Once you try cooking bacon on a Blackstone griddle, you’ll never cook it in your kitchen again. Trust me.
Is there anything more delicious than some fresh cooked bacon?
Seriously, bacon is one of the most popular foods to cook on a griddle and once you master it you’ll find yourself cooking bacon on your Blackstone all the time.
Obviously bacon is a breakfast staple, but it also goes great with Smashburgers and BLTs. Or chop it up and toss in Carbonara sauce, as a pizza topping, or mixed with veggies like broccoli.
Cooking Bacon On A Flat Top Grill
Gas griddles like the Blackstone are perfect for cooking bacon.
First of all, the cooking surface is much bigger than a frying pan or even a cookie sheet. I have a 36 inch Blackstone in my backyard and can I fit enough bacon to feed the whole neighborhood!
So even if you have a huge get together you’ll have no trouble cooking enough bacon for everyone. And even if its just for you and the family, you can cook bacon on one side of the flat top while your pancakes or scrambled eggs cook on the other side.
Things You’ll Need
- Bacon (duh)
- Paper towels or a wire cooking rack
- Plate or cookie sheet
- Grill press (optional)
How To Cook Bacon On A Blackstone Griddle
Take your bacon out of the fridge about 15 to 20 minutes before cooking. Like most meats, bacon cooks best when it starts at room temperature.
Pre-heat your griddle to medium heat. If the heat is too high your bacon is likely to burn.
Ideally the cooking surface will be about 350°F. It helps to have an infrared thermometer to check the temperature, but if you don’t have one just do your best.
A good trick is to splash a few drops of water on the hot griddle. You want to hear a sizzling sound and the water should quickly evaporate.
Once the griddle is heated, place the bacon directly on the cooking surface, leaving some space between them so they aren’t touching each other. You don’t even need to use oil or cooking spray as the bacon itself will release enough oil and grease on its own.
Depending on your bacon’s brand and thickness, it should take about five to seven minutes to cook on each side. Obviously, the thicker the bacon is the longer it will take to cook.
You can speed up the cooking process a bit by using a grill press. Place it directly on the bacon and let it sit there. It will press the bacon down and reduce curling, plus it will help cook both sides at the same time.
You can’t really use an instant thermometer on bacon because its so thin, so you’ll have to rely on your eyes to know when it’s done to your liking. I like my bacon crispy, but some people prefer it more chewy. There’s no right or wrong, whatever you like works.
When the bacon has finished cooking use the tongs to remove it from the griddle and place on a plate or cookie sheet lined with paper towels or a wire rack. Pat it dry with paper towels to remove any excess grease.
How To Know When Bacon Is Cooked
When your bacon is ready, the pink part of the meat should be a reddish brown and the white fat will turn translucent.
If you like it a little extra crispy, leave it on the griddle a bit longer. But keep a close eye on it because bacon can go from “not quite done” to “completely burnt” in the blink of an eye.
Is It OK To Cook Eggs In Bacon Grease?
You can cook eggs, pancakes, or hashbrowns in your leftover bacon grease. Not only will the bacon grease give the rest of your breakfast a smokey and salty taste, it will also help prevent sticking without having to add oil or butter.
And of course, burgers cooked in bacon grease are incredibly delicious!
If you make a cook a whole batch of bacon on a griddle, there’s likely to be a lot of leftover grease. You’ll want to use a spatula to push any excess into the grease pan before cooking anything else on the griddle.
A little bacon grease is good, too much is not.
Why Did My Bacon Stick To My Blackstone Griddle?
If you notice your bacon is sticking to your Blackstone, it means you probably have a build up of oil on your griddle’s cooking surface.
A well-seasoned grill only needs a very thin layer of oil applied. When you cook it off it burns into the surface and creates a hard, non-stick surface.
If you use too much oil when seasoning it will pool and never completely hardens, so the next time you cook it reheats and turns into a gummy mess.
Too much oil can also lead to peeling or flaking on the Blackstone’s surface. It’s not really the cooking surface itself coming apart, it’s the seasoning of oil falling off.
You might also experience a sticky Blackstone if you don’t clean it well enough. It’s important to get any residue completely off before adding another layer of oil. If not, the food will become trapped between the oil and the grill and when you cook again it will be a sticky mess.
How Do You Clean A Blackstone After Bacon?
Cooking bacon on a Blackstone griddle can make quite a mess so it’s important you understand how to clean your griddle properly.
While the bacon is cooking, use your spatula to push any excess grease into the grease pan. This will save you some work later.
When you’re finished cooking, turn off the burners and let it start cooling. While it’s still warm, scrape the cooking surface with a metal scraper or spatula to remove any stuck-on food particles.
Next use some paper towels and wipe it down completely (you’ll go through a lot of paper towels). If the griddle is still hot use a pair of tongs to hold the paper towels so you don’t burn yourself.
For stubborn, stuck-on food pour some water onto the griddle while it’s still warm. This will help loosen any residue and make it easier to scrape off.
You can continue using a metal scraper, but a Blackstone Scouring Pad is much more effective at getting those stubborn spots cleaned and I recommend using them.
Wipe any excess water away with paper towels and then dry the surface gently with a towel.
Add a thin layer of cooking oil or Blackstone griddle seasoning and conditioner so it will be ready for your next cooking session.
How Long Can Cooked Bacon Sit Out?
Like other meats, cooked bacon can sit out for about two hours safely. The longer food sits out the more opportunity there is for bacteria to grow and spoil it. If it’s been sitting out for more than two hours or if it’s been sitting in the sun, throw it out.
Better to be safe than sorry.
How Long Can Bacon Stay In The Fridge?
You should always follow the manufacturer’s expiration date on the package, but once you’ve opened the package raw bacon can stay in the fridge for about a week. If unopened or placed in an airtight container or bag, raw bacon can be stored in the freezer for four months.
Once cooked, bacon can stay in the fridge for four to five days. If stored properly in the freezer you can keep it for about a month.