The Blackstone 36" Griddle Cooking Station is an interesting, low cost, large capacity, portable cook top. A stainless steel version is available and it is also offered in a smaller 28" size. Four 15,000 BTU burners generate enough sizzle to do some serious cooking, although it may not stand up to heavy professional use. Indeed the brief 90 day warranty is voided if used for commercial or rental purposes.
The 36" x 21" removable, cold rolled steel griddle has a lip around the sides and back to keep your goodies from falling off. Electric ignition makes for convenient start up. Large work shelves are located left and right, and a small grease cup hangs under the front right corner of the griddle where a small channel facilitates cleaning the cook surface. Remove the bottom storage shelf and the legs fold up for easy transport and serious tailgating!
Griddles are different from grills and we love our open flames, but boy oh boy….people who own these are nuts about them! They love the even heat across the large cook surface and high temp capability. Furthermore it's easy to caramelize onions and peppers, or cook eggs-bacon and pancakes. For the best of both worlds Blackstone offers an Accessory Grill Box, (about $100, shown below). Remove the griddle and replace with the grill box. Built-in heat deflectors diffuse heat from the tube burners and a grease tray is included.
Easy to use, easy to clean, plenty of cook surface and portable!
Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
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Blackstone Products began with the launch of their 36" Griddle in 2005. They have expanded to offer a variety of griddles, a charcoal grill, a patio/pizza oven, and some accessories.