Review & Giveaway: The Miracle Grill Mat

 I am not a griller. It's nice to look at and the idea of grilling is cool but the moment I pop the top on that beast, everything goes down hill. I don't know why I have so many problems when it comes to grilling but I do. I've begun to hate grilling because I always lose half of what I'm cooking to the grill. Half the time, I'd much rather heat up the house and bake my chicken or fish than mess with the grill. So when I was given the chance to test out the Miracle Grill Mat, I jumped at the opportunity. I will admit that I was a bit skeptical, given my history with grilling. So of course the first thing I tried on it was fish. I was really impressed that the fish didn't stick, even though it was covered in a sugary marinade.

Next I tried a chicken breast and a veggie burger. Same thing, nothing stuck. Which was really surprising since not only did the chicken always stick before, leading to a chicken breast that looked like it went through a shredder, but it was always blackend to a crisp during the cooking process. This chicken came out nice and golden colored and when the Mr. cut into it, it was very moist. Granted I didn't eat any but you could see that it was not dry. Even the Mr. said he was surprised that it was cooked so well considering it came from the grill and not the oven.

There are a couple down sides to this though. One of which being that you don't really get those grill marks on the food. Sure they are there, but they aren't as predominant as if it were straight on the grill itself. For me, I don't use my grill for grill marks, so I'm fine with that but I could see others having a problem with it.

Also, it's not the easiest thing to clean. Because of its size I have to clear out the sink and lay it in the bottom of the sink so that it can rest along the sides and then I scrub it down. I used a marinate on the fish the first time I used it and I still haven't been able to get the tackiness off of it fully.

Lastly, the mat doesn't stick. Which when it comes to food is great. But when you are talking about the mat sticking to the grill when flipping, that's a problem. Each time I've gone to flip the food, the mat has moved around on me and has bunched up in the back of the grill while I'm maneuvering the food onto the spatula. So if you have one of those little round charcoal grills, I could see you pushing the mat with your food right off the grill itself and onto the dirty ground.

In the end, this is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone who's like me and has a hell of a time when it comes to cooking on the grill. Sure it has some flaws but the fact that I don't lose my food to the grill, I can work around them. I also like that the two grill mats come with a a baking mat. I haven't tried it out yet since I haven't baked cookies... yet. I will be doing that this weekend but I look forward to testing it out as well.

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Melissa said...

veggie kabobs

Brittany Koelmel said...

Chicken. It sticks to everything!!!

Kimberly said...

My husband usually mans the grill. He always messes up shrimp.