The image of this young boy’s x-ray showing a wire bristle lodged in his throat should be enough to make you throw away your old barbecue brush, if you haven’t already done so.
In response to the hazards recently discovered, Health Canada is taking a closer look into wire-bristled bbq brushes. They claim that there have been 9 reported wire bristle incidents since 2011; however, doctors believe the number is much higher. Health Canada has just confirmed that they’re performing a “risk assessment” on these wire brushes.
Manufacturers have responded with new bristle-less designs; but there are some great (and cheaper!) alternatives.
Some people swear that rubbing an onion that’s been cut in half over the grill will clean it. Others now use a wooden scraper.
But, a piece of rolled up tin foil may be the best idea yet!! (It’s super cheap. And it’s abrasiveness does a great job of cleaning “gunk” off the grill – – I think we have a winner!)