Everything You Need to Know About Our Favorite Griddle – From Seasoning to Clean Cooking
Griddle cooking can revolutionize your backyard experience. A lot like when you first get a smoker, a great griddle will have you stalking the meat counter dreaming up all the deliciousness you can sizzle up. Blackstone is one of the highest regarded griddle makers around, and that includes our opinion. They make a serious griddle for serious cooks. Today, we're going to share some tips and tricks we have learned using the Blackstone griddle – including the right way to season the surface and some of the best recipes we love to make.
Seasoning Blackstone Griddle
Before you can start cooking on the griddle, you'll need to take the time to season the surface, check out our guide for complete Blackstone seasoning instructions. Just like a cast iron skillet, seasoning is done by coating the griddle surface with a thin coat of oil and heating it beyond the smoke point. The oil will eventually create a durable nonstick surface. The first step is to wash the griddle with water to make sure there isn't anything on it from shipping. Once it's clean, turn the heat on high until the surface changes color. Wipe a small amount of oil onto the surface. The trick is to use a very thin layer of oil on the entire surface. Then, just let it smoke off. It'll be done when it stops smoking. You will want to do this three or four times until the entire surface of the griddle is black. It'll look a lot like a cast iron skillet when you are done.
Once your griddle is seasoned, food won't stick. All you will have to do is wipe it down with a little oil before and after cooking on a Blackstone Griddle.
Using the Right Oil
The type of oil you use to season your Blackstone griddle needs to be food grade and have a fairly low smoke point. Most oils will work, including vegetable oil and olive oil, but for the best results, use the specially-designed proprietary oil blend Blackstone crafted just for seasoning Blackstone griddles. Lard also makes a great oil for pre-coating the griddle before cooking. Once your griddle is seasoned, it's time to get cooking. You can also easily get an inexpensive seasoning oil like this one that's made for seasoning cast iron.
What Recipes Can You Cook on a Blackstone Griddle?
One of the truly awesome things about griddle cooking is the broad range of menus you can create. Fry bacon and eggs and griddle up some pancakes for breakfast or brunch as a perfect start to the day. Grill sandwiches, kabobs, or a world-famous smash burger for lunch. When dinner comes around, get a thick cut steak on there, seasoned chicken breast, or fillet of fish for fast and easy meals. There really are not many things you can't do on a griddle, and even things you think are going to be a challenge will prove easy. Cleanup is a snap because the nonstick surface simply scrapes clean in minutes. One of our favorite Blackstone griddles is the 36" model. It gives you enough surface area to cook multiple items at once. It's the best for roasting veggies and grilling protein simultaneously.
Grilling on a Griddle
If the thought of a steak or burger without sear marks turns you off, have no fear. A Blackstone griddle can give you those perfect patterns, just add a grill that simply sets on top of the steel plate. Flat top grilling is cleaner than cooking over a fire because the drippings are not falling into the flames and burning off into your food. Grilling on a Blackstone griddle is one of the best ways to make amazing and healthy meals time after time. Cooking saucy chicken wings has never been as fun as when you toss them on top of a griddle.
Models of Blackstone Griddles
Blackstone makes griddles in a wide variety of sizes, from massive commercial units to portable table top griddles you can take camping. Our favorite is the 36" cooking station model mainly because we love to cook a lot of food at once. The 28" griddle is a great option and a really great price. Portable models include a 22" and a 17" griddle. One of the best things about these griddles is the cost. Even the most expensive model is significantly cheaper than most smokers, and isn't much more expensive than a gas grill.
Blackstone Griddle Recipe Ideas
Some of our favorite recipes for griddle cooking are simple to make and only take a few minutes. A griddle can get extremely hot, but you can also use zone cooking and water dishes to create cooking zones. In a matter of minutes, you can grill up a complete and delicious meal your family will absolutely love. These griddle recipes will give you some ideas for making delicious recipes on a Blackstone griddle.
Loaded Sausage Pancakes
Talk about simple! This recipe feeds an army and you can make it in minutes.
- Get your griddle medium hot.
