You all know that I’ve been on a grilling craze ever since I bought my new behemoth, Gerta, in July. But along with the act of grilling practically every night comes the unfortunate and unavoidable result of messy grates. And in my case, practically enameled-on bits of yesterday’s blue-cheese bacon slider-arama dinner. I stumbled upon a completely cool and unique brush that not only cleans Gerta, but steams her, too. The Grill Daddy Pro Grill Brush ($24.99) is essentially a hollow plastic tool you fill with water. At its base, under the brush heads, are holes. It’s ingenious, really. After getting the grill blazingly hot, you turn on the flow of water and clean the grates with the Grill Daddy’s two brushes: a smaller one that scrubs across the grates and a larger one that cleans along the grates. As the water dribbles out from the brush and hits the hot metal, it steams off baked-on food. The long handle design and generous grip allows for leverage so that you can really throw your weight into it.
I also test drove the Original Grill Daddy brush ($14.99), a small, compact plastic design, and the slightly larger Grand Grill Daddy ($59.99), made from an aluminum alloy. Both of these models didn’t allow for the leverage I needed to clean Gerta, and their water reservoir emptied long before I was done scrubbing. I assume if you have a small grill, either of these might work for you, but larger ones demand the Pro version, because getting under the cover to clean requires both a long reach and extra water capacity.