Blackstone Griddle Review
I purchased a 17" table-top Blackstone griddle to use as we RV around the United States. Easy to set up and use. After u n boxing the griddle, I got right to work in seasoning the griddle. Seasoning is what makes a griddle last the test of time. It creates a blackened stick-resistant coating that doesn’t scratch and adds flavor to every dish. You’ll love the meals as they are to be. After cooking on the grill for the first time. I must say, the Blackstone Griddle is everything that was advertised to be. I had no issue with clean up and the meal was delicious.
When seasoning the griddle, you’ve got to clean it up with soap. This is to remove any dust or debris from manufacturing and shipping. It’s pretty easy to clean this baby up. Fill a bucket with water and add a little dish soap. Pour the soapy water on the griddle and then rinse with clean water.
After your new griddle is squeaky clean, it’s time to preheat and darken it up! This is where we transform the griddle top into a blackened, stick resistant cooking surface, turn on the burners to the max and let the heat do its thing. After 10-15 minutes, you'll notice the griddle top will start to brown. Once you see the color change, turn the burners off and move on to the next step.
When you season a griddle, you create a natural stick-resistant surface that’s incredibly durable. What you're actually doing is burning off the organic compounds in the oil and leaving a polymer that bonds to your griddle plate. The one secret to remember is to use a thin layer of oil for each coat. A thick coat of oil during the seasoning process will lead to future chipping and a build up of sticky gunk on your griddle plate.
We highly recommend you use the Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner (Available in stores or on our website). If you don't have the Blackstone Griddle Seasoning, other regular cooking oils will work. Now you're asking yourself "If other oils will work why recommend Blackstone's Griddle Seasoning"? Our experience has shown that our proprietary blend works incredibly well for your first seasoning AND provides superior protection between uses. Long-term protection was important to us while developing our Griddle Seasoning to make sure you protect your investment and have an experience griddling for a long, long time.
Don't stress about what other types of oil to use. Make your pick among any of these oils and remember "thin, layers".
Blackstone Griddle Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner (recommended)
Use paper towels to spread the oil evenly on the surface. Use tongs or heat-resistant gloves to avoid burning yourself. Make sure there aren't any thick oil puddles or dry spots. Use the paper towel as if you're trying to wipe all the oil off of the griddle surface. That's how thin your oil layer should be.
Now, turn the heat back up and sit back while you watch the griddle plate blacken. The griddle will billow with smoke. That’s called “smoke point” and it takes about 30 minutes for your Blackstone to get there. Relax, grab a seat, and watch the smoke fly by. When all the smoke is exhausted, you can turn off the griddle.
Like a boxing ring, it’s hard to knock out your opponent in the first round. Same goes for the Blackstone and the tension between the oil and steel. One round ain’t gonna cut it. To make the best non-sticking and tasty surface your meals deserve, you’re gonna have to repeat the seasoning. Be patient and make it count. Grab your oil again, dab it on the griddle, and watch the heated smoke-fest again. You should stop when the griddle plate is dark brown, and that takes around 2 to 3 times.
Once you’ve completed 3-4 rounds of initial seasoning, let your griddle cool slightly and wipe it down with a final layer of Blackstone Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner or the Blackstone Non-Stick Griddle Spray. This protects the griddle against oxidation. Now you’re done and your griddle is freshly seasoned! Make sure your griddle can last the test of time with a heavy-duty cover. Resists the weather and avoids rust.
After your initial seasoning, cooking on your griddle will add to the seasoning layer. Now, between cooks, you can use the Blackstone Griddle Seasoning and Cast Iron Conditioner or the Blackstone Non-Stick Griddle Spray to protect your griddle. This maintains a perfect coating that makes tasty food that won’t stick to the metal. Now store it and call it a day! For any other questions or tips, take a look at our How to Take Care of Your Griddle Complete Guide.