How to make Dutch-oven pizza

Dutch Oven Pizza
Servings: About 10
Total time: 45 minutes

What you’ll need:

  • 12” Dutch oven
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Fork
  • 1 roll of refrigerated pizza dough
  • ½ jar pizza sauce
  • Desired pizza toppings
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Prepare the oven by cutting three strips of parchment paper approximately 18 inches long and 5 inches wide. Fold in half length-wise, criss-cross strips in the bottom of the oven and drape the ends of the strips over the edge. This might require others to help you hold the strips in place. Spray the parchment and the bottom of the oven with cooking oil spray.

2. On a clean surface, press dough into a shape that will fit snugly (without touching the edges) in your 12” Dutch oven.

3. Place the circle of dough in the bottom of your oven. Poke the surface of the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles from forming.

4. Bake the dough for 5-8 minutes using 10 coals beneath your oven and 19 coals on top, arranged in a double ring on the lid.

5. Remove the lid and oven from the charcoal. Add pizza sauce, your desired toppings and cheese. Replace the lid on the Dutch oven and place over the ring of charcoal to bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough is golden brown and cheese is bubbly and turning brown.

6. Remove oven from charcoal. Use teamwork and the parchment strips to lift the hot pizza out of the oven. Enjoy.

By Steve and Leslie Lovett of


  1. A better solution is to use Pita bread for the crust. When I was responsible for Cub Scout Family Camp, we had a bucket of ground beef, a bucket of sausage, a bucket of ham, pepperoni, cans of various veggies, big bags of shredded cheese, and spaghetti sauce. The kids would smear a spoonful of spaghetti sauce on their Pita bread, add toppings, then take them over to dutch ovens with a half-dozen or so on the bottom, and 10-18 on top. 3-8 minutes, depending, and the kids could eat. It worked for finicky eaters, if they didn’t like what they tried they could try again, and everyone was happy.

  2. Instead of spraying the dutch oven and inverting the pizza onto the lid, place an oversize sheet of parchment paper on the bottom and build your pizza on it. When the pizza is done just hold onto two opposite corners and lift out the done pizza.

  3. It better to invert the whole dutch oven and use the lid has the base for the pizza. It works great for our scouts.

  4. Just make the pizza on tin foil and set it in the dutch oven. When one pizza is done lift the pizza out by the foil and set another in to be cooked. I oversaw 12 dutch ovens and about 200 pizza’s at a church camp out this way.

  5. Another thing you can do that I’ve done, is place 3 small rocks in the bottom of the dutch oven, and build the pizza on a metal plate from the patrol’s cooking gear. If you wanted a bigger pizza, you could even use a heavy wash tub bucket as the dutch oven, and a heavy metal trash can lid (not used for trash, of course) upside down on the top, with proportionally more coals over and under. You can use a full size pizza pan this way.

  6. I don’t get it….if you invert it then it would be upside down on the lid. Unless you put the biscuit dough on top? The directions don’t say.

  7. I cooked this with the dutch oven inverted from the get-go. This way, when it’s done, you just lift the pot off of the lid.

    I’ve done it with fresh dough and also with a Boboli crust – good either way…

  8. Same ingredients as above, different technique…

    Use a 14″ dutch oven, add 1/2″ risers (stones, rocks, ceramic kiln lifts) to the bottom of the oven. Add cover and put it on 10-15 coals to pre-heat. Meanwhile, build your pizza in the 12″ skillet from a Scout cook kit. Use either Bisquik, or moosh up a tube or 2 of biscuits to make the dough. Spray the non-stick goop in the skillet and layer out the dough going up the sides to the top. Add toppings including the cheese, then quickly and carefully put the skillet into the pre-heated dutch oven. I use a set of Nomex gloves for this part. Cover and cook 25 minutes with about 10 coals under and 8-10 on top about 500* degrees.

    If you have more than one cook kit, you can prep more than one pizza- when the first is done, drop the next into the oven and add more coals. Repeat until everyone is fed, fat, & happy.

    Each skillet feeds 2-4.

  9. You could also make pizzas in pudgey-pie irons using two pieces of bread and whatever toppings you want. Just put it in your fire near a large amount of vodka and in five minutes or so, you have a pizza. It’s kinda like a grilled cheese, but it’s a pizza.

  10. Instructions look incomplete. What do you do with the dough & pepperoni after they are cut? Add sauce and spices to what?

  11. We did this recipe at a camp out and it went over good.

    2 pkg. crescent rolls
    8 oz. cheddar cheese
    1 can pizza Sauce
    8 oz mozarella cheese
    1-1/2 lb ground beef

    Shred all cheese.
    Brown ground beef, drain.
    Let dutch oven cool, then line with 1 package of rolls.
    Spread pizza sauce on dough.
    Add browned beef.
    Add all cheese.
    Form a crust on top with the 2nd package of rolls.
    Bake 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.

    Serves 6-8 guests

  12. We use the 12 inch foil cake pans, and make individual crusts with the “Great Value” pizza dough pouches. One pouch makes one crust, and the foil pans make for easy cleanup.

  13. Best way for easy clean up is to line the inside of your dutch oven with aluminum foil. make sure to overlap any seams

  14. How about you do it in the frying pan from your patrol cook kit placed on three stones in the bottom of the DO? Allows heat to circulate around the pizzeria, cooking it through evenly no matter what you use for the crust and without hot spots burning the crust. Plus you wash the frying pan, which you can serve in at the table and cut to pieces to your hearts content.

    Plus you can increase your styles to deep dish, etc. plus you don’t gave to worry about the new kid cleaning the DO the right way.

    This is a delicious and easy pizza recipe! Most campers are on the lookout for something simple to take out camping with them, so for π (pi) day we pulled this together with ideas from Rhodes Bread but well adapted for a Dutch oven. 
    You might even enjoy making it on the lid, with the pot on the top

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