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Best BBQ Gloves for Grilling, Smoking and Fire

Below we share with you our top picks for BBQ Gloves to help you handle meat, hot coals and protect your hands.

As the owner of BBQ Pro Shop, we often get asked a lot of questions about what we recommend and use ourselves. Many years ago, we made the switch to focus on finding the best BBQ Rubs, Grill Seasonings, Seasoned Salts and Sauces and stepped away from the world of BBQ gear. However, as an avid griller and smoker, we wanted to share with you the BBQ Gloves that have done us so right over the years!

  1. Tending Fires and Coals – When we started to use a chimney starter and deal with indirect cooking, we needed an all-purpose BBQ glove to help make sure we did not burn our hands when dumping coals, or setting grates onto the grill. We suggest buying welding gloves, you can buy them on Amazon or at your local Home Depot or Hardware store and they are perfect all-purpose gloves for grilling over hot coals as well. That way when they get soot and soiled, you will know to use them only for tending the flame.
  2. Pulling Pork and Handling Meat– For many years we have grilled or smoked our turkeys and handling those off the grill is never easy. That is why we wear Oil Shield, insulated NeoPrene BBQ gloves with 14″ sleeves. It allows for maximum comfort when handling a 20 LB turkey hot off the grill, as well as pork shoulders, and 18# briskets. Your hands and arms stay safe and they have a great grip on the meat as well. We often use BBQ Gloves to pull pork butts and shoulders as well remove bones.
  3. Rubbing or Seasoning Meat– We go to Costco and buy two packs of nitrile gloves which can be bought on Amazon or in most drug store chains. These are great all purpose BBQ Gloves for handling meat, applying rub, trimming and placing raw meat on the grill or smoker. They are disposable so helps avoid cross contamination on different meats. Love to use them when carving, serving or slicing, they add a layer of food safety and keep your hands from getting too greasy and smelling like whatever you touched last.

Below are some links to our favorite products on Amazon, with these three suggestion in your BBQ and Grilling toolbox, your hands will be safe and you can better enjoy what you do!

Elizabeth Karmel Shares “Secret Ingredient”

Our favorite and BBQ Mentor Elizabeth Karmel Interviewed By The Q recently as the BBQ Expert that she is,  representing Hill Country Barbecue, and shares tells her secret for great barbecue at The Q from the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. We love that she shares the importance of “Feeling the love” of BBQ. Checkout this short video for some inspiration!

Elizabeth Karmel grew up in North Carolina where she was raised on BBQ. Karmel is frequently quoted and generally regarded as America’s female grilling expert. Karmel created Girls at the Grill in 2001 to share her passion for outdoor cooking with girls (and any willing guy) everywhere. www.GirlsattheGrill.com is committed to providing backyard cooks (and women who are tired of burnt chicken and shoe-leather steak) with simple easy-to-understand instructions, lifestyle information and recipes for everything from classic cookouts to gourmet grill meals. Grill Friends is a line of kitchen and grilling tools that solve problems that real cooks have in the kitchen, around the grill and at the table.

Saveur Magazine: 8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

Came across this article on Saveur.com which is an excellent resource for all things BBQ. When I saw that some of my mentors and those professional BBQ folks that I really appreciate handed out some great tips. tricks and techniques that they use to compete and create killer BBQ, we knew we had to share. Elizabeth Karmel taught me how to make Beer Can Chicken and we later upgraded to her Grill Friends Chicken Sitter that tip is included! Elizabeth introduced use to rub, brining, indirect cooking, slow smoking and just about all that we know about grilling. Amy Mills Tunnicliffe talks about Mopping and I learned a lot about low and slow from her and her father, Mike Mills in their book Peace, Love and Barbecue. One of my favorites is from Tuffy Stone about how get your chicken skin nice and crispy!  Best of all, really cool illustrations on how to! Check it out.

The Rub

8 Essential BBQ Techniques from the Pros

1. Mopping

2. Crisping Chicken Skin

3. Spraying With Apple Juice

4. Beer-Can Chicken

5. The Texas Crutch

6. The Rub

7. Adam Perry Lang’s Microplane

8. Brining/Injecting/Marinating

 

 

 

Bear PAWS Mat Handlers & More

Bear PAWS Meat Handles available at BBQ Pro Shop

Bear PAWS Mat Handlers & More

Shred Pork, Transfer From Grill to Table, Lift, Carve and Toss Salads!

For a long time since the Grill Friends Silicone Fork became harder and harder to find, we lost touch with a tool that helped make Pulled Pork less of a task and more of a joy. Then came the Bear Paws from Bear Paw Products, and life was now different. They are also great for handling meat of all shapes and sizes. You can toss a salad, hold items for slicing, lift huge turkeys or hams and so much more.

These are awesome!! I have been pulling pork for years using a variety of methods. It has always been time consuming and my least favorite part of bbq-ing. These bear paws make it absolutely effortless. Shredded two pork butts in minutes. I shredded five chicken breast for my buffalo chiken dip almost in a blink of an eye. They also help with pulling butts off the smoker. – via N.Protera @ Amazon

Here are some of the additional claims that the make over at Bear Paws:

Safely and securely keep your hands away when slicing/preparing!
Great for handling and cutting vegetables, watermelons- finally a SAFE solution!
Used by professionals, now available for all households!
Natural grip, stay cool handles
Super sharp, extra strong
Shreds meat and chicken for homemade barbeque, chimichangas!
Tosses salads, pastas, makes quick work for homemade coleslaw!
Slip-free grip transferring from oven or grill to your serving platter
Better handling control than long-handled forks or spatulas
Will not scratch coated surfaces
Dishwasher safe
Easy to use
Every household needs a pair!
Thousand’s of uses year-round!
Great gift idea!
Once they’re in your hands, you’ll wonder how you got by without them!

 

The Frugalista’s: 5 steps for buying meat in bulk

Carrie Kirby is the self-proclaimed Frugalista and recently Carrie ran an article in the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Section talking about how someone who loves meat, but dislikes meat sold by a factory farm and loaded with socially irresponsible practices. She offers some great strategies that can drop the cost of beef cuts down to $4.20 a pound for hormone-free, antibiotic-free beef.I have been looking for a solution to this issue and I really thought that this was worth sharing.

Ed and Leah Payne, of Niles, Ill., paid $650 for a side of beef this year — about $4.20 per pound of hormone-free, antibiotic-free beef. That was more than they would usually pay for ground beef, which made up about half the meat. But because the cost is the same for every cut, Ed said, “you’re paying $4 a pound for steak and roast, and that’s not as easy to come by at that price.”

Read the entire article: Buy in bulk to save and put healthier meat on the table

Carrie Kirby’s the Frugalista 5 steps for buying meat in bulk

1. Buy a chest freezer. Used is fine, as long as it’s not so inefficient that it drives up your electricity bill. Stick a thermometer in there to make sure it’s maintaining the proper temperature before entrusting it with a large amount of meat. And before you buy, make sure you have a reliable power supply for a freezer.

2. Find a seller. Try EatWild.com or Craigslist.org, or ask at your farmer’s market.

3. Understand the price. If you are quoted a “hanging weight” price, know that the final price of the packaged meat will be around 30 percent higher. Ask if there is a slaughter fee, delivery fee or any other extras.

4. Arrange for meat pickup or delivery.

5. Fire up the grill!

Carrie Kirby is a mom and the self-proclaimed Frugalista. Write to her at ckirby@tribune.com. Follow “the Crazy coupon lady” on Twitter @carriekirby