Our new Blackstone Griddle has become the best appliance in our home! A large cooking surface, this Blackstone griddle is the perfect addition to your home.
Blackstone Griddles are the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Our Blackstone flat top grill is a little bigger than our Weber grill.
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We have a covered back deck that is the perfect spot to store our outdoor cooking equipment. Since purchasing our Blackstone 36 griddle, we’ve come up with several recipes to make. Give our cinnamon roll pancakes a try on your own griddle.
Blackstone has been producing this griddle since 2005 so it has been around for a while. Go to frommichigantothetable.com for more griddle recipes to come.
Father’s Day Present
Father’s Day was fast approaching and I still had not gotten my husband a gift. No shocker!! My husband has everything (pretty much) that he wants.
When he decides to get something, he buys it for himself. Which makes him very hard to buy for. His friends and the UPS driver call him “Mr. Cabela’s” because he is a frequent shopper there.
Seeing others posting about how much they loved their griddles. A lightbulb went off in my head! I knew this would be a perfect Father’s Day gift for my husband.
Where to Buy Blackstone Grills
First, I called all around our area to see if a Blackstone 36-inch Griddle was available. Nope! A week before Father’s Day and this must be the hot item.
Next, I started searching Amazon. To my surprise Amazon had several Blackstone griddles for sale.
The 36-inch griddle was over $300 dollars. They had a smaller 28-inch Blackstone Griddle and a 17-inch tabletop griddle. But I wanted the bigger one if I was going to invest in this present for my husband.
Ugh, that was more than I wanted to spend on my husband for a Father’s Day gift. After a quick phone call to my family, we decided with us all pitching in we could get the griddle.
Placing the order turned into a challenge. Amazon no longer offered the 2-day shipping because of the pandemic of 2020.
Amazon could ship it, but the griddle would not get here until a week after Father’s Day. So, I spent half-a-day searching the web to see if I could get it elsewhere.
No luck!! I placed my order with Amazon, printed a picture of the griddle and filled out a card for my husband with the picture.
Griddle Cooking Station
As my husband opened his card, I explained the story of the Blackstone Grill. A week after Father’s Day, I get a notice from Amazon saying my griddle got damaged in shipping.
Because of the pandemic there is a griddle shortage. My order had been canceled because there was not replacement available. Such disappointment!!
Now what was I going to do? Back to the drawing board. Searching Amazon again and to my surprise another was available.
I explained the cancelation to my husband when he got home from work. My husband smiled at me and say, “I was at Family Farm and Home the other day and they have the same griddle in-stock.”
Oh!! A quick trip to the store with my husband and we had a new griddle in the back of his truck. The store only had the floor model left in that size because all the others had been sold.
Check out a collection of Blackstone Griddle Recipes HERE!!
Before the Facebook posts, I knew nothing about Blackstone products. This is the first time of hearing anything about that brand.
Googling Blackstone bought me to their website https://blackstoneproducts.com. I began poking around at Blackstone Products website.
Discovering they have more products than the 36-inch Blackstone griddle. There is Blackstone outdoor grills, griddle & charcoal grill combo, and a tabletop griddles. As well as an air fryer griddle combo, and range top combo with deep fryer.
They offer different sizes to fit your needs. Blackstone also offers accessories, spices, covers and carry bags, apparel and replacement parts.
Blackstone Griddle Accessories
You will find Blackstone accessories that consists of outdoor cooking set. This set includes different sized spatulas, BBQ tongs and fork, and a large ladle.
I recommend getting this griddle accessories tool kit set because you will be using the spatulas to cook with. Another thing we use every time we cook is the squeeze bottles. We have 2 of squeeze bottles that have olive oil and water in them.
Check out my recommended 20+ Blackstone Griddle Accessories HERE.
Blackstone Griddle Cover
There are 2 kinds of covers for this grill. We did buy both of the Blackstone Griddle Covers to fit our appliance.
A hard cover protects the griddle piece of your grill. For the most part this cover works well.
We found out that we had mice coming in through the grease trap hole during storage. My husband created a tin flap piece that hangs on the outside of the griddle.
This stops the mice and bugs from entering during storage. Problem solved!! Facebook groups suggest you place a layer of waxed paper on top to protect the griddle surface.
A soft cover protects the whole griddle grill unit. Even though the griddle is on our covered deck, we live in Michigan with snow that will coat the whole grill. It keeps everything all nice and clean and beautiful looking!!
How To Season Blackstone Griddle
The first thing you want to do is season your Blackstone Griddle Grill top. With proper seasoning, you will protect the top from corrosion.
Proper seasoning makes cooking on the griddle much easier. Follow the manufactures directions. My husband followed these directions before use.
The one thing that I recommend is fry a couple packages of bacon on the whole top of the griddle the first time you use it. We fried a package of bacon on half of our griddle the first time and then did eggs and pancakes on the other half.
The half that did not have the bacon seemed to stick a little for a few times we used the griddle. My husband fried bacon on the second half, and we don’t have anything sticking anymore.
Blackstone Griddle Tips
Tip: Fry a couple packaged of bacon on the whole top the first time you use your griddle.
Tip: “Season” the top of your griddle after every use.
Tip: Cook on low to medium/low most of the time.
Tip: Start on low for a few minutes, then turn it up to when needed. Helps keep from warping the griddle.
Tip: For cooking, put down oil of your choice each time. The flat top will not be non-stick for a while, so you have to still do that.
Tip: “While it’s hot, steam with water and then scrape” method to clean. It works well. Do that, wipe down, cool and then oil.
Tip: If the griddle doesn't feel smooth, dump a little salt on it. Add a little bit more water and scrub with a damp clean cloth or paper towel. The grittiness of the salt helps to clean it. Clean off with water and paper towels. Last step, squirt on a layer of oil and spread it out well.
Tip: Try getting a cleaning brick too. That will help any tough spots.
Tip: YouTube some videos on cleaning your Blackstone.
Tip: Dump the grease pan every time you use it!!
Tip: Use a foil pan as a lid if you don’t have a dome cover.
Tip: When griddle is clean and cooled, cover with wax paper, foil or parchment paper. This helps to protect the top of the griddle from bugs, mice, etc…
Tip: Or create a tin flap to cover the hole during storage. This prevents mice and bugs from getting on-top of the griddle. I have an example of this in my post.
Tip: When using a soft cover, put a dome or large cup on-top of the griddle. This helps the water drains off and does not pool on-top of the griddle.
Tip: Don’t want to use oil when cooking? You can use liquids such as beer, wine, flavored beer, fresh squeezed citrus fruit, broth and water.
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