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10 Must-Try Recipes for Your Wood-Fired Oven Using Kiln-Dried Logs

10 Must-Try Recipes for Your Wood-Fired Oven Using Kiln-Dried Logs

Rhodri Evans |

Wood-fired ovens offer a unique culinary experience, infusing dishes with a smoky flavor that can't be replicated in a standard kitchen oven. Using kiln-dried logs in your wood-fired oven not only ensures a clean and efficient burn but also provides the perfect high-temperature environment for a variety of delicious recipes. From the classic Neapolitan Margherita Pizza to a rustic Apple Galette, this article presents 10 must-try recipes that will elevate your wood-fired cooking game. Whether you're a seasoned pizzaiolo or a home cook looking to explore the world of wood-fired cuisine, these recipes are sure to impress.

Key Takeaways

  • Kiln-dried logs provide a consistent and high-heat source ideal for wood-fired ovens, making them perfect for a range of recipes.
  • Classic dishes like Neapolitan Margherita Pizza and Artisan Sourdough Bread are staples that showcase the wood-fired oven's capabilities.
  • Meat-focused recipes such as Wood-Fired Roast Chicken and Smoky BBQ Ribs benefit from the smoky flavor imparted by the wood fire.
  • Wood-fired ovens aren't just for pizza; desserts like Rustic Apple Galette and Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza offer a sweet twist.
  • Using the right accessories, such as an infrared thermometer and a pizza turning peel, can enhance the cooking experience and results in a wood-fired oven.

1. Neapolitan Margherita Pizza

1. Neapolitan Margherita Pizza

When we think of wood-fired ovens, the classic Neapolitan Margherita Pizza immediately comes to mind. The beauty of this pizza lies in its simplicity and the explosive flavors achieved by using kiln-dried logs for that perfect char and smoky aroma.

To make the perfect authentic Neapolitan pizza, which is cooked in a wood-fired oven, the cooking takes just 90 seconds! This is due to the extreme temperatures that can only be reached with high-quality kiln-dried wood. Here's a quick guide to get you started:

  • Begin with a high-protein flour for your dough to ensure a crispy crust.
  • Use San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella for authentic taste.
  • Don't forget a handful of fresh basil leaves for that signature finish.
Remember, the key to a great Neapolitan pizza is a blazing hot oven and the freshest ingredients.

Whether you're a seasoned pizzaiolo or a first-timer, the Margherita wood-fired oven is designed for ease of use and consistent results. Its sleek design and temperature control make it a versatile choice for any outdoor setting.

2. Wood-Fired Roast Chicken

roast chicken

There's nothing quite like the succulent taste of roast chicken prepared in a wood-fired oven. The high, consistent heat, provided by high-grade kiln dried firewood, ensures a perfectly crispy skin while keeping the meat inside juicy and flavorful. Our wood-fired roast chicken recipe will be the star of your next family dinner or gathering with friends.

To achieve the best results, follow these simple steps:

  1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to the ideal roasting temperature.
  2. Season the chicken generously with herbs and spices of your choice.
  3. Place the chicken in a cast-iron skillet or on a roasting rack.
  4. Roast until the skin is golden brown and the internal temperature is safe for consumption.
Remember, the key to a perfect roast chicken is not just the seasoning, but also the quality of the firewood that provides a steady, intense heat.

Whether you have a red countertop or a portable wood-fired oven, the method remains the same. Enjoy the process and the delicious outcome!

3. Artisan Sourdough Bread

3. Artisan Sourdough Bread

When we harness the power of a wood-fired oven, the result is a crusty, flavorful loaf of artisan sourdough bread that's simply incomparable. The low moisture content and high heat output of kiln-dried logs create the perfect environment for bread baking.

Here's a simple guide to achieve that perfect sourdough:

  • Begin with a robust starter; it's the soul of your sourdough.
  • Mix your dough with quality flour, water, and a pinch of salt.
  • Allow for a long, slow fermentation to develop deep flavors.
  • Shape your loaf with care, then score the top to guide its expansion.
  • Bake in your wood-fired oven until it reaches a deep golden brown.
Remember, the key to a great artisan sourdough is patience. Let the natural yeasts work their magic and you'll be rewarded with a bread that's both tangy and tender.

Sustainable and locally sourced kiln-dried logs not only provide excellent heat but also contribute to a greener baking process. We always recommend using these eco-friendly options for your culinary adventures.

4. Smoky BBQ Ribs

smoky bbq ribs

When we think of the ultimate wood-fired oven dish, smoky BBQ ribs often come to mind. The key to perfect ribs is in the preparation and the quality of the wood used for smoking. Kiln-dried logs provide a consistent burn and a clean smoke that infuses the ribs with that sought-after smoky flavor.

