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This is my frugal way to make pizza dough in minutes, literally. This is an updated post because it has been one of the most popular articles I have written. I decided I would make my favorite pizza dough recipe into what I call a “jar recipe” that I could give to my neighbors. This is a recipe that my daughter Heidi gave me. I also wanted to make some jars of the recipe ahead of time for use from my pantry. I live about 8-10 miles from the nearest town so if I want pizza I have to drive to get one to serve for a late dinner. So here is an alternate for all of us to try, along with FREE printable tags below to go with the jars.

Pizza Dough in Minutes

Do you sometimes think I would love to make pizza but, I will have to drag the flour container out, the yeast, salt, sugar, and oil, and then start adding the water? Blah, blah, blah. So, I thought to myself, I am going to fill some quart jars with the dry ingredients and attach a tag with the instructions. If I ever want to make pizza, all I have to do is grab a bowl and dump the jar with the dry ingredients into it, add the specified oil and water, mix, knead, and roll out. Bim, bam, boom I have pizza dough.

When my daughters were little we would make individual pizzas for the kids that came to their birthday parties. What child doesn’t love making their own pizza? I also don’t like to stand in line waiting for a pizza. I call myself a stay-at-home mom. No, I do not have any children at home, but I love to cook from scratch. When I go see my daughters we always eat in. I don’t like to eat out because it’s too expensive. When they come here, we eat in. Everyone pitches in with the cooking, chopping, and baking. I can’t wait to make these pizzas when I see family again.

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Pizza Dough Cooked In The Barbecue

Now keep in mind the pizza is not the perfect circle you may see at restaurants, but this recipe is the best I have ever tasted. This was the first time I used my Lodge pizza pan. I was determined to see if I had a disaster where I lived that I could make moist, cheesy pizza on my barbecue. It works great and I love it! I consider myself a multi-tasker, and the shape of my pizza below is proof that sometimes you need to take on tasks one at a time. I was trying to heat the pizza pan on the barbecue, put mozzarella cheese, sauce, and pepperoni in bowls, and roll out the dough at the same time so I could take a picture for my readers. Next time I will not be photographing when I make this recipe!

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I must confess, I buy the small 14-ounce Ragu pizza sauce jars. You only need 1/2 of the sauce per recipe, so I freeze the other half of the sauce for another day. Now you can also make tomato paste, water, and a few Italian spices and you have pizza sauce from scratch. Tomato sauce works just as well but tends to be too runny for me.

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Here’s the deal, you could use your freeze-dried mozzarella cheese hydrated with water and drain it. I used a bag of grated mozzarella cheese and topped it off with pepperoni as you can see above. Next time I want to use some veggies from the garden. Maybe bell peppers, basil, onions, and tomatoes. Here’s the Lodge pizza pan I have: Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Pizza Pan, Black, 14-inch

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Please note I did not let the pizza dough rise:

I did, however, heat the Lodge pizza griddle on my barbecue so it was really hot 400-450 degrees or so. Barbecues are not the best at holding the temperature exactly where you want it. I placed the dough on the hot griddle and spread the sauce all over it, cheese, etc. Then I closed the barbecue lid and turned the heat down to low to try and keep it at 375 degrees.

Pizza Dough Toppings:

  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese is my favorite on all pizza types
  • Chopped onions
  • Bell peppers green, red, and yellow
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives, black or green
  • Yellow hot and sweet peppers
  • Sausage
  • Sam and pineapple
  • Barbecue sauce, shredded cooked chicken, sliced red onions
  • Bacon
  • Taco pizza, hamburger, cheese, tomatoes, and salsa

Pizza Dough In A Jar Recipe

5 from 21 votes
Pizza Dough In A Jar Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Place the first four ingredients in the jars:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons SAF instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Please add these to the ingredients in the jar into a bowl with:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water
  1. This recipe fills one QUART jar and makes one large pizza.

  2. When you want to make pizza add the dry ingredients in the quart mason jar to a bowl and add the water and oil.

  3. Mix by hand and knead until smooth and roll out on a floured countertop.

  4. Roll out the dough into a circle and place it on your greased pans.

  5. My pizza pan is 14 inches in diameter. You could also make two smaller pizzas. Be sure and grease your pizza pans.

  6. Spread the pizza sauce on top of the dough, sprinkle veggies, Mozzarella Cheese, and top with Pepperoni if desired.

  7. Bake on a greased large pizza pan at (375°F) = (190°C) degrees for 20-25 minutes.

FREE printable Pizza Dough In A Jar Recipe TagsPIZZA DOUGH IN A JAR RECIPE

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I usually fill about three QUART jars of the dry pizza dough mix then add some tags to the jars. I measured the ingredients and put them in each jar. I hope you try to make some pizza dough from scratch and maybe you’ll share a jar with a friend. You can make pizza in less time than a pizza delivery company can deliver it! Plus, you will know what ingredients YOU put in it. Of course, you can cook your pizza dough and the finished product on your kitchen stove, but I wanted to show my readers that your BBQ can be used for things like pizza in an emergency when kitchen cooking isn’t an option. Gotta love it!

