Blackstone Grease Trap Blocker
Blackstone griddles come with either a front or rear grease management system built into the cooktop.
Models with a rear grease management system have a small opening in the rear lip of the griddle top that lets you divert excess grease away before it starts smoking or burning the food.
Blackstone griddles with a front grease management system essentially have a trough that lets you scrape grease away from the cooktop, where it pours into a collection cup.
While there are strengths and benefits to both of these grease management systems, they both have one thing in common.
They will suck down things like scrambled eggs and loose pancake batter like the event horizon of a black hole!
This inspires some Blackstone griddle owners to use a grease trap blocker to essentially seal off the grease management system while they are cooking foods that start out as a liquid or batter.
Though this tends to be the sort of thing that you should only do for a minute or two at a time. Blocking or plugging the grease management system permanently can cause catastrophe.
What Is a Grease Trap Blocker?
A grease trap blocker is designed to prevent things like liquid batters and eggs from pouring off the griddle top.
You can improvise one with a piece of folded heavy-duty aluminum foil, the blade of a flat spatula turned sideways, or by standing up a griddle scraper.
Whether your Blackstone griddle has a front grease trough or a rear grease port will determine the best method to temporarily block the grease management system.
Where Do You Put the Grease Trap Blocker on a Blackstone Griddle?
A front grease management system, like you find on several versions of the Blackstone 28, needs to be physically blocked at the front of the griddle top.
Though a rear-mounted grease management system like you find on the Blackstone 36-inch model 1825 needs to be blocked.
You can improvise a rear grease block or plug by simply folding over a few pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil to create a dam.
If you don’t have aluminum foil at the ready, you might be able to temporarily keep the eggs or batter from pouring away by pressing a spatula flat over the rear grease port or deftly standing up a griddle scraper.
Folding up several sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil in a 90-degree L will help create a dam.
Though you risk eggs or pancakes sticking to the foil.
So, you will have to be smart with your placement, and perhaps quick with your spatula to hold the batter in place until it firms up.
Another way to keep eggs and loose batter from pouring off the front of the griddle is to temporarily alter the level of the griddle top.
For a griddle with adjustable legs like the Blackstone On-the-Go, or the Blackstone Tailgater, this is relatively easy.
For a larger model like the Blackstone 28, you can lock the casters and simply slide an inch or two of a simple wood shim under the front two legs.
This will slightly bias the griddle top toward the back to keep the food from flowing away.
Should You Use a Grease Trap Blocker
A grease trap blocker should not be used permanently on a Blackstone griddle.
Preventing excess grease from things like bacon or even fatty hamburger patties can turn into a serious fire hazard in just a single cook session.
Not to mention the very real risk of the grease reaching its smoke point, which not only fouls the air but can give your food an unpleasant burnt flavor.
It should only be used as a short-term fix to prevent eggs and batter from accidentally pouring into the grease management system.
A grease trap blocker on a Blackstone griddle can be handy for preventing eggs and batter from pouring off the griddle top. It can also help prevent clogs in the grease management system, prevent smoke or grease fires, and keep the collection cup from overflowing.
Though it should not be a permanent alteration to your griddle top.
Letting grease and rendered fat sit on a hot griddle top can be a real fire hazard.
It can also give your food a burned flavor and put an unnecessary amount of smoke in the air.
Not to mention pooled grease is a major hassle to clean up later.
You can temporarily black a rear grease management system with some folded sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
You might also be able to create a temporary dam using a griddle scraper or some sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil bent into an L shape.
If you don’t have anything to make a grease block dam, you could try slightly altering the angle of the griddle top by slipping some shims under the front feet.
This will slightly bias the griddle toward the back to keep eggs and pancake batter from flowing away.