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Couldn't believe that these would not melt on the bar b que but it didn't. Used for hamburgers...kept the grill clean but the meat was a little greasy as the fat didn't drip off...will try chicken next maybe it will be nice & juicy...overall a surprising product but don't think I will use for a steak...I like that char broiled taste
well after several time of use, it seems start to break on the side that face up... but i think it still can be use for couple times maybe ? and then flip over can use another 10times? never used this kind of prouducts before just saw it on the TV and just brought me the interest to buy one. are these things can only be use for around 20 times ? and after that we need to get a new one to replace the broken one? from scale 1-5 i would say 3, the price is affordable and the quality is little bit disappoited me
I appreciate how the company follows up. After using it a few times I would be cautious about how much fat your meat has. We tried using it for chicken with leg and back attached, skin on and ended up with the grease sitting on the mat. There was no where to move the fat without it running into your BBQ. Ended up with bent on the outside and raw on the inside.
Ok, totally objective review. I purchased the Grillaholics mats mainly because of the large number of great reviews on Amazon. Tried them out first night with bone in pork chops - no grill marks and the chops were quite tough. On the plus side, no flare ups and no sticking to the grill. The company had sent me an email asking about my experience, I told them about my experience including a picture of the chops. They responded next day advising me to soak up the grease with a paper towel so the meat wasn't frying in it's grease. Night two, did turkey burgers and soaked up the fluid as instructed. Nice results, got grill marks and turned out well. Night 3, did T bone steaks and asparagus. Really wasn't any grease to mop up and no grill marks at all. The asparagus was great, nice charmarks and done perfectly. So my final analysis would be, the mats are great for veggies, burgers, sea food etc but a steak or chop on the mat is like something done in a frypan, not a grill.
They are about what i expected after trying other on the market. They work great for the first few times as long as you keep the heat below 450. i know it says 500, but in actuality, its more like 450. Then after a few washings, they tent to need a little help with an oil, such as olive oil to keep fish and chicken from sticking to the Mat. So, all in all, they work as advertiesed to some extent.
I had high hopes for this. But the few times I've used it, I was disappointed. The moisture/liquid from the food pooled up on the surface of the mat. It was difficult to get grill marks. You have to keep the temp to max 500°. Maybe I'm too much of a worry wart, but I had to keep fiddling with the heat on the grill to keep it under that temp. The grill is a brand new Weber Spirit E-310 that I've used several times. I know new grills tend to run hotter, but I don't think that's the biggest issue. I had a question about it originally, and the Customer Support got right back to me and answered my questions. They also sent me a Grillaholics ebook that had some great recipes on it that I will try. So bottom line, I like the company and will consider buying more from them, but I'm just not satisfied with this product. I purchased a set of 3 non-stick Grill Mesh Mats that I'm going to try. The appear to keep the grill clean, while allowing the liquid, etc. to pass through it and not collect on the cooking surface.
Have only used this once with some marinated chicken. The food cooked but it ends up like something you would make in a fry pan rather than grilled. I now understand this is just a way to not use your oven or a fry pan, rather than some miracle thing that allows you to have the great grilled flavor. I use a gas grill which may be part of the issue. The chicken cooked but came out shiny, the mat had bits stuck to it that took quite a bit of scrubbing to remove. So clean up was not a breeze and flavor not there. Will likely not use again. Maybe for baking cookies or something.
Honestly, this grill mat is good, but for me, it is good for limited things in my grilling world. I cook on the grill at least twice a week and sometimes double that number of times but I am not giddy about using grill mats all of the time.
1. Definitely a good thing for public grills when that is happening.
2. Definitely a good accessory with thin cut veggies on a grill, even though foil accomplishes the same thing.
3. Definitely cleans up easy if you're using BBQ sauce on your food. (Sauce can be a little messy on grill grates.)
After that, I like the grill grates much better. I didn't see what the big deal is with these grill mats here at home.
I waited to leave a review until I used these a few times, and my verdict is that they're "just okay". I liked using them to grill burgers, as they kept the meat from falling through the grates. However, it was a little like frying them in a pan, as they basically just fried in their juices. I understand that I could have soaked up the juices and perhaps that would've allowed them to char a little bit more, but I'm not crazy about the thought of soaking up hot grease with a paper towel - yow!
I used them tonight to grill steaks and I just didn't get the char marks and coloration on my steaks as I like. Again, they looked like I had fried the steaks in a pan. I ended up moving the mats to a different part of the grill so I could finish my steaks over an open flame.
I think these mats would be great if you're using a public grill (for sanitary reasons), or if you were grilling vegetables, pizza, fish - anything that would fall through your grates. However, for grilling steaks, they just were not what I wanted. I'll stick to my open flame (and clean the mess later!).
For someone who knows how to grill meat really well, it will be a mistake to say that this mat is a life savior and that it is just as great as putting your steak or chops on the grates. Your meat will not have that char taste or look. Maybe for some people who like their BBQ looking as if though It has been sautéed this mat is a find, but not for me. The only thing it works well is for making a few types of vegetables