Although I’ve talked about generic cleaning tips in the past around here, I also know how important it is to some of you to have tailored advice to your specific model.
With Pit Boss griddles, there aren’t a lot of special things you need to do to make it clean, but there are some steps you can take to make your Pit Boss griddle easier to clean: one of which is seasoning it properly.
Today I’ll teach you how to season Pit Boss griddles specifically, with advice from Pit Boss themselves, and I’ll also talk about cleaning the griddle after each use to keep things looking great.
And I’ll even restrain myself from talking too much about soap and water, because Pit Boss only recommends using it at one stage of your griddle’s life, and that’s right at the beginning.
But you can find out more about all of that if you join me below.
First, a quick note, you don’t need a griddle cleaning kit, but having one will make your life a bit easier. Something like this one is an affordable option and works great.
How To Clean a Pit Boss Griddle From Day One
If you’ve just picked up a Pit Boss griddle today, then first off, congratulations. And second, you need to learn how to clean Pit
Boss griddles right away, because there are some rules you need to understand, so you don’t actually damage your griddle by cleaning it in ways that are too strong.
For example, cleaning sprays and other manufactured cleaners should stay away from your Pit Boss griddle. And so too, should soap and water, at least after you’ve cleaned it for the first time.
Below I’ll tell you how to clean your Pit Boss griddle for the first time, and I’ll include Pit Boss’ advice too, to explain how to prep your griddle so it is easy to clean moving forwards. Ready? Then here we go:
- Take a damp cloth, soap, and warm water – according to Pit Boss, this is the one and only time you’ll need to use soap and water to clean the griddle
- Wipe down the surface of the griddle to remove loose debris and to prep it for seasoning
- Dry with paper towels
- Turn up the heat on your griddle to high
- Wait around 10 minutes, or until the griddle surface starts to darken
- Now add some oil. Pit Boss recommends using flaxseed oil, but they also say any cooking oil will do here
- Don’t use too much oil or else the seasoning will be ruined and form a sticky surface, rather than the non-stick surface we’re trying to create
- Use tongs and heat-resistant gloves to move a rolled up bunch of paper towels around the griddle to move the oil evenly across the surface
- Be sure to get the corners and sides of the griddle too for a complete coating
- Wait until the surface has stopped smoking, this means the oil has burned off
- Repeat the process for a total of 4 times
- The end result should be a blue-black finish on the Pit Boss griddle
Why do Pit Boss recommend going to all that trouble? It’s because if you put the effort in at the start of your Pit Boss griddle’s life to clean it thoroughly and season it well, then cleaning becomes easy from that point forward.
If you don’t season the Pit Boss griddle, then the surface will be sticky and allow food to burn and grease to harden on the surface, making cleaning it a difficult job.
Even if your Pit Boss griddle isn’t new, you can season it now after a thorough clean to get it back to how it should have been at the start of its life.
This means from that point forward all you need to do are some basic cleaning tasks after each use to keep things clean and looking good.
Remember too, that a dirty griddle is a griddle that isn’t performing at its best when cooking.
So, it’s in your best interest to make sure you do the cleaning tasks in the section below after each use so your griddle is at the top of its game.
Keeping Your Pit Boss Griddle Clean
If you have completed all the steps in the first section, then your life has just got a whole lot easier.
Cleaning your Pit Boss griddle now will be a breeze, and it’s all because of the deep clean and seasoning you did to start off with.
How do you clean Pit Boss griddles after each use to stay on top of it? Well, it’s simple:
- After you’ve finished cooking, wait for it to cool down slightly, but you still want it to be warm
- Next, you’ll need a griddle scraper – if you’re nervous about picking the right one, then Pit Boss already offer griddle scrapers on their website, so check it out and order one of those so you know you’ve got one that’s suitable for the griddle you’re using
- Then just use your griddle scraper to scrape off any of the stuck-on food and other debris that stays around after cooking
- You can use a little water to help create steam to pull the food off the griddle – water only though, remember soap isn’t necessary anymore
- Next, use some paper towels to dry up the residual water and push any of the debris to the grease trough to deal with later
- Use some oil and an old rag or paper towels to spread the oil evenly over the griddle
That’s the griddle done – all that’s left to do is clean the grease trough with some hot soapy water and you’re done
That’s it. That’s all you need to do.
So from now on, this will be your cleaning method. The key to keeping your Pit Boss griddle clean is staying on top of things and caring for your griddle.
If you ever find your griddle to be sticky, our guide here will teach you how to take your griddle from sticky to non-sticky in a day!
These simple steps will guarantee a long life for your griddle, and as you can see, the whole process takes less than 10 minutes, so there’s really no reason not to keep up with it.
Hopefully today’s post has taught you not only how to clean Pit Boss griddles but also how to care for them properly so you can keep them in the best condition they can be!