An Easy Grill Upgrade

An Easy Grill Upgrade
Photo courtesy of Proud Grill Company

Products reviewed: Proud Grill Company’s Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner and Slide & Serve BBQ Skewer

There’s no better way to welcome summer and grilling season than with a clean grill and a fun set of skewers. My grill grate and 20-year-old metal skewers were due for an upgrade, so I was more than happy to test Proud Grill Company’s Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner and Slide & Serve BBQ Skewers.

If you use a traditional grill brush with metal bristles, you know how quickly the brush gets dirty and worn. Plus, there’s always the chance that metal bristles will end up in your food. The Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner is a two-step, bristle-free cleaning system outfitted with a fresh, clean wipe each time you use it.

First, use the metal scraper edge to efficiently scrape off any burnt-on grime. Next, attach a wipe that is pre-moistened with cleaning solution to the Q-Swiper brush to clean off any remaining grease. The starter kit includes a pack of 25 wipes, and larger refill packs are sold separately. The Q-Swiper BBQ Grill Cleaner washed my grill grates nicely, and I appreciate that I can use a fresh, clean wipe each time. No more dirty grill brush bristles!

Once my grill was clean, I was able to test the set of stainless-steel Slide & Serve BBQ Skewers. Unlike traditional metal stick skewers, which allow food to spin around when flipping over on the grill, these are flat — a genius idea! They also are shaped like a fish and a steer, making them a fun conversation piece.

I used the skewers to make shrimp, pineapple and mushrooms, and everything I placed on the prongs sat securely and tightly. To flip a skewer, grab the end (or anywhere, really) and turn the entire skewer over. My food cooked much more evenly, and nothing fell off.

I definitely recommend these Proud Grill Company products. They make a great gift for anyone who uses a grill — or for yourself.

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Anne Danahy
Anne Danahy, MS, RDN, is a wellness dietitian and nutrition communications consultant who specializes in women's health and healthy aging. She blogs at Craving Something Healthy. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.