Is your Blackstone griddle sticky after seasoning? Let’s talk about why this happens and give some tips on how to fix it. Blackstone griddles have a cast iron griddle surface.
The reason your Blackstone Griddle is sticky is because the volume of cooking oil built up on the griddle cooking surface. Following the steps below will eliminate the stickiness and get you back to non-stick griddling in no time!
Well, not all of them, but many of them, and if yours is sticky, it’s likely cast iron. If you are unsure if your surface is cast iron or not, check your manual or the Blackstone Website for more info about your specific model.
Some think cast ion is high maintenance, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Once you learn how to clean and re-season after each use, it becomes super easy and low maintenance.
Why Does the Griddle Get Sticky?
There are two types of cast iron outdoor griddle people out there. Those who can season their cast iron and care for it to the point that an egg will slide around on the surface, and those who find theirs sticky and everything burns and smokes.
If you’re the type that can season your cast iron griddle surface to slide an egg, you’re probably not the person that comes to this article, so I’ll assume you’re the one who has a sticky griddle surface.
It’s cool, I was that person for years! It’s a fixable issue so no worries!
While there are a few reasons why case iron griddle surfaces can get sticky, however, basically it’s essentially two reasons that will fix 95% of issues. Chances are from my experience, it comes down to these main factors below:
Not Properly Cleaned
If your idea of cleaning the griddle is wiping it off, and pouring some oil on it after you’re done, you may find yourself with a sticky griddle.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you can just wipe and oil your cooking surface (most of the time) but if you haven’t truly scraped the food off and truly steam cleaned the griddle with water before adding the final thin layer of oil, it will end up sticky.
If you find yourself with a really sticky griddle that can’t seem to get better with normal cleanings over time, you may need to deep clean your griddle top and re-season.
Chances are, from time to time, you need to deep clean your griddle surface to remove the excess food particles and oil build-up.
Once that’s done, then you can re-season your griddle. If you want the step-by-step guide to deep cleaning for your griddle surface, check out this helpful guide to cleaning your griddle.
Too Much Oil For Your Griddle
Look, I get it, there is no rule book for how much oil you should have used and you likely thought the amount you used was fine. However, it’s actually a VERY important step.
Using too much oil on your cooking surface can be easy to do. Getting the correct amount of oil to use is a bit of an art…..well, not really, it’s just something you need to be careful about.
How Much Oil Should You Use On Your Griddle?
When you have fully cleaned your griddle after use, it’s extremely important that you re-season your Blackstone griddle surface with a VERY LIGHT layer of oil. Most like Grape-Seed, Avocado, or Olive Oil, essentially, just look for cooking oil with a high smoke point.
This will allow you to cook without creating a smoke show for your family and guests.
The best way I have found is to drop about a “quarter-sized” amount of oil on the cooking surface and spread that around.
If that was not enough, then add another quarter-sized amount and you should NOT need any more than that….I’m serious, even the Blackstone 36 never needs more than two-quarter-sized amounts of oil.
How To Remove The Sticky Oil And Get Back To A Slick Surface
If you have found yourself in a too much oil situation, you need to do a deep cleaning first to remove all the built-up oil over the years first.
When you do this cleaning, it’s a good idea to heat up the griddle and allow the griddle surface to release its death grip on oils and any other properties in the surface. If you need, you can use soap on the griddle when stripping it.
Once the cleaning step is complete and your griddle is fully cleaned up, the surface might be looking a bit rough. Good news, now you can re-season the griddle and you will be back in action.
If you don’t know how to re-season your griddle, follow the steps in the Easy Griddle Seasoning Guide.
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Griddle Accessories You WILL ACTUALLY NEED
If you’re new to griddling altogether, I recommend checking out these accessories as they will save you some headaches and some greasy laundry.
This is another big one. While your griddle does come ready to use….it’s missing some really BASIC items you will need.
- 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.
- Griddle Hood: This is a bit of a bigger deal than many think initially. A quality griddle hood will help you cook better by controlling heat and creating a “oven” as well as protecting your griddle cover from coming in contact with your griddle surface that can either be dirty or really hot. Something like this works great, see it here on Amazon.
- Griddle Cover: I didn’t think I needed one either. But, I found out very soon how great of a job they did from preventing unnecessary wear and tear from the weather when being stored in my back yard. Its a small investment that pays back big time. Something like this works great here on Amazon.
- Infrared 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 t hurt your wallet, check it on Amazon.
- Grease Tins: These are dirt cheap and save you an unnecessary headache when cleaning up. Simply drop them into the grease trap and toss them when you’re done! Check these here on Amazon.
- Griddle Bottles: Another must-have, you really only need two. One for water, and one for your chosen cooking oil. If you are 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 your 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.
- 1lb To 5lb or 20lb Propane Adapter: Like mentioned above, just swapping out your tiny 1lb propane bottle will save the world and your trips to find a camping propane bottle every hour. Grab one here on Amazon.
So there you have it! You know hopefully understand why your griddle is sticky after you seasoned it. It basically boils down to either too much oil was used and/or it wasn’t thoroughly cleaned after the last cooking.
Fortunately, it’s an easy fix! Now, clean and season that griddle and prepare yourself for years of non-stick griddling bliss! Griddle King, out.