the KettlePizza OVEN

The KettlePizza Oven has captured the imagination (and the taste buds) of numerous pizza aficionados. We call them our KettlePizza Oven ambassadors, and we asked them to tell us their story.


Brad Rocco

Brad Rocco is from Bexley, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Linda, and his daughter, Elizabeth. He also owns a local pizzeria called Bexley Pizza Plus and has been working in the pizza industry for over 35 years. His pizzeria offers over 40 pizza toppings and 24 signature specialty pizzas. Over the past 15 years Rocco has won many awards in local, national and international competitions. In 2014, he became World Champion by winning the International Pizza Challenge in Las Vegas. In 2015, he won Best Traditional Pizza at the North American Pizza and Ice Cream Show held in Columbus, Ohio. Today, although retired from the competitive pizza circuit, he runs his pizzeria and judges in local pizza competitions.

“I discovered KettlePizza when it was being discussed in a BBQ Facebook group. I contacted George Peters, and he offered to send me one to try out. I baked some incredible pizzas with it.”


Kim & Mic Stanfield

“From winning several first-place pizza contests to tailgating at the New England Patriots games, KettlePizza is a part of our everyday life when we cook outdoors ~ charcoal, and now, on gas grills.”


Matt Frampton

“I am an avid sports fan and a self-described pizza addict, having founded Omaha’s only annual KettlePizza contest, happening each Labor Day. I have a wonderful wife and two children who support my fire-cooking hobbies more than I could ever have dreamed.”

“I am one of the Pitmasters of Omaha’s own Hot Grill on Grill Action BBQ Team, authors of ‘The Book on Competition BBQ’ and the website We have won countless awards over a dozen years of competing and live by the fire!”

“Several years ago, I discovered the KettlePizza online while looking for wood-fired pizza cookers. It was back in the days when the unit simply said ‘HOT’ on the front. I received one for Christmas that year and made pizzas on New Year’s Eve for my family and friends who came over. I was instantly hooked on what wood-fired pizzas do for a crowd.”

“Since that time, I estimate I’ve cooked nearly 2,000 pizzas on the KettlePizza Oven. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on and perfecting what I think is the perfect dough. I’ve visited and spoken with pizza restaurant owners all over the country about the kinds of ingredients and methods they use. I’ve made every kind of pizza you can think of, from traditional styles to fusion styles and everything in between.”

Nate Maliwacki

I have always loved grilling but I became a Pitmaster after receiving a Weber Kettle on my first Father’s Day. Since then, I have produced at least one instructional cooking video on YouTube every week. These include a variety of barbecue and grilling techniques showcasing pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, hot sauces, brisket, ribs, chicken and even some desserts. I will grill just about anything!

When I am not grilling or bbqing, I am spending time with my 3 children – 2 daughters and 1 son. My children love to help when I am filming. You may even briefly see them or their hands in some of my videos.
The KP has allowed me to make brick-oven-style pizza at home in less than 3 minutes. I also love to cook calzones on the KP. Some have said I am the ‘Pizza King.’