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Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

Smoking Time and Temperature Guide For Meat Lovers

You folks are going to love this Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide! The team here at GrillJunkie has fired up the BBQ smokers and is glad to share a few of our tips and techniques with you. Believe us when we say we’ve made some massive mistakes along the way. Love and learn and share what you’ve didcovered so as to help others. Why not?

Meat Smoking Times and Temperature

Barbecuing in the summer is a favorite past time of husbands, fathers, women, campers, and weekend warriors everywhere. There is just something about being in the middle of nature, in the great outdoors, enjoying the fresh air as the aroma of grilling succulent meats and seasoned vegetables fills the air.

However, despite best intentions and scouring the internet for meat smoking tips, the event will still be a bust if the foods you are smoking are not smoked and finished properly. It is important to know the proper temperatures and cooking times for your bar-b-que creations, but who has time to remember all of those numbers, times, weights, and temperatures?

That is where this handy Info-Graph from will help you ensure that your grilled foods are done to perfection.

Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

Meat smoking time and temperature guide


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Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide

Valuable Information

There is a rhyme and reason for the layout of the Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide. You can scour the best smoker cookbooks for great recipes to smoke a wide array of ingredients, but not many of them will give you as much information in one location as this smoking time and temperature wheel chart. Reading this chart is easy and it provides a multitude of valuable information to crank a great low and slow Smoked Brisket. To read this chart, it is easiest to start from the outer ring first.

Type of Food

The outside circle of this chart displays the different types of foods that can be smoked. This selection of smoking greats includes such things as meat, chicken, and seafood. The second ring of the chart displays images of the foods meat smoking time and temperature guide GrillJunkiethat are listed on the outer ring of the wheel chart.

Smoking Temperature Listings

Moving in towards the center, the next ring contains the proper temperatures at which to smoke the selected foods. Knowing the proper cooking temperature will ensure that your foods are completely cooked and safe for consumption. Using wood chips for smoking will give your food a deep smoky taste while maintaining the heat level for a great smoked finished product.


Smoking foods takes time. It is essential that the ingredients being smoked are allowed to soak up and develop the smoky flavor from the wood chips being used. The secret to a good smoke on an ingredient is the indirect heat and the containment of the smoke in the smoking chamber. To keep the most of the aromatic smoke inside of the smoker by using a well built smoker to keep in the hazy goodness.

Finish Temperature

how to smoke a turkeyThe fifth circle in the wheel contains the temperatures that the finished smoked product should register. Some of these areas are not a set temperature but rather an indication to cook the ingredients until tender. Others have clear indications of the temperature at which the foods should register when done smoking.

Creating your own home made smoked foods is a money saving, fun, tasty, and easy way to dry and preserve a variety of foods in an easy and safe way. Use the best wireless meat thermometer to check your smoking ingredients according to this Meat Smoking Time and Temperature Guide infographic.


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Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

The team here at GrillJunkie has fired up the grills and is pumped to share a few Fourth of July Grilling Ideas! What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than with some Grilled Bread with Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil, some incredible Candied Bacon, a Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks topped off with an epic Grilled Peach Dessert?!

Let’s get started with our Fourth of July Grilling Ideas with an appetizer inspired by Sara Quessenberry of

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas : Appetizer 1

Grilled Bread With Zucchini, Ricotta, and Basil


• 4 1/2-inch-thick slices country bread
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 small zucchini (about 2 pounds), thinly sliced lengthwise

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• 1 cup fresh basil, leaves torn
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• Pinch of kosher salt
• 1 cup fresh ricotta


1. Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grill until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to plates.
2. Grill the zucchini until tender and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
3. Toss the zucchini in a large bowl with the basil, red pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon of oil.
4. Top the bread with the zucchini and ricotta.

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More Than Just Grilling on Memorial Day

More Than Just Grilling on Memorial Day

It is no secret that the GrillJunkie team has a passion for grilling. And what better American Holiday to celebrate our addiction than Memorial Day! But before we fire up the grills to fire up a few dozen gourmet burgers, we must be sure to remind ourselves that there is more than just grilling on Memorial Day; it is more than the de facto start of the summer season. It is a significant American holiday to honor, respect and cherish those who have sacrificed their very lives for our freedom! Although we can fire you up with our grilling passion, we thought it appropriate to share the words of Daniel Briggs:

By Daniel Briggs Posted on: | May 27, 2016

I have to make a confession at the outset: Too often, I correlate Memorial Day with sales on grills and outdoor furniture. Shame on me. And if I, as a veteran, give barely a perfunctory nod of the head to this important holiday, am I alone? Or are my apathy and ignorance representative of more of the American public than any of us wants to admit?American-Flag-Grilled-Burger-via-GrillJunkie

Let’s take a look at the numbers.

