Papa’s Afternoon Delight

Costco Take-and-Bake Pepperoni Pizza
Costco Take-and-Bake Pepperoni Pizza

One of the benefits of being a Grandfather is the ability to spoil your Grandchildren now and then! It doesn't get any better than "Papa's Afternoon Delight" - a large Costco Take-and-Bake pepperoni pizza for 3 of my 5 grandchildren after school. The kids enjoyed their treat last Friday ... what better way to end a long week of school than a few slices of pepperoni pizza.

Configure your wood pellet smoker-grill or in my case, a MAK 2 Star General, for indirect cooking and preheat the grill to 400ºF using any flavor of [easyazon_link keywords="Pacific Pellet" locale="US" tag="ftd-20"]Pacific Pellets[/easyazon_link]. At 400ºF you'll not be generating any measurable amounts of smoke so it doesn't matter which flavored pellets you use. Follow the directions on the Take-and-Bake pizza. I got this one from Costco for $8.99 but you can use any Take-and-Bake from many different outlets.

I've used and own a variety of pizza stones but I've discovered that in order to achieve that crispy crust that our Grandchildren and we dearly love you can just place the pizza directly on your grill grates. Don't get me wrong, pizza stones produce good pizzas but left a little to be desired when it came to a crispy crust.

If you haven't tried a pizza on your wood pellet smoker-grill than you don't know what you're missing. I'm not going to mention any pizza chains but when you have to pay $20+ for a large pizza not to mention pickup or delivery the price of Take-and-Bake pizzas really make a lot of sense. Besides, when's the last time you enjoyed a hot crispy pizza at home that was picked up or delivered?

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