Product Review : Copper Chef Grill and Bake Mats

I love grilling on my Lodge cast iron Hibachi Grill, but I have to constantly clean the grates so when I saw these on television I thought that these grill mats would be worth a try….

I am a big fan of our Copper Chef fry pans and I love “striping” steaks, chops , chicken and burgers on my cast iron grill like these pork chops below….

The striping gives them an eye appealing look and taste so when I saw on TV that these Copper Chef grill mats stripe right through the mat, I thought it was a no brainer to try.

Cost – $9.99 for two mats – a 15.75″ x 13″ and a 13.25″ x 9.25″

The box comes with two mats and you can trim them with scissors to make smaller mats if needed.

After seeing the beautiful striped filet mignon picture on the box, I thought I would try to duplicate that look with a filet mignon of my own…

I started off by seasoning the steak with a seasoning blend that I make for steaks and pork chops.

  • 1 part sea salt
  • 1/2 part coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 part granulated garlic
  • 1/4 part granulated onion

I seasoned the steak and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour before grilling.

When the charcoal coals got white and ready, I set the mat on the grill to heat up. Then I put the steak on it, grilling the sides first….

It had a nice sizzle to it. I let it set for about 5 minutes to get those nice stripes on it…

However, when I turned it over, it looked like this…

It looked and smelled great, but no stripes, so I pulled it off of the mat to stripe it on the grate anyway…

I cooked it to 140 degrees and pulled it of and let it rest for 10 minutes.

The steak was delicious but the mat did not provide the stripes like I had seen on TV.

Am I glad I bought the mats? Yes. Although the mat didn’t stripe the steak (and I was doubtful that it would), the mat worked great. It will also be great for veggies and skewers because nothing will fall through. It is also a better alternative than a cast iron skillet in the kitchen due to the smoke and splatter it causes.

Overall, I thought it was a good investment because they do reduce flare ups, they cook evenly, and food cannot fall through. They are non stick, dishwasher safe and reusable and you don’t have to clean the grill grates!

*** This not a paid endorsement***

You can get these grill mats even cheaper from Amazon by clicking the link below….

Suggested music for your listening pleasure while grilling the steak….

Since Stevie Wonder turned 69 yesterday, how about his classic album “Songs in the Key of Life’ released in September 1976.

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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