By, Jim Knepper
Few things are more important when grilling than to have adequate fuel and clean,’seasoned’ grates and it’s been my experience that many folks who cook on their grills a LOT clean their grates after every use and lay on a thin coat of oil before covering up the grill. There are a TON of Grill Brushes on the market today and each has got it’s own style and functionality. As the second product from Mr. Grill that I have reviewed, I can say that this brush meets the standard set by their awesome grilling gloves! (Which I use every night)
Right off the bat, I noticed that the brush was in sealed plastic bag with a pack of desiccant gel in it to keep it from rusting…a nice start to the experience and an extra step to make sure you get it as it was when it left the factory! First impression was that it’s a versatile design that not only cleans the TOP of your grates, but the shape and size is perfect for cleaning between and under the grates as well. A sturdy long wooden handle that is firmly secured to the brush and brass bristles that give you strength, but also protect your grates round out the package!
Now it’s easy to say that a brush is a brush, but anyone who’s ever spent any significant amount of time cooking over open flame knows this isn’t so! Some brushes are clearly better than others and having the proper tool for the job is always a good start! In order to put it to the test, I had a grand old time getting my grates dirty! Beef, Chicken, Shrimp and for good measure, a handful of shredded cheese directly onto the grates!
First thing I noticed as I began to clean up the mess was the length of the handle. It’s longer than most and provides more than adequate distance to clean the whole grill while it’s still hot…a good practice to get into if you’re not already doing it! Next, I found that the brass bristles made quick work of the majority of the gunk on the grates! Melted cheese is a tough competitor and the Mr. Grill Brush clearly won that round. Additionally, the size and shape of the brush itself makes easy work of getting those stubborn bits off the sides and under the grates! Finally, as a guy who uses GrillGrates on a regular basis, I found it to be a PERFECT tool for getting down into the valleys between the Grates!
I’ve been at it for over a week now with the Mr. Grill Brush and it has not worn a bit, the bristles have remained true and it’s as easy as cleaning grates can be with this product. It’s available online through their website: http://www.mrgrillproducts.com or on Amazon. So, in brief, I would give the Mr. Grill brush two thumbs up and a full rack of ribs…it could easily clean up after them! So, get your grill on this Summer and clean up with Mr. Grill!