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Barbecue Grill Mat or Grill Cleaning Tools – Your Choice

Barbecue Grill Mat or
Grill Cleaning Tools – Your Choice

Barbecue Grill MatPeople love to use their barbecue; They love food cooked on it; And they love barbecue tools, accessories and gadgets. There have been quite a few products invented for cleaning your grill and of course there’s the BBQ Grill Mat which you would use to keep your barbecue from getting grubby in the first place,  so you don’t have to clean it. But in this post I’m going to take a look at a handful of BBQ items that you can use to clean your barbecue. Some of these have been around for a while and some are fairly new on the market. If you were looking for information on the barbecue grill mat then visit this page. Otherwise, read on.  Continue reading

Selecting a Grill Mat

Selecting a BBQ Grill Mat

These days there are literally hundreds of possibilities you are faced Chef Caron BBQ Grill Mat on Grillwith when you go shopping online for a BBQ grill mat. This can be a good thing but the question is, how do you sort through all that information without wasting a lot of time and then buying the wrong one in the end? Well, the answer is simple, really. You need help. So today we’re going to take a look at a short video that will help you shop online for a BBQ Grill Mat with complete confidence.

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Grill Mat – Tips and Tricks from Chef Caron

Hi, Chef Caron here, with an update or two on how to make the best use of your bbq grill mat so you don’t run into any frustrating difficulties or problems.

How You Use Your Grill Affects How You Use Your Grill Mat

Keep in mind that every type of food you barbecue will react with the mats differently. I point this out because everyone’s use of the grill is pretty much unique. For example, you might use a specific type of marinade that you make yourself. It’s possible that no one else on the planet is using that exact combination of ingredients on a bbq grill mat.

Sticky Situation

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How Do You Use a BBQ Mat?

How Do You Use a BBQ Mat?

First, were you looking for the type of bbq mat that you put under your bbq grill to catch splatters and protect your deck or patio? If so, click here, because you’re in the wrong place. Otherwise read on about the bbq grill mat, the nonstick cooking surface for your barbecue.

You’d think the answer to the question would be obvious – you put the bbq mat on the barbecue grate and you cook on it, and that’s how you use a bbq mat. Well, yes, it’s almost that simple, but you’d be amazed at some of the pictures I receive from customers showing what people have done to their bbq mats – simply because they don’t know how to use them properly.

bbq mat from chef caronFirst of all, a bbq mat isn’t much to look at. It’s nothing more than a large rectangle of flexible black material. (If you want to know more about how bbq mats are constructed and what they’re made from, click here).  But don’t let appearances deceive you. If you’ve purchased a high quality bbq grill mat, then you’ve actually acquired a high end cooking and barbecuing tool. You’ll need to treat it appropriately.

Caring for your BBQ Mat
BBQ mat bbq fireIn many ways a bbq mat needs to be cared for like any other expensive nonstick cookware. Keep the heat on low or medium and never expose the bbq mat to temperatures above 500 degrees Fahrenheit. I realize there are some manufacturers out there that are claiming their mats are good up to 600 degrees, but all bbq grill mats are made from the same material, and the 500 degree limit is set by the FDA – because of the fact that a bbq mat will begin to break down under higher temperatures, possibly contaminating the air and your food.

Use the Correct Tools
nonstick bbq mat silicone tongsDon’t use metal tools and even when using the correct tools,  silicone or soft plastic, don’t scrape the surface of the bbq mat excessively. Turning foods with a pair of silicone tipped tongs is preferable to flipping them with a spatula.

Be Smart About What You’re Cooking
Don’t cook sticky sauces and other sticky foods on the mats. As with nonstick pans there are going to be foods that stick to them and will be difficult to clean off. Use common sense.

I use the bbq mats to cook fresh vegetables, chicken, certain fish, shrimp, Dinner on a BBQ Mat Chef Caronhash browns, bacon, sausage, pancakes and fried eggs, for example. But I don’t cook steak on them because I like my steaks cooked on high heat and cooked quickly.  The high heat cooking is not appropriate for a bbq mat. And some whitefish is just too sticky and will make a mess of the mat.

BBQ Mat Rule of Thumb

So here’s a rule of thumb for cooking with a BBQ grill mat. Don’t use the bbq mats to replace techniques you are already using on the grill – techniques that are working for you. Instead, use the bbq mats to expand your grilling options; Use them to grill things that weren’t possible without a bbq mat. Or use them to grill in a different, hopefully better way. If you’re looking for grill marks, then stick the food directly on the grill, for pete’s sake.  And try slow cooking pork or chicken on a bbq mat to retain flavor and moisture. I think the results are phenomenally better.

Lastly, there are a lot more uses for a bbq mat than being able to fry eggs on a grill. You can use them for a range of nonstick applications. They can be cut to any size or shape as long as you’re using very sharp cutting tools. You can use them in the bottom of your oven as a drip catcher, in your stovetop wells, in a smoker, on cookie sheets, as a baking sheet or for anything else you can imagine, as long as you follow the temperature rules.

Hope that helps. Happy grilling, Chef Caron

 

How to Clean a Grill Grate Without a Brush

How to Clean a Grill Grate Without a Brush

BBQ FireObviously this is ultimately a post about how to clean a grill grate without a brush, but before we get to that there’s something more important that needs to be covered. From time to time I get emails from customers about how their grill caught on fire and totally destroyed their meal  and their grill tools as well. While it is certainly possible to start a grill fire by overloading a grill with greasy meat, and cooking it too fast, most often the grill overloading is not the root cause of the fire. What is? Continue reading