Grilling’s a golden opportunity to show off your barbecue skills (try any of these barbecue recipes for starters). Unfortunately, the best barbecues always seem to make the biggest messes…unless you have a copper grill mat. This product that you may have already “Seen on TV” is a copper-infused nonstick mat that sits directly on top of your grill’s grates.
How Does It Work?
A non-stick mat between your grill and your food makes for easy clean-up, since your food never touches the grill’s grates. In fact, you may never have to use a wire grill-brush again, which is convenient and a good thing for your health and safety. (The small metal pieces can end up in your cooked food!) Plus using a mat means your food won’t fall through the grates, which makes asparagus a cinch to grill. Finally! Same with shrimp….and thinly sliced potatoes. We could go on, but instead, we’ll leave you with this recipe for grilled veggies!
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Why Copper is Important
Most metals are good heat conductors; however, a copper mat is designed to even the heat out, with the end result being that you don’t end up with too-hot spots or not-so-hot spots.
Another thing about copper is it can withstand a LOT of heat without falling apart or leaching into your food. In fact, most copper grill mats on the market are designed to withstand at least 500 degrees.
But What About Grill Marks?
Most mats claim to be thin enough to create grill marks, but some grillers disagree. That said, for food items big enough to withstand the risk of falling through the grates, you can always sear grill marks into them either before or after cooking. For items not big enough, you wouldn’t be able to get marks anyway, with or without the mat.
Many copper grill mats are available on the market, but our choice is the Aquablessing Copper Grill Mat Set. The set comes with six mats and if you’re into grilling every course you’ll have a spare or two as backup.
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