75. The average percentage of the public’s confidence in the military from Gallup polls since 9/11. During that same time period, the Supreme Court received a thumbs-up from an average of 39% of the public while Congress earned just over 17% of confidence.

grilling on memorial day Americans overwhelmingly support the military. But how well do they understand it? And how effectively can they or their leaders support something they do not understand? With its unique culture running parallel to but apart from civilian society, the military has become more and more of an unknown entity. It starts with the fact that only a sliver (less than 1%) of Americans currently serve. By way of comparison, nearly 12% of the population served during the Second World War. And as more and more of our political leaders have not served, policy decisions impacting the military may be important, but they affect someone else, somewhere else. Even the most well-meaning politicians are not immune from this mindset, when their decisions do not directly affect them.

The growing military-civilian divide directly affects our service members as well. Military values like sacrifice and “service before self” are admirable but not absolute. They are too easily taken to an extreme, where service members believe they must lose their identity to serve their country. For example, military members often believe political discussions are off limits. Others mistakenly conclude that, outside both the walls of the sanctuary and the confines of one’s mind, religion is absolutely forbidden, regardless of setting or context. The military is a unique environment where individual interests sometimes yield to the interests of the larger military community. But Grilling Guide - How to grill directlysome freedoms are fundamental, as part and parcel of human existence as the act of breathing. Religious freedom, guaranteed by the first words of the First Amendment, is one such fundamental freedom. It is truly our first freedom. And at Alliance Defending Freedom, we work aggressively to educate, equip, and empower service members at all levels to live out their faith while in uniform.

On this Memorial Day, let’s take a moment to honor those who have died in service to this country. Let’s commit to actively bridge the military-civilian divide. And then, let’s fire up the grill!

Daniel Briggs

Legal Counsel, Director of Military Affairs

Daniel Briggs, Esq., serves as legal counsel and director of Military Affairs with Alliance Defending Freedom.


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Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast

Who says the grill is just for Father’s Day?

Inspired by Clint Cantwell of, we fired up the grills in order to create a Mother’s Day Grilling Feast! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and while cooking for Mom seems like a good idea on paper, it usually ends with her spending a good part of her special day in the kitchen, cleaning up the huge mess that Dad and the kids created.

And although a trip to a local hot spot for brunch or dinner is always an option, it’s more likely than not that you’ll end up waiting forever for a table large enough for your family and that at least one of the kids will turn what would be a pleasant meal in to a nightmare with a full on meltdown.

But there is hope. This year why not fire up the grill for a true family feast? After all, no other style of cooking brings friends and family together more than a good ol’ backyard cookout. Mom, grandma, and all of the aunts can relax over a nice batch of grilled cocktails while the kids wear themselves out running around the yard and the dads work their magic at the grill.

To get your Mother’s Day cookout started out on the right foot, Clint Cantwell compiled a few grilling recipes that are sure to wow all of the special moms in your life. As always, you can also visit for more barbecue and grilling recipes from me and the rest of our VIP team.

From Mother’s Day menus and party ideas to the best cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Mother’s Day Recipes & Menus Page.

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

candied bacon mother's day grillingCandied Bacon

Bacon for breakfast is good but candied bacon is even better, especially when you add the smoky flavor of the grill to the mix.


1 pound bacon
1/4 cup honey
¼ teaspoon. chipotle powder (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar


Prepare grill for medium-high heat grilling. Place bacon strip on the grill grate, drizzle honey over the top of the bacon slices and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Close the grill and allow the bacon to cook until crisp, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove the bacon using a spatula as the honey and brown sugar mixture will be extremely hot. Allow the bacon to cool completely before serving.

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

Grilled Coconut Rum French Toast

Leave it to Robyn Medlin-Lindars of to take Mother’s Day brunch to a whole ‘nother level by taking classic French toast and firing it up on the grill!


