“ Brand: BBQ Master / Type: Grill cleaning brush and scraper / Type: Grill „
Now that we are back in the BBQ season (apparently!!), I thought that it was about time to drag out the old Weber BBQ and give it a really good clean down. Now normally with charcoal BBQs (or any BBQs for that matter), you will often get a fair amount of baked and burnt on food residues on the grill that can be difficult to remove. You could try to use some wire wool on each individual grill rod, but that will become very time consuming and laborious, especially if you do manage to BBQ frequently. Hence, early last year, I decided to give this BBQ Master Grill brush Pro a try, and bought one for the princely sum of £2.50 from our local gardening store.
The brush itself has a wooden handle that is about 8 inches in length (20cm if you want to be metric) and is quite comfortable to hold in your hand, and has a little hole and a leather tie looped through the end to allow you to hang it up when not in use. The business end of the handle has a metal blade in the very end, about 3.5 inches wide, which is partially buried into the end of the handle and can be used as a scraper. There is also a notch in the side end of the scraper which allows you to get between the grill rails. Also at this end of the brush, the handle opens out to form a small square, about 3.5 inches square, to which you have fitted the wire brush element, which can be used for general cleaning.
In use, the brush assembly is quite strong, where you are able to apply quite a bit of pressure on the handle (and hence the scraper) to remove the larger burnt on, and perhaps more stubborn bits on the BBQ grill by using it in a scraper motion across the grill bars. The scraper itself is quite thick and tough, and hence can take a lot of 'action' when scraping. The notch on the end of the blade is also quite useful because it allows you to clean more of the grill rod. If you imagine that you just use the flat scraper blade, it will scrape the top of say 6 grill rods in one go, and then the bottom of those same grill rods in one go. But the flat edge will not allow you to get between the rods to clean those areas. By using the notched bit of the scraper on each individual rod, you effectively can clean the top and some of the sides of each rod with each scrape. Then by doing the same on the bottom of the grill, you can effectively clean the entire individual rod with 2 scrapes.
The wire brush part is more for use on the recently deposited grease and food residues that will be softer and not so burnt on. Again, a back and forth motion across the grill is normally sufficient to clean it, and the wire bristles are just long enough to also reach between the grill bars to clean the sides as well. I've often used the brush between cooking sessions on the BBQ just to give it a quick clean, and it has worked perfectly well.
To clean the brush itself, you can easily just wipe the blade bit down with a cloth, but cleaning the bristle pad out is a little more difficult. The best way I've found to do this is to just put the whole brush in the dishwasher, where the hot soapy water will soak between the wire bristles to get rid of any grease. So far, after numerous goes through the dishwasher, the brush is still going strong.
Negative points? The only thing of note is that after a while and some periods of use, you will find that the wire bristles will start to wear and bend over, mainly cuased through the brushing action against the grill. As yet after a year of use, the wire bristles haven't actually fallen out of mine yet, but some have bent over, which in some ways will reduce the cleaning effectiveness of the brush.
In summary, for the sum of £2.50, this has proved to be a very effective brush for cleaning the grill of my BBQ. Durability wise it might be a bit questionable as the wire bristles bend over, but that will depend on the level of usage, and when you consider the price you pay for it, I think it is acceptable because they are relatively cheap to buy. So overall, this comes with a 5 star recommendation.
I have managed to fit in 2 separate BBQ's over the last week, making full use of the hot sunny weather!
One of my main pet hates with BBQ's is all the cleaning after the cooking has finished. In the past I tended to forget to clean the BBQ, and would be in for a nasty surprise the next time I came to use it, which is the last thing you need if you have visitors turning up, and you need to start cleaning it all off before starting the cooking!
More recently I always give my BBQ a thorough clean once I have finished with it for the day, so that I know it is going to be ready to fire straight up next time I want to use it. Also I find that the food / fat residues are easier to remove while there is still a little heat left in the BBQ. Even so, it is always a messy job, and it is never easy to get the BBQ looking clean enough to re-use next time, without lots of scrubbing, soaking and washing.
Last summer I spotted a grill brush in my local hardware store, sitting at the top of a bargain bin, full of various reduced items. The brush was called a Pro Master Grill Brush, and was priced at just 99p! Needless to say that I purchased the brush there and then, and I have now used it several times (including twice over the last week), and it makes the cleaning of the BBQ a lot easier.
The Pro Master Grill Brush is basically a wire brush which can be used to brush away all the grease, dirt and food residues off the BBQ and surrounding area. It has a short black plastic handle, and a large square shaped wire area, made up of sharp brass bristles. Also at the end of the bristles, there is a flat metal scraper tool, for removing the very stubborn areas on the grill.