My favorite things:

Lodge Pro-Logic Cast Iron Pizza Pan, Black, 14-inch

Reader Tips:

Tres: To this basic recipe, I add basil, oregano, a little garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Makes a very tasty crust.

Jennifer: I actually don’t bother to use the pan with my grill. I make sure I oil the grate well and just lay the dough on the grate. it looks like it’ll sag through but if the grill is hot enough puffs slightly and cooks, then you flip it over and add your toppings and let it bake for 5ish minutes (maybe shorter may be longer depending on the heat). I aim for about 350F for the grill. And I stretch out my dough on parchment paper and use that to place it on the grill. and then peel off the parchment.

Catherine: I make an extra large batch of dough when grilling my pizzas in nice weather and make individual-size crusts, along with filling the outside table with toppings – pesto, red sauce, whatever cheeses I have (provolone is popular!) and home-grown veggies along with pepperoni. The “starving” neighbor kids come over when they see me fire up the BBQ and then it turns into a block party. It’s a fun way to catch up with the neighbors.

Thanks for this crust recipe – I have been trying different ones, but this is definitely the best!

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  1. you don’t need to let this dough rise at all? just roll out and bake? I know you said you didn’t let it rise for the barbecue with the high heat but there was no rising with the regular instructions either. thanks

    1. Hi Kathy, you can let the dough rise but I was in such a hurry taking photos that I skipped the “rise”, but it’s a no-fail pizza dough recipe. You can make it either way! I get emails all the time from people who love this recipe because it’s so easy to make! Have fun, Linda

    1. Hi Maggi, I never store it longer than 2-3 months. The yeast needs to be in the frig. You could store it for 6 months in the freezer. I love having this on hand last minute guests or when Mark wants some pizza! Hugs, Linda

  2. I used this recipe to make a cheese stuffed Christmas Tree Appetizer that is usually made with a can of refrigerated pizza dough. My what a fantastic difference. I added 1 Tbls. Italian herbs and 1 tsp. garlic powder to the mix and then proceed according to directions. Here’s a link to the inspirational recipe: I use my homemade pizza sauce (canned during the summer) for the dipping sauce.

    1. Hi Geni, oh my gosh, this recipe looks yummy!! I’m going to try adding the spices you mentioned to my pizza dough! I used to make my own pizza and spaghetti sauce! I miss those jars!! Thanks for the tip on this Christmas Tree appetizer!! Yum! Linda

  3. Hi Linda,
    I tried your pizza dough in a jar and loved it. So easy. So thank you so much. But I was wandering if I could use the little yeast pa keys to put in the jats so they would be shelf safe and last longer if the air was sucked out of the jar with food saver. Thank you. Hazel

    1. Hi Hazel, you can use the yeast packages I bet, but using a FoodSaver may suck the flour up into the tube of the FoodSaver. I saw one get damaged at a class I took at Honeyville Grain. Here’s the deal, the flour will good for 12 months give or take. The nice thing is that the pizza dough doesn’t have to rise as high as a loaf of bread. If you are worried place a few jars in the freezer. It won’t freeze because there is no liquid but it may extend the shelf life to 18 months, possibly? I only make about 3 jars of it at a time. If I had a large family I would make 12 jars and freeze them! LOL! Pizza can be made in no time at all! Linda

  4. 5 stars
    With all due respect, I feel a need to stand up for those of us from the Deep South who read your posts. Now, please don’t be offended; it’s just a cultural thing. To us, a grill is a thing that cooks over direct heat using charcoal or propane (ACKK!!), such as grilling a steak. When we have people over for a cook out, we are “grilling out”, as in cooking hamburgers , hotdogs, steak. A BBQ is a method of preparing food over indirect wood heat with smoke for hours, and the key words are “Low and Slow”, such as barbecueing ribs or chicken. BBQ is also the result of that method, such as in “I gotta get me some BBQ from that new joint in town. They say it’s the best BBQ ever!” Sometimes we use BBQ sauce, a BBQ dry rub, or eat it naked (the food, that is! Not us, personally.)
    I realize other parts of the country use the word BBQ in a different way, but it confuses us poor Southerners unless we are educated to translate “BBQ” to “grill” when we read it from a non-Southern source. You know, come to think of it, you might want to come visit me and I will take you to a great BBQ joint – we have LOTS of them! – for some delicious BBQ!

    1. Hi Patricia, oh my gosh, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment! I’m so glad you explained this to me about a BBQ!! My sister is Texas was explaining something very similar to what you are talking about! Oh, boy, would I love to come to your town and go to real BBQ! You made my day!!! Linda

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! I make homemade pizza on the spot for my family now just about once a week, and we love this super-quick crust. Delicious, healthy, and fun!

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