“I purchased a set of the Chef Caron BBQ Grill Mats. I had no idea what to expect, but it seemed like a really good concept and I wanted to try them out. They were only 14.95 at the time I bought them, so no big risk, right?”
I’ve always thought that Amazon was a fantastic place to shop. The prices are better than in the stores; once you have your credit card on file it’s click-easy to buy something; You can get free shipping for a year for less than $100 dollars if you buy a Prime membership, which for people who order a lot of stuff is a fantastic deal; they get the item to you in two days or less; they never question a return or a refund request . . . there’s more, but you get the idea. I just like the shopping experience because it’s so much easier that fighting traffic to get to a store, standing in line at checkout and usually having to pay a lot more for the same thing.
I’m not claiming that I like everything I buy there, but I did like the last purchase I made, and I’ve been using it every day. I won’t keep you in suspense . . . I purchased a set grill mats that I found on the Chef Caron BBQ Grill Mat Facebook page. I had no idea what to expect, but it seemed like a really good concept and I wanted to try them out. They were only 14.95 at the time I bought them, so no big risk, right?
I ordered them on the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend thinking I’d get them in time for our barbecue on Sunday, but Amazon didn’t ship them until Thursday and so they didn’t arrive on Friday. I sent Chef Caron an email, all disappointed that I wouldn’t have them for the weekend and I really wasn’t expecting them to do anything about it. The very nice lady, Cheryl, very patiently explained to me that they had no control over when Amazon shipped and because it has to do with when the credit card payment clears and that just depends on the banks. And then she added that she would send me a free set overnight because she really wanted me to be able to use them over the weekend as I had planned. Not only were they overnight, they were also Saturday delivery, so who knows how much that cost them. But I’ll tell you what. It made me a huge fan of Chef Caron, and I have promoted their products to all their friends and given them as gifts and I have purchased several more of the grill mat sets. I really, really appreciate that kind of customer service.
First Try with the Mats
But back to the BBQ grill mats themselves. They arrived on Saturday and I didn’t wait until Sunday to try them out. I cooked dinner on them that night – after reading and following all the instructions, of course. And it is important to do that. There are a few things you need to know to use them correctly and not destroy them the first time out. I’ve read reviews were people are griping about that, and I’m just thinking don’t you people read instructions? But whatever.
I love what the grill mats allow me to do. I placed one down on the heated grill at about 325 F. It heated up in seconds. I put a big slab of butter on it and then put some chopped garlic on that and then lay asparagus spears down in the butter-garlic mix. I put the other grill mat onto the grate and put my pork chops on it and poured my marinade over the top. By now I was nervous. Quite nervous. There was a lot of food bubbling there on this strange, new barbecue cooking surface. Was I doing it right.? I took my brand new silicone tipped tongs (need I repeat myself, read the instructions) and turned a spear of asparagus. It had grill marks on it. I admit it, I actually squealed with delight.
One Happy Family
Well, it all came out perfect and it was by far, hands down the best food I had ever tasted from the barbecue. My daughter raved about it, my husband was almost speechless but that didn’t stop him from stuffing out and my teenage son, when asked what he thought said, “Uh!’ which I believe is the only word he knows so far so I took it to be more positive feedback. So the Chef Caron BBQ Grill Mats are here to stay and that’s that.
Needless to say, sunday with guests was also a huge success and I sent another message to Chef Caron saying that I had just gotten them four new customers for the BBQ Grill Mat sets because I wanted them to know I wasn’t taking advantage of their generosity, even though I really do like free stuff. Over and out.