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Barbecue Basting Bottles

Are barbecue basting bottles better than a bowl? We tested four to find out.

Published Sept. 1, 2009.

UpdateMarch 2019
The Grilling Enthusiast Mr. Bar-B-Q Silicone Brush Basting Bottle with Storage Cap is still our choice for mess-free basting. The bottle is easy to squeeze, offers good control over the amount of sauce dispensed, and has helpful measurement markings on its side.
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What You Need To Know

Plastic basting bottles with brush heads eliminate messy dripping between your bowl of barbecue sauce and the grill. Just fill the bottle, screw on the brush head, and squeeze to release sauce onto the brush. We tried out four bottles, basting grilled chicken. Brushes with soft silicone bristles gently distributed sauce, while stiffer bristles tore and even removed delicate chicken skin. We also preferred long-necked bottles, which kept our hands far from the heat.

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Good : 3 stars out of 3.Fair : 2 stars out of 3.Poor : 1 stars out of 3.
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