Pizza ovens typically exist in our lives to make magic happen – in the form of crispy, cheesy, tomato-y goodness. But what if we told you that your beloved pizza oven can do so much more?
That’s right: I’m talking about cooking meat in a pizza oven.
It’s a different kind of magic, but it’s just as wonderful (if not more).
In this blog post, I’m going to teach you how to use your pizza oven to cook meat that will make your mouth water.
The first step to cooking meat in a pizza oven is choosing the right type of meat. While pretty much any kind of meat can be cooked in a pizza oven, some are better suited than others.
Steak, chicken, pork chops, and lamb chops are all great options as they do well in high-heat environments (which is exactly what you’ll get in a pizza oven).
Next, it’s important to season your meat well. This helps to ensure that the meat doesn’t dry out during the cooking process.
I recommend keeping it simple with salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs and spices. Rub the seasoning all over the meat and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes before you cook it.
When it comes to cooking the meat in the pizza oven, you have a few options. You can cook the meat directly on the oven floor (make sure to clean it first!), in a cast iron skillet, or on a pizza stone.
If you’re cooking directly on the oven floor, be sure to flip the meat halfway through the cooking time to ensure that it cooks evenly on both sides.
Now, let’s talk about temperature and cook time. As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to cook your meat at around 450-500 degrees Fahrenheit.
For steak and pork chops, we recommend cooking them for 3-5 minutes per side. Chicken and lamb chops should be cooked for 5-7 minutes per side.
Of course, these cook times will vary depending on the thickness of your meat, so it’s important to keep an eye on it and use a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to your desired level of doneness.
Once your meat is cooked to perfection (and trust us, it will be), you’ll want to let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, making it even juicier and more flavorful.
Who knew that your trusty pizza oven could do so much?
Cooking meat in a pizza oven is easy, delicious, and adds a new dimension to your outdoor cooking game.
Just choose the right type of meat, season it well, choose your cooking surface, and cook it to perfection. With these tips, you’re well on your way to becoming the king or queen of the backyard BBQ.