Looking for an answer about if you can use cooking spray on a Blackstone Griddle? Well, I have the answer, let’s talk about using cooking sprays on outdoor griddles. Owning a new outdoor griddle is a fun experience, the flood of Instagram-worthy recipes is flooding your mind, and now your Instagram feed.
After learning How To Clean and Season your new griddle, you’re most likely ready to start cooking on that new toy. I hear ya, I get just as happy thinking about it.
What Do Cooking Sprays Do?
Cooking sprays have been around for many years and aren’t new in the cooking scene. I can remember seeing my mom use Pam on pans as a kid. Cooking sprays use a blend of oils that help create a “non-stick” barrier between your food and the cooking surface, whether that be a griddle, a frying pan, or a baking sheet.
It doesn’t really matter where you use it (well, I suppose it does matter depending on your private hobbies). You can season your griddle with almost any food-grade oil, but different oils can vary in the process from the burn time, smoke point, and durability once finished.
Cooking Spray vs. Griddle Seasoning Process
One of the bigger debates about using a griddle is what type of oil you use to season your griddle. The reason this is such a big debate is that it has a huge impact on your griddle’s ability to create a non-stick cast iron griddle surface.
I’m not here to debate that (this time), the short answer is Flax Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil and s few others are prime candidates for creating that new griddle seasoning layer to maximize the non-stick ability.
In General, Seasoning is the process of burning off the organic compounds in cooking oils that, once finished, leave a hard protective layer bonded to the steel surface.
This protective layer will not only help prevent corrosion but will also provide a naturally stick-resistant surface. Seasoning your griddle consists of an initial seasoning process and then simple maintenance throughout the life of your griddle.
So, can you use cooking spray on your Blackstone Griddle?
So, what about just tossing on some cooking spray and then using the griddle? This is where it gets a little more detailed. The fact is, you must season your griddle properly BEFORE you do any cooking. I recommend going through the seasoning process a few times and then starting thinking about the cooking spray.
Yes, you sure can. However, you need to take in the following considerations before you use cooking spray to ensure you don’t ruin your new Blackston Griddle. That starts with the seasoning process, don’t skip it! More on that process in detail, click here.
What Happens If I don’t Season My Griddle?
Let’s say you are not interested in seasoning your new griddle, after all, it’s built to be cooked on, and let’s be honest, it’s not going to hurt anything, right? Well, right, BUT, you are going to have a crappy griddling experience.
First, the whole purpose of the seasoning is to create a protective barrier between the griddle cooking surface and the elements. Remember, your Blackstone Griddle sits in your backyard or garage and is open to the elements of water, rain, snow, and other things.
If you skip the seasoning process, you’re going to have food sticking like crazy to your griddle and in addition, you will also have rust creeping in fast on your fancy new griddle. Guess what? Both of those things suck, don’t do it and definitely season your griddle.
Does Blackstone Make a Cooking Spray?
I’m glad you asked, yes! they do! I stumbled onto this when researching this article, It is a Blackstone Products Cooking Spray specific to Blackstone Griddles.
You can find it here at Walmart (link here). Beyond that, you can use all sorts of cooking sprays or oils when regularly cooking (assuming you seasoned your griddle). See Below for the Griddle Accessories you NEED to have.
Griddle Accessories You WILL ACTUALLY NEED
This is another big one. While your griddle does come ready to use….its missing some really BASIC items you will need.
The Flippin Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook: While instagram and facebook may share a few good recipes, this bok is full of some really tasty and unique treats to griddle up the next time your feeling ambitious. From the basics to the brilliant, this griddle cookbook has it all.
Griddle Spade and Spatula: These are the backbone of griddle chefs all over the world. Due to the flat-top design of a griddle, you will need to have metal surfaced griddle spatulas and spades. Something simple like this works great, see it here on Amazon.
Inferred Temperature Gun: See Step 4 above, these are really crucial to fully understand what your griddle can do and what areas are putting out the heat you need, and what areas can be used to just keep the food warm while working on others. This is a great option that won’t hurt your wallet, check it on Amazon.
Griddle Bottles: Another must-have, you really only need two. One for water, and one for your chosen cooking oil. If you’re not sure what I mean, check out our Guide to Griddle Bottles here. These on Amazon work great and are cheap, check them out here.
Griddle King Apron: I know what you’re thinking “I’m not wearing an apron” and yeah, I get it. But all that changed when I got a griddle and realized how much grease is popping off the griddle surface and landing on my clothes. A simple apron solves that and my signature “Griddle King” or “Griddle Queen” apron is a cheap easy fix for you, grab it here on Etsy.
Welp folks, there it is, I hope this was helpful in your griddling journey. Just remember, yes you can use cooking spray on your Blackstone Griddle, but you must do a proper seasoning first. Griddle King, out.