Grillbot Proves That Hands Are A Cook's Best Tools

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Skip The Fancy Electronic Cleaning Tools

The Grillbot manufacturer has succeeded in doing something very well: getting publicity. Scores of publications and TV shows have featured it as a cool device and gift idea. Unfortunately, I don't think any of them have tested it. Here's how the bot works: Turn it on, then close the lid of your grill, and it loudly and randomly trundles around, banging into the sides of the grill while spinning brushes attempt to clean the grill grate. Problem is, it doesn't do a very thorough job, and it only cleans the top of the grate. Of course, the undersides of the grate are usually loaded with stinky grease that will burn and smoke and make your meal taste bad. The bot I bought shed one of its bristles after three uses. And if you forget to close the lid, the bot will drive right off the grill onto the deck and drive around there, assuming it doesn't break on impact. If it drives off the edge of your deck and you try to catch it, the bristles will shred your hand. You absolutely do not want to put this device on a hot grill because the plastic will melt. Never mind the fact that hot grates clean easier than cool grates. If, despite all odds, you prefer this bot over other grill cleaning devices, you should know that after its bristles get all gunked up, you can buy replacements for $10. 

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Meathead Goldwyn

Meathead is the founder and publisher of AmazingRibs.com, and is also known as the site's Hedonism Evangelist and BBQ Whisperer. He is also the author of "Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", a New York Times Best Seller and named one of the "100 Best Cookbooks of All Time" by Southern Living.

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