Pizza at the Campsite

When you’re car camping, there’s no reason to forego pizza — or to drive back into town to get it. You can bake a good pizza over the fire.

You’ll need a good flat pan. At Uncle Sam’s, we have really big cast iron griddles that are perfect for this purpose, but you can also use a metal baking sheet if you’re prepared to watch it closely so it won’t burn. You should also have a lid; a wok lid is perfect. If you’re making your own dough you can use a Dutch oven, too.

Grab a pre-made pizza crust from the grocery store. You can also get plastic pouches of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and traditional mozzarella and provolone cheeses, if you want a traditional pizza. We like Kelty collapsible coolers for this — you can drive it in, feast on pizza and cold drinks the first night, and then fold it up and get it out of your way for the rest of the trip.

Think outside the pizzeria box if you don’t want to bother with a cooler. Hard cheeses like parmesan can be carried without refrigeration, and vegetables like bell peppers and mushrooms can tolerate being in a pack for a while. A tiny can of chopped black olives and some fresh herbs makes a tasty pizza, too.

Kelty folding coolers

More great combos:

  • chopped roast chicken, marinated artichoke hearts, and olives
  • bacon (cooked and crumbled), spinach, and tomato
  • Canadian bacon, pineapple, and onion
  • chicken, red onion, BBQ sauce
  • zucchini, green peppers, mushrooms, and green onions

If you’re baking your pizza from scratch in a Dutch oven, bake the crust until it’s fairly firm — maybe 10 minutes. If you use a pre-made crust, start at this point.

Spread cheese and toppings on the crust and add the lid. You can put some coals on top of the lid to speed things up, but keep an eye on your pizza at this point. Your goal is to melt the cheese and not to burn the bottom of the pizza. Don’t wander off and go fishing.

Once the cheese is melted and bubbly, your pizza is ready. Slide it off the pan and slice it up. Enjoy!


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