If you haven’t used a pigtail flipper, you’re missing out. A pigtail flipper is a long piece of stainless steel with a very sharp, pointed end. This amazing grill tool allows you to pierce any type food, from vegetables to meat. With a flick of the wrist, you can easily turn the food. This is a great tool to have for handling food on a large, hot grill. Once you’ve purchased a pigtail flipper, you may never use your tongs or spatula ever again! The only problem: if you’ve never used one, how do you know which brand to buy? It’s hard to know where to get started with a brand new grilling tool.

To help narrow down the search, we tested the four top pigtail flippers on the market. We ranked each pigtail flipper by looking at their most important qualities: Strength, Ergonomics, Versatility, and Ease of Cleanup. Once we tallied up the scores, we came up with an Overall Score to rank each pigtail flipper.

All the pigtail flippers we tested performed well. Each earned a good score, making them all recommended by Pitmaster’s Choice. Take a look at the Overall Pigtail Flippers Review Scores table for an overview of each pigtail flipper. To learn more, click on each pigtail flipper to go to their individual page where we dive in with more detailed information.

Overall Pigtail Flippers Review Scores

Brand

Strength

Ergonomics

Versatility

Cleanup

Overall Score

Cave Tools BBQ Pigtail Meat Hooks

Cave Tools

5

5

5

5

5

Outset Rosewood and Stainless Steel Pigtail Flipper

Outset

4

5

5

5

4.5

Cuisinart Pigtail Meat Flipper

Cuisinart

4

5

4

5

4.5

Jaccard Pig Tail Food Flipper

Jaccard

5

5

5

5

5

Cave Tools BBQ Pigtail Meat Hooks

As you’d expect from Cave Tools, these pig tail flippers are solidly made, with a thick shaft and a sturdy but comfortable handle. In this particular set there’s a long one and a short one. The long one in particular keeps your hands away from the heat, the short one is slightly easier to control. You can lift and turn fairly heavy pieces of meat with them, even a full rack of ribs, and it never feels like they might bend or you’ll lose control. The actual hooks are sharp, but not so they tear into the food too much.

And afterwards, they’re probably one of the easiest things you can ever clean. Only the hook part actually touches the food, unless you’re stirring sauces or something, and so that’s the only part that gets dirty. Even if they do need a good clean, they’re fully dishwasher safe, so no problem there.

This Product Is Ranked as the #1 Pitmaster’s Choice In The Pigtail Flippers Category

Outset Rosewood  and Stainless Steel Pigtail Flipper

The first thing you’ll notice about this meat hook, apart from it’s length, is its appearance. It looks very good, with its rosewood handle and silver shaft. And even the metal hanging loop is copper to match the red of the rosewood. It also feels good in the hand, the carved handle sitting well in your palm.

Overall, this is a good looking and practical pigtail turner, not great for larger pieces of meat, but otherwise a very solid product.

Cuisinart Pigtail Meat Flipper

Despite its thin appearance, this pigtail meat hook is actually quite sturdy. The metal shaft is made from a heavier duty metal than others, which makes it lighter but stronger. I did notice some bending when flipping heavy meats like ribs, so not completely recommended for that, but it handles all but the largest of steaks with no problems.

The wooden handle of this pig tail meat turner means it shouldn’t really go in the dishwasher. But a quick wipe of the hook with some soapy water should be more than enough to get it clean. I’d say it’s probably a bit over-priced compared to others on the market, and it isn’t great for really big pieces of meat, but it does work for most other things, it looks good, and works great on bacon.

Jaccard Pig Tail Food Flipper

Pigtail meat turners are used for turning, flipping and moving food around, both on the grill and in the kitchen. They can also be used for dipping food in batter, etc. without losing the food in the liquid. There’s a set of two here, a long one for reaching over the heat without burning yourself, and a shorter one for more precise control and easier dipping.

One very good thing about these pig tail BBQ flippers is, if you get the version with wooden handles, they’re lacquered for protection, which means they can go in the dishwasher after use. Other manufacturers take note. So they’re very easy to clean, not that they’re difficult anyway.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should You Use the Long and Short Pigtail Flippers?

Can Left-Handed People use Right-Handed Pigtail Flippers?

How Does a Pigtail Flipper Work?

When Should You Use a Pigtail Flipper Instead of Tongs or a Spatula?

Will The Pigtail Flipper Poke Holes in Your Meat and Cause It to be Less Juicy?