Barbecue Grill Mats (aka BBQ Grill Liners) are heat-resistant sheets used as a non-stick grilling surface. They are placed on the top of grill grates to simplify cleanups and prevent grease flare-ups. Barbecue Grill Mats are made from fiberglass cloth and covered with a non-stick coating.

Grill Mats make the cleanup process much easier. When you use Grill Mats, you don’t have to worry about cheese, sauces, and food leftovers oozing through the grill grate, and you can use Barbecue Grill Mats with any type of grill.

Cooking With Your Grill Mat

Along with the right cooking tools, you also need to apply the right cooking technique when using your grill mat.

As mentioned, as little friction as possible is needed to ensure the long life of your grill mat. It’s best to prepare simple foods on your BBQ, and constantly keep them moving instead of letting them sit on the surface and cook.

Depending on how often you use your non-stick grill mat, it may last for up to 2 – 3 years. Some companies, like Kona, make grill mats with extra layers of PTFE. Although slightly more expensive, it might be a good investment especially if you’re planning to use the grill mat often.

Tips to Clean Grill Mats

If you take care of your grill mats right from the start, you will greatly extend the life of the mats. Always use common sense when cleaning the mats! As soon as you remove your grill mat from the grill, wipe it off, especially if you’ve used sauces or marinades.

The longer it sits on the mat, the harder it will be to remove. Clean your mat after each use to avoid buildup on the mat. If you do have a buildup on the mat, soak them in warm soapy water for 30 minutes to an hour.

You can use the soft side of a scrub pad, if necessary, to clean the mat. You can then transfer the mat to the dishwasher for an extra wash, if you like. Always place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher on hot.

These techniques work like magic to make sure your grill mats are clean and do not have any residue building up!

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