Blackstone Bacon is the fastest way to cook a whole lot of bacon at once. It’s a perfect part of a breakfast idea to feed a hungry crowd. The Blackstone griddle flattop surface makes it easy to mix and match breakfast items so you can cook a lot or a little of what you need for the perfect Blackstone Breakfast.
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Cook Bacon on Grill
Cooking on a Blackstone Griddle is one our favorite ways to cook bacon. You can cook a few slices up to several packages at one time depending on what size griddle you have and what size crowd you need to feed.
Nothing beats the tantalizing smell of bacon sizzling on the grill to get a weekend breakfast or brunch off to a great start!
Bacon cooked on the Blackstone grill turns out crisp and delicious. You can use your spatula or a bacon press to get those award winning flat bacon strips. The best part is everything gets done at once and the whole crowd can sit down together and enjoy the meal.
How Do You Cook Bacon on the Blackstone?
Preheat the griddle for about 5 or 10 minutes on medium-high heat which is about 400°F. To get a good idea of what temperature the griddle is I use a Thermometer Temperature Gun. Pretty neat invention and fun to use!
Place bacon on griddle in a line, lay them flat and don’t let the pieces touch. Spice up the bacon and give it a rich flavor by coating the slices with balsamic vinegar mixed with maple syrup, course black pepper, or brown sugar and honey.
Keep bacon flat by using a bacon press to weigh the slices down while they cook. A bacon press is a heavy piece of flat cast iron with a handle. Lay the press on the bacon before turning the slices. After about 3 to 5 minutes use tongs to turn each piece over.
Some cooks like to start with a cold griddle to cook bacon so that it renders the fat and makes crispy bacon with lots of flavor. For me, it depends on when I put the bacon on to cook while cooking several different foods. To cook it by starting with a cold griddle just place the bacon on the flat top surface then turn the burners to low. It will take a little longer but the wait just enhances the anticipation of that delicious bacon!
Do I Oil the Griddle Before Cooking Bacon?
There are two line of thought on this subject. Some say the bacon has plenty of fat so no oil is needed. This works fine if you start with a cold griddle and cook low and slow. If you start by preheating the griddle a little oil will help the slices to not stick and makes clean up easier. For tips on seasoning and cleaning check out our Griddle Guide.
Should I Cook Bacon on the Blackstone?
Absolutely. Blackstone cooking is the best! Once you cook a big batch of bacon outside and see how easy it is to cook it all at once you may never cook it in a skillet on the stove again. Models range from 22 inches to 36 inches. That’s a lot of bacon cooking space!
Clean up is so much easier outside and your kitchen stays clean inside. The oil and food residue can be scraped and pushed to the drain on the back. No skillets to wash and no stove to wipe oil splatter off. What’s not to love about that setup?
Griddle Temp for Bacon
Set the griddle to medium heat setting. Bacon is cooked at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. How to tell what the temperature of the griddle is for cooking that bacon? The easiest method is to use a thermometer gun.
Alternately, to check the griddle temperature without a thermometer place your hand 3 inches above the grill and count the seconds you can hold it there. For 400°F you should be able to hold your hand about 3 seconds.
I don’t recommend putting your hand over the grill and taking a chance on getting burned so you might want to check out the thermometer guns that are available!
How Long Does it Take to Cook?
Bacon is ready to serve in about 10 to 12 minutes. It takes about 5 or 6 minutes per side. Of course that depends on how thick the bacon is, too. Those really thick slices take a few more minutes.
Bacon is great for breakfast meals. You can serve them with pancakes or French Toast, sausage, eggs, and griddle hashbrowns (link from Erica’s Recipes) or fried potatoes.
It is also great for sandwiches (think the perfect BLT), salad toppings, baked potato toppings or use it in an omelette. We like to cook up a griddle full of food and have the convenience of heating it up later for some great meals. Bacon does go with everything, right?
Refrigerate leftover cooked bacon in a storage bag or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat easily in the microwave or toaster oven. If you are firing up the griddle for more Blackstone cooking, just reheat it with the rest of the meal you are preparing like fresh scrambled eggs and toast!
- 1 lb bacon (adjust for the amount you need; a pound is about 16 regular thickness slices in a package)
- 1 tbsp oil (avacado or other oil to spread on griddle before cooking (optional, but makes clean up easy and helps prevent sticking))
- Apply a light coat of oil to griddle surface before cooking for easy clean up. Helps food to not stick.
- Preheat griddle to 400°F (medium-high heat) for 5 minutes.
- Separate bacon slices and place in a row on the griddle.
- Cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side until desired crispness. Thick bacon takes a few minutes longer to cook.
- You can turn bacon several times with tongs or use a spatula or press to keep the slices flat.
- Remove slices to a plate that is lined with a paper towel to absorb grease.
- Serve and enjoy!