Basting brushes are essential tools for any novice or a grill-master.
Whether you’re just grilling a few pieces of chicken or a full ham, a basting brush can make your life infinitely easier.
They allow you to slather on large amounts of any oil, sauce, or glaze onto your food while grilling.
This promises to give it the best flavor without burning your hands or risking your other cookware over the high heat temperatures of the grill.
Luckily, basting brushes are relatively economically priced across the board – usually under $20. Even so, you still want something that’s going to get the job done properly.
Your ideal basting brush has a long handle that can hold large amounts of liquid and evenly distribute it. Here are my tips on hoe to spot the best basting brush.
And I’ve added a few of my suggestions of the best options you’ll find on Amazon.
It’s pretty much agreed upon across all corners of the grilling world that silicone bristles are the absolute best material for the bristles of your basting brush.
They tend to last much longer than the competition, and are extremely heat resistant, usually up to 600℉.
You should also try to find a basting brush with as many bristles as possible.
This allows the brush to retain maximum liquids and evenly distribute it across and around your food.
They should also be at least an inch long so that they can navigate the curves and shapes of the food with ease.
The longer the handle, the better. This is mostly a safety precaution, but it’s extremely important when you consider how the hot sauce or oil could bounce off of your food and burn you.
But, if the handle is too long, you might have a harder time controlling it and the sauce. Most grillers recommend about a 12 inch handle as a “just right” length.
My Favorite Basting Brushes For Grilling
Elizabeth Karmel Super Silicone Angled BBQ Brush
One of the top rated basting brushes for grilling available on the market is the Elizabeth Karmel Super Silicone Angled BBQ Brush.
It’s light as a feather and also has a slight angle to the brush. This is a great safety feature to keep your hands away from hot areas.
Le Creuset Revolution Basting Brush
Another top choice is the Le Creuset Revolution basting brush. It is heat resistant up to 480℉. And it’s famous for not staining or retaining odors.
It’s over 8 inches, giving you a safe range away from the heat but enough control over the liquid to coat your food evenly.
The handle also has three notches for added control and safety. The head of the brush is about 2 inches wide and is dishwasher safe. It also comes in a variety of colors to match any grilling tool repertoire.
OXO Good Grips Large Silicone Basting Brush
The OXO Good Grips tied the Le Creuset in most online reviews. It’s silicone bristles are also heat resistant, but can withstand, and perform well, in temperatures up to 600℉.
However, its handle is much shorter than most other basting brushes available.
A unique feature of the OXO brush is the arrangement of the bristles.
The brush head has two types of bristles (both silicone) – one set is a bunch of flat, perforated bristles in the middle, and the other is a regular set around the edges. This allows for maximum liquid retention and an even spread.
mKitchen Orange Silicone Basting and Pastry Oil Brush
This orange headed brush is an all-round favorite with grillers, and for good reason. The silicone bristles are heat resistant up to 440℉.
It’s got a lightweight handle, and it’s dishwasher safe. For added cleaning ease, it doesn’t stain or retain odors, which is great if you use vinegar or other harsh smelling ingredients in your grilling.
It’s also BPA free, so you can be sure you’re serving safe food to your guests or family. You also get an extra pastry brush as an added bonus with this basting brush purchase.
Get Basting Baby!
Now you have a good idea of makes up an outstanding basting brush. And you’ve got some great options to choose from.
All ya’ gotta do now is pick the one for you and get basting baby!
These are all of the best basting brushes on the market. If you think it’ll be useful in your home, check one out and get grilling!
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