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Old 11-21-2019, 12:05 PM   #1
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Anyone wish they had NOT bought a griddle?

With all this talk of Blackstone griddles, is anyone sorry they got a griddle. It doesn't matter if it is Blackstone or other brand.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:08 PM   #2
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Not me, but if it helps...

A friend of mine bought a Blackstone and sent the first one back for quality and fitment issues. He then sent the second one back because he didn't like cooking steaks on it; said it didn't get hot enough for his preferred searing techniques.
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Old 11-21-2019, 12:53 PM   #3
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I have their 28" griddle at the house and love it. It can be folded up for tailgating but it does not fit in any of my TT storage compartments so I don't take it with us camping. I'm seriously considering snagging a 17" one just for the trailer. I originally had a Griddle-Q that fit on my regular gas grill, but it does not compare to the Blackstone griddle IMO.

You can cook just about anything on a griddle, which is why you see so many commercial kitchens that use them (but theirs have mega-BTU burners for more heat when needed). If you have never had a smash burger on a griddle, you are missing out. I've done steaks and agree, it's not the perfect medium *UNLESS* you combine it with some other process like sous vide to "cook" the meat just shy of the final internal temp and then hot sear the outside on a griddle or grill.

I also have a Weber Baby-Q (one of the original 100 series) that is killer on steaks and is very portable. It fits in the front pass through just fine. I found it a few years back on craigslist for $45 and after cleaning, I only had to replace a $5 part and it's like new. I also have Anova Nano sous vide cooker. That paired with a good grill make the best steaks in the world IMO, but you can also finish them on a griddle.

Not to change the subject, but if you are not familiar with sous vide, watch the video I'm linking below. It's a great cooking tool and pairs well with camping (if you have shore or generator power). This method paired with a camp grill or griddle makes some of the best food (not just steaks - works for chicken, BBQ, seafood, veggies, etc... and pairs very well with a griddle, even a small one).

Anova Nano Sous Vide cooker - I use mine with a small portable coleman cooler, you don't have to have the fancy clear container like you see in a lot of videos. It also works in just a cooking pot. I have both the Nano and their full sized bluetooth model (I had the full sized for a few years before the nano came out - the nano lives in the trailer and it fits nicely in a drawer).

https://www.amazon.com/Anova-Culinar.../dp/B07C7PW3PC

https://youtu.be/vxNaxi6dmFc

This is my full sized Anova in a Coleman Oscar cooler doing some summer sausage (totally home made summer sausage). After smoking them, I vacuum packed them with my food saver and put them in the Sous Vide bath for about 2 hours to ensure they were at the finished temp all the way through (prevents over cooking and the dreaded "fat out" also). Comes out perfect. I did not have any photos of a sous vide steak cook, but this shows you how it works. You don't have to vacuum pack the food and can just use a zip lock bag. Set temp is 154.0 degrees, and the water was hot tap water so it needs to come up to temp but it does so very quickly.

Now that I think about it, I may start another thread about sous vide. If I do, I'll post a link in this one so we can take that over there, but my point here is it pairs great with a griddle.

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Old 11-21-2019, 05:46 PM   #4
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They have one with griddle and grill combo
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:12 PM   #5
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I've done steaks and agree, it's not the perfect medium *UNLESS* you combine it with some other process like sous vide
You had me at sous vide! Talking my language! Here's mine. I've made full beef tenderloins in it.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:13 PM   #6
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I bought the 17 inch griddle and the carry bag. Love it. I take that one camping. I like it so much that at home I bought the Blackstone griddle combo that came with the deep fryer. One thing to note,, If you hook up the 17 in. to a 20 lb tank,,crack the gas open real slow and just alittle bit. It will trip the safety in the pressure control. If that happens, just disconnect from the tank and hook it back up again.
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Old 11-21-2019, 06:24 PM   #7
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Wouldn't own one. Thats not real outdoor cooking unless you use charcoal. Half the fun is getting it all set up getting coals hot and have nice refreshing drink in hand. Later RJD
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:11 PM   #8
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I'm also very happy with my 22" Blackstone griddle and also started using a sous vide. Nice combo for many meals.

