My wife Ally says I have a couple of addictions. One is buying more bass fishing lures than I need and the second is buying more barbecue and grilling items than I need. I disagree with both assesments! I was in need of some new items for grilling and smoker sessions... and you can't pass up end of the season topwater baits when they are on sale
But, back to barbecue and grilling. A couple of weeks ago I found myself in need of a couple of new grilling mitts that could handle high heat and grease. My old ones were stained, slightly torn, frayed, had burn marks, and frankly looked pretty nasty! It was late, college football was on and it was a perfect time to do some web searching and shopping.
I ran across a bundle deal from a seller on Amazon called “Big Time BBQ.” I ordered the three item “Ultimate BBQ Bundle.” The bundle included two items I needed and one that just seemed cool. It came with 2 grill mats, a pair of AWESOME grill gloves, and a pair of grill claws. It was all under about $30 plus shipping.
The Mat: First. The three items were delivered quickly and all were well made. In fact, the bundle says three items but it’s actually four. The grilling mat ships with two good sized, 16 x 13, heavy duty mats that you can use for all kinds of non-stick grilling.
You could cook everything from grilled pizza to steak and seafood. No more small items falling through the grates or the grilling basket. The mats are much more heavy duty as compared to thing oven safe cooking mats. I was actually able to put two bricks on the mat and lift the sides and carry the bricks around without the matt ripping. I figured this was a good Boston Butt test. I think the next grill matt session is going to be pancakes.
The Gloves: I love the grill gloves because they are not “grill mitts!” Grill mitts limit you to use of your thumb and then all of your fingers squeezed together as one. The Big Time BBQ Grill Gloves are actually gloves that allow you to fully grip and work normally. Also, the gloves are easy to clean, have gripper dots so you can use as a jar grip, protect your hand and wrist, and can be used up to 425 degrees!
The Claws: The third item in the bundle was the Big Time BBQ Grill Claws – which Ally and I immediately started doing Wolverine from the Xmen impersonations as soon as we took them out of the box. After that fun the test came. They are very durable and built with tough food safe material. Like the mat and gloves they are easy to clean and dishwasher safe.
Plus, the heavy duty hand held meat claws are perfect for everything from shredding pulled pork to lifting big items such as briskets, butts, and turkeys. You can even use them to prepare large tossed salads! Use one to hold large briskets, ham, or turkey, and start carving with the other hand.
The Final Verdict
I think the Big Time BBQ Ultimate BBQ Bundle was well worth ordering. The most impressive item to me were the versatility of the grill mats followed by the gloves. I’ve had several pairs of claws over the years so I knew what the uses were with them. Their durability and easy to hold design is a step up on the older wooden handle versions of the past. I think you would be happy with your purchase of these items either for your own use or for a gift. Here’s the basic info for finding them on Amazon.
You can see more detailed reviews of each item in the bubdle in the review section.