One loaf Challah or Brioche, sliced into 1/2” piecesMother's day grilling grilled french toast
4 eggs
2 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoon coconut rum
Dash Cinnamon


• Fresh strawberries (optional), chopped up with a bit of powdered sugar
• Maple syrup
• Breakfast sausage patties or links


Combine eggs, milk, coconut rum and cinnamon. Next, preheat your grill for medium direct heat (about 350 degrees). Coat the grill grates well with canola oil so the bread does not stick.

While the grill is heating up, soak your bread pieces in the egg mixture. Once the grill is heated, grill the bread until nice char marks form, about 4 minutes each side.

Meanwhile, you can grill up breakfast sausage patties or links to go with the French toast. Grill the sausage links while grilling the French toast.
Serve the French toast with diced strawberries (or fruit of your preference) and whipped cream (optional) and sausage.

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks

CoffeeGrillRubEvery Mother’s Day I ask my wife what she’d like for dinner and every year the answer is the same — a perfectly grilled steak. Here’s one of my personal favorite recipes, one that incorporates ground coffee to really up the flavor profile of the steak. To really take it over the top, place the grilled steaks on a tablespoon of butter as soon as they come off the grill. You won’t be disappointed!


Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks

4 New York strip steaks, about 1½ inches thick
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub
Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

2 tablespoons ground coffee
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1½ tablespoons coriander seeds, lightly toasted and ground
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt


Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a grill to high, placing the majority of the coals and a couple (optional) fist-sized wood chunks in the center of the grill to create a cool zone on the outer edges.

Once the steaks have come to room temperature, coat all sides with the olive oil; then season generously with the coffee-coriander rub. Place the steaks in the center of the grill, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Flip and grill, covered, for another 3 minutes. Flip and cook each side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until they reach your desired level of doneness (145° to 150°F for medium-rare and 150° to 160°F for medium according to the USDA. Remember, however, that the meat will rise in temperature as much as 10 degrees as it rests). Remove from the grill and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes so that the juices have time to redistribute and don’t end up all over your serving platter or cutting board.

Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

Mix all the rub ingredients together and set aside.

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

Grilled Blue Whale Cocktails

When it comes time to serve up cocktails at your backyard bash, consider giving them an added depth of flavor by using grilled fruits such as those found in this Grilled Blue Whale recipe from Chris Grove of


6 ounces blue curaco
6 ounces pineapple rum
ounces Ol Smoky Moonshine (plain) or grain alcohol
32 oranges, sliced thin
2 limes, sliced thin
1 lemon, sliced thin
2 teaspoon white sugar
2 quarts lemonade


Toss orange, lemon, and lime slices with the sugar in a Glad ziptop gallon bag.

Preheat a charcoal grill to 350f. In my Smoke Hollow grill this takes about 3/4 of a chimney filled with Kingsford blue bag briquettes.

Remove the slices from the bag (retain the bag) and grill both sides until nice grill marks form, about 3-5 minutes. Return the slices to the bag.grilled blue whale cocktail

Mix the lemonade, curaco, pineapple rum, and moonshine together. Add the fruit and the juices, to the punch.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Serve over ice with the fruit as a garnish.

Drink responsibly and enjoy!

Mother’s Day Grilling Feast Ideas

Cayenne Grilled Peaches

grilled peaches bbqdragon.comWhen it comes to “manning” the grill, few do it better than Melissa Cookston, owner of the South’s hottest restaurant group, Memphis Barbecue Co. and author of the newly released BBQ and grilling cookbook Smokin’ in the Boys Room. For Melissa, Mother’s Day starts with a perfectly grilled rib-eye and smoked Vidalia onions (the recipe for which can be found in her book) and ends with one of her favorite desserts, grilled cayenne peaches.


4 peaches
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon cayenne
Whipped cream for serving


Prepare a hot grill.

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, vanilla, and cayenne. Place the peach halves in a baking dish cut side up and spoon the sugar mixture over the peaches. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

Place the peaches on the grill skin side down and cook for about 3 minutes or until they develop some char and the sugar is slightly set.

