Grill Brushes

Scrubbing the grill is a dirty job -- but somebody's gotta do it. These grill brushes make a clean sweep of even the dirtiest, most caked-on, charred messes.
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1) Charcoal Companion Dual Handle Mega Monster Brush
$15, surlatable.com
UPSIDE Side-by-side brushes for quick cleaning; long handle features a grip knob for more leverage; replaceable brush head.
DOWNSIDE Bulky; scraper on the end of the brush head gets in the way when cleaning the grate at the back of a grill.

2) Steven Raichlen Long Grill Brush
$25, surlatable.com
UPSIDE Wide head with extra-long bristles for quick, deep cleaning; soft brass bristles (for enamel grates) on one side and stiff stainless steel bristles (for cast-iron grates) on the other; extended handle for large grills.
DOWNSIDE Bulky; brass bristles are a bit too soft -- and less effective than stainless steel bristles.

3) Weber Heavy-Duty Grill Brush
$35, amazon.com
UPSIDE Thick-set, fine, soft bristles for thorough cleaning; includes extra scouring pad for cleaning grill interior; durable stainless steel handle has comfortable rubber grip.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; narrow head; scraper on the end of the brush head gets in the way when cleaning the grate at the back of a grill.

4) Grill Dozer Steam Cleaning Grill Brush
$15, amazon.com
UPSIDE Spray system releases a fine stream of water that steams on contact with a hot grate to loosen debris; three-sided head simultaneously cleans grill’s sides, top and grate.
DOWNSIDE Flimsy plastic construction; narrow head; scraper on the end of the brush head gets in the way when cleaning the grate at the back of a grill.

5) Brushtech Spiral Heavy Duty BBQ Grill Brush
$15, brushtechbrushes.com
UPSIDE Wide, three-sided panel of brass bristles attacks grill grate from all angles for quick and thorough cleaning; dishwasher-safe.
DOWNSIDE Brush head cannot be replaced.

USE YOUR GRILL BRUSH TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Grilled Herbed Sausages

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in August 2010.