Thank you for purchasing a Blackstone griddle.
You’re enjoying the delicious Blackstone griddle recipes. Great!
But the shining beauty of your griddle top may get rusty, Blackstone griddle top construction features cold rolled steel. However, like other steels, the Blackstone griddle top tends to rust, especially if you live by the sea or somewhere with high humidity, the shining, glorious beauty of your griddle top may become rusty, so you might need to clean or replace it. You’ll need to be extra vigilant to protect your griddle surface from the elements.
Fortunately, the Blackstone griddle top is very easy to clean. By following a few steps, you should be able to prevent corrosion. Even the rustiest top is possible to get back to the life of delicious cooking again.
But is it possible?
Trust me, it’s not impossible and not all that hard. All you need is a few tools and your effort.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into our step-by-step process of Blackstone griddle top replacement.
How to Replace Blackstone Griddle Top?
Here are the simple steps you need to follow to recover a griddle top, even if it’s been affected by heavy corrosion.
Step 1: Arrange the following materials and tools to get the job done.
- Safety glasses.
- Heat-resistant gloves.
- Grill stones.
- Paper towels.
- Metal scraper (1).
- Oil (any cooking oil will do).
Step 2: Put on the PPE.
Before starting, don’t forget to put on the safety glasses and heat-resistant gloves.
Step 3: Turn your grill on.
Keep the high heat for about 20 minutes, it’ll loosen the debris and rust and make it easier to remove.
Step 4: Turn the griddle off after 2 minutes.
Let it cool down.
Step 5: Scrape the griddle top.
Use a metal scraper to scrape off as much corrosion as you can.
Instead of a metal scraper, you can also use a metal spatula. Don’t use any water at this step, do it dry.
Water is one of the elements that cause rust, so using water at this step will be counterproductive.
There are many ways through which you can strip off the old seasoning. To make this step more hassle-free, you can also use an orbital sander instead of a metal scraper or metal spatula.
You’ll need many sanding discs. Be sure to make most of your sanding disc by switching from sanding at an angle to sanding flatly. This step may take more than an hour to sand off the old seasoning.
At the end of this stage, you’re left with a smooth, clean surface.
Step 6: Oil the surface to scrub the griddle.
You can use flaxseed oil if you want to, however, if you can’t find flaxseed oil, you can use any cooking oil.
Canola oil or extra virgin olive oil will do the trick correctly. Spread the oil around the griddle surface and use paper towels to wipe the surface. Apply more oil and wipe the surface down again and again. Do this until all the debris and rust are gone. If you missed any spots, just go back over them with oil and the grill stone.
Step 7: Blackstone griddle seasoning.
Once your griddle top is clean, it’s time to season it. Seasoning your griddle top will give it a natural protective coating to help prevent corrosion. It’ll also give you a nice stick-resistant surface to cook on.
Turn your griddle on medium-high heat. You’ll see the oil start to smoke and the surface of your griddle will start to discolor as the oil is bonding to the metal surface.
Keep your griddle on medium-high heat until the oil stops smoking and your griddle surface starts to turn matte gray for the sake of time. It’ll typically take about 3 minutes. Turn your griddle off and let it cool down.
Repeat this step about three or four times until you have a fairly even matte black griddle top. After this initial seasoning, simply cooking on your Blackstone grill griddle will add to the seasoning layer.
Let your griddle cool.
Final step: Add a protective layer of cooking oil to your griddle in-between uses.
Once you’ve seasoned your griddle, you want to store it with a protective layer of oil to create a barrier from air and moisture. You can use whatever cooking oil you like for this step and wipe the layer in between uses. Don’t forget to wipe down all the sides of the griddle top to make sure you do this every time you use your griddle.
Keep the griddle top oiled before and after you’ve cooked a few Blackstone griddle recipes – maybe a stir fry dish, a bunch of burgers with sautéed onions and mushrooms – this griddle top will start to blacken and be beautifully seasoned completely.
So, no more RUST.
Now you can make delicious meals on the black, shiny griddle top.
Tips and Tricks
Here are some tricks to protect your griddle from rust.
- Keep your griddle stored somewhere cool and dry when not in use.
- Don’t forget to cover the unit while not in use. You can use Blackstone dual-layer heavy-duty canvas cover to protect your griddle from moisture, wear, and tear.
- Each time you’ve finished cooking, wipe the griddle top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of cooking oil.
- If you don’t need to use the griddle frequently, inspect the unit at least once a month to make sure it’s not starting to rust.
The griddle top seasoning is an ever-changing surface. The more you cook on it, the more seasoning you’re going to have.
Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?
Hope, this article on Blackstone griddle top replacement has helped you a lot.
So, are you ready for the next grill season?
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