This little tool has made the cleaning of my BBQ grill a lot easier! I generally scrape over the dirtiest areas of the grill first with the scraper tool, and then get to work with the brush, scrubbing away at all the usually awkward to reach areas with relative ease. The brass bristles are nice and strong, and don't struggle to remove the dirt and grime, and the scraper acts well as a bit of back-up for the really difficult to remove residues. Once I have finished scrubbing with the brush, it is usually just a case of soaking the grill for a short while, then wiping it clean.
After use the brush is easy enough to clean with a bit of hot water, and a cloth to wipe over the scraping tool.
Having used my little brush about a dozen times now, it is still in fairly decent condition. The scraper and the handle are in perfect condition, but the bristles have started to lose their long straight shape, as they have been put under harsh pressure a number of times, and started to bend over slightly, in some areas, although it still does the job just as well.
Price wise it seems I got a bargain here, as a quick search online shows that these things will generally cost around £3 which I still think is worthwhile, as they do make the horrible job of cleaning the BBQ a lot quicker and easier. It has also come in handy at times to help me clean parts of our kitchen oven and grill out too.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
When the weather warms up we tend to use our gas barbecue a lot more than we use the oven. Whatever we cook, it always tastes much nice eating it outdoors. Due to the frequency of using the barbecue grill, we knew when we inherited our barbecue that we were going to need some decent tools to accompany.
We invested our whole £2.48 last year and received the grill brush. I bought this for no other reason than the price at the time. It's not an easy job to clean the grill on a barbecue, and I wanted something to ensure the job was going to be as easy as possible.
The brush itself is about 20cm in length with a decent thickness plastic handle. The handle also has a small hole to enable you to hang onto your barbecue unit if required. The head of the brush is square in shape and approx 10cm in diameter. The bristles are much what you would expect to find on a wire wool brush, but these appear more spaced out, and placed in smaller clumps rather than a large clumped area.
I like the design of the bristles as it ensures you can get in the spaces of the grill area.
Using the brush, I find it comfortable to hold. Whereas we used to don rubber gloves and get out a scouring pad or wire wool pad, this is much easier in the sense of not needing gloves as the bristles go nowhere near your hands when using.
I feel a lot cleaner by using this than a scour pad or other device as well due to the handle.
Sometimes, I feel that pressure is needed to remove some of the stubborn grease and food debris that collects on the grill area. By applying the pressure with this brush, I never feel that the handle isn't going to be strong enough to take it. This was a concern when I spent so little money on the brush, but we did decide that if that was the case then little money would have been wasted.
On the end of the brush area is a slightly raised lip. This is used to scrape any gunge off the grill area before using the bristles on the gaps. A slightly nauseous task sometimes when the cleaning hasn't been done after every round of cooking, but a useful tool to have on the brush none the less.
I think that this brush is useful to anyone who has a barbecue with a non removable grill. Some of the smaller coal models are easy to wash inside at the sink, but the larger gas models aren't designed to be taken apart once built together. This is where this brush comes into its own.
We have been using our brush for a year now and it's still in fairly good condition. The bristles, made of a non rust brass material have fared well against the grime we have left from our cooking. A quick run under boiling water when we've finished using it has deemed enough to prevent the brush looking poor and kept it nice and healthy.
Overall for the price, I really don't think you could get anything better.
~Brush up your BBQ skills~
Ok so the weather is lovely, the sun is shining its socks off and thoughts turn towards freshly cooked BBQ food. You rush out to the supermarket, buy an array of super scrummy food items to cook, cart back all your goodies including the super king sized bag of charcoal your were persuaded into buying, that was a real bargain because it came with a box of free fire lighters and then disaster strikes! You head out into the garden to set up your BBQ, only to find that you didn't cover it up enough over winter and not only has last years backed on food residue hardened like well mixed concrete on the cooking grill, to add insult to injury the whole thing looks as rusty as can be. Mmm why didn't you buy one of those small BBQ brushes that you saw reduced at the end of summer last year I hear you cry!
Unless of course you are one of the lucky few that had the fore sight to invest in one of these Grill Brush Pro BBQ tools made by BBQ Master. The idea of buying such as small yet super useful too for the BBQ is something that really ought to go hand in hand with buying the whole kit and caboodle to do your cooking on to my mind, after all why spend £s on a super duper all singing all dancing BBQ set up when you lack the very basic tool that will help you keep the cooking surfaces in tip top condition. Even though I most often favour a rotary cooking system when cooking BBQ meats I still sometimes use mesh type metal grills and solid surface grills that can be placed across the coals to cook certain foods with ease and as such I find that the use of a BBQ brush like this one is a very good idea indeed.
