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9 July, 2013

Jiko Pizza – Kenyan BBQ Party!

Comments : 15 Posted in : Food, London on by : Reema Tags: , , , ,

My brother and sister-in-law celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary over the weekend by hosting a BBQ at their home. Not just any BBQ though – this was a Pizza BBQ with a Kenyan twist….and it was oh so yummy!

I had never Β heard of a Kenyan Pizza BBQ before and was super excited to try something unique and far removed from the overdone burgers and sausages!

The pizzas are baked in a traditional Kenyan charcoal oven known as ‘Jiko’ in Swahili. Jikos come in various sizes and are an energy saving, eco-friendly way to bake cakes, breads, pizzas and what not?


All you need is fresh dough, tomato sauce and your choice of toppings. This was one of my favourites: cheese, chorizo, green chillies and corn! SPICY!



Assembled pizzas go straight into the jiko and bake until beautifully crisp and done. Our jiko had 3 layers and could manage several pizzas at one time. Perfect for a jiko pizza party!



Here’s another favourite from the day – spinach, mushrooms and cheese,drizzled with olive oil and baked until slightly burnt! πŸ˜‰ Crispy perfection!


Great company, delicious Kenyan pizzas and some very potent British Pimms made for a fabulous celebration.Β Can’t wait for the next jiko pizza BBQ!

If you fancy trying out a Jiko Pizza, your best bet is to bag an invite to a Kenyan pizza BBQ or perhaps consider Kuki’s Catering to cater your next summer party!

You could, of course, also try importing your very own Jiko all the way from Kenya….now that’s an idea! πŸ˜‰





15 thoughts on : Jiko Pizza – Kenyan BBQ Party!

  • Dimple
    July 9, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  • Reema
    July 9, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Yum! I could totally do with our spicy pizza right now!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Dimple
    July 9, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I did put quite a few chillies on there, it was great!

    • Reema
      July 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

      It was awesome! I topped it up with tabasco too lol

  • Shilpa
    July 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

    The spinach, cheese pizza looks so yumm that i wanted to pick it up right through the screen… lol
    A truly different way of making pizza.

    I loved your blogs, the ones that i read so far…
    great going!

    • Reema
      July 9, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Shilpa! Good to know that you are reading the blog. The spinach cheese pizza was truly divine. I wish I could eat more too πŸ˜‰

  • veena Kalra
    July 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I loved the spinach and mushroom toppings one!
    Super Pizza BBQ party !
    Reem,Your blogs are great too! Keep it up!

    • Reema
      July 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you! Yes it was indeed a superb party! Loved all the pizzas!

  • November 27, 2013 at 1:03 am

    What a lovely idea. Brings back memories of Kenya when we used this jiko to make biscuits. Pizzas sound great!!

  • Reema
    November 27, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for the comment, Mina. Pizzas were so crisp and delicious!! Hope to have them again soon – I’m getting hungry re-reading this post! πŸ˜‰

  • November 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    What a lovely idea, I bet the set off amazing aromas! X

    • Reema
      November 27, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      Beautifully crisp and delish!! Ate so much that day!!

  • Nish
    May 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’m picking up the thread of a old post.
    Hoping someone might know – does anyone know where you can buy one of these in the UK.
    Any ideas welcome.

    • Reema
      May 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Nish, thanks for reading the blog!
      My friend had his parents bring it from Kenya as he wasn’t able to find them here. You could perhaps try contacting Kuki’s Catering – http://www.kukiscatering.co.uk – they should definitely know for sure!

      Good luck with your jiko search and do let us know when you find one!

  • Nish
    June 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Reema,

    Sorry for my late response on this – I have been away.

    You blog is very interesting and the fact I love food was a bonus!

    Thanks for your response on this – I did call them, but unfortunately they just said Kenya.

    Think I might have to just fly to Kenya and get one!

    Thanks again.


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