Trib Tested: GrillGrates
The pitch: Great grilling has nothing to do with the heat source and everything to do with the grate — where the meat meets the heat and the actual cooking takes place. GrillGrates are interlocking panels that work on any grill to form a new grill surface. Quite simply, GrillGrates cook food better: Meats are juicier, more evenly cooked and perfectly seared. It works on steak, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables ... even pizza. Professional chefs, grillers and competition BBQ teams have embraced GrillGrates and its advanced science for amazing cooking results.
In a side-by-side comparison on a charcoal grill with and without the GrillGrates, I was hard-pressed to tell much difference in the juiciness or flavor of turkey burgers, veggie burgers and chicken breasts.
But I will say that the grates created less surface charring on the burgers and chicken, and they, indeed, left a much more aesthetically-pleasing meal with even grill marks and less shrinking. My vegetarian wife said there were no “transfers” of meat flavors to her veggie burgers as she'd noticed on a traditional grill, and flare-ups weren't a problem, either.
I would recommend using extra cooking spray with the Grill Grates. Even after a light spray of canola oil, the turkey burgers stuck to the grates, and without the spray, the chicken stuck fast and left behind a couple of bits on the last turn. The two interlocking grates included in the package weren't enough to cover an entire medium-size grill and would be hard-pressed to serve an entire cookout.
— Matthew Santoni
GrillGrates did not live up to their bold claim. I loaded up the grill with fresh perch, asparagus and thick slices of tomatoes and was disappointed in the results.
The fish, almost always difficult to grill, stuck to the grates and broke apart when I tried moving the fillets, despite using cooking oil spray as recommended. The slotted spatula did show promise and would likely make meat manipulation easier.
The asparagus turned out dry. Perhaps I overcooked it. The tomatoes, however, were perfectly cooked and delicious.
I set the bar high and walked away hungry.
— Aaron Aupperlee
I've never had a big problem with grilling. Most people don't seem to realize that you just have to keep the heat low. Be patient for a few more minutes, and you'll have a tender and juicy steak.
Having said that, I liked GrillGrates. I grilled some pork chops, and they came out perfectly. I really liked the grill tool that comes with it, that allows you to scoop up the meat from the grate and flip it over with little effort. Because I used it for the first time, some of the meat stuck to the grate because I forgot to spray some cooking oil on it. Instructions say you don't have to do that after a few uses.
But the cleanup was great. I soaked the grate in water for just a couple of minutes, and it wiped off easily.
The panels are narrow, just over 5 inches wide, so if you're going to cover a grill, you'll need two or three sets. They're about $40 per set, so it won't be cheap. But the grates are nice. If you have a grill that's got rusty grates, this would be a great way to extend the life of the grill.
— Bill Vidonic
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- NFL coaches weigh in on Polamalu’s legacy
- Hempfield man accused of setting Dumpster ablaze in Fayette County
- Pirates’ outfield may have few defensive peers
- Pirates notebook: Locke the choice to be 5th starter
- Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business pleads guilty to swindling the bereaved out of $90K
- Mancuso running for register of wills in Fayette
- Iran blames U.S. drone for killing military advisers in Iraq
- Falling bricks close 2 Squirrel Hill businesses
- Pittsburgh man’s bid to delay trial rejected
- DEP grants 18-month extension on stormwater control effort
- Leaders wary of vote-rigging in Nigeria