It’s summer time in Canada and that means that our food motto has gone from ‘make me something to thaw my frozen body’ to ‘if you can eat it, you can grill it.’ The barbecue is the Canadian’s all-purpose cooking tool from May to September. Naturally, you’re going to have to clean it at some point. For most people, that means whipping out that wire-bristled grill brush and going to town. It might look a little worse for wear and have a few missing bristles, but it works just fine, right? Well, Health Canada says maybe not.
They started an inquiry into wire brushes in mid-July since there have been nine reports of serious injuries from bristles lodged in food since 2011. According to the Health Canada website, when worn brushes lose their bristles, those little pieces of metal may stick to the grill during cleaning and then lodge themselves in the food you cook next. The bristle could then be swallowed along with the food and puncture the esophagus. That’s particularly easy to do when a lot of the food we barbecue goes straight into a bun. Yeah, that’s a little concerning.
Health Canada suggests you check your metal brushes regularly and throw them out as soon as they start to look a little shabby. There’s an easier solution though that completely eliminates the need for a wire brush. Plus, it actually makes the arduous task of cleaning your grill easier.
The Great Scrape BBQ cleaning tool (or a comparable knock-off) is a wooden paddle that becomes custom-fit to your grill as you scrape. The high heat burns your grill pattern right into the wood for a perfect form-fitting clean. No bristles required.
Plus it looks so much more rustic next to your gill. Your old metal brush was just holding you back. What you really need is something that looks like you foraged for it in the woods. Plus it will be such a conversation piece at your next barbecue as your neighbours ask, ‘what on earth is that?’ and you get to explain how your life has changed since you bought this wooden grill scrapper. Or something like that.