Beyond Pizza: Roasting, Smoking, and More with Your Wood-Fired Oven

Welcome to Authentic Pizza Ovens Australia, where we're all about embracing the Aussie spirit of outdoor cooking with our range of premium wood-fired ovens.

While pizza might be the star of the show, there's a world of culinary possibilities waiting to be explored beyond the realm of cheesy, tomatoey goodness.

Today, we're diving into the exciting realm of roasting, smoking, and more with your wood-fired oven. So grab your apron and let's fire up that oven!


Roasting: Bringing Out the Best in Your Ingredients

There's something truly magical about the way a wood-fired oven can impart a smoky, charred flavour to roasted dishes.

Whether you're cooking up a Sunday roast or a medley of seasonal veggies, your wood-fired oven is the ultimate tool for achieving tender, succulent results.


Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Garlic and Rosemary


  • 1 lamb shoulder, bone-in
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • sliced Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to around 350°F (175°C), allowing it to reach a steady temperature.

2. Using a sharp knife, make small incisions all over the lamb shoulder and insert slices of garlic and sprigs of rosemary into the cuts.

3. Rub the lamb shoulder generously with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4. Place the lamb shoulder in a roasting pan or directly on the oven floor, ensuring it's not too close to the flames.

5. Roast the lamb for 2-3 hours, or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone, basting occasionally with pan juices.

6. Once cooked, remove the lamb from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before carving.

7. Serve with your favourite sides and enjoy the mouth-watering aroma of roasted goodness!

Related: 3 Best Aussie Recipes for your Wood-Fired Pizza Oven


Smoking: Infusing Flavour into Your Culinary Creations

If you're a fan of smoky, melt-in-your-mouth meats, then smoking is the technique for you. With your wood-fired oven, you can easily transform ordinary cuts of meat into flavour-packed masterpieces that will have your taste buds singing.



Smoked Beef Brisket with Homemade BBQ Sauce


  • 1 beef brisket, trimmed

For the dry rub:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste



1. Mix together the ingredients for the dry rub in a small bowl, then rub it all over the beef brisket, ensuring it's evenly coated.

2. Preheat your wood-fired oven to around 225°F (110°C), adding a few wood chunks or chips to the fire to create smoke.

3. Place the brisket on a wire rack or directly on the oven grates, making sure it's positioned away from direct heat.

4. Close the oven door and let the brisket smoke for 8-10 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 195°F (90°C) and is tender when pierced with a fork.

5. While the brisket is smoking, prepare the BBQ sauce by combining all the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, then remove from heat and let it cool.

6. Once the brisket is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 30 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain.

7. Serve the smoked brisket with a generous drizzle of homemade BBQ sauce and your favourite sides.

8. Get ready to savour the rich, smoky flavour of this mouth-watering dish!


Baking: Sweet Treats Straight from the Oven

Who says your wood-fired oven is only good for savoury dishes? When it comes to baking, this versatile appliance is a game-changer, allowing you to create artisanal breads, crispy-crusted pies, and decadent desserts that rival any bakery.


Wood-Fired Apple Galette with Cinnamon Sugar


  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry, thawed
  • 2-3 large apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Demerara sugar, for sprinkling



1. Preheat your wood-fired oven to around 400°F (200°C), ensuring it's well-heated and the flames have died down.

2. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface into a rough circle, about 1/4 inch thick.

3. Arrange the sliced apples in the centre of the pastry, leaving a border around the edges.

4. In a small bowl, mix together the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon, then sprinkle it over the apples.

5. Dot the apples with pieces of butter, then fold the edges of the pastry up and over the filling, pleating as needed.

6. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar for a crispy, caramelized finish.

7. Carefully transfer the galette to a baking sheet or pizza peel lined with parchment paper.

8. Slide the galette into the wood-fired oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the apples are tender.

9. Remove the galette from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

Enjoy slices of this rustic dessert warm or at room temperature, perhaps with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Final Thoughts

With your wood-fired oven as your trusty culinary companion, the possibilities are endless. From roasting succulent meats to smoking flavourful cuts and baking irresistible desserts, there's no limit to the delicious dishes you can create.

So go ahead, experiment with new flavours and techniques, and let your wood-fired oven take your outdoor cooking game to the next level.

See: All Our Special Recipes Using Our Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Cheers to good food, good friends, and unforgettable outdoor dining experiences!


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Happy cooking, mates!


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