I just picked up the Blackstone Tailgater because it was on sale at a reasonable price but was a bit disappointed in size / weight. I like the more flexible burners but it's big and heavy.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:20 PM   #9
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I have the Blackstone with half griddle half covered side.
Love it. best thing to cook breakfast on for sure.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:21 PM   #10
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Wouldn't own one. Thats not real outdoor cooking unless you use charcoal. Half the fun is getting it all set up getting coals hot and have nice refreshing drink in hand. Later RJD
Back in the '90's I had a Weber Kettle grill. Real men use charcoal to cook (and filter their whiskey). But reality set in and I realized in the time it took to get everything ready and up to temp, I was eating with a gas grill. Also much better for quick meals.

Today some of the vacation houses we rent come with charcoal grills. Like you said grab a couple of beers and head out. Once the beer is done the grill is ready. Go get the food and a few more beers and enjoy the slow life.

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Old 11-22-2019, 05:36 AM   #11
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Nope .... love the Blackstone
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:35 AM   #12
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I got a 17" Blackstone for Christmas last year to replace the electric one that I had in the camper. I cooked every meal on it every time that we went camping. I liked it so much that I bought a 28" Blackstone for the house. I removed the Weber Q that I had in the camper and it won't be going back in. I didn't use it once during the last camping season.

So to answer the OP's question, I'm not sorry that I got the Blackstone.
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Old 11-22-2019, 06:39 AM   #13
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Don't have a Blackstone or any of those, but I did throw away 3 George Foreman grills that were given to me.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:37 AM   #14
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Wow! Lots of great information. Thanks guys. I have been on the fence about getting one. I do have the Weber Baby Q, but have heard so much raving about the Blackstone griddle that I thought I may need to try one.

dward51, I had never heard of sous vide. Very interesting.

I imagine that for 2 people the 17 inch griddle should be big enough?
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dward51, I had never heard of sous vide. Very interesting.
Not something I would take the time to do when camping. But you know that sweet spot in the center of a perfectly cooked steak? Imagine that sweet spot throughout the entire thickness of a steak, roast, whatever. It's great for cooking a bunch of steaks or roast ahead of time if you are having company, they will hold at the perfect done temperature you prefer for up to a couple hours, then you just sear them up to make 'em pretty!
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Absolutely love my Lodge griddle!
Use the heck out of it on the Coleman stove, gas grill, fire pit and even at home on occasion.
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Not me, but if it helps...

A friend of mine bought a Blackstone and sent the first one back for quality and fitment issues. He then sent the second one back because he didn't like cooking steaks on it; said it didn't get hot enough for his preferred searing techniques.
My suspicion is they have a 17" and running from LP 20lb/whatever bottle. Mine worked pretty good with the 1 lb bottle and not so well with the other. I engineered a adjustable regulator and the heat is only limited to the temp of the LP now. Short answer is that it is fixed.
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Absolutely love my Lodge griddle!
Use the heck out of it on the Coleman stove, gas grill, fire pit and even at home on occasion.
And that cast iron seasoning keeps getting better and better...love the way it holds heat and browns stuff. Use a $20 infrared thermometer on it to get the temp just where I want it. Use one of these to clean your cast iron, one of the best thing's I've ever bought. Mine is The Ringer brand.
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And that cast iron seasoning keeps getting better and better...love the way it holds heat and browns stuff. Use a $20 infrared thermometer on it to get the temp just where I want it. Use one of these to clean your cast iron, one of the best thing's I've ever bought. Mine is The Ringer brand.
I'll have to find one of those!! Thanks!
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It's a buck cheaper than when I bought it almost 3 years ago. I think it's made in Canada. At least it's not Chinese!
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