Which basting utensil do you prefer?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bbqez, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Cotton Basting Mop

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  2. Natural Boar Bristle Brush

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  3. Synthetic Bristle Basting Brush

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  4. Silicone basting Brush

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  5. Other

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  1. Just curious as to which cooking utensil people prefer for basting their meats.
     
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I like cotton.

    Al
     
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cheap and disposable. Mostly synthetic 2-3" paint brushes...JJ
     
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    JJ I see what your saying, but my experience has been the cheap disposable  brushes loose a bristle now & then. Don't want that in my dinner. Are there ones that don't loose any bristles?

    Al
     
  5. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love my THICK cotton mop. Yep, it's a PITA to clean, but it works really well.
     
  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    myself.. I go cheap and disposable as well.... I use a water bottle and poke a hole in the cap... I've noticed when using a brush it wipes the rub off.....
     
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yep...Synthetic material, but even the ones you describe, only lose hairs after many uses. I test for fibers falling out before I use one. A couple of tugs and no worries. I like and have used cotton mops but they are a PITA to clean and I mop so infrequently that cotton is not worth my trouble...JJ
     
  8. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I voted silicone brush.

    I was skeptical about the silicone brushes at first.. then I got one in a raffle basket. I love that it doesn't waste any sauce, never looses a bristle, and rinses perfectly clean. 

    I guess if you have a LOT of meat to cover in a short time while the lid is open, then a cotton mop would probably haul more sauce to the meat and get the job done better, shorter.
     
  9. I also noticed that as well....however I now use my brush' to "dab" the sauce on as opposed to "brushing" it on. 

    I've been using silicon brushes for about 3 years now.  I like that they are easy to clean and don't leave any bristles on the meat.  I've never tried a mop, however have been itching to get one. 
     
  10. I use a soft paint brush. Don't even know what the bristles are made of but it works well. I tug on the bristles too to make sure there are no loose ones.
     

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