Most of us learn at a fairly young age that grills are hot. Yet, we've all seen adults trying to position meats over a molten-hot grill without any protection. With this method, at best, you are forced to perform fast imprecise movements to avoid getting burned. At worst, you burn a few fingers and are reminded of your recklessness every few keystrokes as you type up a guide to grill gloves. I may or may not have personal experience with this. Anyway, wouldn't it just be easier to have a good pair of grill gloves on hand to improve your summer barbecue experience? Whether you’re adjusting logs in the flame and stirring the coals, moving hot grates and pans, or even picking the brisket right off the flames with your hands, a trusty set of gloves is a game-changer for adding ease and convenience to your BBQ game.

A good pair of bbq gloves is a vital part of your arsenal. From arranging coals, to handling hot food, you want to protect you can spend less time nursing blistered fingers and more time sucking ribs sauce off ’em.

How we chose
When deciding which gloves would be best we considered the needs of an outdoor chef, and narrowed them down to several questions that apply to a variety of situations.

Does it cover the wrist? So you’ll still be protected when reaching into a smoker or across hot coals.
Are they water resistant? How will they react steam or meat juices
Do they offer good dexterity while still protecting you from extreme heat? And can you use tongs or a thermometer with the gloves on?
Do they stain? And how easily can they be cleaned?
Is the overall appearance a pleasing one?


First things first, there are four types of barbecue gloves:

  1. Silicone
  2. Leather
  3. Fabric
  4. Synthetic

Each glove material has its own strengths and appropriate uses. For example, silicone is excellent for handling food directly, as it is non-stick and simple to clean, and totally food-safe. Leather gloves are great for handling hot logs, coals and grill parts. However, neither silicon nor leather does well when it comes to handling utensils such as knives,as they are just too bulky.


Silicone gloves make it easy to handle your briskets and ribs with- you know - your actual hands. They don’t provide as much insulation as other gloves, and may not be as form-fitting as synthetic or fabric, but they are very easy to clean; Nothing sticks to the silicon surface, and meat juices and saucejust come wash right off with a quick rinse.

Silicone gloves are usually made of pure, food-grade silicone. Some are even 100% BPA-free, which is great if you wish to minimize your food’s exposure to chemicals.


Leather gloves are the most old-fashioned of barbecue gloves, but also some of the most versatile. They do their best work handling hot parts of the grill, moving hot pans and tools, or shoving flaming logs and fire starters. They’re very thick and protect your hands well. But, they aren’t as good for handling hot food, as they aren’t very dexterous,are hard to clean, and would just get your food dirty. After a lot of use, they also tend harden and stiffen up.


Fabric gloves are usually made of a high-heat resistant fabric (think Kevlaror Aramid) and often lined with silicone inserts or strips on the palms for extra grip. They're not meant for handling food directly, as they aren’t as non-stick and easy to clean as silicone gloves are. But they are excellent for handling grill grates, hot pants, utensils, hot logs, and they are dexterous and comfortable on your hands. Sometimes, they’ll even be machine-washable. Like synthetic gloves, however, you can’t use fabric gloves when wet; water causes them to conduct heatfaster and lose their insulating abilities.


Synthetic gloves usually consist of a rubber or silicone exteriorlined with fabric, whether synthetic or natural fabric (like cotton). These gloves don’t insulate your hands as well as leather gloves, are nimbler and allow you to handle tongs and utensils easily.You can even handle food directly. They’ll feel similar to a pair of dish gloves, but much thicker and higher-quality. They’re also easy to clean thanks to the rubber exterior; just soap and wash like you’re washing your hands. Keep in mind that you also can’t use them when wet, as water causes them to conduct heat.

Anglink BBQ Grill Gloves

1472°F Extreme Heat Resistant Grilling Gloves for Cooking, Baking and for Smoker, Silicone Insulated Cooking Oven Mitts

★New High-quality Material -- 1313 Aramid and double-sided environmental protection silicone outside/100% cotton inside. EN407 and CE certified. Compared to polyester cotton, Anglink BBQ gloves have better sweat absorption, are more comfortable, are safer and do not hurt your hand

★Excellent Heat Resistance -- Anglink glove is rated to resist up to 662 °F(350 °C ) for long periods. Compared to the short resistance time of other gloves -- up to 932°F(500 °C ), our gloves possess maximum heat resistance available -- even up to 1472 °F (800 °C)! These oven and grill gloves can protect hands for up to 15 seconds during use. Double-sided environmental silica gel to make these gloves anti-slip. When using cutlery or any tools, they do not slip off your hands easily

★Anti-slip Silicone Grip -- Each glove can be used on both hands so there is no need for distinguishing between right and left hands since they are interchangeable for most people. NOTE: The gloves are NOT waterproof and should NOT be used to handle hot liquids

★One Size Fits All -- Extended design to protect wrists, 5.5 inches in length, which is the perfect length. Our heat resistant gloves sufficiently cover your hands and arms to avoid painful burns. Perfect to protect your hands for grilling, cooking, baking, or handling extremely hot items in the kitchen and outdoors. Machine washable

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