Before you head out to the beach, campground or park for your next picnic or vacation, take some time to think about how nasty that public grill was the last time you used it. A rusty grate that is falling apart and coated with other people’s food and germs is not the most cleanly or healthy surface to cook on. Nobody wants to skip the hot dogs and hamburgers and settle for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but nobody wants to taste metal or get sick from ingesting who knows what either. For this reason, many of us pack along a roll of tin foil to cover the grilling surface prior to cooking. This is great because it gives you a clean area to put your meat on while it cooks, but it is also expensive when compared to other options, and it is not the best solution to the problem. Sure you avoid grilling on rust, or eating remnants of the last picnicker’s meal, but you also block heat, eliminate grill marks, slow cooking times, and prepare your food on a questionable material.
Cooking On Aluminum
This is a pretty convenient option, and it will definitely cover the grate to give you a nicer surface to work with, but it is not very versatile, it only works for a single use, it costs quite a bit if you think about it, and there are several studies to suggest that it is not that safe. You can certainly use it to block the grime when cooking some cheeseburgers at your campsite, but what about veggies, eggs, stir fry, fish and all those other yummy options that would stick, cause it to sag, or cook right through it. Also, laying it down can take quite a bit to cover the whole area, and once your meal is cooked, you will have to throw it all away. Even cheap, flimsy foil costs more than you would want to pay, and there is no possible way to wash or reuse when employing it to cover your grill. When you add to that the growing number of studies that suggest that aluminum can cause cancer, Alzheimers, osteoporosis and other serious illnesses, and you have a pretty sketchy solution to your problem.
Nobody wants wants to fumble around just to have a clean barbecue, and few care to waste money, or risk the health of friends and family just to get some food cooked. We all would prefer to cook on something that is clean, and not many of us want to skip the fun to do that. Luckily there is a better way to make due when grilling away from home, and it will not only block the grime, it will also give you a stick proof covering that can be used over and over again. It will definitely make that public grill way less yucky, but it will also allow you to go longer between cleanings at home or experiment with non-traditional grilled foods using your backyard set up.
A Better Option
The BBQ Grill Mat is the perfect solution to any old, worn, or rusty grill, and it is also a great addition to those that are in pristine condition. It is a large flexible mat that will work with most any barbecue, and it is basically a piece of fabric that is coated in a material similar to your non-stick cookware. This material is safer to cook on than foil, and it allows for maximum transfer of heat. Even though you will have a flat covering for your grate, you will still get excellent heat and regular cooking times, and you will even get grill marks as if it were not even there. The flexible material easily conforms to any grill shape, but is is plenty sturdy to hold up any type of food. One side is identical to the other, so you could even flip it over mid-grill to keep on cooking with a clean surface. When your cooking is finished, the mat can be removed and washed so you can use it over and over again instead of throwing it away. You can even put it in the dishwasher so clean up could not be easier.
It easily solves the dirty public BBQ problem, but it also gives you something that will allow you to prepare a wider range of foods outdoors. When nothing can stick to the metal, or slip through the cracks, there is suddenly a long list of meals you can cook that were not possible before. Get one for any time you take a trip, but then discover all of the ways you can use it on a regular basis at home to save time and frustration, but also allow you to do more with your grill.
How To Use It
This grill cover is incredibly easy to use. You can place it over the grill surface to prevent regular food from sticking, but you can also use it to provide yourself with a large flat surface to grill almost any type of food. It almost acts like a large pan or griddle for use in your backyard. Ideal for small and skinny stuff like shrimp or vegetables, but also nice for delicate fish fillets, meat coated in sauce and so much more. It will allow you to grill anywhere without worry, but it will also allow you to cook the impossible over an open flame for maximum flavor and enjoyment. Follow these steps to use one the next time you fire up the barbecue:
- Turn on grill or light fire. Secure grill grate in position and make sure it is secure.
- Use a single mat and lay it over the grate. One is large enough for most situations, but for larger grills, use two side by side.
- If using more than one, make sure to use a single layer, and do not overlap.
- The mat is the same on both sides so either one can face up, and it is totally reversible.
- Once the mat is in place, allow a few minutes to heat, and then apply food.
- Cook like normal.
- Because it is a non-stick surface, you want to treat it like similar cookware. Avoid metal utensils.
- Once done cooking, allow it to cool off, and then wash . Dry with a clean cloth, and lay it flat for storage.
What Else Is It Good For
Perfect for your cook out on the road, but also ideal for a long list of other stuff too. This versatile product can be used occasionally or every time you light the fire. Each one is incredibly durable and long lasting so you will be able to use them over and over again with no replacement necessary. The indirect heat will still give you that grilled taste and the marks from the hot grate, but it will spare you the frustration caused by food that sticks or falls down because it is too small. Below is a list of common applications but there are probably hundreds that we missed. To give you an idea of how useful it can be, check out the list that follows:
- When using an older grill, prevent dirt, rust and other yucky stuff from touching your food.
- When cooking away from home on a public grill, prevent food contamination without using expensive and more dangerous tin foil.
- Prepare stir fry and other impossible dishes in your backyard. Combine meats, veggies and sauce, and cook without stuff slipping through the cracks.
- Saute onions and mushrooms as you grill your burgers.
- Cook asparagus or other vegetables to have a perfectly cooked side dish with intense flavor.
- Prepare delicate pieces of fish without them sticking or falling apart.
- Avoid sticking and burning when cooking with barbecue sauce, and also reduce messes and eliminate clean up.
- Cook pancakes and eggs for breakfast while camping.
- Make a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla.
- Cook kabobs, sausages, and hot dogs without them falling through or getting stuck in the cracks.
- Help ensure even cooking and juice retention for steaks and other cuts of meat.
- Make a potato side dish by slicing several, adding olive oil and salt and placing them on the mat.
- Place in your oven to catch drips while baking.