If you are hosting a backyard BBQ for friends and loved ones, you may think the party menu is limited to hamburgers and hot dogs. The good news is that you can treat your guests to delicious pizza that is made right in your backyard.
Depending on how much time you have, the size of your guest list, and your party-planning budget, you can also opt to have BBQ-inspired pizzas freshly made at your local pizzeria. Place your order a few days in advance during busy times, such as holiday weekends, to ensure they are ready on time. If you choose to make the savory pies yourself, you can use the pizza shop's menu as inspiration.
A backyard BBQ is ideal for celebrating almost any type of special event or occasion, such as kids' and adults' birthday parties, graduation and milestone anniversary soirees, bridal and baby showers, family reunions, housewarmings, gender reveals, and even wedding receptions. No matter who is on your guest list, you can't go wrong with pizza, as it's sure to please party-goers of all ages.
Prior to making the pizza menu, take any of your guests' dietary concerns or restrictions into consideration. For instance, provide gluten-free crus as needed, or a few meatless options for the vegetarians and vegans in the crowd.
Here are some backyard BBQ pizza ideas to get you started:
1. Build-Your-Own-Pizza Bar
Get your guests engaged at dinner time by allowing them to make their own pizzas. Provide everything necessary to build the perfect pies, including individual-sized crusts, sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and a variety of toppings, such as diced tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and green peppers, black olives, pepperoni, and pre-cooked crumbled sausage.
Party-goers can work their way down the table, assembling their pizzas, and then place the on a grill at the end of the line. If there are kids in attendance, supply halved English muffins for smaller portions.
2. Gourmet Grilled Pizzas
For fancier affairs, such as weddings, surprise guests with gourmet grilled pizzas. Start by grilling a variety of different fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, halved cherry tomatoes, pineapple rings, peaches, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, shrimp, scallops, and chicken breast. Other creative topping ideas include sundried tomatoes, feta or brie cheeses, and prosciutto.
Create several different types of pies using either tomato, pesto, or cream-based sauces, and a combination of the toppings. Grill the pizzas once they are assembled.