The Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus is a portable grill, griddle and pizza oven. Priced at under $250, it’s a great little tailgater.
Disclosure Cuisinart compensated me for this review. Opinions are my own.
What is the Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus?
The Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus is a portable, tabletop grill that has components for grilling, griddle-top cooking and baking pizzas. It’s a smaller grill that’s great for tailgating or apartment living.
It’s a perfect size for those who are just cooking for 1-2 people, but it’s also great for throwing a pizza party where everyone can cook up their own personal pizza.
Read below to see how to change out and store the cook tops. It’s all packaged in a consolidated way, so it takes up very little space on your back patio.
To Get Started
This grill requires very little assembly. All you have to add are the legs, the bottom shelf, the handle and the grease collector. The other components in the box include the grill grate, griddle and pizza stone.
I had it assembled in less than 20 minutes.
Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Features
This grill comes with three cooking surfaces: a grill, griddle and pizza stone. You simply add the surface you want above the 15,000 BTU burner and conveniently store the other surfaces right under the grill.
It also has a dual-hinged lid. You can open the entire lid up and back for standard grilling. Or, you can open just the front, which helps retain heat when you’re baking pizzas.
The Cuisinart 3-in-1 Pizza Oven Plus comes with a cast iron grill grate that provides 260 inches of cooking space.
For a portable grill, that’s quite a bit of surface area. In the picture above, I grilled a tri-tip, and still had plenty of grill space for vegetables or more meat.
The burner, which is powered by propane gas, can be adjusted from low to high, allowing you to crank the temp up to 700F degrees.
The heavy-duty cast iron griddle is perfect for fixing breakfast. There is plenty of room (233 square inches) to cook up bacon, eggs and a side of pancakes.
It does come unseasoned, so you’ll want to coat it with a thin layer of oil before you first use it. Or do like I did and cook up some bacon. The bacon grease will season it nicely.
You’ll notice the griddle also has convenient drainage, so any pools of grease will drip right under the grill into the grease cup. This not only makes your meals healthier, but it makes cleanup easier.
The Pizza Oven
My favorite feature of this grill is the pizza oven. You simply add the grill grate, but flip it upside down so the cast iron pegs are facing up. Then, the ceramic pizza stone rests right inside those pegs.
By using the pizza stone, your crust will bake up crisp and evenly on the bottom while still maintaining a nice chew.
Turn the dial to pizza for the perfect pizza cooking temp, and add slide your pizza right through the front door.
I did find for thicker crust pizzas, it was better to keep the heat toward the low end of the pizza setting on the dial. This allowed the crust to cook through without burning the bottom. Thinner crusts cook a lot faster, so you can cook those at a little higher temp.
The Control Knob
The heat control is pretty simple. It basically ranges from low to high with a zone helping you understand where to set it for pizza making.
To light the grill, push the knob in and turn it. It has an auto-ignite. Then, just leave it on high to pre-heat, before setting your cooking temp.
Cover + Other Accessories
I recommend a few different accessories for this grill. First, you’ll want the pizza kit, which includes an extra pizza stone, pizza peel and pizza cutter. The pizza peel is essential for sliding your pizza in and out of the oven.
I also recommend getting the cover. This will help prevent dust from sticking to your seasoned griddle and will keep your pizza stone dry.