We've got you covered with sustainable British fuel! Whether you're preparing ribs in an Ooni or Gozney pizza oven, or even a Weber charcoal BBQ, the right fuel makes all the difference. Here's a simple yet delicious recipe to get those ribs just right:

  • Start with a homemade rub of your choice, or pick from 19 different sauces and rubs made in-house at Smokies.
  • Preheat your wood-fired oven to a high temperature before reducing it to cook the ribs slowly.
  • Swap out traditional brown sugar in your rub for honey, maple syrup, or molasses for a unique twist.
  • Cook the ribs until they're tender and falling off the bone, usually for several hours.
Remember, patience is key. Low and slow is the mantra for the most succulent and flavorful ribs you'll ever taste.

For a complete feast, consider pairing your ribs with a side of Deviled Egg Potato Salad or smoked bacon poppers, both local favorites at Smokies. And if you're feeling adventurous, why not try their legendary Pig Out Platter?

5. Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic Apple Galette

When we think of the perfect dessert to bake in our wood-fired oven, a Rustic Apple Galette immediately comes to mind. Its simplicity is its charm, with a free-form crust that embraces juicy, cinnamon-spiced apples in a casual yet elegant fashion. The aroma of the apples mingling with the smoky wood fire is irresistible.

To achieve the best results, we recommend using kiln-dried logs for a consistent and high-heat fire. Here's a quick guide to ensure your galette is a success:

  • Start by preparing your dough and chilling it for at least an hour.
  • Thinly slice your apples and toss them with cinnamon, sugar, and a touch of lemon juice.
  • Roll out the dough into a rough circle and pile the apple mixture in the center, leaving a border.
  • Fold the edges over the apples, creating a rustic look.
  • Bake in your wood-fired oven until the crust is golden and the apples are tender.
Remember, the key to a perfect galette is not perfection but the love and care you put into it. The uneven, hand-shaped edges are what make it truly special.

Choosing the right wood for your oven can make all the difference. Kiln-dried oak, ash, and alder are top choices for efficient and long-lasting fires. Choose wisely for a cozy night in or a bonfire bash.

6. Cast Iron Skillet Steak

cast iron fillet steak

When we bring out the cast iron skillet, it's a clear sign that a sumptuous steak dinner is on the horizon. First, add oil to your cast iron skillet and begin heating it on high until the oil shimmers and begins to smoke slightly. This is the moment where the magic starts, and the steak is about to meet its fiery companion.

Ensure your steak is at room temperature and patted dry for the best sear.

Once the skillet is adequately heated, lay the steak in gently and listen to that satisfying sizzle. It's crucial to let the steak cook undisturbed for a few minutes to develop a well-caramelized crust. Here's a simple guide to cooking times for different levels of doneness:

  • Rare: 2-3 minutes per side
  • Medium Rare: 3-4 minutes per side
  • Medium: 4-5 minutes per side
  • Well Done: 6+ minutes per side

Remember, these times can vary depending on the thickness of your steak and the exact temperature of your wood-fired oven. After cooking, let the steak rest for a few minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute. This small step makes a big difference in the tenderness and flavor of your steak.

7. Roasted Vegetable Medley

7. Roasted Vegetable Medley

When we think of the perfect side dish to accompany any wood-fired meal, a Roasted Vegetable Medley comes to mind. The high heat of the wood-fired oven caramelizes the natural sugars in the vegetables, imparting a delightful sweetness and a hint of smokiness that can't be replicated in a conventional oven.

Using kiln-dried logs ensures a cleaner and more consistent heat, which is essential for perfectly roasted vegetables. Here's a simple guide to creating your own medley:

  • Choose a variety of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant.
  • Cut them into uniform pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Toss with olive oil, salt, and your favorite herbs.
  • Spread them out on a baking tray and roast until tender and charred at the edges.
Remember, the key to a great roasted vegetable medley is the quality of the wood you use. Keep it dry for optimal performance.

Feel free to experiment with different vegetables and seasonings to find the combination that you love the most. And don't forget, this dish is not only delicious but also sustainable, making use of seasonal produce from your local market or garden.

8. Baked Seafood Paella

8. Baked Seafood Paella

When we think of a wood-fired oven, the first thing that comes to mind is often a crispy, delicious pizza. But our culinary adventures don't stop there. We can create a sumptuous Baked Seafood Paella that will transport your taste buds straight to the Spanish coast. The intense heat from the kiln-dried logs imparts a smoky flavor that can't be replicated in a standard kitchen oven.

The key to a perfect paella is in the socarrat, the crispy, caramelized layer of rice at the bottom of the pan. Achieving this in a wood-fired oven is a delightful experience, as the even distribution of heat creates that sought-after texture.

