Good news: we finally got some good results out of the KettlePizza after-market insert that supposedly turns your kettle grill into a wood-burning pizza oven. Strike that, we actually got great results. In fact, I'd even say the pies I've been pulling off my grill for the past few weeks have been some of the best I've ever made at home. This time, we've tried out a few different inexpensive hacks to modify the existing insert into something that really produces a great pie. By the time we were through, we were pulling out neapolitan-style pies that cooked through in a mere two to three minutes, producing excellent charring, a moist, cloud-like interior, and a crackly, blistered crusts.
'oven hacks' on Serious Eats
We tested the KettlePizza insert back in 2010 when it first came out and were not extremely impressed with the results. Since that early look, the inventor, Al Contarino has jumped into the conversation to let us know that he's come up with a new and improved model that should address many of the problems we had with the old one. We were all too happy to give the new model another shot. Here's how it went down.
The KettlePizza insert does indeed add some juice to Weber-grill pizza-cooking—once you get the coal temperature and stone temperature up to snuff. And doing that takes a boatload of fuel and a lot of attention.
The Kettle Pizza grill insert promises to help you turn your 22-inch Weber kettle grill into a fire-breathing pizza-cooking machine. But does it work as billed? That's the question we sought to answer last night when we tested it out.
Dagnabbit! While we were waiting for Kenji Lopez-Alt to get back to town and help test the Kettle Pizza grill insert we bought last week, SE'r Mmmph received his and beat us to the punch. No biggie—we'll still be grilling with ours. In the meantime, here's Mmmph's report on the device that aims to turn your grill into a coal-fired pizza oven.
A Massachusetts inventor makes an $80 insert that goes between the kettle bottom and lid that supposedly retains the high heat needed for making perfect pizza.