Turn over and grill for 1 minute, then quarter turn them to develop a nice diamond-shaped grill mark. Remove, place on serving plates, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

About Clint Cantwell

With a large online following and a passion for all things barbecue and grilling, Clint is the Editor of and pitmaster of Smoke in da Eye competition barbecue and grilling team. From his childhood in Texas to several years spent in Kansas City, Wisconsin, New Orleans and New York, Clint’s passion for barbecue and grilling runs deep as he travels the country in search of the people, places and tastes that define our shared grilling culture. He currently resides just outside of Memphis, TN along with his wife, three children and Charcoal the dog, sharing his experiences, recipes, tips, techniques and more via the site, social media, traditional media, cooking demos and more.


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Grilling Product Reviews – Charboss Grill Scraper

Grilling Product Reviews: Charboss – Bristle Free Nirvana?

Is the Charboss Grill Cleaning Tool an effective evolution to those dangerous bristle brushes? On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper – $19.95

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The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

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  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the Charboss Grill Scraping Tool a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.

The Charboss solidly addresses and solves a very charboss, grilling product reviewsserious safety problem with bristle-based grill brushes, while evolving the simple hardwood scraper design via a patent-pending cleaning guide tooth, a grill grate lifter and built-in bottle opener. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use design and you’re looking at a sustainable, bristle-free, highly effective and customizable grill cleaning tool.

For more detail on this Product Review, including The 7 Different Types of Grill Surfaces and Cleaning Tools as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: 7 Types of Grilling Surfaces

Type 1: Stainless Steel – Stainless steel can be made from thin or thick rods. Stainless steel grates are not to be confused with chrome or nickel plated grates which are not as beneficial. The real advantage to stainless steel is that it has the potential to have a long life span and is easy to clean. Good quality and/or true stainless steel grates will never rust or corrode while cheap stainless eventually ceases to be truly “stainless”, and eventually will require replacement. Stainess_Steel_Grill_Grates_GrillJunkieThe last thing you want on your grates is rust or other oxides that can make their way onto your food. Some prefer thinner stainless steel grates that allow more radiant heat through, especially for charcoal grills. There are those that believe that the challenge with thick rods is that they block radiant heat and, although they make large dark grill marks, some find them less adequate in creating all over and even browning.

Type 2: Enamel-Coated Porcelain – A sturdy porcelain enamel coating is applied to a variety of metals Enamel_coated_porcelain_grill_grates_GrillJunkieof different weights. Some grill manufacturers put it on rods or on upside down V or U-shaped rails. It can be coated on cast iron or tempered steel. Some prefer the thin rods so they don’t block the radiant heat needed to brown the surfaces of foods. Porcelain is easy to clean. It is hard to crack the surface, but dropping them can create a fissure in the coating allowing for the creation of rust. Vigorous scrubbing and scraping can scratch them and eventually wear off the coating. However, with proper care they work just fine, should last for years, and are much less expensive than stainless.

Type 3: Chrome or Nickel Plated Wire – Inexpensive and easily replaceable, these types of grates warp under extremely high heat. After a year or two they pit and the plating begins to chip off. Once this occurs the exposed metal is susceptible to rust. But they’re so cheap that replacing them is not a budget-breaker. Their main advantage is that they allow radiant heat from below to find the food on the grate by leaving the heating surface of the grill open for real searing. They’re the next best thing to no grates at all and as close to open fire cooking that you can get. An example is what you will find as standard equipment with the Weber Hinged Cooking Grate.

Type 4: Cast Iron Grates – Unlike cast iron fry pans and griddles that can become non-stick with use, many people believe that the same is true for cast iron grill grates. Untrue! Pans and griddles become non-stick due to their design. The metal is slightly porous and the surface is textured so oil becomes embedded in the surface pores forming a slippery polymer that can last for years.  The key to the longevity of these types of surfaces is to not allow them to become overheated or scrubbed with abrasives. Therein lies the problem with cast-iron grill grates. They become a lot hotter than most frying pans and that intense heat burns off the embedded surface oil and/or turns it to carbon. This eliminates the intended advantage of a non-stick surface. When finished cooking on a grill, excessively scrubbing and scraping the grease and food residue off actually removes those non-stick properties.

