AMAZEN Q-MATZ (product test results) NOW AVAILABLE

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  1. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    AMAZEN Q-MATZ from A-MAZE-N Products,LLC

    Now Available from A-Maze-N Products

    http://www.amazenproducts.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=46

    Description:

    AMAZEN MATZ are high temperature non-stick BBQ matz that provide a superior surface for smoking foods. 

    They are great for smoking delicate foods such as fish that can stick to the grate or rack, tear, crumble or fall through the cracks.

    They are great for smoking small food such as nuts because the smoke can surround the nuts unlike if you have them in a pan.

    They are great for smoking softer foods such as cheese that in warmer climates can melt and droop through the cracks in your grates or racks.

    AMAZEN MATZ are made of a fiberglass mesh that is coated with Dupont Teflon.

    They can be used in temperatures from -100F to +550F.

    They can be used in smokers, grills using indirect heat and even your home oven.

    Amazen Matz CAN NOT be used in direct flame.

    AMAZEN MATZ will not pick up and odors from foods such as fish so each time they are used there will be no leftover taste transferred to the food.

    Food will not stick to the matz so it makes clean up a breeze.

    They can be cleaned with warm mild soapy water with very little effort.

    They are dishwasher safe.

    Review:

    (Disclaimer, I am in no way affiliated with A-MAZE-N Products and am not being paid for this review. This is a totally honest review with no bias either way.)

    I had a chance to try out the AMAZEN MATZ and decided to smoke some chicken wings. I smoke a lot of wings and they always make a mess of my racks. They will stick to the racks leaving pieces of meat and skin baked on and I have to really scrub them to get them clean. I thought chicken wings would be a good test for the matz since they can be messy and I will be smoking at a higher temperature. I usually don't sauce my wings when smoking (I inject) but for this I decided to follow Eric's (forluvofsmoke) Wild Wing recipe which includes saucing the wings. I figured adding sauce will make a bigger mess and a better test for the matz.

    Upon examination I found that the AMAZEN MATZ are a tightly woven beige color fabric that is very thin and light. They are very flexible and seem to be very durable. The holes in the fabric measure 1/8" X 1/8". There is no odor to them and they have a slick feel to them.






    I decided to do a comparison test so I used two racks, one with an AMAZEN MAT on it and one without. I want to see how well the mat will keep the food off the rack and I need to compare it to a plain rack used in the exact same conditions.

    Here is the chicken on the AMAZEN MAT on the smoker rack:


    Here is the chicken straight on the rack


    After smoking the chicken wings at 130* for 30 minutes then at 225* for another 45 minutes I pulled them out of the smoker to toss them in some sauce then back in the smoker at 300* until they are done. 

    At this point when I took the wings off the plain rack some were slightly stuck to the rack but not too bad. There was just a little meat or skin stuck to the rack:




    When I picked the wings up off the mat they were not stuck at all, there was no tug or pull they just lifted right up. There was no meat or skin stuck to the mat though there was some grease from the chicken that looked like it was cooked onto the mat a bit:




    After I heavily tossed the wings in sauce they went back on the smoker at 300* for about 2.5 more hours.

    When I picked up the wings from the plain rack there was a good bit of pull and I had to even slide my tongs under some of them to loosen from the rack. There was a good bit of meat and skin stuck to the rack. It would have been worse if I hadn't loosened them with the tongs and just picked them straight up.

    Here is the plain rack after the sauce, you can see a lot more meat and skin stuck to it and burned on pretty good:



    When I picked up the wings from the mat, again they just lifted right up with no pull, nothing stuck and I didn't have to use the tongs to loosen them There was a good bit of grease and sauce burned onto the mat but no skin or meat:



    Here is the rack that was under the mat, there is a lot of grease and sauce burned onto it but no meat or skin. I think the mat actually held the sauce against the rack and allowed it to burn on and not drip off where the plain rack allowed the sauce to drip away. Though this rack looks worse than the plain rack we will see what happens during the cleaning.


    This is the part I usually hate the most but this time I was looking forward to it the most, the clean up.

