Yes, you can make bread with your grill. Flatbread is a breeze and even raised bread comes 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 are a challenge in the oven should be avoided on the grill until you really get the hang of it.
Grill Temperatures for Baking Bread
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.
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 them out into thin circles and place them on a preheated grill. Watch them to make sure they don't burn and remove them from the grill when they are a nice golden brown. For tortillas, remove while they are still pliable.
For pizza, place the crust on the grill to allow it to get a little stiff, then top with pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings, and put it back on the grill until the cheese is melted.
Tips for Baking Bread on the Grill
Use these tips to avoid some common problems with baking bread on the grill:
- You may want to use a pizza stone, but before you put any cookware on your grill you must make sure it is safe to use. Some things do not stand up well to the heat and flame of a grill. Check with the manufacturer to see if there are temperature restrictions. It may be wise not to use anything that says it shouldn't be used for broiling.
- 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 you will have trouble if the grate doesn't provide enough support. Make breads thicker if you have a wide slotted grate or use an appropriate rack on top of the grill.
- 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 tool that is well worth the money. It has a conveyor belt that really makes it easy to get bread onto the grill, especially pizzas.
- Many grill makers tout the versatility of their products. Check with your grill manufacturer's website to see if they have specific accessories to help you bake bread on your grill.