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I bought this Oxo cold grilling brush for post-meal cleaning. So far it seems decent, and I hope to report back favorably at the end of the season.
Do you have a grill brush you can recommend? It seems that every year there are new ones that claim to fix problems all of the problems of other styles.
I have a metal bristle brush that I like to use for heavier cleaning. I’ve tried a couple of alternative style grill brushes over the years, including a very messy stone-like scrubber made from glass or something like that.
The metal brush works best, but I don’t like to use it every time.
Here’s my usual cleaning method:
- Wipe down with cut lemon
- Wipe down cold grill
I used to use a wire brush more, but I was doing a lot of work for little benefit. When I’m just grilling for my immediate family, a wipe down at the end sets me up for an easy preheat cleaning next time.
The cool grate cleaning process can be less messy – I usually use damp paper towels – and so that’s where this brush comes in.
As for the damp paper towels, I once used some to lift a grate so that I can remove a piece of food that fell through. When I was done I wiped the grates, and I found I had less cleaning to do the next time. So, I kept doing that – wiping things down with damp paper towels after we ate and the grill cooled down.
The idea behind brushes like this is that you don’t have to worry as much about bristles being left behind and ending up in your food. For for me, it seems to fit my cleaning process. We’ll see if it works out like that or not.
It has a metal scraping edge, an angled front, and nylon bristles throughout.
The head is replaceable – I spotted a 2-pack for just under $13.
I’m liking it so far.
I looked at other brands’ nylon grill brushes last year, but passed them. The Oxo looked interesting and I figured I’d give it a try.
I should repeat that this is a cold cleaning brush; don’t use it on a hot grill.
At the time of this posting, it’s priced at a little under $18.
The Char-Broil is a little less expensive ($15) and seems to be highly ranked on Amazon.
For deep cleaning, I still like the Weber 3-sided brush, and check for bristles before putting any food on the grill. That’s also where the pre-cook lemon wiping helps.
I think it’s too much for use every time, and also like to save it from excessive wear. The combo makes sense to me – a heavy duty brush for as-needed heavy cleanings, and a nylon brush for cleaning the cold grill.
What types of grill brushes do you use and can recommend?
Do you have any tips or tricks for even easier cleaning?