Blackstone or Similar Griddles

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  1. Geezer

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    I have been thinking about one of these. I do a lot of grilling and cooking on my Weber and I'm not sure just how much use I would get out of it.

    Tell me what you have and what you like and don't like about it.
     
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    kcult Change my mind. Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I forget the size, maybe 17"? It's a Blackstone.

    I bought it mostly to take to campgrounds, but find myself using it here quite a bit.

    Likes? I can cook just about anything on it, as long as I want it "griddled." Meats, veggies, fruits, grated cheese, etc.

    Dislikes.. Cleaning it.

    A deer backstrap from a few days ago:

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    No flare-ups, can cook veggies, steaks, skrimps and chicken!! My go to for outdoor cooking. I have a 22" blackstone with 2 knobs for heat control.
     
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    I have a 17" Blackstone that I bought for camping. I cook everything on it when traveling. Eggs, pancakes, meat, 'taters, peppers, etc.

    It's the best thing since sliced bread.

    I took an IR heat gun and found my hot spots. The middle of mine gets to 640*F+/- on the highest setting. The corners get to about 360*F. When I want to keep something in a holding pattern I tuck it in the corners. It puts a fantastic sear on a steak. Burgers are outstanding.

    Mine is incredibly easy to clean so I don't know why @kcult is having an issue. I seasoned mine like cast iron and I can just use water to clean it while hot. I also always keep mine oiled with peanut oil.

    If I didn't already have a Weber gas grill I would get one of the big Blackstones for the house.

    Also, If you are going to travel with it I would recommend one of the Blackstone bags to pack it in. I could not find a reasonably sized Tupperware tote to put it in.
     
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    kcult Change my mind. Charter Member Supporting Member

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    It's not the level of difficulty. It's the act.

    I dislike watching dishes after eating. I dislike sweeping the driveway after cutting grass. I dislike cleaning the griddle after cooking.

    I do it, but I dislike it. I'm just that kind of guy.
     
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    How does one cook a baked potatoe on these?

    I've been wanting one, but been holding back.
     
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    Gotcha.

    I always wash my hands after dropping the kids off at the pool. Not because it's particularly enjoyable but because it's the right thing to do.
     
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    I've never tried a baked potato. Sometimes I use a stainless steel mixing bowl over burgers to hold the moisture in. This works great for the "Juicy Lucy" burgers. You might could use the same technique over a potato.
     
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    A little off topic, but after cooking on a grate over my fire pit I started researching all kind of grills. I cook over coals up in the mountains using a cast iron camping grill a lot. My BGE is getting long in the tooth and a new pellet is inbound. So I was thinking of a good compliment to the pellet grill. Been looking at Santa Maria style grills. With one of those you can either buy a cast iron rectangular skillet for one side or use your own cast iron skillet over the coals. And with the hand crank you can adjust height and heat. Probably overkill for what you are thinking, but go big or go home works well for me.
     
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    I've got the 28" I use as a home grill. Love being able to cook anything I want on,eggs pancakes veggies etc on it but as kcult said the cleaning is at time a pain in the a**. Make sure you season it good (I used bacon grease) before you cook on it.Sometimes it takes two or three times .
     
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    You've seen and eaten offa RS's. She loves it. We had bacon, sausage, pancakes, and eggs Sunday.

    18x29 Blackstone 2 burner.
     
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    I musta been too late for that.
     
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    He's talking about her griddle.
     
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    DC Bigdaddy Fat and Happy

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    I just had a 16"x32" x3/8" steel plate cut, polished and sides welded to 3 sides to go on top of my 2 burner "fish cooker". I just got it back yesterday from the boy welding it together. We'll see how it does here shortly.

    One thing that I'll have to have fixed, I didn't put handles on it and the dang thing is heavy!!!!
     
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    Pics? Sounds like something I would like to have!
     
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    Heavy is a good thing. It should hold some heat for you.
     
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    I recently picked up a Camp Chef Versatop 2. It's 16 x 24. I'm in love. I picked this one because of the size and you can remove the griddle and add a grill box. We have our camper and use it frequently so I figured this would fit in nicely. It's frickin' heavy. I also got a hose that I can hook it right to the camper.

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    Only used it one time and it did well. For some reason my burners were not working correctly. it does need a grease catch on the front. I'll have to have the fab shop build me one.
     

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    For those using these flat top grilles, do you cook baked potatoes on them?
     
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    I'm not sure how to go about a baked tater on a griddle.
     
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    Naw never baked a tater on mine. Made some pancakes that were tasty tho!
     
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    Nowyatalkin!!!!!!
     
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    Easy,
    *Cube washed tater
    *Dice onions
    *Mince Garlic
    *Oil griddle
    *Dump Onions onto griddle & add salt
    *Dump taters onto griddle and add salt
    *Stir together until well fried
    *Enjoy!!

    See baked taters on griddle! :rolleyes:
     
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    Cooked in the ear corn on the cob on mine. Hummmm
     
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    Better if you put it on the back so your not moving hot grease etc... towards you when your cleaning.;)
     
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    Did you just go full potato?
     
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    You got me thinking about this. If you placed the potato on the griddle and placed a pan or something over it it would bake it.

    I did a search and found no product like that. Want to invest in my idea?
     
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    Is that a teflon cooktop?
     
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    See post #8.
     
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    It's cast iron. Camp Chef preseasons it. It was good to go out of the box.

    A couple of my buddies that have Blackstone griddles. One seasoned his with canola and the other one used safflower oil (I think).
     
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    With the grill box

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