Getting the gunk off your cast iron grates after a weekend of intense BBQ grilling isn’t anyone’s definition of RnR, but it doesn’t have to be so painful either. If you’re old grill brush has seen better days, you might want to ditch the bristles for a bristle free option like the Cave Tools Grill Scraper.
Whether it’s chicken skin remains, marinating sauce, charred beef, or blackened vegetables caught between your grates, dirty grates are unsanitary and unhealthy. Wire bristle brushes, however, can leave behind bristles that accidentally get absorbed by your food while cooking.A scraping tool specially designed for grilling purposes is one sure way to avoid the risk of getting wire bristles lodged in your cooking grates. In this detailed Cave Tools Grill Scraper Tool review, you’ll learn all the important details about this grilling accessory from one of America’s most popular brands.
Product Name: Cave Tools Grill Scraper Tool
Type: Grilling Accessory, Bristle Free BBQ Grill Scraper, Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Barbecue Brush
AMAZON RATING: 4.4 / 5 Stars
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This is a stainless steel grill scraper tool. Both ends of the tool are highly durable stainless steel that is resistant to heat, weather, and corrosion. With regular cleaning this essential grilling tool will stay shiny and new looking for years.
At almost 7 inches in length, you can fit this grill scraper in the palm of your hand comfortably. It appears designed for the average male, but larger hands may find it a tad small. Storing it is really easy, however. You can either hang it from a utensil hook or store it in a drawer. This thing is so compact it even fits in your back pocket!
Alternatively, the compact size could be a problem for some users. Sometimes it’s easier to scrape off food remains while the grill is still relatively hot, but completely turned off. You certainly shouldn’t try scraping a hot grill or griddle with this scraper unless you’re wearing gloves because the handle is much too short.
It’s a minor drawback, but a longer handle would make scraping hot surfaces much safer and easier.
Scraper Tool Performance
In spite of its compact size, the Cave Tools Grill Scraper is an extremely effective scraping tool. Stainless steel and cast iron grates are no problem at all, and it does a better job than much larger grill brushes.
The ‘nose’ of the scraper is angled or bent, which gives you added leverage for scraping stubborn grime off of your grates. On porcelain coated grates you would definitely need to be careful. Too much pressure and you could easily chip the porcelain. Loosening the dirt with warm water will make your scraping much more effective.
In addition to scraping, the Cave Tools Grill Scraper also functions as a bottle opener. The bottle opener is the perfect size, and provides added convenience. You can scrape away at your grill grates in the hot sun, and crack open a cold one to cool you down without the need for another utensil! It’s the perfect tool for tailgating, campfires, or a Superbowl party in your backyard.
Bundled with the scraper are a few online accessories as well. Cave Tools isn’t just a brand, they’re a community of grilling enthusiasts. You can even attend the Grill Master University, a series of online master classes hosted by Rick Browne, one of America’s most foremost grilling and meat smoking experts.
With each Grill Scraper, you receive a Meat Smoking App with helpful tips and hacks for smoking meat the right way. The app is a free download available for either iPhone or Android. You can download the app, or watch any of the meat smoking and grilling tutorials in their growing catalogue of over 100 videos.
With that in mind, if you know someone who really enjoys grilling and smoking meat, the Cave Tools Grill Scraper Tool is an inexpensive but very thoughtful gift.
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Generally, you should read the instructions for cleaning and maintenance that were included with your BBQ grill. Each manufacturer has their own specifications so be careful before attempting to clean your porcelain-coated grates.
By cleaning your grill grates after each use, you’ll preserve them for much longer and you’ll find cleaning them is less time consuming. Use the right tools for the right type of grill grate, and you’ll avoid damaging them.
William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.