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Best Grill Brushes for Stainless Steel Grates



Today I want to talk about brushes for stainless steel grates.

Stainless steel is durable and allows for more sturdy brushes, making your clean up a little bit easier.

My recommendation is the BBQ-Aid because it’s so sturdy and versatile. See it at Amazon.

However, there are going to be some things that you want to take into consideration when looking for a brush for your stainless steel grill.

Nice grill. Who gets to clean it? You do.
Nice grill. Who gets to clean it? You do.

We should all know by now that cleaning your grill after each cook (or before, if that is your preference) is necessary to keeping your grill in top working condition. It ensures your food remains free from all the old grease and acid buildup that can develop over time.

For the most part, we all detest the clean-up phase of barbecuing. For me, it is the only part of grilling that I am not absolutely in love with. But with the right utensils and the proper technique, the clean-up doesn’t have to feel so much like a chore.

Without further delay, let’s get into the brushes I recommend for cleaning your stainless steel grill.

Weber 3-Sided Grill Brush

Weber 6494 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush, Black

First I will start off with your basic, Weber 21-inch 3-sided grill brush. The “T brush” is probably the brush that gets the most use from barbecue connoisseurs.

Combine that with the fact that this is the brush recommended not only by professional pit masters but also by the grill manufacturers themselves. You can be sure that you are getting a product that will live up to your expectations and give you the clean you need to maintain the quality of your grates.

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What makes the “T brush” the go-to brush for amateur and professionals?

To start, it is a very sturdy brush that is specifically meant for scraping burnt food off of metal surfaces. The design of the brush, with short bristles and the two other, even smaller, sides make the “T brush” the most versatile brush there is. You can get between the grates as easily as you can get to the top of the grilling surface.

Make sure to clean the grill while it is still hot and before the food has had the opportunity to bind to the metal. It will make your cleanup much easier. That will let you forgo the cleaning solutions. Though I would still recommend using a solution after every couple of grills.

This is the most economical brush and the most recommended brush. That means purchasing this brush is the closest thing to a “no-brainer” you’ll find.

Check out the T-Brush at Amazon.

BBQ-Aid Grill Brush

BBQ-Aid Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper – Extended, Large Wooden Handle and Stainless Steel Bristles – No Scratch Cleaning for Any Grill: Char Broil & Ceramic

The next brush we will look at is the Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper from BBQ-Aid.

I like this brush because it has the “classic” grill brush form, but combines it with heavy duty stainless steel. You’ll feel confident in the strength of it so you can put a good amount of pressure on it while cleaning.

The wooden handle gives it an authentic feel, making it look like an “official” pit master’s cleaning brush.

It has a scraper that will get all the stuck-on barbecue sauce that you’re undoubtedly going to get on the grates. The bristles of the brush are strong enough to get rid of the remaining gunk.

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Bristles That Stay in Place

One of the greatest benefits of this brush is how well the bristles are connected to the brush and how strong the bristles are themselves. Anybody who has ever had a cheap grill brush can tell you, the hairs tend to break off and sometimes find their way into your food.

This is obviously unacceptable and can cause real harm. The BBQ-Aid brush does not have that issue. So if you spend a lot of time on the grill, this brush is certainly worth the investment.

Find the BBQ-Aid Grill Brush at Amazon.

Grill Daddy Pro

The brush I am going to mention next is a brush that I have brought up before. Although it may not be the brush for me, it seems to be a pretty big hit for most people who try it.

The brush that I am talking about is the Grill Daddy Pro.

Ok, so the Grill Daddy Pro is the most expensive brush on this list. But for the money, it promises a fantastic clean with much less work than is generally required.

Recipe anyone? Pork chops on the grill. Or grill a pork loin.

How does it do it?

The Grill Daddy Pro has a reservoir for water. Once you have the grill hot, push the brush down on the grate and the heat will cause the water to steam.

Steam cleaning a grill does work wonders. I just find it a little difficult to justify the price tag when I can just as easily use a spray bottle to get that steaming effect.

That said, if you are the type that enjoys having cool gadgets, this may be a good brush for you. It cleans the grill efficiently. The bristles are stiff enough that you can be sure they won’t break off when cleaning.

Read more about the Grill Daddy Pro at Amazon.


Alright, so you’ve got a few brushes to choose from, and as you may have gathered, my recommendation is the “T brush.”

But, because it can be purchased at such a low price point I would also spring for one of the other larger brushes as well. The choice is yours of course, but having a larger one to get the big jobs done is a life saver.

Well maybe it’s not that extreme. But it does make your clean-up less of a chore and gives you more time to enjoy your food.

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About the Author: Alexis DeAnda

Alexis DeAnda is a food fanatic, library card user, and cast iron hunter, in that order. She has been cooking for anyone that will taste it ever since her mom let her make doughnuts on Saturday mornings at the age of 7.

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