- In a large bowl, mix your favorite pancake recipe. We like to do it from scratch, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a premix batter with extra protein.
- In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with a dollop of yogurt, cream cheese, or cottage cheese, then pour the mixture onto the griddle and scramble.
- Remove from heat and add cooked sausage, crumbled bacon, onions, and cheddar cheese to the eggs. Stir the mixture into the pancake batter and spoon 1/4 to 1/3 cups onto the griddle.
- Cook until edges bubble, then flip and cook for 2 minutes until done. Serve with a thick slab of butter and our very own homemade, pure Ohio maple syrup.
The Best Griddle Crepes Ever
This is a recipe where once you make it, you'll decide every day is a good day for crepes. It's super easy and versatile, you can fill crepes with cream and sliced fruit for a sweet treat, or go savory for an indulgent brunch.
- Put the following into a blender, then blend until smooth:
- 4 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups of milk
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 tablespoon (TBSP) of sugar
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- A dash of salt
- Pour mixture onto medium-hot griddle and gently spread with the backside of a spoon
- When the edges turn golden, flip
- Cook for about one minute, then remove
- If you are serving a group, or if you have picky eaters, provide a mix of sweet and savory ingredients and let your guests go nuts. Speaking of nuts, try these crepes with Nutella, a squeeze of lemon, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Bacon Cheddar Smash Burger
One thing you can't do on a grill is make smash burgers. This will become one of your favorite ways to make burgers. It's also a great opportunity to experiment with our awesome Bearded Butchers Blend Seasonings.
- Mix your favorite seasoning with cold ground beef and roll into 1/4 lb balls.
- With the griddle on high, drop balls several inches apart. Use a burger press (basically a cast iron plate with a handle) and smash the burger to about 1/2" thickness. Remember, the less you touch the patty, the better the outcome in the end. The griddle will keep the juices from escaping and sear the beef patty.
- When the juices start coming up through the top, it's time to flip
- Slap a slice of aged cheddar on top and melt to perfection
- While the burgers are cooking, place strips of thick bacon on the griddle. Use the patty press to keep the bacon from curling
- Toast brioche buns on the griddle (avoid any spots with a lot of grease) and serve with condiments
Another recipe you can't make on a grill, fried rice, is an easy Asian food staple to make. It takes a bit of prep, but when it comes together, you'll never need to order Chinese takeout again. Pre-cooking the rice the day before cuts the cook time significantly.
- Start with two cups of cold white rice. We like to use Jasmine rice, but any rice will do.
- Sauté carrots, onions, peas, and garlic on high heat and a well-oiled griddle. Remove from heat.
- Whisk an egg with a few drops of toasted sesame oil, then pour the mixture onto the Blackstone griddle. Wait for it to puff up, flip, then remove and chop.
- Add veggies to cold rice and return to griddle. Cook until the rice is hot, add a few drops of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and toasted sesame oil.
- Remove from griddle, mix in the scrambled egg and serve.
Smoked Salmon Fillet (on a griddle!)
The tenderness of the salmon is enhanced with the addition of smoke from hickory chips. If you didn't know you can smoke on a griddle, this is how to do it.
- Set a side of the griddle to medium high heat, and the other to medium low or low.
- In a shallow metal bowl, place a handful of hickory chips or pellets and set on the hottest side. Close the lid and let it start to smoke.
- Rub the salmon fillet with pressed garlic and lemon juice, then place on the cooler side of the griddle, skin side down. Close the lid.
- After about 10 to 15 minutes, the salmon should begin to flake easily. Remove from the heat and serve with lemon wedges.
We hope you will explore some of the amazing Blackstone griddle recipes that are out there. In fact, Blackstone has mountains of recipes to get you started. Cooking with a Blackstone griddle is a blast, and having the right accessories makes cooking on a griddle even more fun.
It's always interesting to see the different ways you can make meals on a single grill or griddle. We have fallen in love with the easy to cook, delicious, clean recipes you can make on a Blackstone griddle. They clean up in minutes, giving you more time to spend with family and friends.
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