How To Clean A Blackstone Griddle

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Last Updated on March 31, 2021 by Lori

You’ve just purchased your new Blackstone Griddle. Congratulations! One of the first things you may be wondering is How Do You Clean Your Blackstone Grill?

The steps to properly clean and season a flat top grill are relatively simple; however, one of the main things to remember in caring for your new Blackstone Griddle is to clean it each time you grill. 

If your Blackstone does develop rust, not to worry, it can be cleaned up and looking new in no time! 

Here how to clean your new Blackstone Griddle when it arrives!

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How To Clean Your New Blackstone Grill

grilling on a Blackstone Griddle
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When your new Blackstone Griddle arrives, the first thing you need to do is to thoroughly clean it before you start grilling.

Using hot soapy water, remove any dirt and debris that can be leftover from the manufacturer. 

This is the ONLY time you should use soap on your grill. 

  • Pour hot soapy water over the griddle surface
  • Wipe the entire grill surface, corners, and sides with the soapy water
  • Rinse
  • Dry completely with paper towels

If you’re not ready to use it right away, let the grill surface dry completely before storing it to prevent rust.

Remember – your grill should always be covered and stored in a cool, dry place to avoid rust!

How To Season A Blackstone Griddle For The First Time

Before using your new flat top grill, you want to make sure you season it first!

  • Pour 2-3 Tablespoons of oil (Vegetable, Canola, Flax, or Olive Oil) onto the entire surface of the grill.
  • Turn heat on high until oil begins to smoke.
  • After approximately 10-15 minutes, you will see the grill surface begin to discolor
  • After the oil has stopped smoking, repeat with 2-3 Tbs. Oil and rub onto the surface.  
  • Repeat these steps two (2) more times for a total of 3 times you add oil to the surface.

Your grill should be black and smooth.

seasoned blackstone griddle
Photo courtesy Blackstone

How To Care For A Blackstone Griddle

One of the most important things to remember after cooking on your Blackstone Griddle is to scrape and wipe it down after the grill has cooled.

It’s not hard to do – you just need to take the time to do it!

  • After the griddle has cooled (but still somewhat warm), scrape the entire griddle surface. This scraper works well.
  • Pour water on the griddle (while still warm) to loosen food still burned onto the griddle.
  • Rub a scouring pad gently over the entire surface of the griddle.
  • Rinse and wipe off with a paper towel
  • Dry griddle surface with a cloth (can use a t-shirt cut)
  • Coat with a layer of oil

Remember to store your griddle covered and in a cool, dry place to prevent rust.

But, what happens when you pull your Blackstone out of storage, and there is rust?

All is NOT lost!

How to Remove Rust From Blackstone Griddle

rusty Blackstone Griddle
Photo courtesy Blackstone

It happens. You were sure you thoroughly cleaned your Blackstone Grill and put it away.

You pull it out, and you find rust all over the surface. 

It looks terrible!

But, your Blackstone is not ruined. 

You will find that it is easy to remove the rust; it just takes some time to do it!

To remove the rust, you will need:

1. Turn the grill on to high. This will cause the rust to loosen and make it easy to remove.

2. After approximately 20 minutes, turn off the griddle and let it cool down.

3. Use the metal scraper or spatula to scrape off corrosion. Don’t use any water – just scrape it dry.

4. Pour 4-5 tablespoons of cooking oil on the surface, and using the grill stone, lightly scrub the entire griddle surface. Don’t forget the sides of the griddle too.

Tip – If you don’t have a grill stone, you can use steel wool. Remember to only lightly scrub the surface.

5. Using a paper towel, wipe clean.

Repeat until all the rust is removed. If you missed any spots, go back and use more oil and the grill stone.

After cleaning the rust from the grill – Don’t forget to Season the grill to create a natural protective coating to prevent rust.

Blackstone recommends using flax oil, but if you are unable to find flax oil, you can use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Canola Oil.

  • Pour 2-3 Tablespoons of oil (Vegetable, Canola, Flax, or Olive Oil) onto the entire surface of the grill.
  • Turn heat on high until oil begins to smoke.
  • After approximately 10-15 minutes, you will see the grill surface begin to discolor
  • After the oil has stopped smoking, repeat with 2-3 Tbs. Oil and rub onto the surface.  
  • Repeat these steps two (2) more times for a total of 3 times you add oil to the surface.

Final step: Pour a thin layer of oil on the griddle surface and sides of the grill every time you use your Blackstone Griddle.

Cover and store in a cool, dry place. We use this grill cover to store our Blackstone Griddle in our travel trailer.

Cooking On The Blackstone Grill

Now that you have your grill seasoned, and know what to do in case of rust, it’s time to cook on your grill!

sausage pastrami hash on the Blackstone Griddle
Photo of Blackstone Griddle at Campground by L. Andrews

We love to cook breakfast at the campground on our Blackstone Griddle.

Since most of the time it is just my husband and I at the campground, we have the 17″ Blackstone grill which stores perfectly in our travel trailer.

We know many campers with larger families love the 22″ Blackstone too!

Pro Tip – Cooking Bacon on your Blackstone Griddle will help season it!

bacon cooking on Blackstone grill
Photo of Blackstone Griddle by L Andrews

And who doesn’t love cooking bacon at the campground?

But – Breakfast isn’t the only meal that is perfect to cook on your Blackstone…

To make the most out of grilling on your Blackstone Grill, these grilling accessories will be all you need!

Why You Need A Blackstone Grill

Once you start Cooking on a Blackstone Grill, you won’t want to grill on anything else!

If you’re still not sure if the Blackstone Grill is worth the money, here’s my Review of the Blackstone Grill from over four (4) years of camping with one!

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