Did we mention that we love to cook? We love to cook so much that we built a wood-fired oven (WFO) in our backyard for cooking pizzas, ribs, and for cooking just about anything you can think of.
So, what does this wood-fired oven look like?
We started with free plans from Forno Bravo and went to town. We started off by excavating about 110 cubic yards (that’s a lot!) of red clay dirt (the only part of the project that we didn’t do ourselves) and then built a stone wall with the wood fired oven embedded in the back wall. Make sure to check back in the building section to get some details about oven construction. It took us about two years to complete the oven, but we are so glad that we did. We originally called this 20-ton behemoth our pizza-oven, but after realizing that it is good for so much more, we now just call it our WFO.
Here is a glimpse inside the oven while firing. Here is our normal routine:
- Friday: Make pizza dough (recipe to follow)
- Saturday: Fire oven to about 1000 degrees. Pizzas cook in about 2-3 minutes! After pizzas are done, seal the oven off to retain heat.
- Sunday: Oven is still at 550-600F! This is when we take a few small logs, open the oven and place on the still active embers. We then put some dry-rubbed ribs in the oven and close the oven door, leaving just a crack open so that the logs smoke instead of burn. Voila! The best smoked ribs on the planet.
Everything tastes better when cooked in the wood fired oven, and it is great to fire this up when you don’t really want to heat up the house in the middle of the summer by baking inside. We bake all of our own bread, pies, veggie and meat dishes, ribs, and pizza!