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Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe & Cook on a Camp Chef Sidekick Pizza Oven

Yes, I am addicted to making pizza on my pellet grill pizza oven attachment. In this article I will show you my easy homemade pizza sauce recipe as well as the cooking process on the ourtdoor pizza oven. It’s pretty fun and tasty too.


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By Brent Doud


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Let me preface that since I got the Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Pellet Grill with the Pizza Oven attachment I have made no less than 24 pizzas on it within the last 60 days. And… only 2 of those 24 were burned. 🙂 Yes, it takes some practice and you have to get a feel for the pizza oven temperature and the different pizza dough that you are using. I am going to share my process in depth, from purchasing pizza dough from the local pizza shop, making homemade pizza sauce, and finally cooking the pizza in the Camp Chef pizza oven.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

I am going to start with the homemade pizza sauce because this is what I make first in the pizza process. This homemade pizza sauce needs to simmer for about 30 minutes, to cook off some of the water and thicken up a bit. Let’s get started with the simple 5 ingredient pizza sauce. This is a super easy pizza sauce recipe to make and it doesn’t take very long.

Homemade Pizza Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 28oz Can of Whole Peeled San Marzano Italian Tomatoes

  • 1 TSP Italian Seasoning

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

  • 1/2 TSP Salt

  • 2 Cloves of Fresh Garlic

Blend & Cook the Homemade Pizza Sauce

Blend the 5 ingredients with a food processor or blender (I used an immersion blender). Once the 5 ingredients are blended, just let them simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes to cook off some of the water and thicken up a bit.

Get Some Pizza Dough Balls from Your Favorite Pizza Joint.

Someday I will aspire to make homemade pizza dough, but these days I am content with purchasing my pizza dough balls from my favorite pizza joint. I can buy 3 small pizza dough balls that are perfect for 12″ – 14″ pizzas for $8 and they are floured and ready to go. I don’t have to wait for the dough to rise or knead the pizza dough, store the dough overnight, or clean up after making the dough. I simply say “3 dough balls to go please” and walk out with some really good pizza dough.

Roll the Pizza Dough Into Shape.

Put some flour down and then toss your dough ball on it. Start from the center and press your fingers from the inside out to the edges, leaving the outer rim untouched. Now pick up the dough, make a fist with both of your hands, and gently turn the dough around on your fists. This will stretch out the dough. Be careful not to stretch it too much or you will get holes in the pizza dough. If you’re feeling lucky give the dough a couple of spinning tosses into the air. Be sure to use the tops of the knuckles when you are catching the dough. It took me a few tries, but if you practice a bit you can spin the dough after a few tries. The dough is very fragile, but you learn pretty quickly how to handle it. I typically put the pizza dough on a 12″ round pizza pan at this point. First I put some corn meal down on the metal pizza pan. I find it easier to handle and transfer the dough to the pizza oven on the pan instead of a pizza peel.

Add the Homemade Pizza Sauce to the Pizza Dough.

Add the pizza sauce to the center of the dough and roll it around to the edges of the dough. I try to make sure it is lighter in the middle of the pizza and I like the pizza sauce to go almost out to the edge of the pizza. Once the sauce is evenly spread I add a pinch of finely grated pecorino romano cheese.

Add the Mozzarella Cheese

Yep, you got it… It’s time for the cheese. I used about 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese directly over the pizza sauce, but you can use more if you want.

Add the Topping to Your Pizza

Go crazy with the toppings, or stick with the standard cheese pizza if you want. It’s all up to you. I made a pepperoni pizza and a Margherita pizza. The Margherita pizza has thin tomato slices over the cheese and then it gets sprinkled with freshly chopped basil after it is cooked.

It’s Time to Cook the Pizza on the Camp Chef Pizza Oven

Preheat the Camp Chef Pizza Oven. I like to cook my pizza at around 500 degrees. The Camp Chef Pizza Oven has a temperature gauge right on the top of it. Next, transfer the Pizza to the Oven. As I mentioned above, I have better luck transferring the pizza from a 12″ round pizza pan to the pizza stone in the pizza oven. Some people are more comfortable with a pizza peel, so you do what you are comfortable with.

Cooking the Pizza at 500 Degrees for 6-7 Minutes

The Camp Chef pizza oven can get upwards of 900 degrees if you let it, so keep a good grasp of your temperature and don’t let it get too high, otherwise, you will have burnt lower crust in a matter of minutes. My pizza typically cooks in about 6-7 minutes. I will use a pizza peel and turn the pizza 180 degrees after about 3 minutes. The Camp Chef Pizza Oven on the Woodwind Pro Pellet Grill has a removable door on the pizza oven. I put that door back in place while the pizza was cooking to keep the heat inside the oven. You can lift the pizza to look at the undercarriage to make sure you are getting the desired golden brown crust.

Here is a quick video of the cheese bubble on the Camp Chef Woodwind Pro Pizza Oven attachment.

Garnish your Pizza

Once your pizza is done cooking it’s time to add a touch more finely grated pecorino romano cheese. Pecorino romano cheese is made from sheep milk and has a salty tangy flavor that will complement the mozzarella cheese as long as you don’t use too much. I will also garnish my pizza with some chopped fresh basil if I have it on hand.

My Homemade Pizza Journey

I am starting my homemade pizza journey with homemade pizza sauce and cooking the pizza outdoors on my Camp Chef Pizza Oven. Maybe next time I write about pizza I will be making homemade pizza dough. Who knows… But either way, it’s super fun and my friends and family enjoy the pizza, and isn’t that what really matters?

Homemade Pizza Sauce Recipe

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Author: Brent Doud
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian,sauce
Keywords: homemade pizza,pizza sauce
Servings: 2 people
Here is the recipe for the homemade pizza sauce I make and use for the pizza I cook on the grill.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 28oz Whole Peeled San Marzano Italian Tomatoes
  • 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TSP Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 TSP Salt


  • This is an easy homemade pizza sauce. It's just 5 ingredients. Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Italian Seasoning & Salt.
    Easy 5 ingredient homemade pizza sauce
  • Just toss all 5 ingredients into a pot and blend them. I will use a garlic press to ensure the garlic is well crushed up before blending. I use a immersion blender, but you can use a standard blender or a food process if that's what you have.
    Homemade Pizza Sauce Cooking
  • Cook the homemade pizza sauce for about 30 minutes. This will cook out some water from the tomatoes and make a thicker sauce.
    Homemade Pizza Sauce immersion Blender
  • Spread about 1/4 cup of sauce on a 12 inch pizza from the center to the edges. I like to make sure the center doesn't have too much sauce and the sauce goes all the way to the edges.
    Add Homemade Pizza Sauce to the Pizza Dough


Calories: 69kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 0.3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 583mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 0.5mg

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