Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza #PizzaParty

If you had one thing to choose to eat on July 4th weekend, what would it be?  Most would choose some type of grilled meat, or vegetable.  It is one of the biggest grilling weekends of the year, of course.  How about shaking things up a bit?  You could show off a Boozy Grilled Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, or a unique side-dish Grilled Green Tomatoes with Quinoa, Blue Cheese, & Bacon, or just make it a splurge weekend with Grilled Banana Splits!

Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza #PizzaParty

Now personally for me I would HAVE to choose grilled pizza of course!  I am a pizza addict, after all!  Do you remember the Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza where everything was made from scratch?  Well the grill master and I decided to knock our socks off AGAIN…..AND we were successful!  We decided to use our favorite meat of choice, venison.

Growing up, venison was the meat of choice in any dish for my family.  Adding this lean meat to a grilled pizza just makes sense, right?  If you are curious about what else you could try with venison, you could try Pulled BBQ Venison Sliders, or some delicious Grilled Mediterranean Nachos.

Now of course like any grilled dish the grill master and I make, there is a bit of a process…..BUT I promise the end game will be BEYOND worth it!!

Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza #PizzaParty

The dough to a pizza is  a VERY crucial part to the recipe.  I have made many different pizza dough recipes in search of that one that makes me do a happy dance.  Guess what we found with this pizza?  YUP, you guessed it, the perfect pizza dough recipe!  I am a huge fan of Red Star Yeast!  Here are my New York Style Bagels, and Homemade Egg Bread swirled with love, both recipes were made with Red Star Yeast!  This Red Star Yeast pizza dough recipe has a delicious flavor, chewy, nutty, moist, AND the extreme happy dance mixed in!

We made homemade dough, homemade chunky tomato sauce, then added grilled venison, grilled mushrooms and peppers, arugula, and feta…….OH MY WORD!!!!!!!  Okay wait…..let’s start from the beginning first…..

Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza #PizzaParty

Yields 8

Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza

1 hrPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

2 hrTotal Time

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For Red Star Yeast Homemade Dough (makes two 12 inch pizzas) -
(Follow link for dough recipe)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp active dry Red Star Yeast
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
For Homemade Chunky Sauce-
5 roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
For Venison and rub -
1 lb venison chops, remove membrane, and slice meat thinly
1/8 cup coarse salt
1/4 cup smoked paprika
3 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
For toppings on pizza -
Fresh arugula
Poblano peppers, roasted and diced
Baby bella mushrooms, grilled
Crumbled feta cheese


For the dough recipe: follow this link for the recipe methods and instructions .

For the venison rub: In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, fresh rosemary, and fresh oregano.

To grill the venison: Use Propane Grill and set at medium high heat - With grill basket, place thin strips of venison that have been coated generously with rub, and sear both sides of meat, sit aside for later use.

For the poblano peppers: On propane or charcoal grill, place whole peppers on direct heat for about 3 minutes on each side, then cook for 5 minutes on in-direct heat until the peppers deflate. Place roasted peppers in a bowl of ice water and immediately start removing the skin. Dice the peppers and sit aside.

For the mushrooms: Grill the mushrooms on propane grill, on direct heat, use a grill-safe vegetable tray and cook for about 7 minutes. Sit aside.

For the sauce: In a medium sauce pot on medium heat, cook down the diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Let it cook together for about 15 minutes, add in the fresh basil and cook for the remaining 10 minutes. Sit the sauce aside.

To assemble pizza: Spread out dough on a pizza stone, spread sauce evenly on the dough, next add diced cooked venison, arugula, grilled mushrooms, diced roasted poblano peppers, and feta cheese.

On propane grill: On direct heat, place pizza stone with assembled pizza on grill and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the dough is golden brown on the sides, and bottom of pizza is cooked through and golden brown.

For first half of the cooking process, have the propane grill lid closed, for the second half of the cooking process keep the lid open to prevent the cheese from burning.



This is one of those recipes where the first bite will stop you in your tracks.  The flavors brought together in this pizza are perfectly combined, and deliver a different taste from the beginning of the bite to the very end.  A pizza should have one happy bite after another, AND end with a serious happy dance!

Grilled Venison and Veggie Pizza #PizzaParty

Do you have a favorite pizza dough recipe?

What are your favorite veggies to add to your pizza?






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  • Tutti Dolci
    Your pizza looks so good, Terra! We're doing grilled pizzas for 4th of July so I'll have to try your dough recipe :).
  • Hungry Goddess
    This is just amazing - I love venison and never thought of putting it on pizza! WOW!
  • kitchenriffs
    Whoops! I don't think my comment went through. Anyway, we so rarely make pizza because we have great takeaway close to where we live. But they don't have venison! This looks terrific - thanks.
  • The Cafe Sucre Farine
    Looks great Terra! I never get tired of pizza and grilled pizza is phenomenal! Have a wonderful holiday!
  • Angie
    You are not going to believe this: I have never had a GRILLED pizza. Yours looks terrific!
  • Hotly Spiced
    What a perfect looking pizza. I love how you make everything from scratch - those are always the best pizzas. I do go to the trouble every now and then but probably not often enough. Happy 4th of July xx
  • Choc Chip Uru
    I really want a nice big bite of this pizza my friend :D So delicious - from scratch is brilliant! Cheers CCU
  • David @ Spicedblog
    Venison on a pizza?? What a delicious idea! Now I want a slice of that pizza for breakfast! And great blog...I'm glad I finally stopped by to visit. Cheers!
  • I just had lunch but just by looking at your pizza I feel hungry again. ^.^ I hope you kept me some aside Terra. Oh and I agree Venison makes absolutely sense here. Only the best ingredients for such a gorgeous pizza.
  • Ilke
    The pizza looks awesome, Terra! I do not have a recipe that I use, so I will use yours form now on. Jay was asking me the other day to "make bunch of pizza dough and freeze" so we can thaw anytime.
  • Only you would come up with a gorgeous venison pizza. How beautiful is that pizza???
  • mjskit
    Grilled venison on a pizza! Love it! The only problem is keeping Bobby and me from eating it before it makes it onto the pie. Delicious looking pizza!
  • justonecookbook
    Love homemade pizza with unique toppings, like grilled venison! My husband who's a big fan of venison will be happy!