    First the mat. I just laid it in the sink and sprayed it with my sink sprayer, I wanted to start light and see how easy it would clean without any hard scrubbing. I was very impressed that the sink sprayer took off almost all of the burned on sauce and grease. I did not scrub it at all, just sprayed it:




    Just to finish cleaning to make sure it's good and clean I used a small bit of mild dish soap and just wiped it with a sponge:


    Then a final rinse with the sprayer and patted dry with a towel it looks almost like new. There was a slight darkening of it and I don't know if that was from the smoke or discoloration from the heat, my guess would be the smoke. It doesn't seem to have affected it at all though. I had a small piece from when I had to trim it to fit my rack so you can see the slight discoloration that occurred:




    Cleaning the racks was not as easy. I did not even try just spraying, I knew it wouldn't do anything. I use a copper scrubby pad and some dish soap to clean my racks then rinse them with the sprayer. They both took a good bit of scrubbing to get clean but I have to say even though the one under the mat looked worse it seem to clean off a little easier, not a big difference but a little easier.



    In Conclusion:

    I am very impressed with the AMAZEN MATZ.

    The chicken didn't stick at all to it like I have had it do to the plain rack in the past and leave a big piece stuck to the rack.

    The mat cleaned up almost effortlessly.

    The rack under the mat seemed to clean up a slight bit easier than the one without.

    I can foresee many uses for this mat and I probably won't smoke anything without it.

    I can't wait to start trying different things and see what other results I will get from the mat.
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
    Thanks..

    They are not listed on the web site..

    How much??

    Where's Tod anyway???

      Craig
     
  3. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    I don't know when they will be available or the pricing.

    I think Todd is waiting for the product testing to be completed but he can better answer those questions.

    I was just a product tester.
     
  4. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
    Well...the header sez this:   

    AMAZEN MATZ (product review)


    So I assumed that it was for sale..

    Maybe you should change that to Product test results..

      Craig
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013
  5. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Thanks Craig! I edited the title and put up a note at the top that it is not yet available.
     
  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fl
    Awesome!!

      Thanks...

     I still want some tho....

                  Craig
     
  7. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Craig, word is out they should be available within the next couple of days.
     
  8. tank

    tank Smoke Blower

    Any idea how these are different than frogmats or are they the same thing?
     
  9. Those look awesome Todd better have a good supply on hand because if the price is right I can foresee a lot of orders headed his way I know I'll be after a few or four of them By the way whats then size of them
     
  10. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Not exactly sure on the size yet, he is either going to cut to size or sell a standard width (?) by the foot, or maybe both ways. They should be up on his site within a few days as BMudd said.
     
  11. I'm going outside now to measure my grills. How about ROUND mats............?
     
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Frog mats are high temp silicone.....  These mats are Dupont Teflon....  As far as the difference.... Only difference I know of for sure is the chemical make up.... and the spelling of course.....  (I'm sorry... I had to do that)...   Dave
     
  13.  Dave, I thought the mats are going to be Teflon coated fiberglass. Making a mat out of molded teflon would be super expensive.
     
  14. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Todd's description (which is at the top of this thread):

    "Mats are made of fiberglass mesh that's been coated with Dupont Teflon"
     
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think frog mats are fiberglass fibers also... so.... they are the same except for the coatings...
     
  16. I can't wait to grill some GB&D salmon with crispy skin.....Teriaki sauce on the side.  My fave
     
  17. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I believe they are similar but I think the cost will be less than Frog's.
     
  18. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    I just checked A-Maze-N Products and the Q-MATZ are now available!

    Looks like they are sold in bulk sheets:

    20" wide Matz are $6.83 per foot

    24" wide Matz are $8.19 per foot
     
  19. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I want some too,need info. to order. [​IMG]
     
  20. I ordered them and have them but have not used them yet.. I'm sick but I am going to go for smoking a 7 pound pork shoulder tomm if I feel like it and I will post q-view and results..
    I also got the grill mats from QVC at the same time.. They are good up to 450 so I bet they would be good for smoking also..
     

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