Gadgets for Shredding Barbecue Meat (for Pulled Pork, Chicken, Beef)

Published May 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

Do these products deliver on their promise to protect your hands when shredding piping-hot meat?

Overview:

Meat that’s too hot to handle can make shredding barbecued beef a tricky task. We decided to lift and shred beef with two of products that promise protection with markedly different approaches. The fleece-lined rubber gloves we tested were too large to give medium-sized hands a good grip on the meat and too stiff to let us easily pull beef into even-sized bits. The fat, sharp, widely spaced tines of the "claws" readily pierced the meat, and the handles stayed cool, helping us comfortably lift a heavy cut of beef. They also shredded beef more quickly than the alternative—pulling with two forks—because the meat didn’t get stuck between the tines.

Meat that’s too hot to handle can make shredding barbecued beef a tricky task. We decided to lift and shred beef with two of products that promise protection with markedly different approaches. The fleece-lined rubber gloves we tested were too large to give medium-sized hands a good grip on the meat and too stiff to let us easily pull beef into even-sized bits. The fat, sharp, widely spaced tines of the "claws" readily pierced the meat, and the handles stayed cool, helping us comfortably lift a heavy cut of beef. They also shredded beef more quickly than the alternative—pulling with two forks—because the meat didn’t get stuck between the tines.

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  • Product Tested

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  • Recommended - Winner

    Bear Paws Meat Handlers

    Looking more like a pair of bear-sized combs than actual paws, this device has thick, sharp tines and stay-cool plastic handles that helped us lift hot meat easily and safely. Its widely spaced tines allowed shredded meat to pass through them without getting stuck.

    $11.86

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  • Steven Raichlen's Best of Barbecue Insulated Gloves

    Not Recommended

    Steven Raichlen's Best of Barbecue Insulated Gloves

    Made of rubber with a fleece interior, these gloves are too large for small- and medium-sized hands to get a good grip on the meat. Their stiffness made them hard to control, and we had trouble shredding the meat into even, bite-sized pieces.

    $14.99

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