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5 Best BBQ Grill Mats
I could never say no to an invitation to a barbecue.
There’s just so much fun that goes into one from start to finish.
And when you have having one with friends and family, it sure makes great interactions somewhere along the way.
There is the choosing of a location, buying the raw food to be cooked, making the fire, cooking the food, eating the very food we’ve cooked ourselves together while chilling out with drinks, and the clean up where someone will happily bring home all the leftovers for himself.
Personally, the part I love best is starting the fire.
There’s just something with laying out the charcoal, turning them orange with flames, and spreading them out to start cooking that gets me so fascinated with a BBQ.
The part I don’t like the most?
The cooking part. Because we have to constantly watch over it while the smoke blows in your face. And if you are unluckily positioned against the wind, ash will find it’s place in your hair.
There are modern electric and induction grill available today. But they sure take the fun away from BBQs.
The conventional grill also have it’s disadvantages like wind causing ash to stick onto the food, being a size too big or small for the, and being too black with soot after some time.
This is why I was amazed when I went to a barbecue recently and discovered the host using BBQ grill mats on the grill itself.
Why didn’t I learn about them sooner?
These mats allow people to grill their meats, vegetables, and any type of food on the BBQ pit while minimizing the direct exposure the foodstuff have from smoke and poisonous residue from the burning charcoal below.
With their non-stick feature, it’s easy to flip and turn food like chicken wings. Moreover, no food is going to slip through the grate gaps into the fire.
Benefits of barbecue grills mats include features like:
- Being non-stick
- Heat resistant for up to 500°F (260°C)
- Contains no dangerous chemicals
- Dishwasher safe
- Prevent permanent stains on grill grates
- Extends the lifespan of your charcoal or electric grill
Here are some of the best BBQ grill mats you can buy for the next barbecue whether it’s on a camping trip or in the back yard with your close friends.
Kona is one of the market leaders in the world of barbecues. So confident they are with their grill mats that they offer an astonishing 7 year warranty!
That says a lot for a product that will constantly be placed right on top of a blazing BBQ pit.
The heavy duty mat is capable of withstanding up to 600°F without having it’s structure compromised. And thicker than their competitors at approximately 0.4mm.
When compared side by side with other grill mats, the specifications of this item is far superior than the rest.
While some might feel that all these superior qualities are unnecessary for a regular BBQ, the added durability gives the user greater peace of mind.
As you might expect, this product from Kona comes with a premium price tag.
However, it is still affordable.
- 16 x 13 inches
- Set of 2 pieces
With 2 mats, you can place both of them side by side if the space on the grill is big enough. Or use one and when it starts to collect too much oil and residue, bring it for a wash while replacing it with the other mat on the grill.
It would be a great compliment for your portable BBQ grill.
Because of the ability of this product to withstand heat without breaking down, Kona also recommends it for baking as well.
Buyers of it also note that there is no aftertaste with food cooked on it and surprisingly cleans up easily.
If required, there’s also a larger variant measuring 25 by 17 inches.
This product from Aoocan comes in 2 colors of black and copper.
I’d go for the black without hesitation. But I can see some people going for copper if the color blends nicely with the design of their own grills.
These mats are 100% non-stick as they are made from heat-resistant technologically advanced materials and coated with premium PTFE-Fiberglass coating that is FDA-approved.
It is like a flat frying pan that bends.
- 16 x 13 inches
- Set of 5 pieces
Keep in mind that while these things can withstand very high temperature, they are not fireproof. So remember to keep it at a safe distance from the flames.
How can you not be tempted to look at a brand like Grillaholics when sourcing for BBQ supplies?
As you can tell with the name, these guys are fully focused on making barbecues easy and hassle-free for households and consumers.
While their BBQ mats are not as thick as the ones from Kona, Grillaholics conducted tests and research to conclude that their design process has determined an optimal thickness.
This makes their mats thin enough to even leave grill marks on your steaks and chicken chops while retaining the delightful flavor.
Whether you are using a propane, gas or smoker grill, these mats will work on it no matter.
They are made with premium heat resistant PTFE-Fiberglass coating, while containing no PFOA, silicone, or other harmful chemicals.
Heat resistant of up to 500°F, they are also dishwasher safe and reusable.
No wonder some cooking celebrities have no reservations recommending Grillaholics to their audience.
- 15.75 x 13 inches
- Set of 2 pieces
The multipurpose product also come with a life-altering lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
4) Grill Magic
These grill toppers from Grill Magic are flexible and easy to place.
Just put it on top of the grill and you can start cooking without adding any oil or butter. This is because even with the absence of oil, the surface is non-stick.
This feature also makes it so easy to wipe clean or wash.
The fun with a BBQ is the experience. But surely you won’t mind consuming less of the oil that make you fat.
- 16 x 13 inches
- Set of 3 pieces
They are made with fiberglass coated fabric PTFE and heat resistance is rated up to 500°F.
The uniqueness with SMAID BBQ grill mats is that they are available in gold color.
This can be a winning feature if that’s what you are after.
While also available in black, they actually match up very well with the mats contained in this list.
They withstand heat of up to 500°F and made from 100% PFOA-Free materials and premium non stick PTFE-Fiberglass coating.
- 15.75 x 13 inches
- Set of 4 pieces
However a package comes with 4 mats, making it a pretty good value purchase.
In fact, the black version is so competitively priced that it is easily the most budget-friendly barbecue grill mats on this list.
The low price does not compromise it’s performance as it has very similar specifications with other models except when compared against Kona.
So if you the main deciding criteria for you is price, look no further than these from SMAID.
Which one to buy?
To tell you the truth, even though a BBQ grill mat is not an essential product, they are no highly priced.
Even the premium Kona is very affordable.
So for a healthier outdoor BBQ, I think it’s really worth the money to purchase the one from Kona.
If budget is a concern, then SMAID is undoubtedly the top choice.
Yet don’t forget the celebrity-endorsed Grillaholics.
Finally, while these mats can help you grill better meat, they are not smart devices.
So it’s still up to you to monitor the cooking in order to grill the perfect steak.