Ever play “hot potato” with your food trying to get it off the grill, or when attempting to shred or cut it up? Yeah, me too, on the daily. That is until I was watching a YouTube video from Malcom Reed at How to BBQ Right and he talked about how he uses knit gloves with disposal surgical/latex-like gloves over them to handle hot items and for meal prep and I thought that was genius. I literally went out the very next day to Harbor Freight and picked up some String Knit Gloves for just $3.99 for a pair of 6 and an extra box of Powder Free surgical or every-day gloves for $7.99/100 gloves. The cool thing about the String Knit gloves is that you can wash them, so if they get dirty just throw them in the wash with your towels and they are good as new. For $3.99 that’s a steal!
You may remember a little while back I talked about my silicone gloves, and I still love them and get a ton of use out of them, but this new setup makes it so I can pick up multiple things simply by removing the disposable gloves while keeping the knit ones in place and putting a new pair of disposable gloves on top of the knit ones already on my hands. It makes for such easy cleanup, and I can touch hot things like shredding a pork butt after an 8 1/2 hour cook on the grill, and not worry about burning my hands. The silicone gloves are just a little to bulky for that type of project, but the two glove method is perfect! Plus, it’s less cleanup because the silicone gloves need to be cleaned, but the disposable gloves just get thrown away.
I also really like this method for getting down and dirty to clean my GrillGrates. Those suckers are sharp, and I have cut myself a number of times trying to clean them with my bare hands or just the disposable gloves, but now I can grab a paper towel and get into the valley with no problem at all. The thickness protects your hands, but it’s not so thick you lose that tactile feeling, so you can still feel what you are doing, which is something you lose with the silicone gloves.
This was a really helpful tip I learned from Malcom and really wanted to share it here, and I hope the two glove method works for you too. I love it! You can pick up both types of gloves at any hardware store or online, but if you have a Harbor Freight near you, check that first, their prices are significantly cheaper.