Wire BBQ brushes are back in the news and in front of Health Canada. It’s conducting an investigation after nine injuries were reported to have been caused by the brushes, in the past few years. Sometimes wires come off the brushes and land in the food. They end up in people’s tongues or throats and potentially migrate into the gut. It’s dangerous and sometimes difficult for surgeons to remove. So we set out to find an alternative.
Home Depot only had one idea other than a wire brush. It was a block of some sort of substance that resembled hard styrofoam, but it wasn’t. And it crumbled into sand when it was used. It didn’t live up to expectations at all. The grill required a thorough rinsing unless you wanted debris as a topping on your burger. Not practical.
What are people raving about? An oak paddle-shaped scraper. It’s basically a piece of wood that you rub on the grill until it’s clean. It’s probably what they used in the days before wire bristles were invented. A friend has one and says it’s great. If you have another idea, I’d love to know it. I really don’t want to eat wire bristles with my barbecue.
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