantastic job of reheating both the pizza & the Calzone.
    The crust id crispy & the inside is gooey just like I just made it.
    Thanks for turning me on to that little guy!!
    Al
     
  12. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I know this is cheating, but at the Great Grandson's 2nd birthday party in Lynnwood, WA...
    They ordered Papa John's Pizza's, and baked them at home.
    Thin crust, dee-lisous!
    So, my though was to get ready-to-bake pies and do them Kettle Oven style.

    Lower your guns, Lower your guns!
    Just thinking about Pizza's and sweet charcoal fired taste....

    Did you get one of those big wooden pizza pie paddles yet, Al?
     
  13. johnmeyer

    johnmeyer Master of the Pit

    This is actually a really good idea. You can buy pre-made dough and roll it yourself, or you can buy a pre-made pizza crust, like a Boboli and simply top and bake it. The problem with these, however, is that they still have to be baked, and without Al's very interesting grill mod, they don't have the crust you want. So I'll be interested to hear Al's experience if he decides to do this "quick and dirty" version of homemade pizza.
    Hey, I remember Smellavision! The shoepolish and coffee smells were quite authentic. The only problem with the technology is that the smells never quite left the theater and when you first walked in, the mixture of all the smells from the previous showing were a little like the smell of a frat house on Sunday morning.
     
  14. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    About as close as Judy would let me get to buying a pizza crust would be to buy the pizza dough at Walmart. We do that all the time & it's only $1, and in my opinion it's as good as homemade. We usually add a little EVOO & some Italian seasoning to the dough before stretching it out.
    Al
     
  15. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Master of the Pit Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Al is that the package of dough mix or already mixed dough? We buy the dry dough mix all the time.

    Warren
     
  16. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Judy is a wise girl! ;)
    Has she gotten you apeel?
     
  17. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If your talking about a pizza peel, yes we have had a wooden one for years, but just recently upgraded to an aluminum one. It is much easier to use!!
    Al
     
  18. tomd8

    tomd8 Newbie

    Al - Calzone looks delicious. BTW, as I'm sure you know dough is very easy to make although if you're getting it for a buck it's hard to justify. Ingredients are simple: flour water, yeast, salt and sugar. Hand mix and let it build some flavor over a few days and your good to go.
     
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  19. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We do make our own dough most of the time, but as you said for a buck, actually the last 2 packages I bought were marked down to 70 cents each, cause the due date was the next day. They were fine. I think we are going to make a calzone tonight with some of that UMAi pepperoni I just finished.
    Al