Here's a simple list to ensure your paella turns out just right:

  • Use a wide, shallow paella pan to allow the rice to cook evenly.
  • Select a variety of fresh seafood such as shrimp, mussels, and clams.
  • Incorporate traditional Spanish ingredients like saffron and paprika for authentic flavor.
  • Monitor the heat and rotate the pan occasionally for an even socarrat.

Remember, a wood-fired oven isn't just for pizza. It's a versatile tool that can handle a wide array of dishes, from savory to sweet. So next time you fire up your oven, consider the endless possibilities beyond the classic Margherita.

9. Stone-Baked Focaccia

9. Stone-Baked Focaccia

We all cherish the moment when a freshly baked focaccia, with its golden crust and aromatic herbs, comes out of the wood-fired oven. The key to a perfect focaccia is the consistent high heat that only a wood-fired oven with kiln-dried logs can provide. Burn kiln dried oak logs sequentially for that steady temperature, ensuring your focaccia is evenly baked to perfection.

Here's a simple guide to achieve that rustic Italian classic:

  • Begin with a high-quality dough, allowing it to rise until doubled in size.
  • Gently dimple the surface and drizzle with olive oil, coarse salt, and rosemary.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until it's puffed and golden brown.
Remember, the magic of a wood-fired oven lies in its ability to impart a unique smokiness and crisp texture that can't be replicated in a standard kitchen oven.

Whether you're serving it as an appetizer or alongside a main dish, focaccia baked in a wood-fired oven is a true delight. The combination of a crunchy exterior and soft interior, coupled with the smoky flavor from the oak logs, makes it an unforgettable experience.

10. Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

10. Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza

As we reach the end of our wood-fired journey, we present a sweet and savory masterpiece: the Caramelized Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza. This delightful combination of flavors is a testament to the versatility of your wood-fired oven.

The key to this pizza is the balance between the sweetness of the pears and the sharpness of the Gorgonzola cheese. It's a gourmet twist that will impress your guests and satisfy your taste buds.

To ensure perfection, follow these simple steps:

  • Preheat your wood-fired oven to a high temperature.
  • Thinly slice the pears and sauté them with a touch of honey until golden.
  • Stretch your pizza dough and apply a thin layer of olive oil.
  • Sprinkle a generous amount of crumbled Gorgonzola over the dough.
  • Arrange the caramelized pears on top and add a sprinkle of fresh thyme.
  • Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
Remember, the intense heat from the kiln-dried logs will impart a subtle smokiness that elevates the aromas and flavors of this exquisite pizza.

Once out of the oven, let it rest for a couple of minutes before slicing. Serve this unique pizza with a light salad or a glass of your favorite wine to complete the experience.


As we wrap up our culinary journey with these 10 must-try recipes for your wood-fired oven, it's clear that the versatility and robust flavor imparted by kiln-dried logs are unmatched. Whether you're cooking in an Ooni Karu, a Gozney Dome, or any other wood-fired oven, the right fuel makes all the difference. From the perfect char on a Neapolitan pizza to the smoky essence in a harissa-spiced delight, each recipe showcases the potential of your outdoor oven. Remember to accessorize with the right tools like an infrared thermometer and a pizza turning peel to ensure your cooking experience is as smooth as it is savory. Embrace the art of wood-fired cooking and let these recipes inspire gatherings filled with warmth, laughter, and unforgettable tastes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using kiln-dried logs in a wood-fired oven?

Kiln-dried logs have a low moisture content, which allows them to burn hotter and more consistently. This results in better heat distribution, a cleaner burn with less smoke, and more efficient fuel usage, making them ideal for cooking in wood-fired ovens.

Can I use any type of wood-fired oven for these recipes?

While these recipes are designed for wood-fired ovens, they can be adapted for use in various models, such as those from Ooni or Gozney. It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific oven model.

Do I need special accessories for my wood-fired oven to try these recipes?

Some recipes may benefit from specific accessories like pizza stones, turning peels, or infrared thermometers to enhance the cooking experience and achieve the best results. However, many recipes can be made with just the basic oven setup.

How do I know when my wood-fired oven is at the right temperature for cooking?

An infrared thermometer is a handy tool to accurately measure the temperature of your wood-fired oven. Otherwise, you can look for visual cues such as the oven floor turning white or the logs burning down to a consistent bed of coals.

Where can I find recipes specifically designed for wood-fired ovens?

You can find a variety of recipes tailored for wood-fired ovens through cookbooks, online resources, and community forums. Websites of oven manufacturers often provide recipes, as do BBQ and outdoor cooking experts like Marcus Bawdon.

What's the best way to maintain a consistent temperature in my wood-fired oven?

Maintaining a consistent temperature involves using the right amount of kiln-dried logs, managing airflow by adjusting the oven door or vents, and regularly monitoring the temperature to add more fuel as needed.