Rats in BBQ Grill

Mice and rats nest in quiet, dark and out-of-the-way locations.

mouse in grill

Gas barbecue grills provide a waterproof and safe shelter for vermin such as mice and rats to breed, with the added benefit of leftover bits of food on which they gnaw.

Take a few minutes out of your day to ensure that your gas grill won’t attract any of these unwelcome guests.  Use a GrillBlaster after you BBQ.dirty-grill



A growing danger in grilling season


Cleaning up the grill for summer barbecue season could have serious hidden health dangers.

This week, a woman in Connecticut needed emergency surgery to remove a wire barbecue brush bristle from her digestive tract — and doctors say she’s nwirebrushot the first. Cheryl Harrison of Wallingford, Connecticut, was rushed to the hospital by her husband after feeling a sharp and unusual pain in her stomach.

That pain was caused by a single stray bristle that had fallen off the metal grill cleaning brush and found its way into the hamburger she ate. She came into the emergency room within a day because of severe abdominal pain. After a CT scan showed the wire, doctors were able to remove it from her stomach through laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, her general surgeon at MidState Medical Center, told CBS News she was lucky because she came in right away. A previous patient of his who had a grill brush wire stuck in his system waited for a couple of weeks. It had punctured his intestine.

“I had to open him up completely, ” said Benbrahim. “Then we remove this wire and we found out also why he had chest pain — because he also had pulmonary embolism, which is a blood clot in his lungs.”

“He was just lucky he was still alive,” he added. “All from this wire.”dirty-grill


Herb London Broil  from Sharon Patnoe


  • 1/4 cup chopped onionherbed-london-broile
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon each celery seed, salt, dried thyme and oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • Dash pepper


  • In a large resealable bag, combine onion, lemon juice, oil, garlic and seasonings; add steak. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate several hours or overnight, turning once.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Grill steak, covered, over medium heat 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Slice thinly across the grain. Yield: 2 servings.

Originally published as Herbed London Broil in Country Woman May/June 2003, p36dirty-grill

Cleaning a BBQ Grill with a Wire Brush

Did you know there are significant health risks associated with outdoor grilling when a wire brush is used to clean the grill?

Medical facilities dealing with throat and gastro issues across the country are reporting an increase in the number of cases where wire from grilling brushes have been ingested. The wire becomes lodged in the throat or intestinal tract often requiring surgery.

This situation occurs when the wire brush is run over the grilling surface and particles of wire break off and lodge into a piece of food residue. When the next BBQ takes place the wire is transferred to the meat or vegetable and ingested.

Fortunately, a new product takes away this risk. Grill Blaster is a metal device consisting of two metal plates that are adjusted to fit most grilling surfaces. The grill is turned to high heat and through the process of sublimation raises the temperature over 600 degrees. This often takes only 10 -15 minutes. When the smoke stops the process is complete. All food particles are turned to carbon ash. The ash is whisked away and you have a sterile safe grilling surface.