Cast_iron_grill_grate_GrillJunkie_product_reviewAdditionally, because cast iron grates are so heavy and therefore highly efficient at holding and transmitting heat to meat, they make definitive grill marks. You might ask, “What’s wrong with that?” The answer lies in the fact that it’s not the grill marks in and of themselves but the intensity of and quickness at which the grill marks were created! What is produced at too high of a surface temperature is a very significant contrast between those marks and the rest of the meat, leaving much of the meat surface under cooked and underdeveloped, never mind the potential of unsafely under heating the inner portions of the meat. What is desired is an even browning of the meat across the entire surface leaving dark mahogany tones of brown caramelized stripes slightly contrasted by medium mahogany surface colors between the stripes. Not only does the food being grilled look richer and more attractive, the taste tones are more satisfying and complex!

Furthermore, cast iron grates need extra and immediate TLC. You have to scrape them immediately after cooking, then oil them while they are still warm. The oil will fill the pores that have opened during cooking and prevent rust. To perform this maintenance ritual constantly and consistently is a hassle as you will find yourself on a frantic time scheduled obstacle course of leaving the fire on in order to burn off residue, running the food into the house, and while everyone is waiting for you, running back out to scrape and re-oil. If you forget to do this, you will notice that within days the cast-iron grates can start rusting. If you don’t use cast iron grates for months, they will rust even if you oiled them after the last use.

Type 5: Tempered Steel – Common on large barbecue pits, tempered steel grates often come in expanded metal diamond grids. Their main advantages are that they are lightweight, inexpensive, and make diamond shaped grill marks without having to rotate the meat. Their disadvantages are that they rust, warp easily and they are extremely hard to clean. Similar to cast iron, they must be oiled.

Type 6: Teflon and Non-Stick Coatings – These surfaces are typically found on electric “grills” and a few portable gas grills. As with non-stick pans, the surface is easily scratched, must be treated gingerly and the use of a metal spatula, tongs, or fork, never mind a grill cleaning brush is verboten. Also, some are known to put out dangerous gases if they get very hot. Depending on the specific coating, “very hot” is usually 500° F, which is the range of a good direct grill surface. Their top feature is that they clean up easily, usually with mild soap and water, and some can even go through the dishwasher.

Type 7: Hard-Anodized Cast Aluminum – Made from aircraft quality aluminum into various shapes, (either as a pure flat plate, aerated and shaped for strength and air-flow, or raised railed wide rectangles), this light weight material is well suited for grilling as it allows if not epitomizes the infrared cooking method. NotGrillGrate_Product_Review_GrillJunkie_GPR4 typically used as standard grilling surface material direct from the original equipment manufacturer – OEM, they are available as an after market product either as complete replacement grates or designed to sit on top of existing grates. Dependent upon the surface shape and design, aluminum grates have been shown to amplify heat, reduce hot spots by evening out the heat transfer across the grilling surface, minimize flare-ups and are easier to clean. The GrillGrate is made of this material and is shaped to maximize the infrared grilling method. Click here for the GrillGrate Product Review.

Next Up: Traditional Grill Surface Cleaning Tools

Maintaining a clean grill is essential to great tasting food. There are many tools that can be used to scrape and clean your grilling surfaces. These tools run the gamut from the traditional brass grill brush to cleaning stones to steam cleaners and even using an onion. Here are a few of the most frequently used grill surface cleaning tools:

Traditional Grill Surface Cleaning Brush – The utilitarian brass-bristled brush with handle canthLRZBGUZS typically last a whole season, does a respectable job of cleaning grilling surfaces but usually needs to be replaced or repaired after one season. This type of brush can also be a safety hazard as individual bristles can come loose and end up in food.

thJ74N6XE5Triangular Grill Brush – A bit different than the traditional handled brush, this design is more flexible to avoid scratching sensitive surfaces, covers more surface area, yet is capable of getting into nook and crannies.

Steam Cleaners – Exemplified by the GrillDaddy steamer, this type of grill surface cleaning tool combines hot water vapor with the traditional brush design.

Grill Cleaning Stones – Either mounted on a handle or as a standalone, grill cleaning stones are designed to conform to the grill grate surface to do its part in cleaning your grill.thVLQ2ZWIC

Aluminum Foil – By rolling aluminum foil into a loose ball and gripping the ball with grilling tongs you can make a decent make-shift grill cleaning tool.

An Onion? – By cutting an onion in half and grasping it with tongs to slide across the grilling surface you can not only clean the surface but lubricate it as well as the onion contains oils that prevent food from sticking to the hot surface.

