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Discussion in 'Blowing Smoke Around the Smoker.' started by SmokinAl, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I took the last 2 sticks of the UMAi pepperoni that I had made a few days ago & made a pizza with it last night. Even Judy was impressed, and she is a tough crowd. It was a simple pizza just Mozz, parm, Italian seasoning, & all the pepperoni I could get on the top.
    I cheated on the dough & bought one of those pizza dough balls at Walmart for $1.
    I started by slicing up the pepperoni as thin as I could without getting out the slicer.

    Next I got the fire going in the kettle, about 3/4 of a chimney of charcoal & a few hickory splits.


    It is starting to catch fire.

    Looking good now, put the pizza kettle attachment on & get the stone nice & hot..


    I broke down & bought one of those S/S plates that direct the heat to the top of the pizza instead up into the dome. They are a bit pricey, and I'm sure some of you fabricators could make these for about $10 a piece. But I don't have the tools or the shop to do it in so I have to pay the big bucks. But I will say it is well worth the money, cause the pizza cooks much more evenly.

    Got the lid on & the fire is going good.

    Judy got the crust ready & we decided to cook this one in the pizza pan they include with the unit.

    I made sure every square inch was covered with pepperoni!


    Into the kettle she goes!

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    We ran the temp a little lower this time to see how that would work & between using the pizza pan & keeping the temp between 500-600. It turned out very good.
    The cheese was melted nicely, and the pepperoni was crispy, but the crust was not burnt or over done, just nice & crispy! I think we are getting the hang of this new toy!!

    I had to add a handful of red pepper flakes!

    Then it's time to slice it up!

    I have to say this was very exciting for me to make a pizza with my own UMAi pepperoni.
    As usual Judy was very skeptical about the outcome, but she ate half the pizza before me. If she thought it was good then as far as I'm concerned it was a success!
    BTW, I thought it was the best pepperoni pizza I have ever eaten, but then I guess I may be a bit biased, since I made it. But I can't believe that I haven't used these bags way before this. They are just fantastic!! And the kettle pizza attachment is the real deal too!
    Thanks for looking!
    zippy12, rderdc, shoebe and 30 others like this.
  2. SonnyE

    SonnyE Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Holy Mackerel Al!
    A Kettle Pizza as big as the kettle!
  3. HalfSmoked

    HalfSmoked Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking pizza Al like all the pepperoni I would have to add onion and mushrooms but there wasn't much room left for that.

  4. Co4ch D4ve

    Co4ch D4ve Smoking Fanatic

    POINT! That pepperoni pizza looks awesome! We make our own here in the oven all the time and I know the feeling you are describing when a Pizza really turns out the way you want it. I just got my LoneStarz smoker and have played around making a pizza in the firebox. I’ll post when I get it figured out. Congrats on finding a great pizza right in your own smoker! The pepperoni looks awesome too!
  5. browneyesvictim

    browneyesvictim Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Awesome Al! Great success and a great looking pie!
  6. Oh goodness! It really does look great! All that smoked, meat-candy-looking pepperoni makes that pizza look like it would be impossible to stop eating until it's gone!
  7. Move over Domino"s
  8. oldsmokerdude

    oldsmokerdude Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Great looking pizza!!! I can tell you are serious about your pizza cuz you use a commercial pizza rocker knife for cutting!! I'll bet your home made pepperoni knocks the socks off anything you can buy in the store.
  9. zwiller

    zwiller Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OMG That pic with the pepper flakes!
  10. E's Smokin

    E's Smokin Fire Starter

    Wow, that looks great
  11. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Nice pizza Al! That looks fantastic
  12. bangstick

    bangstick Smoke Blower

    That's some legit looking pizza pie, right there!

    I don't know what this "point" thing is but I'd give you a bunch for this one.
  13. RiversideSm0ker

    RiversideSm0ker Master of the Pit

    Man that pizza looks fantastic Al!

  14. GATOR240

    GATOR240 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Good lookin' pizza Al. Soon you'll be taking over for Papa John! Like.
  15. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Al that is one scrumpdillycious looking pizza. I can't wait to see he next step in your pizza making evolution with home made sauce and mozzarella.

    Point for sure.

  16. Really nice Al, oh those little crispy cups of pepperoni love. I need to go have a cigarette now.
  17. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I quite literally drooled when I saw the finished product.. that is how I love my pizza... Like Al. If I could I'd hit like a few times :)
  18. weev

    weev Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wow Al that looks awesome im almost tempted to go find a kettle just to do my own pizza
  19. 73saint

    73saint Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Just the way I like it...Pepperoni, cheese and red pepper flakes! Outstanding, you're going to make me run out and spend some money!!
  20. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Looks Great, Altonio!!
    You add you Pepperoni just like I do---Crowded, Bumper to Bumper!!
    Nice Job.