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For Extra Char Flavor, Try Cooking Frozen Pizza In The Smoker
By Chase Shustack
There are ways to make your frozen pizza taste just as good as the fresh stuff you get at a pizzeria — for example, adding a handful of freshly shredded cheese and toppings to the pizza or brushing the crust with olive oil and Parmesan can upgrade your pizza. However, if you're looking for that classic "charred crust" taste, you may want to bust out your smoker.
The main benefit of the smoker is that it uses wood or wood pellets, which can impart different flavors and aromas onto whatever is inside. If you want a smokier pizza, add hickory wood or mesquite wood, but if you're looking for a slightly sweet flavor, add woods such as oak, maple, or pecan.
Unlike grills or ovens, the pizza is cooked through indirect heat in a smoker, so you don't have to worry about burning the crust as much as you would with an oven. To use it, preheat your smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit with a pizza stone inside, cook the pizza for 15 minutes, and then increase the temperature to 300 degrees to cook it for another 10 minutes.