Does the Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper evolve the utilitarian and dangerous bristle-based cleaning brush to the next level by successfully combining durability, effectiveness and food safety into a “Toothy Grill Scraper?” Let’s see!

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The GrillJunkie Grilling Product Reviews follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:


  • Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
  • Solution to that problem
  • Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
  • Verdict – the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)

So let’s dig in to the Charboss BBQ Scraping Tool product review.

Official Product Review and GPR

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Problem – The way we view it, cleaning your grill should be a simple, quick, efficient and safe process. Unfortunately, many of the grill cleaning and/or scraping tools on the market today are either poorly designed, over-engineered, flimsy or down-right dangerous. In fact, wire brush-based grill cleaning tools can tear, splinter and leave entire wires, or fragments of wires on your grill or in your food. According to the CDC, each year children and adults of all ages ingest grill-cleaning brush bristles causing severe injury. As a result, the CDC recently issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger.

Additionally, CBS News reported on the Dangers of BBQ Grill Cleaning BrushesBIANCA SEIDMAN CBS NEWS May 27, 2015, 2:55 PM. Below is a Fox 45 News report from Columbus citing a real life event of the dangers of grill brushes.

  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The Charboss team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the Charboss BBQ scraping toolAccording to the inventor, Jeff Rosenberger, and the company’s marketing material / ad copy:
“Charboss is a new type of wooden BBQ grill scraper for use on outdoor gas grills. When used on a heated grill, Charboss form fits to the grid surface (straight rods front to back). It is a unique scraping tool that makes grilling safe! Recently, the CDC issued a warning against using metal wire brushes on a grill due to the risk of ingesting a wire as it falls off the brush and attaches itself to an unsuspecting burger. As an avid BBQ griller, it was because of these unsuspecting dangers that inspired me to invent this scraper. Simply type in “dangers of grill brushes” in any search engine and learn about this growing problem.
Here is a quick YouTube video of the Charboss in action:

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The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the Charboss product team did indeed address the problem head on with a brushless, feature-rich hardwood grill cleaning tool designed with a tooth guide to customize cleaning grooves into the tool while also offering a grate lifting and scraping side tool and built-in bottle opener. Under extensive product testing using various grate surfaces, a myriad of burnt on foods, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is well made with sustainable oak hardwood
  • Effectively cleans and scrapes a variety of grill grate surfaces without damage
  • Comes with a unique guide tooth designed to fit in between each grill rod for effective cleaning and customization
  • Can be customized to your personal grill’s grate surface rods
  • Leaves no dangerous bristle brushes behindcharboss product review,grilling product reviews
  • Is feature rich with a side grate lifting, under rod scraping tool and built-in bottle opener
  • Is easy to clean
  • Is made in the USA
  • Should last a lifetime with minimal care


The Bad – There is, however, one very minor challenge to customizing the Charboss Grill Cleaning Tool.  For the very impatient griller, who wants a fully turnkey product that goes from packaging to hot grill, the Charboss team suggests a very quick and simple modification (a 5 minute job with a pencil and needle nose pliars) to fully customize the burned in grooves to match your particular grill. For people with more than one grill, and minimal handyman skills this could prove challenging to some. But c’mon, have we really become this lazy and disposable? Man up!

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The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the Charboss BBQ Grill Cleaning Tool has a clean and attractive design and is very elegant, well designed and extremely effective. If the Charboss does become a bit faded and tattered over time, the application of a small amount of food grade wood oil will make a well used and faded Charboss look like new again.

Verdict – We give the Charboss BBQ Grill Scraper a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product solidly addresses and solves a very serious safety problem with bristle-based grill brushes, while evolving the simple hardwood scraper design via a patent-pending cleaning guide tooth, a grill grate lifter and built-in bottle opener. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use design and you’re looking at a sustainable, bristle-free, highly effective and customizable grill cleaning tool. The fact that this product is made of sustainable hardwood and is bristle-free significantly helped raise the eco-friendly and food safety green flag here at GrillJunkie! We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the Charboss team. The future is ours to see. Stay tuned! We only have about 250 products on our Grilling Product Reviews schedule before that.

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    GrillJunkie Rating of Charboss BBQ Scraper = 4.3 / 5.0


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