Cooking on very dirty grill grates is very irresponsible and there is no room here for explanations that you had no time or simply didn’t feel like doing this.
Food remains after cooking and grease stick to the grill grates and with every subsequent cooking there’s a growing amount of it accumulated until the grill grates become all black.
The problem isn’t how the grates look but how all of the accumulated stuff has a negative impact on the food and the comfort of cooking.
With the right grill brush, this task isn't quite as bothersome and time-consuming.
A poor quality brush is ineffective and poses a threat to health, which is why you should check out what I believe to be the best grill brushes, which are efficient and most of all safe to use.
Alpha Grillers Grill Brush
Weber 3-Sided Grill Brush
Best Grill Brush Reviews - ( Updated List )
1. Best Overall Grill Brush - Kona 360°
A properly designed brush that can clean much more than you think. A well thought-out structure allows the brush’s bristle reach deeper than just the upper surface of grill grates.
I use this type of brushes the most and I can confirm that they give great results. With the right brush, such as Kona 360, I can keep the grates in a perfect condition fast and without effort.
I suggest that you quickly watch a few tutorial videos if you don’t believe me. I used to use the cheapest supermarket brand brushes that gave very poor results and on top of that, they would break fast.
I really like the length of the handle, 18 inches is long enough to protect hands from heat while cleaning a very warmed-up grill.
Kona 360 has earned trust of a very huge number of customers including myself and I am impressed with what it offers for this kind of money. Its quality of materials is as good as its durability, I’ve been using it intensively for a few months now ( as often as a few times a week ).
Remember that a brush should be often replaced for the sake of safety and efficiency. I think that about a dozen dollar a year for a proven grill brush is a great decision.
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A little advice from me, you want better results of cleaning? After you warm up the grill, dip the brush in water and then start cleaning.
2. Runner Up - Alpha Grillers Grill Brush
Another equally great grill brush with the 3 in 1 structure, available at a low price. If for some reason you have no way to buy the Kona 360 brush then Alpha Grillers Grill Brush makes a great alternative.
I can confirm that in terms of durability, quality and results of cleaning, both brushes represent a similarly high level.
The size of bristles is long enough that it can access hard to reach places during cleaning, penetrating deep into the slots in the grill grates. Therefore this brush allows you to easily clean not only the upper part of grates but also those hard to reach places.
The 18 inch handle is perfect at protecting hands from heat and getting burned with hot elements of the grill while also making comfortable cleaning possible. In my view it is a universal brush that allows to comfortably, safely and most of all effectively clean the grill.
The Alpha Grillers proves that, contrary to a popular belief, it is possible to create a solid, effective and durable grill brush at such a low and affordable price. It is another model that also has its place in my collection of grilling accessories.
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A great choice for everyone who is tired of regular brushes from no-name manufacturers that end up in the trash after a few uses.
3. Good Value - Weber 3-Sided Grill Brush
I’d like to emphasize it right away that overall it is a very good brush but it is completely unsuitable for cleaning a very hot grill due to the handle being too short. If you mostly cook on a very hot grill then it’s not a brush for you.
The 12 inch handle is definitely too short to effectively protect the hand from a hot grill. That’s why I personally use it for cleaning the grill/smoker after I’m done smoking and the temperature is optimal.
When it comes to the quality of workmanship and durability, on the other hand, in these regards Weber-3 Sided Grill Brush is a very good tool.
As the name suggests, thanks to the characteristic arrangement of the bristles ( on both sides ) the brush allows to easily reach even the hardest to reach places.
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The results of cleaning are very good but I have to repeat it that it isn’t suitable for cleaning a very hot grill. The short handle introduces certain limitations, but it makes up for it with much better control and grip on the brush.
First of all, what is a grill brush ?
It’s a brush mostly intended for cleaning grill grates, but not only. You can actually use it for cleaning other places on the grill as long as they are not delicate and vulnerable to brush bristles.
A good brush should allow to remove stains to a large degree. It should also be solid and durable which especially causes the biggest problem if you buy a brush from an unreliable manufacturer.
Contrary to a popular belief, it is hard to find a truly solid brush among all of them. That’s why I have created this guide in order to share with you my favorite models that I use everyday.
Tips for buying a grill brush
The right bristle material – The first thing you should do is check out the bristle material the brush was made of and whether it is adequate for your type of grill grates. As you know, there are several different types of grates, some of them have a delicate coating which makes it so important.
Handle length – There is nothing pleasant about cleaning a hot grill with a not long enough brush. The intense heat that the grill generates has an unpleasant impact on hands which is why my minimum when it comes to the grill brush handle length is 18 inches. Of course it is about cleaning very hot grills, in other situations a shorter handle is not a problem.
Built – Avoid plastic in the front part of the brush that is exposed to heat the most. Certain cheap brushes with poorly designed built come with different elements in the front part which results in the plastic melting when cleaning a hot grill ( especially if you touch something hot with a plastic element ).
Sturdy Bristles –It’s another thing just as important as the bristle material. If the bristles are loose and start falling out then such brush should end up in the trash for the sake of safety ( more on the risks and consequences of such situation below ).
Why clean the grill ?
There’s a lot of arguments in favor of cleaning the grill grates before every cooking.
The most important one is the food’s flavor, the remains of food, grease and lubricants from the previous cooking have a negative impact on the food’s flavor. Imagine frying food in the kitchen using a dirty pan, would you like this kind of food from a grill?
Another argument is a much higher risk of flare-ups and the food sticking to the grates. The remains of food and grease become sticky and flammable which significantly increases the risk of such events occurring in both situations.
How often to clean grill grates?
Personally I prefer to clean the grill grates before starting or after finishing cooking. It actually isn't a difficult or time-consuming task if you have the right brush and technique.
Before you start cooking, all you have to do is wait for about a dozen minutes until the grill warms up, then you can start cleaning.
If I don’t feel like doing this after I’m done cooking then it is necessary to do it before the next grilling. Regular cleaning means that you need much less time and effort to get the grates into a perfect shape.
Putting this task away for later actually results in having to spend more time and effort cleaning in the future which makes it better to do it regularly, which only takes a while.
I am also aware of the situation where someone is only cooking a few small pieces. In such situation, it is enough to brush the grates twice which only takes a few seconds so it’s even harder for me to understand why anyone wouldn’t feel like doing that.
Is the wire bristle brush safe?
There’s a very low percentage of accidents where the bristles would get stuck to the food which bears the risk of unpleasant health consequences. More on such cases can be read here, it is really very rare to happen but it’s better to be safe.
It is an alarming situation where you notice bristles falling out of your brush. In such situation check if it’s an isolated occurrence or whether there is more and more coming out. If you decide to continue using the brush then always wipe the grill grates before cooking to make sure there is nothing stuck on them.
If, on the other hand, you see there’s a lot of bristles coming out, the best solution is to throw the brush away and buy a new one. A new grill brush doesn’t actually cost much compared to all the other BBQ-related things. That’s why, depending on how often and intensely you use the brush, I recommend replacing it once in a while, like once a year or two.