I can picture it now. You just got your new grill, your new BBQ tool set and a big hunk of brisket form your favorite butcher. Everything is set for one hell of a first session with your new BBQ.
But then, as you are about to set your brisket in the grill, you notice something’s not quite right. You need to rearrange the coals. You reach for the rubber kitchen gloves you have stashed away for cleaning. Deep down you know these are not going to work. So you go for your wife’s cloth oven mitts, but with the look she gives you, you know they are not even an option. Does this situation sound familiar? One way or another, we have all been there.
It's only then, we realize how essential a decent pair of insulated BBQ gloves are. We get so excited about the meat, the toolset and the grill itself we completely forget about the gloves, and let's be honest gloves should be something that we take seriously, after all, they are an important piece of safety equipment.
We need to understand that not all gloves are created equal. When handling hot food, rearranging coals and grill plates you need a heavy duty pair of insulated bbq gloves. Your wife is right, her cute kitchen gloves covered in cats has no place at the grill.
When looking for a pair of BBQ gloves it can get overwhelming. There is a million different styles, lengths, materials and price points. This guide will help you decide exactly what you need. Here are my top picks for the best BBQ gloves of 2018.
The Ekogrips BBQ oven gloves are one extremely waterproof, grippy pair of silicone oven gloves. The durable silicone construction guarantees rip resistance and a comfortable on hand feel. The grip pads on the outside add additional grip which is perfect for carrying hot trays, pans and grill plates. They are slightly thick but you still get a decent feel when carrying smaller objects or are using thermometers.
They have hooks loops at the top of each glove for hanging and are a really bright color so there is no way you can lose them.
Overall they are a decent set of silicone gloves. They have all the grip you could ask for in a set of BBQ gloves. Cleaning after use is a breeze, just throw them in the dishwasher with the rest of your gear.
These gloves are a good option for the casual smoker or backyard barbecuer who generally uses their smoker for cooking low and slow and don’t often have super high temperatures. I would have given these gloves 5 stars if they had a higher temperature resistance. Still a fantastic pick for the best BBQ gloves.
If you are all about grilling at high temperatures you will love these Grill Heat Aid gloves. As the name suggests they are extremely heat resistant and boast the highest heat resistance out of all the gloves that I have tested.
These gloves are a good looking, comfortable glove that is packed full of awesome features. My favourites are
Overall these gloves are an awesome pick for the best BBQ gloves. You really can't ask for more out of a glove for under $30. They are amazingly comfortable, have a tonne of grip and have an amazing amount of heat resistance.
These gloves are perfect for anyone who is a bit more serious about their grill and loves to grill/smoke/barbecue at higher temperatures.
The only downside is that they are not very waterproof, so do be careful if you are working around moisture or steam.
The Artisan griller insulated gloves are a nice and long pair of neoprene gloves. Being made of neoprene they are decently waterproof and have a great fireproof rating.
They are super comfortable and have a little bit of extra room making them breathable. Great for those hot afternoons when you have the gloves on for long periods of time. They are stain resistant and are a real breeze to clean. Just wash with soap and water as you would wash your hands, then easily slide them off to dry.
All in all, these are a very comfortable set of gloves that have a great length and are very easy to complete regular tasks in. They offer great grip in all conditions and are even super easy to clean with just soap and water while you still have them on.
I would recommend these gloves for any backyard smokers, grillers or barbeques who want the best BBQ gloves at a very reasonable price point.
The Simdevanma grill gloves are an extremely heat resistant blend of aramid fibre and silicone. These gloves have the added bonus of being able to fit on both left and right hands. Considering this I thought they were amazingly comfortable. The cotton and poly molds to the shape of your hand with ease.
Aside from the impressive heat resistance and multi hand capabilities they are easily washed in the washing machine and fairly quick to dry. I found that for a cotton glove they are really easy to get on and off and don’t have a loose feel like some other models can, you could say they fit like a glove.
The bottom line is these gloves are extremely heat resistant and very easy to use around both the outdoor grill and the kitchen. Lifting grill plates, hot pots, racks and cooked meats is a breeze and you get the same I love the added peace of mind of the cut resistance rating and the extremely grippy silicone on the outside.
Not only are they a top pick for the best BBQ gloves, they are a great glove for general outdoor cooking. Compared to some other gloves they don’t have full forearm cover so for those who are serious about their grilling these may not be the best choice. All and all they are a solid glove and protect your hands perfectly from any heat source.
These gloves are extra long, extra durable and extra heavy duty. They are perfect for holding hot grill plates, moving heavy hot grill parts, coals and logs.
The suede is really tough and surprisingly does not stain easily. They are a larger glove, however, you can still use tongs, knives and other utensils with ease.
These gloves are my top pick for the best heavy duty glove out of my best BBQ gloves list.
They are a good glove for those of you who need a heavy duty, well made glove. They offer decent heat protection in the short term. I find they are a good glove for taking apart a hot used grill or emptying out hot coals or logs.
The needs of an outdoor BBQ chef are different than those who are cooking indoors. There are totally different conditions, needs, and requirements. To narrow down the selection of gloves I need to ask specific questions about the gloves:
Providing most of these questions had a positive answer they have passed my first test of being a good selection for good heat resistant BBQ glove.
This glove guide is for those of you who need a set of gloves for smoking meat and barbecuing. Grills, smokers & BBQ’s are constructed of metal, and around heat, metal tends to get pretty hot.
When handling hot coals, grill plates, chimney starters, cooking trays and other BBQ equipment you need a set of well insulated gloves. We have all been there, we have all tried to pick up something we know we shouldn’t with bare hands or a kitchen towel, don’t be a hero. The last thing you want is to drop your prize piece of meat or a trip to the emergency room.
The gloves below are gloves that have had first hand experience with and find to be perfect for general grill, smoker and BBQ use. These gloves are insulated enough for this specific purpose. However, with that being said I would not recommend these for tasks such as welding or smelting.
This is a question that my son asked me when I was unwrapping my new gloves.
Now there is nothing wrong with tongs, don’t get me wrong I love my tongs like a third child. However, there are times when you simply just shouldn’t use them. This is for both safety and practicality reasons.
Picture this; you have a delicious 15 lb brisket in that has just come to temperature, you get excited and grab the tray with your tongs. There is no chance that you are safely going to get that bad boy from the grill to the table in one piece. The only way to do this is with a set of gloves or a combination of glove and tong.
Another instance would be if you have hot grill plates that you need to move or take out for cleaning. You could try to take them out with your tongs. However, this will more than likely end up with you dropping the grill plates, or burning yourself. You need a set of insulated gloves to securely hold the grill plate, this ensures you have a strong two hand hold on the hot plates.
When selecting a set of gloves you need to make sure you take into account how often you will be using them for transporting purposes, some gloves are very thick and don’t give you much feel on what you are gripping. When transporting grill plates and other hot items you want to know you have a secure hold on them. This is for your safety and the safety of those around you.
When selecting gloves there are three main materials you can choose from. Each different material has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Let's break down each material and discuss the strengths and weaknesses:
Like all markets for accessories, the bbq gloves market is saturated with a tonne of different brands and models. Brands tend to throw around big, fancy words to make their product stand out in the crowd. This can make things far more confusing than they need to be.
When buying gloves there are a couple key things to remember to ensure that you are buying the right gloves for your specific needs and they are fit for your purpose.
Be sure to pay attention to the warnings and directions of different gloves. Some may look like they are built to withstand the elements, but in reality, they are not going to protect you when you need it the most.
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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