The Blackstone Griddle is a popular outdoor cooking appliance known for its versatility and ability to cook a wide range of food items. It consists of a flat cooking surface that is heated using propane gas (or electricity), making it an ideal choice for outdoor cooking, camping, or tailgating.
In this article, I aim to answer the question of whether popcorn can be made on a Blackstone griddle and explore the process, benefits, and tips for making the best griddle popcorn.
If you are in a hurry and want to know the answer right away, then:
Yes, you can make popcorn on a Blackstone Griddle. The flat cooking surface of the Blackstone Griddle allows you to use a pan or pot to make popcorn, just as you would on a stovetop. Using oil and seasonings can enhance the flavor of the popcorn and make it similar to movie theater popcorn.
If you want to learn more then read on. We will discuss multiple methods for making popcorn on a griddle.
Table of Contents
- What Is Required To Make Popcorn Pop?
- Can Popcorn Be Made on a Blackstone Griddle?
- How to Make Popcorn on a Blackstone Griddle
- Tips & Tricks
What Is Required To Make Popcorn Pop?
For popcorn to pop, it needs the following three elements:
- Moisture: Popcorn kernels contain a small amount of moisture, which turns to steam when heated. This steam is what causes the kernels to pop.
- Heat: The heat source needs to be hot enough to turn the moisture in the kernels into steam, causing pressure to build up and eventually leading to the kernels popping.
- Pressure: The pressure built up from the steam needs to be contained for the kernels to pop. A tight-fitting lid on a pan or pot is necessary to contain the pressure and allow the kernels to pop properly.
Additionally, popcorn kernels should be of good quality, with no cracks or damage to ensure that they pop properly.
The griddle provides the heat.
Can Popcorn Be Made on a Blackstone Griddle?
Because the gas-powered Blackstone griddles can be used as a stovetop, you can make or cook virtually anything on it that you could on your regular stove. This includes popcorn, which is a simple and quick snack to make on the griddle.
Making popcorn is relatively easy, and everyone should be able to do it. The main challenge lies in not getting any kernels burnt.
You cannot put a pot or a metal basting dome on the electric version of the Blackstone griddle, so popcorn cannot be made on that model as easily. I am sure it’s doable though, you just have to find a way to keep the kernels moving while avoiding scratching the nonstick coating.
Method 1 – Using a pot
The best way to do so is by using a pan or pot with a tight-fitting lid. It’s important to use enough heat when making popcorn as it needs to reach temperatures of about 355°F (179°C) or higher for the kernels to start popping. The lid is important to keep the heat inside the pot and to prevent any kernels from flying into Earth’s orbit.
Method 2 – Tossing popcorn directly onto the griddle
Another popular method is to spread the popcorn directly on the griddle. This method is perhaps slightly harder to pull off correctly but the results are equally good as with method no. 1. The difficult part is not getting the popcorn to burn. Also, you will need a basting cover to keep the kernels in place.
How to Make Popcorn on a Blackstone Griddle
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making popcorn with both methods mentioned above.
Method no. 1
You will need:
- A pot or a pan with a lid. Cast iron cookware works great.
- A Blackstone griddle (duh)
- Step 1: Preheat the griddle to medium-high heat (355°F is required to start popping)
- Step 2: Place a pot onto the griddle and add a bit of oil to the pot.
- Step 3: Throw in a couple of kernels to test the temperature.
- Step 4: Once the test kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn and put the lid on. Make sure to not add too much popcorn. There should only be a single layer of kernels in the pot.
- Step 5: Shake! Once the kernels start popping, shake the pot from side to side to prevent the popped kernels from burning.
- Step 6: Once the popping has slowed down, remove the pot from the griddle and dump the popcorn into a bowl.
- Step 7: Serve the popcorn with your favorite seasoning and enjoy!
Method no. 2
You will need:
- A basting cover
- A Blackstone griddle (yep)
- Step 1: Preheat the griddle to medium-high heat (355°F is required to start popping) with a thin layer of oil. Alternatively, you can coat the kernels in a cup.
- Step 2: Toss the kernels onto the griddle. Don’t add too much at once. Doing multiple batches is the way to go.
- Step 3: Once the kernels start to pop, cover them with the basting dome.
- Step 4: Keep moving the basting dome together with the kernels trapped underneath to prevent the popped kernels from burning. The movement should be quick.
- Step 5: Once the popping has slowed down considerably, remove the basting dome and transfer the popcorn into a bowl.
- Step 6: Serve the popcorn with your favorite seasoning and enjoy!
And that’s how you make popcorn on a Blackstone griddle! It’s super easy, fast, and fun to make.
Tips & Tricks
Tip 1: Disposable aluminum pans covered with a piece of aluminum foil can be used instead of a pot.
Tip 2: When making popcorn directly on the griddle, leave one of your burners off or on low. Once the kernels are done popping, you can quickly transfer them to the cooler zone to avoid burning them. This buys you more time to transfer the popcorn into a bowl.
Tip 3: Make sure to not add too much popcorn. The kernels need room to move around.
Tip 4: Keep an eye on the popping process. Once you start hearing fewer and fewer pops, it’s time to get the kernels off the heat.
Tip 5: Don’t add too much oil. It will make your popcorn soggy and oily.
Tip 6: You don’t have to use oil if you don’t want to. You just have to shake the pot more vigorously.
Tip 7: Have fun! Popcorn is meant to be enjoyed and shared with loved ones. So don’t stress out if things don’t go according to plan the first few times. You’ll get there eventually!
Extra Tip: Experiment with different seasonings and flavor combinations. There are so many possibilities! You could even make something like Parmesan garlic popcorn or spicy BBQ-flavored popcorn. The possibilities are endless! Have fun and be creative!
Enjoy your griddle-popped popcorn!
Should I heat the oil before adding popcorn?
You should heat the oil before adding the popcorn kernels. Otherwise, you are risking burning the kernels.
How can I tell if the oil is hot enough?
You can test the heat of the oil by adding a few popcorn kernels. Once they start to pop, the oil is hot enough for popping. Or you can use an infrared thermometer to check the temperature of the oil or griddle/pan surface. If it’s over 355°F you should be good to go.
How much oil do I need?
Just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. You don’t need a lot. Too much oil will make your popcorn soggy and oily. You are not trying to deep fry the kernels after all.
Is it better to make popcorn with butter or oil?
Oil is a better choice than butter. High heat is required to pop the kernels and butter is likely to burn at that temperature which would make the taste of your popcorn off. Add butter after the popcorn has been cooked for a buttery flavor.