4 Ways to Make The Best Campfire Pizza

You can have your slice and eat it too with these campfire pizza ideas.

We get it, the cravings for a piece of mouthwatering ‘za can be real. Even when your miles deep into the wilderness. The cravings can strike anywhere and anytime. Luckily for you, we understand the severity of the situation and are here to help.

Here are four ways to make pizza from the comfort of your own campsite, using minimal cooking supplies and over a beautiful, flaming fire! We even rated the level of difficulty it takes to call yourself a master of the trade.

They’re easy as pie, no pun intended!

Pizza on cutting board

Openfire Log

What You Need: Aluminum foil

Level Of Difficulty (out of 5 slices):

This pizza making idea requires no additional appliances and can satisfy your hunger in no time. The hard work is done at home and all you have to do at the campsite it throw it on the open fire! This is exactly how vacations should be spent, relaxing and eating!

Ingredients you’ll need at home:

  • Canned pizza dough
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Toppings of Choice
  • Seasonings of Choice

The first step is to roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle, then spread the pizza sauce over top. Next, you’ll top with cheese, additional toppings, and add seasoning. To prepare the pizza for cooking you will roll up the pizza in a thick layer of foil, resembling a log.

Throw the foil log into your cooler with your other cold items and drive to your campsite. Now you can get to the cooking! Place the pizza log, still in its foil on hot grill or fire pit. Cook for about 15 minutes flipping over and then cook an additional 10-15 minutes!

Charcoal Grill Gate

Pizza in tin foil being cooked on campfire

What You Need: A grill apparatus

Level Of Difficulty (out of 5 slices):

This style of making pizza is the most true to traditional quality pizza. The only thing you’ll need in addition to your favourite pizza ingredients is a decent sized grilled apparatus to place over your firepit. You can even contact your campground beforehand, because sometimes the campsites come equipped with these grill gates already! Talk about meant to be!

The charcoal that is created due to the burning on the grill gate adds a nice rustic, fire made taste to your pizza. It also creates the perfect pizza texture.

A tip for this type of cooking method is to ensure the dough is fully cooked on both sides. You can achieve the perfect consistency by grilling one side of dough plain, then flipping it. Once it’s grilled a bit, then you can go ahead an add your favourite pizza toppings.

Do you like your dough extra thick? A simple solution to this is increase the grilling time on both sides to allow it to rise up.

Iron Casket

Pizza being cooked on grill over fire


What You Need: An Cast Iron Skillet, Grill Gate, Optional Aluminum foil

Level Of Difficulty (out of 5 slices):

This campfire cooking alternative is perfect for those who enjoy more of a Chicago deep dish style of pizza. All you’ll need to pack from home is a cast iron skillet and a roll of aluminum foil.The first step you’re going to want to take is forming the crust. This is done by taking half the dough and pushing it into the bottom on the pan. Then you will cook the dough by itself over the open fire.

Cast iron skillets retain heat easily so it’s important to keep rotating the edges to ensure the whole thing will heat up. Keep a close eye on this process, because the dough has a tendency to burn fast.

As soon as you see golden brown colouring, remove from heat. Flip the dough at this point and begin assembling your sauce, cheese and favourite toppings on the uncooked side.

Lastly, you are going to cover the top of the pan with aluminum foil. This will allow the cheese to melt.

Dutch Oven

Pizza being cooked in iron pan

What You Need: Dutch Oven

Level Of Difficulty (out of 5 slices):

This type of pizza making is the less demanding of your time. Once you have all the ingredients ready to go, you can let it be for 10-15 mins while it cooks away. All you’ll need to bring with you to the campsite is a dutch oven.

Similar to the iron casket, you’ll start by lining the dough along the bottom on the pot and let it cook up a little first. Next you’ll throw in your toppings, place the lip on top and let the magic unfold! For a deeper dish pizza, let the dough cook on the bottom longer. Or if you want to get fancy with it, place the remainder of dough on top for an Italian calzone style!

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