Have you ever used a pair of grill gloves? If you haven’t, you might think that a towel or hot pads work just as well. It’s true that hot pads are an essential kitchen item, but grill gloves are specifically designed to work over the grill. They protect your hands, wrists, and forearms from the heat as you reach over hot surfaces. They work exceptionally well for handling moderately hot items for a short period of time, such as grabbing one end of a rack of ribs to flip it over. It should be noted that they are not intended to be a replacement for tongs. Contact with hot items for an extended period of time is not recommended.
All this being said, a pair of grill gloves is essential for the serious barbecuer. They provide an extra level of protection and give you an increased sense of confidence as you work at the hot grill. Since most people are unfamiliar with grill gloves, we chose four pairs of high quality gloves and put them to the test. We ranked and rated them based on a variety of factors, including Heat Protection, Control, and Cleanup. We used these scores to come up with an Overall Score to choose the number one Pitmaster’s recommended choice.
You can see the overview of each glove’s performance on the table below. As you scroll down, take a look at the summary review for each grill glove. You can get additional information on each glove and purchase it using the buttons located at the bottom of each review.
Overall Grill Gloves Review Scores
Weber Premium Grill Gloves
I’d say bbq gloves are an essential piece of any griller’s tool box, whether you grill only during the holidays or every day. It’s easy to forget things around the grill can get hot, and some items stay hot a lot longer than you think. And a roaring charcoal grill is far hotter than most people encounter, certainly hotter than an oven. This is particularly true for those who have less experience of barbecuing.
After the BBQ session, you can machine wash them, but expect some fading over time. This doesn’t effect the performance. In my opinion you should put these barbecue mitts on when you light the fire, and leave them on until the grilling is done and you step away from the grill. That way you’re much less likely to burn yourself by accident. Assume everything is hot and you’ll be fine. Overall, this glove set is fairly hard-wearing, fit well, and they certainly look the part.
Steven Raichlen Extra Long BBQ Gloves
Being made from soft suede, these bbq glove set fit nice on the hand, if they’re your size, and are flexible enough for you to feel what you’re doing. I do like the length of these grill gloves, they cover a good portion of the forearms, depending on how big you are, and so help protect against spitting and boiling foods. And they do look cool when worn, but them being one size is a definite drawback.
When handling very hot items you need to be able to rely on them, not guess whether they’ll work or not. The manufacturer does give a warning about prolonged exposure to hot metal, etc. but in that case why sell them as gloves for bbq when that’s exactly what they’ll be used for? Perhaps if you’re the deputy griller, and the chief griller has decent gloves they’d be fine, otherwise I’d go for something more substantial.
Camp Chef Heat Resistant Barbecue Gloves
As with many items, it will depend on how big you are whether these one size fits all barbecue mitts actually fit. I’d say they’re somewhere around a men’s large. They look good, are flexible, not too thick so you retain a certain amount of feeling when handling most items. These gloves for bbq are a good length, covering the forearms almost to the elbow, which gives added protection when reaching across the grill, or when cooking foods that boil or spit hot fat.
Charcoal Companion Grill Mitts
When you order this product, remember it’s a mitt, and not grill mitts. Why, I’m not sure. Because everyone knows you need two. You’ll pick something up, it will be heavier or more unstable than one hand can manage, and you’ll automatically grab the thing you’re lifting with the other, ungloved, hand. Ouch!
If these barbecue gloves came as a pair, I’d probably be more willing to recommend them, but as they are, and given their limitations, I’d say shop around for something better suited to barbecuing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Do I Need a Pair of Grill Gloves?
Grill gloves are a great way to protect your hands, wrists, and forearms from the grill’s heat. They provide protection for your hands when they are closely exposed to hot temperatures, such as when you are moving coals around. They are also well suited when reaching across a large grill, especially when moving items close to the back of the grill.
Can I Get Rid of My Tongs if I Use Grill Gloves?
Grill gloves are good for handling moderately hot items for a short period of time, but they are not intended to be a replacement for potholders or tongs. It is not recommended to hold food items or coals for extended periods of time using grill gloves. Each grill glove manufacturer has a temperature range recommendation.
Are Grill Gloves Washable?
Some grill gloves are machine washable, and others are easily washed using soapy water in the sink. Check with the manufacturer to see if they certify their gloves as machine washable. Most gloves should be air dried, as they can shrink in commercial dryers.
Do I Need to Clean my Grill Gloves?
If your grill gloves are simply covered in ash or dust, they can be dusted without needing to be washed. If they have been exposed to food products or heavy amounts of grease, they should be cleaned after use to prevent buildup.
Do Grill Gloves Need to Cover the Forearm?
Some grill gloves are designed to come up over the forearm, and some stop at the wrist. The length of the glove depends on the level of protection you need. If you have a very small grill and don’t anticipate reaching over a large surface, gloves that end at the wrist may be well suited for your purposes. If your grill is large or you are working with open firepits, gloves that cover the forearm will offer more protection.
Are Grill Gloves Waterproof?
No, grill gloves are not waterproof. Using a grill glove while it is wet can cause excess heat and lead to burning. It is recommended to air-dry grill gloves before use.