I was recently presented with the opportunity to try Jack’s frozen pizza. I’ll agree, there’s nothing ground breaking about a frozen pizza. But what if we could cook it on a grill? Now that could be ground breaking. Jack’s Pizza believes they have developed a method for cooking their frozen pizza on a gas grill. I hope they’re right, but there’s only one way to find out…let’s fire up the grill.
If you’ve never experienced a pizza from the grill, you have no idea what you’re missing. The old cliché that says everything tastes better when cooked on a grill really applies when it comes to pizza. After all, most of the best pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven.
The problem with homemade pizza is they’re not quick fix meals. The preparation is pretty intense. There’s a lot of chopping, slicing and dicing. There’s spice and herb selection, sauce making and cheese grating. Then there’s that dough thing. Now that’s a messy endeavor, yet the crust can make or break a pizza. All that work has to be done before the grill is even fired up! There must be an easier way. Is frozen pizza the answer?
Besides the fabulous flavor the grill imparts on a pizza, wouldn’t a simple to prepare pizza be a welcomed change from the traditional hot dog or hamburger? A recent study shows that it would.
Jack’s Pizza conducted their nationwide Burger Boredom Survey to learn more about our grilling habits and food choices. They discovered that Americans are stuck in a grilling rut and keep returning to the same mundane menu options. It seems we’re bored. We suffer from “burger boredom” and “frankfurter fatigue”. The study also revealed that nearly 8 in 10 consumers want more choices when it comes to what lands on the grill – especially foods that are quickly and easily prepared.
After a historically cold winter, families are excited to finally get outside and fire up the grill,” says Mohini Joshi, Brand Director, Jack’s Pizza. “This summer is the perfect time to rethink your grilling repertoire because our recent survey found that both hardcore and casual grillers alike are looking for more food options to throw on the grill, including frozen pizza.
The theory of cooking a frozen pizza on a grill is not a difficult one to comprehend. Compare a gas grill to a kitchen oven. While a steak can be seared using the broiler and a pizza is cooked just using heat, a grill works the same way. The only difference is the grill doesn’t heat up the kitchen on a hot summer day.
Let’s see how easy this is and if Jack’s frozen pizza can cure our grilling rut syndrome.
How to cook a frozen pizza on a gas grill
1. Preheat your gas grill, setting all burners on low (maintain approximately 400°F) with lid closed.
2. Remove pizza from overwrap and cardboard, place directly on grate in center of the grill and close the lid.
3. Cook Jack’s Original Pepperoni or Cheese for 12 to 15 minutes total. For other types of Jack’s Original Pizza (Sausage, Supreme, Hamburger, Mexican, etc.) grill 15 to 18 minutes total.
4. Halfway through the total cooking time, rotate pizza by a half turn. Close lid and continue grilling for the remaining time or until cheese is melted and lightly bubbling in the center, crust is golden brown, and product has reached 160°F (checking internal temperature with cooking thermometer).
5. When the pizza is cooked, let stand approximately five minutes, then serve and enjoy!
How did the pizza cook on the gas grill?
I grilled a total of four pizzas. They all cooked just as the instructions stated. The supreme pizza could have cooked a bit longer for my preference, but was still good. I don’t know if this was an error on my part or the nature of the pizza. I noticed the cheese was slightly lighter in color than the other pizzas despite the same thermometer readings. Now that I’m more familiar with Jack’s frozen pizza, this visual aid will help keep all the pizzas consistent in the future. Despite that part, the whole process was foolproof.
How did the pizza taste?
In a word, the pizza was fabulous! Having never had Jack’s frozen pizza out of the oven, I can’t compare the two, but for me the grilled version was perfect.
The sauce was just about right. For a split second, it seemed a bit tangy but then the rest of the ingredients took over. The use of 100% Wisconsin cheese paid off with flavor as well as that stringiness we all love. The meat toppings seemed high quality and flavorful. I was impressed with the vegetable toppings, as well. Despite the fact that they were frozen, they had the flavor of fresh cut veggies. Of course, what’s a pizza without a great crust? The crust was phenomenal! Crispy, but not a cracker. The crispiness was consistent from end to end.
All in all, I was extremely pleased with Jack’s frozen pizza on the grill. The flavor was good, toppings were ample and the crust was exceptional. Cooking was a breeze. There was no prep work, minimal clean up and the whole process took about half an hour and all at a pretty affordable price.
I think we can say goodbye to burger boredom and frankfurter fatigue and say hello to pizza party.
JACK’S Pizza Ultimate Grill Takeover Sweepstakes
Jack’s Pizza is offering Facebook fans the chance to win a free gas grill to enjoy delicious pizza cooked outside this summer in the JACK’S Pizza Ultimate Grill Takeover sweepstakes. From May 19 through August 9, fans are invited to visit their Facebook page at Jack’s Frozen Pizza to enter for a chance to win in the weekly gas grill giveaways.
Jack’s Pizza is available nationwide at your local grocery, drug and convenience stores. To find a store near you or to learn more about Jack’s frozen pizza products, visit: Jack’s Pizza.
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