Seasoning a Blackstone griddle is 100% necessary, but it is super easy to complete. You must do this before your first cook. I’ll show you the steps to seasoning your new Blackstone griddle from the first coat of oil to the end. Get ready…it’s time to start griddling.
See the Blackstone Grill seasoning video demonstration…
Why Season your Blackstone Griddle…
1. Create a non stick surface.
When you purchase a new griddle, the flat top is not seasoned.
You need to burn off the manufactured griddle surface and coat it with oil to create a non-stick surface.
2. Clean your Blackstone.
By seasoning your griddle, you are actually cleaning the surface.
There might be dirt, dust and other things on top of your flat top, so seasoning it will burn off anything you don’t want on the griddle top.
New to flat top cooking?
See my favorite Blackstone recipes for beginners…
Here’s what you need to season a Blackstone Griddle for the initial seasoning process.
- Vegetable oil or Blackstone conditioning oil (any fat with a high smoke point will work)
- Paper towels or cloth towels
- Pair of tongs
- Warm soapy water
- Heat resistant gloves (optional)
See popular smoked food recipes on Sip Bite Go…
How to season a Blackstone Griddle
Now I’ll walk you through it…
Quick look at seasoning a Blackstone
- Once assembled, wipe down the griddle surface with warm soapy water to wipe off any dust particles on top. Then turn on the burners too high.
- When the flattop begins to discolor (10 – 15 minutes), add 2 – 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and using paper towels or a clean cloth, spread the oil all over the flat top.
- Let the Blackstone burn the oil off until it stops smoking (~10 minutes)
- Repeat steps 2 & 3 for 4 – 6 mors
Try this recipe to make outdoor scrambled eggs on griddle flattops…
Detailed Blackstone Griddle seasoning steps…
- Gather all equipment before beginning to season a Blackstone flat top.
- Wipe the griddle surface with warm soapy water to clean off any particles.
- Turn the burners on high. The flattop will begin to discolor and smoke after 10 – 15 minutes.
- Add 2 – 4 tbsp of vegetable oil or any type of fat or conditioning oil. Using paper towels or a clean cloth, spread the oil all over the flat top surface to make a thin layer. Completely cover the flat top including the sides of the griddle.
- Let the Blackstone burn the oil off. This will take around 10 minutes to completely burn off the oil.
- After that, repeat steps 2 & 3 for 4 – 6 more times. The more you season the Blackstone griddle, the better. If you want to complete 10 rounds of seasoning, do it. What you are creating by seasoning the griddle is that you are building a thin non-stick surface for you to cook food on. Seasoning the griddle will also help protect the cooking surface against the outdoor elements.
- After 4 – 6 more rounds of seasoning you should be left with a highly blackened griddle that’s ready to cook.
- Turn off the burners and allow to cool before re-firing it up for your first cook.
Yes, you can use vegetable oil to season your griddle. You can use any type of cooking oils or fat that have a high smoke point. PRO TIP – Do NOT use extra virgin olive oil because it can’t take the high heat and will burn.
Ideally, you should be seasoning your griddle after every use. What you’ll want to do is turn the burners on high and add a thin layer of oil or griddle seasoning cast iron conditioner to the flat top surface. Allow the oil to burn off then turn the griddle off.
You will spend anywhere from 40 – 60 minutes to properly season your griddle.
Try these easy griddle recipes…
- Smashed breakfast burgers
- Griddled bacon
- Griddled onions
- Griddled chicken breast
- Griddle corn on the cob
- Quesadillas on the griddle
- Onion smashed burgers
- Philly cheesesteak smash burgers
- Steak fajitas on griddle
- GUIDE: seasoning Blackstone Griddle grills for the first time
See new griddle recipes for beginners…
Griddle cooking tools in the SBG setup…
Main griddle equipment
- Outdoor flattops: Blackstone Griddle + Traeger Flatrock (gifted).
- Indoor griddle: Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan
Other helpful grilling tools, accessories, ingredients…
- Heavy-duty Traeger tongs
- Traeger Tray (love for prep and to carry ingredients to the grill)
- Meat Church Texas Sugar BBQ
- California Avocado Oil Blend
Traeger Flatrock guides
- Traeger Flatrock grill review
- Tips for seasoning Traeger Flatrock grills
- Guide to Flatrock grease bucket
- See demos for the Traeger Flatrock grill cover
- Check out popular Flatrock accessories and the Flatrock smash burger kit
Meat thermometer recommendations
Every home chef needs a reliable meat thermometer to cook food perfectly.
On Sip Bite Go, you’ll often see me using:
- Meater thermometer – a fancy wireless thermometer that connects to a phone app – gifted to me from a Traeger partnership.
- ThermoPro digital thermometer – which has a wire that connects the thermometer to a display box outside the oven/grill.
It’s like being psychic! The great thing about either of the thermometers above is that I don’t have to take the food out of the oven to know the temperature.
While the meat cooks, it reads the temperature so I know exactly what temp meat is as it’s cooking. Without having to take it out and check. It’s really difficult to overcook food when you know exactly what temp it is inside!
Are you a foodie, too?
Hey home chef, hope that answers all your questions about seasoning your Blackstone Griddle.
I’ll have more easy Blackstone griddle recipes coming your way soon.
Next, browse the Sip Bite Go recipe collection…