Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone Review

Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone Review

Nothing beats the bliss of eating steaming hot delicacies straight from the oven on a beautiful summer day. Most BBQ grills in the market only let you cook meat. However, the Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone allows you to turn the grill into a pizza oven! Now you can enjoy freshly made pizzas right in your backyard. The Weber BBQ stone grill adds that extra smoky flavor to the pizza, making it more succulent and mouth-watering.

Introduced in the year 2013, the Weber 8836 is made of cordierite ceramic and can fit the 30cm removable aperture of any barbeque grate. The base material keeps the crust thin, flaky and very light without adding to the moisture content of the pizza. All you have to do is pop the pizza into the stone oven, close the lid and then wait for a few minutes.

Top Features:

Cordierite Ceramic Structure- The piece de resistance of the Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone is its cordierite ceramic construction. Solid, stable and very smooth, the ceramic base assists you in baking the thinnest, flakiest and lightest of pizza crust without tampering with the moisture content.

The Cordierite stone absorbs the extra moisture, keeping the pizza base dry and delicious. The ceramic base also provides stability to the overall structure and keeps the pizza crust in place.

Weber Gourmet BBQ Pizza Grill- The next best thing about the Weber 8836 is the Gourmet Pizza grill that is pretty versatile and user-friendly. You can grill meat stakes, kebabs and even use it as an over to cook pizzas! Moreover, the BBQ system is custom-made and designed to fit the Weber charcoal grates.

You can cook homemade pizzas and frozen crusts in a matter of minutes. The grate and grills are also easy to clean and maintain. The rust-proof, stainless steel construction of the Pizza Grill makes it extremely durable too. 

Customizable Size- The Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone is designed to fit perfectly into a 30cm aperture of any BBQ system grate. You can use the Pizza Stone grill with Weber® Spirit™ 3-burner, Genesis™ and Summit™ gas barbecues and even the 57cm charcoal barbeques.

Check the fittings and physical dimensions of the model to make sure it fits the grate though. Its wide framework can handle fresh cut pizzas, homemade pizzas, and frozen pizza bases.

Quick Cooking Technique- It is very easy to cook and bake pizzas in the Webber BBQ Pizza Stone grill oven. For starters, you have to do nothing other than simply pop in the pizza (crust and topping), close the lid and let it cook for a couple of minutes.

The Gourmet grills and grates are sold separately and are especially compatible with the BBQ charcoal grate system. Preheat the grill to about 500-degrees and let the grill heat up for about 15 minutes before you put in the pizzas. That’s all.

Very Portable- The Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone comes with a portable carry rack that makes it easy for you to carry it anywhere from backyard parties to picnics. The carrying rack also allows better storage space as you can fit it in the smallest of places.

Moreover, it is not heavy and is equipped with carrying racks for hassle-free relocation. This makes it a befitting choice for both indoor and outdoor uses.

Very Portable- The Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone comes with a portable carry rack that makes it easy for you to carry it anywhere from backyard parties to picnics. The carrying rack also allows better storage space as you can fit it in the smallest of places. Moreover, it is not heavy and is equipped with carrying racks for hassle-free relocation. This makes it a befitting choice for both indoor and outdoor uses.

Why should you use Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone?

Still looking for reasons as to why the Weber 8836 is good for your kitchen? Well, here you go:

The food cooks better

The food (pizzas mainly) cooks a lot better in the pizza stone than in any standard grate or oven. This is because you can grill and cook the pizza simultaneously add a smoky, charcoal flavor to the crust. Also, the cordierite ceramic base absorbs the extra moisture and keeps the crust light and flaky. 

It consumes less power 

The product’s heating time is less than most of its counterparts. Therefore, it takes less time and energy to cook a pizza to perfection. You just have to pop in the pizza base with the toppings, close the lid and then take it out after 7-8 minutes. 

Is easy to move around

The entire framework weighs less than 10 pounds and is easy to move around. Also, the pizza stone has inbuilt carry rack that enhances the portability of the device immensely.

You can cook almost anything!

With theWeber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System, Pizza Stone helps you cook all kinds of things from steaks to pizzas and even vegetarian dishes like fajitas. Moreover, if you preheat and prepare the grill and pizza stone, you can even bake frozen crusts and homemade dough equally fast in here.

Easy Maintenance

The stainless steel grills are easier to clean as they don’t rust when you wash them with water like other iron BBQ setups. Also, the ceramic stone is pretty durable and doesn’t require much maintenance. Scrape off the leftovers with a spatula before washing and use a scrub, dipped in cold water, to wash the stone after each use.

Product Benefits 

  • Ideal for Gourmet BBQ System charcoal grate and oven as well.
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • Comes with portable carry rack
  • Cordierite stone absorbs moisture
  • Takes only about 10 minutes to ready a large pizza

Negatives

  • The metal fittings are a bit loose
  • Amateur cooks will take a while to get used to it

FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I use it on a regular cooking grill?

There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t use it on a regular cooking grill.

Can I use the stone as a cutting board?

Not really. The sizzling hot pizza tends to slide off the stone and hence, cannot be used as a cutting board

Do I need to preheat the stone?

Yes, I think it will be a good idea to insert a cold pizza stone in a hot grill. Heat your grill or oven for up to 500 degrees while having a stone in it and then place the pizza on to the stone.

Do I need to preheat the stone?

Yes, I think it will be a good idea to insert a cold pizza stone in a hot grill. Heat your grill or oven for up to 500 degrees while having a stone in it and then place the pizza on to the stone.

Is the stone non-stick?

No, but the dough doesn’t stick to the pan if you add a bit of corn-flour or cornmeal to the grills and the pizza stone before cooking the pizza base.

Conclusion

The Weber 8836 Gourmet BBQ System Pizza Stone is an affordable, reliable and powerful solution for your creative baking needs and pizza cravings. You can now cook hot pizzas and steaks for your BBQ parties and picnics without having to worry about setting up complicated grills and spending hours trying to get it working. 

The downsides are next to none. So, if you are sick of eating those giant restaurant chains’ same old pizzas, you can open your own little pizzeria right on your patio.

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