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How to cook bacon on Blackstone Griddle? EXPLAINED!

How to cook bacon on Blackstone Griddle

What’s better than a sizzling strip of perfectly cooked bacon? From the salty, savory flavor, to the delicious aroma wafting through the air, to the crispy crunch in your mouth, bacon is truly a crowd-pleaser. 

In just 15 minutes, you can prepare some of the best bacon bacon of your life on a Blackstone Griddle.

Set your griddle to 350-400 degrees, and use a griddle press if you don’t want to have to flip your bacon.

After you’re done cooking, you might be tempted to use the bacon grease to re-season your griddle; however, Blackstone recommends against this as it will likely compromise the effectiveness of your seasoning layer.

In this article we’ll share everything you need to know about making bacon on a Blackstone Griddle

How long does bacon take to cook on a griddle?

All in all, it should take around 10-15 minutes to prepare bacon on a griddle.

The cook time will vary slightly based on the thickness of the bacon, the temperature of the griddle, and whether or not you use a griddle press. 

When you use a griddle press, you eliminate the need to flip your bacon, which shortens the cook time. If you don’t have a griddle press, you’ll want to cook your bacon for a few minutes on each side until it reaches your preferred level of crispiness. 

For bacon to be fully cooked, it must reach a temperature of 160 degrees.

You can use a food thermometer to gauge whether or not the bacon is at or above the right temperature.

If you’re using thicker slices of bacon, know that this will add a few minutes to the overall cook time. Another factor that will determine the total cook time is the temperature of your griddle

Even with these variances, you’re still looking at about 15 minutes to fully prepare your bacon on a griddle. 

What temperature do you cook bacon on a Blackstone Griddle?

When you’re cooking bacon on a Blackstone Griddle, you should set your griddle to 350-400 degrees.

This temperature range will result in bacon strips that are cooked evenly and crisped to perfection. 

If you go hotter than this range, there is a chance that the bacon will burn or cook unevenly.

Most seasoned Blackstone users recommend that you do not cook bacon at a higher temperature than 400 degrees to avoid these problems.

On the other hand, cooking at a lower temperature than 350 degrees may significantly lengthen your overall cook time. 

What to do with leftover bacon grease on a Blackstone Griddle?

If you have leftover bacon grease, you may be wondering if you can simply leave it on your Blackstone Griddle to apply another seasoning layer. In short, bacon grease is not the best option for seasoning a griddle, so you’ll want to remove the grease instead.

Push as much of the grease as you can into the grease catch. Then scrape your griddle and remove any remaining debris.

If you have any stubborn food bits stuck to your griddle, you may want to apply a small amount of warm water to aid in the cleaning process. 

After the grease and debris has been removed, you can decide if you want to reuse the grease for other cooking purposes or if you’d prefer to dispose of it. 

Finally, you should apply another thin layer of oil to your griddle surface to maintain the integrity of your seasoning layer. 

Why did my bacon stick to my Blackstone Griddle?

If you’re struggling with your bacon sticking to the griddle top, it is likely because your griddle seasoning isn’t doing its job, and this can happen for a few different reasons. 

If you’re new to using a Blackstone, take some time to familiarize yourself with the process of seasoning your griddle.

Essentially, this means applying a thin coat of cooking oil to protect the griddle and create a non-stick cooking surface.

Food is more likely to stick to griddle surfaces that aren’t seasoned at all or aren’t seasoned well.

You may just need to add another seasoning layer to your griddle surface the next time you cook.

However, if you notice flaking on the griddle surface, this is a sign that your existing seasoning layer is flaking off and will need to be stripped and reapplied. 

If you’ve previously used bacon grease to season your griddle, this could be another reason why your food is sticking to the surface.

The best way to prevent bacon and other foods from sticking to your Blackstone is to regularly maintain a proper seasoning layer with oils like grapeseed oil or flaxseed oil. 

Can you season a Blackstone with bacon grease?

In short, you can season a Blackstone with bacon grease, but Blackstone strongly recommends against it. Seasoning your griddle with bacon grease can result in uneven seasoning and a sticky griddle surface. 

If you season your Blackstone with bacon grease, you’ll find that the food you’re cooking is more likely to burn and get stuck to the griddle surface.

Soon, you’ll need to completely strip away the existing seasoning layer and start from scratch. 

While you certainly can do this, most people find that using bacon grease isn’t worth the trouble.

For those who decide to go ahead with the bacon grease anyway, they usually do so because of the salty, smoky flavor that the bacon grease can add to their food. 

If you love this flavor and feel like the extra effort will be worth it, you can go ahead and season your griddle with bacon grease. Just be aware of the sticky effect that the bacon grease can have on your griddle surface and plan to reseason it within a few weeks or months. 

Final Thoughts

The next time you’re craving bacon, fire up a Blackstone Griddle and cook your bacon at 350-400 degrees. In 10-15 minutes you’ll be crunching away on some perfectly prepared and deliciously flavored strips of meat.

Unless you’re prepared to do some serious seasoning maintenance, we recommend that you don’t use the leftover bacon grease to season your griddle. Instead, you can use a thin layer of cooking oil for more consistency.