~The Brush, with built in scraper~
This little BBQ brush is small enough to be something that won't take up too much room when it comes to storing it away between uses, yet is large enough to be able to bring your BBQ cooking surfaces back to useable condition with just a little elbow grease and a few extra minutes of your time. The brush has an easy to hold slightly textured handle that also has a hole through the end which means you can hang it from the side of your BBQ if you have a fitting for it. The sleek understated black plastic is neat and easy on the eye, if a little thin and the main body of the brush with its wire based brush head, has very useful non rust bristles fitted to it that work quite well. The brush is angled for ease of use when needing to brush or scrape the surfaces on the BBQ that require attention and the scraper that is fitted to the end of the brush provides an extra cleaning tool that comes in handy when cleaning BBQ grill plates.
~Using the BBQ brush~
The scraper part of the BBQ brush tool can be used with a steady yet firm touch to scrap away any debris left over from cooking which can then be disposed of with ease. The scraper head is of a reasonable width that means it can cover a good area in one movement and I find that in order to minimize any damage to either the scraper or the grill plate it is best to use the tool in one direction as it seems to give the best results. The head of the scraper being made from a light and thin yet durable metal should not bend with an even handed touch and it is easy to clean off with a clean piece of kitchen roll after it has been scraped across the grill plates, if there is any build up that you need to remove in order to continue using it. Obviously once you have finished using the brush and scraper you will need to give the whole thing a good clean and I like to make sure the brush has been left to dry off well after use in order to keep it in good condition.
The brush part of this tool with its slim and super sharp wire bristles can be used to clean metal / mesh grills with ease although care does need to be taken when using this as the bristles are rather sharp and will dig into the skin if you catch them. The brush works best with a light yet firm action and I find that if you press down too vigorously on the handle when using one of these tools the bristle heads will begin to bend out of shape over time, making the effectiveness of the brush less as time goes on. To a certain degree I have found that this altering of the shape of the bristles is something that in the end you cannot avoid and this is generally what I find leads to me having to replace a BBQ brush. I had this brush in use last BBQ season and it lasted for the entire summer which I felt was an admirable performance considering the amount of use it had and as such I feel that for the money paid it offered good value.
When using this I find that once I have used the scraper to clean any flat cooking surfaces it is easy enough to brush the metal grill or mesh on the BBQ which helps to clean up the surface with just a little effort. The brush with its metal bristles will remove most baked on cooking residue when used dry and I find that the best results are had when I use the brush dry then rinse off the surfaces I have cleaned afterwards. Once the cleaned grills have had some attention from the grill brush and been rinsed and wiped over it is time to oil them lightly in order to prepare them for use. Doing this will ensure that your food doesn't stick when cooking and it is very important not to over oil the cooking surfaces as this will effect the taste of your food.
Any removable coking surfaces will get a swift treatment with the cut side of a cut lemon to ensure they are hygienically clean and ready to cook on once they have been treated to a light brushing of fresh cooking oil. The use of the lemon will put a stop to any nasty metallic tastes that may be transfered from the cooking surface to the food and the use of the oil coating will make sure that the food does not stick to the surface when it is being cooked and will also help to protect the metal parts of your BBQ from oxidation.
~A final clean after cooking!~
After use whilst the BBQ surfaces are still warm when the coals have cooled slightly you can take your BBQ brush and clean the cooking surfaces as explained earlier and then give them a light coating with some clean cooking oil before giving them a final light brush to remove any excess oil. Doing this should ensure that you get the best from your BBQ by using a BBQ brush like this one and this simple cleaning method. By following this routine you should be able to prolong the life of you BBQ at very little cost. Once the brush has been used for its final time it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly and put away ready for its next use. As with any such BBQ brush this will have a limited life span as the bristles will bend and become less effective over time, although you can extend the life of the brush by using less pressure on the handle when using it.
~Price and rating~
The cost of one of these little BBQ brushes is not all that expensive with them being sold for around £2 to £3 and I have found that these brushes can be bought on the high street as well as online making them easy to source. As I have found the brush to be a useful item to have I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating and although it won't last for ever even with very careful use, it should provide at least one seasons use with regular use making it a good option. I cannot say it is the best BBQ brush you can buy, yet for the money it really does offer fair value and once you get used to using it this little brush can be a very helpful item.