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Old 03-13-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Grill mats from Amazon

Ok, so on a lark, I bought a couple of the grill mats on Amazon. Not a big cost so figured I wouldn't lose much if they turned out to be not as advertised.
Last night I grilled a thick cut pork chop for her, and a prime NY strip for me. I seasoned them that afternoon with some new Sucklebusters steak seasoning then marinated them in my Weston chamber vac. Then back in the fridge till ready to cook.
So I started the PK 360 up, put one of the grill mats on the grill and threw some sliced onions tossed in olive oil on the mat. Withing a couple of minutes, the onions had started sizzling like on a hot pan. Tossed them around to get even cooking. I had put the mat not directly over the fire at first but then pulled it directly over the fire. Onions were really going by this time.
Long story short. The mat performed as advertised, no sticking. Onions turned out great, not caramelized, but very soft and had a nice faint smoky flavor we both liked.
Oh yeah, the pork chop and prime strip turned out wonderful, with nice grill marks and great flavor

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Old 03-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #2
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Thanks for the report. I wondered about these grill mats.
I am guessing they are not made in the USA. A quote from Amazon's discription:
"The Grill Mats can be allowed you to cooking like a chef, leaving perfect grill marks and preventing even the smallest morsels from falling through the grates.It also can be used on the microwave oven"

Your steak and pork chop sound wonderful.
Why no steak for your wife, you punishing her or something?

Edit to add: The link took me directly to the grill mats.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:52 AM   #3
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My wife would rather eat a nice pork chop instead of steak. I'm fairly certain all these mats are made in Asia. I didn't try to put grill marks on the meat using the mat, but I did put the mat directly over the fire to complete grilling the onions. It was like using a hot skillet is how I would describe using the mat. Since it was the first time using this mat, I considered it sacrificial if it melted or burned. I took it off the cold grill this morning and used a nylon scrubby with dish soap and it cleaned up beautifully
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:57 AM   #4
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Try these: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...49397726,d.amc
I've only used them on the gassers, but as advertised! I love 'em
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:58 AM   #5
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Ooops, link is their site, just click on the mats.
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Old 03-13-2017, 11:59 AM   #6
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Heres the grill mats on amazon.



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Old 03-13-2017, 02:49 PM   #7
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I was wondering about these as well. I may have to invest. I would assume they would work over a fit pit as well.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:53 AM   #8
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As coinkidinkily as things come, I was at Costco this weekend and found these.



So I couldn't resist. $25 for 3.

This is the size before trimming down.



On my small apartment sized grill, I just trimmed the depth and left the width alone, which covered about 70% of the grill surface. Unfortunately it was crazy windy, so the mat did have it's challenges. When I opened the lid, the side would want to flip up. Once I got the burgers on, it helped, but the wind made it really difficult to get the temps up.


The mat did save the bacon though. Opened the lid and a gust of wind blew the bacon off the burgers before I could put the protective cheese layer on. The bacon landed on the mat, which most likely saved it from going past the grate into the burners.




Turned them into an open faced burger waffle using leftover waffles from breakfast.

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Old 03-20-2017, 07:55 AM   #9
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Looks darn good to me!
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Clean up was real easy, just warm soapy water. They recommend storing flat or rolled up. Max temp was 550 degrees I believe. No grill marks, but that may have been related to the wind.
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Not for me. I see no carmelization (crust) or grill marks on those burgers.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:27 AM   #13
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My buddy bought some of those from one of those booths at the State Fair. You know, next to the Sham-WOW and the green Japanese bread knives.

I used it once. It was ok, but I'm not sure the advantage over normal grilling. And especially since I bought a griddle grate for my Weber gasser, that covers most anything.
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I use mine for seafood. Works great for fish, shrimp and lobster. I also do veggies on them.

Clean up is really easy.
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I use mine to hold meat loaf on the rec tech... other than that I dont use them at all
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