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Article: How to Season Your Griddle: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Season Your Griddle: A Step-by-Step Guide

Seasoning your griddle is a crucial step to ensure optimal performance, prevent food from sticking, and enhance the flavor of your cooking. Whether you're using a brand-new griddle or maintaining a seasoned one, following the right steps will keep your griddle in top shape. We’ll guide you through the process of seasoning your griddle with expert tips from Big Poppa Smokers.  Make sure to watch the video at the end for more great tips from Big Poppa.

Why Season Your Griddle?

Seasoning your griddle creates a non-stick surface and protects the metal from rust and corrosion. The process involves applying a thin layer of oil and heating it until it bonds with the griddle's surface, forming a protective coating. This not only makes cooking and cleanup easier but also adds a layer of flavor to your food.

What You’ll Need

  • High-heat cooking oil (such as flaxseed oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil)
  • Paper towels or a clean cloth
  • A heat-resistant spatula
  • A grill brush or scraper (if not new)
  • Safety gloves
  • Infrared temperature gauge (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Seasoning Your Griddle

Step 1: Clean the Griddle: Before you begin seasoning, make sure your griddle is clean. If it's brand new, wash it with warm, soapy water to remove any manufacturing residues. For a used griddle, use a grill brush or scraper to remove any food particles or debris. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.

Step 2: Preheat the Griddle: Turn on your griddle to medium-high heat and allow it to preheat for about 10-15 minutes. This helps to open up the pores of the metal, allowing the oil to penetrate and bond more effectively.

Step 3: Apply the Oil: Pour a small amount of high-heat cooking oil onto the griddle. Using a paper towel or clean cloth held with tongs, spread the oil evenly across the entire surface, including the edges and corners. Make sure to apply a thin, even layer without any excess oil pooling on the surface.

Step 4: Heat the Oil: Allow the oil to heat on the griddle until it begins to smoke. This is when the oil starts to bond with the metal, creating the seasoning layer. This process can take about 10-15 minutes. Once the oil stops smoking, turn off the heat and let the griddle cool down completely.

Step 5: Repeat the Process: For a brand-new griddle, it’s recommended to repeat the oiling and heating process 2-3 times to build a strong seasoning layer. For maintenance, you can repeat the process as needed to maintain the non-stick surface and protect your griddle.

Maintenance Tips

  • Clean After Each Use: After cooking, scrape off any food residues and wipe down the griddle with a paper towel. Apply a thin layer of oil to protect the surface.
  • Avoid Harsh Cleaners: Do not use soap or abrasive cleaners on a seasoned griddle, as they can strip away the seasoning.
  • Store Properly: Keep your griddle in a dry place and cover it when not in use to prevent rust.


Seasoning your griddle is an essential step to ensure it performs at its best and delivers delicious, flavorful results. By following these simple steps and using high-quality products from Big Poppa Smokers you can enjoy a perfectly seasoned griddle for all your BBQ and cooking adventures. Happy grilling!


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