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July 2, 2012

Experts' Experts: Best Grill Gloves

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From the July & August issue of Cook's Illustrated: "Reaching over a red-hot grill requires serious protection for your hands and arms. We put five grill gloves and mitts to the test, plus our favorite oven mitt. We intended to pour hot coals from a chimney starter and arrange them with tongs, as well as grill zucchini and lift searing grates to add briquettes. But this was easier said than done: Thick, stiff, and oversize, most models barely let us grip our tongs. We also held gloved hands over a burner at 600° — the maximum temperature of most grills at grate level. One model began to smoke after just 14 seconds; the best kept us cool for more than 1.5 minutes. Our top-rated Kool-Tek oven mitt offered admirable heat protection, but it's pricey, and for maximum dexterity we prefer gloves. Our winner, from Steven Raichlen, boasts extra-long, wide cuffs and supple leather that will let us grill deftly and comfortably."

More: "These [Raichlen] pliant leather gloves gave us great control. Elbow-length wide cuffs protected our forearms and let air circulate to keep us cooler over a scorching hot grill. The only downside: They're not machine-washable."

Steven Raichlen Ultimate Suede Grilling Gloves: $23.74.

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Welding gloves cost half as much and work very well.

Posted by: Scott | Jul 2, 2012 9:41:40 PM

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