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Silicone grill mats - do you use them?

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Silicone grill mats - do you use them?

Yes or no? Why or why not?
I am thinking of getting something for my grill for those small items and not sure whether to get one of these or to go with a ss half sheet pan.
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These are disgusting. Please don't even think about it.
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For small items that you worry about falling thru, just use foil or even those foil grill trays...alternatively don't cut those small things so small. I lose few pieces of zukes or onions or mushrooms but I don't worry about it.
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If you are referring to the type of mats in the pic attached:

1. You might as well cook on your non stick pan inside or use your oven if you are going to use a grill mat.
2. Can't go above 500 maybe 550 degrees Fahrenheit or you risk exposing yourself to potential carcinogens
3. The sheets are sensitive to scratching and creasing

May come in handy if you wanted to cook a piece of fish but you can easily put a pan directly on your grill grate. Want to cook veggies, use a basket.

What is the point of the mat? You think it will look like the food in the pics? What do you plan on cooking on it.

Edit: if the coals are piled up like in the stock pic attached, you will surely burn out the mat.
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I would never cook food on anything that is plastic or a variant of it, only glass or metal. It's not safe regardless of what the people who are selling it to you try to tell you (they are biased, duh!) and oh so easily avoidable.
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many of these mats state in the packaging not to use for BBQ. You best read the warnings on the packaging prior to purchase
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My friend uses these and while cleanup is a breeze...you might as well pan fry this and stick it in an oven.. the taste is not the same.. for small items like other posters have mentioned just use foil or put them on skewers and put them on a bias diagonally to avoid anything falling through your Q
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I would never use something like this in a BBQ where I don't have direct control of the temperature.
For delicate stuff like fish, IMO it is better to use a small baking tray like 9 x 12" or similar and put that tray down directly on the grill.
This way you don't have to worry about flaky fish falling through the grill.
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badOne wrote: many of these mats state in the packaging not to use for BBQ. You best read the warnings on the packaging prior to purchase
OP isn't talking about the type you use in the oven but rather the type specifically marketed for use in BBQs like these Cookina sheets which are sold in hardware stores everywhere.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/cook ... 1985p.html
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why cant you just put another grate with smaller gaps on top of the existing grill if the idea is not to have food fall through the grate?
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Becks wrote:
These are exactly what I am thinking about. Still dont see a reason not to use them.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: These are exactly what I am thinking about. Still dont see a reason not to use them.
I had one (not this brand) with my old gas grill and it worked well. Easy clean up and no flare ups. Use plastic utensils on it to avoid scratches.

Now I use a basket like this and I like it even more. Still can risk flare ups on a gas grill, but no risk of the food falling off (I lost a few asparagus with the mat) and easy to get everything off the grill quickly.

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/Grill-Mark ... 5W9ISD8S5L

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