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What is the best gloves for BBQ and Smoking?

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

There are a variety of gloves out on the market today. Which type of glove is the best one? That's very subjective. In my opinion it also depends on what you're planning to cook and really which type of smoker you have.

The one type of glove everyone should have is a disposable gloves for prep. Like these Nitrile ones from Sysco.

These gloves have skyrocketed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Here is a tip to make these last... when you can, only use a glove on the hand you are handling the food with.

Shipped on June 16, 2020, Items Ordered Price 1 of: SYSCO HIGH Performance Black Nitrile - Medium - Box with 100 Gloves

Sold by: Apex Essentials USA (seller profile)

Condition: New


The time before that

AMMEX - BX346100-BX - Nitrile Gloves - Disposable, Powder Free, Latex Free, 3 mil, Food Safe, Large, Black (Box of 100)

Return window closed on May 31, 2019


I should have bought stock in gloves! Makes me want to start drinking thinking about how much prices have gone up!

Don't forget to grab some Cotton Liners for underneath the nitrile gloves. These are washable and reusable. These are how the pros cook. They will provide some heat protection but I don't recommend grabbing cast iron. These are perfect for handling the meats.

Which leads me to my next set of gloves which are actually now more cost effective than the disposables. These come recommended by the Kamado Guru himself John Setzler. I believe I've seen a few videos with Eric Gephart wearing something similar as well.

These Grease Monkey use the same nitrile coating as the disposables. They can be washed. I have not used this brand myself but they are on for the next order when I need new some new ones. I have similar pairs that I used from work they will "smell". So when you read reviews it's the nitrile coating. These come in a 15 pack and you should be able to get 10 uses or so out of them so in the long run they are now cheaper than the disposables. When washing make sure to air dry. They will offer some heat protection as well. The nitrile coating can be used for food prep so the glove doesn't get "soggy".

So the next style up is the "oven mitt" style. By oven mitt I mean the Aramid Fiber made ones.

Nope not the one your mom used to cook with...

The glove style. If you have browsed the rest of you probably have seen my one lone red glove. It's on its last legs, or perhaps last fingers? The other glove of the pair ended up being worn out. I had that pair for years before they are finally needing to be replaced. This style will offer much better heat protection than the Grease Monkey's and are fire resistant. They are not fireproof.

Grill Team Six glove ratings-


Withstand heat up to 932F (500C) for 12-15 seconds

Withstand heat up to 662F (350C) for 16-18 seconds

Withstand heat up to 482F (250C) for 21-23 seconds

Withstand heat up to 212F (100C) for 55-68 seconds

Which means that searing hot 400 degree cast iron pan can be held for roughly 20 seconds.

Basically long enough to transfer it off the grill. I use these gloves as my "everyday glove". They are perfect for moving the divide and conquer racks around or the heat deflectors. They allow me to take carry the low and slow meat that's been wrapped and place it in a cooler to rest with no issues.

There are plenty of gloves out there but what I like about the Grill Team Six gloves is that $1 dollar will be donated to a military foundation. The gloves aren't made in the USA but at least it goes to a good cause.

What I don't like about these gloves is that you can't handle the food directly like you can with the Grease Monkey style. Well, you could but it's fabric. Also don't forget to bring these inside if you are cooking in the rain... Which brings me to the next glove.

Silicone gloves. This style of glove will allow you to handle the food directly. However I do not own a pair of these. Why? Because I haven't been able to find a pair that fits comfortably and aren't bulky. The other fabric style will stretch some.

These Geekhom gloves are rated EXCELLENT HEAT RESISTANCE. The oven mitts is made of BPA Free silicone, heat-resistant from -104℉to 446℉. Environmentally Friendly, security and durable.

They do have a money back guarantee but if you look in the pictures from the product page the gloves are bulky. I do have some silicone pan handle covers for my cast iron pans and some grips like these below and the silicone does offer great heat protection. However they really only offer finger protection.

Next up is the Neoprene style. Much like the silicone these are pretty bulky. I really only use mine when placing the charcoal basket in my Pit Barrel Cooker. They go up to my elbows which if you've used the PBC you will know you have to reach down pretty deep to place the basket. I'm not sure who made mine since I have mine from work.

The Rappicca is the #1 Best Seller for this category on Amazon and I've seen quite a few reviews on the interwebs on these. The Food Grade Neoprene Coating insulated rubber makes the gloves heat resistant up to 932°F! The double layer Kevlar Sweat Absorbed Cotton liner keep your hands cool and comfortable while your grilling or doing your commercial work in a full service restaurant kitchen!

Last but not least is the old school leather style glove. Many of us probably have a pair lying around the house for yard work. I own the common grey and blue kind that you can pick up at the local store but I did find this gem on Amazon made specifically for BBQ....

14.5" Long Premium Leather Gloves, BBQ gloves, Grill and Fireplace Gloves, Cotton lining with Kevlar stitch, Heat Resistant Gloves, animal handling gloves, bite-proof gloves.

Everytime I make the King Wings on the Kamado, it seems like I lose a few to the ground. My neighbors dog snags them quickly. He's still a puppy though. Maybe I need some bite proof ones for when he's all grown up and I lose some Que to the ground.

Or perhaps when the family fights over the last wing...

The other funny comment from the maker of these gloves...

Suede Leather Palm

Both Styles come with the 100% Suede Cowhide leather palm and wing style Thumb. This is not fake leather or bond leather, this is the SH$%T. Premium Leather.

I think I paid $6.99 for a two pack at the local hardware store.

If you can try them on before you can buy them that is the way to go. Obviously that doesn't help me get some affiliate sales!!! I'm here to try and help and offer my Average Joe opinion.

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