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May 4, 2011 05:39 PM

Insulated gloves or mitts for handling hot food from the grill

Hi all--I'm looking for recommendations for BBQ gloves that allow me to pick up larger pieces of meat/poultry from the grill (e.g. whole chicken) without burning my hands. Would prefer ones that are easy to clean. I've read that some people use welder's gloves, but my hands are smaller and they absolutely swim in these (I'm an average-sized woman).

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  1. There are some welder's gloves that come in sizes, they tend to be the little more expnsive models, but I have seen them in medium. This may still be a bit big, but the less expensive gloves are one size fits most, and it doesn't sound like that includes you.

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    1. re: mikie

      I use welder's gloves for dealing with fire (dumping charcoal chimney, moving grates, etc). Since they're usually split leather, they get soaked with grease if you handle meat with them. Not my preference. Even handling racks this happens eventually and then you can't handle anything that needs to stay clean with them.

      When I put stuff on the smoker (thinking big cuts, whole birds, and the like), I just use my nitrile prep gloves and a pair of tongs to move racks and hot stuff. I can avoid burning myself that way.

      I like PVC-coated gloves for handling finished meat. I get them at Home Depot for $5 a pair or so. they have jersey fabric inside and elastic cloth cuffs. If you don't touch anything above smoker temps (250F or so) and you don't touch non-food stuff for long, they won't melt. I just wear them and wash them at the sink like I was washing my hands. If they get really cruddy, I throw them in the clothes washer (turning inside out helps for drying; I use a chopstick to aid in reversing the fingers). I have 3 pairs, each slightly older than the other- probably should toss the oldest.

    2. silicone gloves work just fine. they're clumsy as heck, but it's what any kitchen uses.

      1. I think Tucker Industires "Burnguard" gloves are really nice gloves. Regular welders gloves will get nasty from grabbing meat. Tucker has a coated pair that is washable. I sell some to supermarkets for grabbing chickens from rotisseries the"quicKlean"
        Check out this link.

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        1. re: RudysEquipment_Supplies

          What about the Tucker SiliGlove? That looks like it might clean easier & offer more dexterity than the BurnGuard? Do you have any feedback on that one?

          1. re: RudysEquipment_Supplies

            Much better idea than welder's gloves for handeling food.

          2. why are u using just your hands? even with gloves?
            dont u use utensils?
            like tongs or a fork?

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            1. re: srsone

              plus one :) I cook every size meat from turkeys on down on the grill and I use utensils. Why not?

              1. re: c oliver

                Yah know, I've got a set of turkey forks, not sturdy enough to lift a large chicken. But a turkey on the smoker is relatively easy as the ends are open. It's a little different with a 10 lb pork shoulder that's been smoking all day, I really don't want to drop that on the patio. Do you know where to get some heavy duty turkey lifters?

                1. re: mikie

                  I've seen them in catalogs but, like you, just use a large fork in each cavity. I don't have a smoker (on the short list) but is it that hard to just kinda 'fork' it and pull it off to a board or a platter?

                  1. re: c oliver

                    Kinda off topic, but, I keep the grill on the patio where we entertain, the smoker however, is over on the side of the garage, away from people, so the smoke doesn't cause irritation to guests. Since most of the smoking takes place over an extended period of time, I don't see the need to have it where the guests are. As a result of all this rambling, I don't have a good place to set a tray as I use the Weber bullet smoker with no side shelves. I usually have to move it several feet to get the food on a tray. I'm always concerned that it will slip off the forks. I'll have to look for something sturdy.

                    1. re: mikie

                      Sounds like some shopping is in your future :)

            2. Take a look at these!
              I have no idea how well they work, but thought they were interesting.

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              1. re: mikie

                Bear paws are great for shredding barbecue meat, but they are not what I'd suggest for picking up and moving hot meats. They are, after all, made from plastic, and they put your hands really close to whatever you're working on.

                Lodge makes a Dutch Oven outdoor glove that works well. If touching the meat directly, then it's some type of leather with insulation, so it gets grungy if not used with some type of utensil to actually stick into the meat. I use the Lodge gloves with Fork It Over (which is a heavy duty fork type of thing for grilling).

                Another option is the Oxo grill mitt. The hand part is some type of high tech material that does wipe off after. It is like a mitten, so you don't have the finger holds with this one, but it works well (with two) to lift things like a butt or shoulder off a grill.