I love to grill!!!  I love grilling, love the foods I cook, love the experience!  But...I don’t love the cleanup.  My solution...KONA grill mats!! 

Grill mats are a grill master’s best friend!  The best thing about using grill mats is that you don’t have to worry about cleaning your grill grates before or after cooking! 

Plus, foods don’t dry out and you still get that awesome grilled taste.

But you have to use them properly, and that is where some people make mistakes.

You want to treat your non-stick grill mats carefully, just as you would your good non-stick cookware. 

Below, I’ve put together some facts and information that should help you to have your very best experience with your Kona grill mats!!  Kona grill mats are on sale right now.  So, after reading the below facts and tips, make sure you visit us at Konabbqstore.com to order some for yourself and gifts for the upcoming holidays!!



Grill mats all look fairly similar.  They are a fiberglass cloth with a specially formulated coating to which multiple layers of PTFE (the non-stick coating) are applied. 

But there are some very big differences between them, so you will want to educate yourself before purchasing grill mats. 

There are three main differences that set them apart from each other—the amount and type of PTFE, the thickness, and the size of the mat. 

These three things are VERY important, in that they determine the durability, ease of use, ease of cleaning the mat, how long your grill mat will last, how “slick” the mat is, and how it heats and cools when on the grill. 


Why do you want a grill mat with extra PTFE?  Simply put, the thicker the mat, the more durable it will be and the easier it is to use!  This is why KONA can offer an exceptional 7 Year Warranty!!



What is the number one biggest mistake people make when using a grill mat?  THE GRILL IS TOO HOT!! 

Very high heat cooking is not appropriate for grill mats.  When using a grill mat, keep the heat on low or medium heat, and NEVER expose the grill mat to extremely high heat or open flames! 

While other grill mats can only be used up to 500 degree heat, KONA grill mats can be used at heat up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. 

After a few uses, you may see discoloration or a few stray fibers on the sides of the mat.  This is just a result of being exposed to heat.  It does not mean your grill mat is coming apart.  It is something that you will experience when using a grill mat, and the stray fibers should simply be trimmed off with a pair of scissors. 

You can also cut your grill mat to the size you want without causing any damage to the mat.  They can be used for a variety of non-stick applications where a non-stick surface with medium heat temperature is needed. 

They can be used as oven liners, cookie sheet liners, dehydrator sheets, heat press sheets and many other uses!

Take care when using your grill tools so that you do not cause damage to your grill mat.  If using metal tools, be very careful with them.  Try not to scrape the surface of the grill mat excessively. 

Silicone, wood or nylon tools are a good option when using grill mats.  Turning foods with a silicone tipped pair of tongs is preferable to using a metal spatula. 



If you take care of your grill mats right from the start, you will greatly extend the life of the mats.  Always use common sense when cleaning the mats!  As soon as you remove your grill mat from the grill, wipe it off, especially if you’ve used sauces or marinades. 

The longer it sits on the mat, the harder it will be to remove.  Clean your mat after each use to avoid buildup on the mat.  If you do have a buildup on the mat, soak them in warm soapy water for 30 minutes to an hour. 

You can use the soft side of a scrub pad, if necessary, to clean the mat.  You can then transfer the mat to the dishwasher for an extra wash, if you like.  Always place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher on hot. 

These techniques work like magic to make sure your grill mats are clean and do not have any residue building up!



My Grill Marks Are Too Light.

Grill marks are a function of heat and time. If your grill marks are too light, whether you are using a BBQ grill mat or not, you will generally have to turn up the heat and/or allow the food to remain still for a longer period of time.

Do not constantly move the items around.

If you notice water pooling around your items, this will cool the grill mat way down, below 212 degrees, which is the boiling point of water.

You must remove the water by pushing it off with the back of a spatula, absorbing with a paper towel and tongs and/or move the item to where no water is present.


My Grill Marks Are Too Dark.

If your grill marks are too dark, or you are completely searing the meat rather than leaving marks, then you will need to turn the heat down.

Most of the heat transfer will occur directly above the grill grates, but at high temperatures the heat differentiation is diminished with grill mats and you end up cooking the items more evenly.


How Am I Supposed To Store These?

Lay them flat or roll them up. To extend the life of the product, do not fold or bend.


If you love to grill as much as I do, then I think KONA grill mats will be your favorite grill tool!! 

The ease of cleanup will spoil you!!  The below YouTube video link shows you just how easy these great Kona grill mats are to use:


These wonderful KONA grill mats are always a go-to gift when giving to friends and family that love to grill.  And when used and cared for properly, they will last for a long, long time!


Happy Grilling!


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