How to Throw a Backyard Pizza Party

How to Throw a Backyard Pizza Party

What if your deck was your kitchen and your patio was your dining room? What if you could enjoy dinner outside without being limited to cut watermelon and burgers?

You can.

Backyard BBQs are nice. We love them. But, sometimes we like to think a little outside the grill. And a backyard pizza party is just what the summer lovin’ ordered. 

Our outdoor pizza oven is small enough to store during the winter and big enough to handle a reasonably sized pie. Set it up out back. Get that baby hot. Invite guest to DIY their own toppings. And, let the good times roll.


Backyard Pizza DIY Topping Ideas
Select at least one per category to have on hand for guests.

Goat cheese
Shredded Cheddar
Fresh mozzarella

Grilled onions
Grilled peppers
Basil leaves
Roasted garlic cloves
Sun dried tomatoes
Fresh tomato slices
Grilled mushrooms

Cooked sausage, chopped
Cooked chicken breast, chopped

Pesto sauce
Marinara sauce
BBQ Sauce


Backyard Pizza Dough

1 TBS granulated sugar
1 cup water (110 – 115 degrees F)
¼ ounce active dry yeast (1 envelope)
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
¼ cup olive oil + 3 TBS for coating

In a small bowl, combine sugar and warm water. Stir to dissolve sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top of water and stir gently to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes until yeast begins to bubble.

Attach dough hook to large stand mixer. Add flour and salt to mixing bowl. Pour in yeast mixture and olive oil. Mix dough until water is fully incorporated and dough becomes smooth.

Coat a large bowl with 3 TBS olive oil. Transfer dough to bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size). Punch down. Allow to rise for one hour more. Then make pizza!