When cooking outdoors, my family relies on a gas grill. (No judgments, please!) Cleaning and prepping the grill was always the most challenging part of grill cooking until I discovered Grill Wipes. Produced by , Grate Chef, a company that develops products for the backyard griller, Grill Wipes clean and oil your grill without any mess. Really.
That means no oily, charcoal-coated rags or grill fires from attempting to grease the grates with a spray-on substance; Grill Wipes eliminate the debris.
Made mostly from a blend of hydrogenated vegetable oils (widely considered unhealthful to humans), Grill Wipes are small pads that attach to the bristles of any grill brush. Solid hydrogenated oils are darn useful in this, non-edible application. The solid state of the oil prevents the oil from melting down through the grates and, since the heat is low when applying, the oil adheres easily to the cooking surface and does not burn off when the heat is raised.
My family has now road tested two packages of six wipes each and the results have been uniformly good. Seared eggplant? Lifted easily from each side’s three minutes on the grill. Turkey burgers? Although the chef burned these a bit, they, too, lifted off with little resistance. The best result was an experiment with salmon teriyaki. Given two minutes on the grill, flesh side down, before hoisted whole (with a fish spatula) into a cast iron pan, there was no fish flesh left on the grill.
You must, however, follow the package instructions to wipe the grill with the Wipes when the grill is heating up. Wiping once the grill is hot negates their effectiveness.