Forks and knifes are decent enough for pulling and shredding small to medium sized cuts of meat, but anything larger than that and you’ll struggle with them. In that case, what you need is a specialized meat puller claw, these handy BBQ tools are designed with one purpose in mind – to shred meat into small, manageable pieces. And, you kind of feel like Wolverine while holding one of these. Even more so if they are made of metal.
While we don’t have any adamantium claws in the house, steel and plastic meat claws are available in the plenty. Below we have listed some of the best meat claws in the market, take a look and select whichever one suits your style. There is not much variation in prices, since these are all based on a pretty similar concept and are very simplistic, basic kitchen tools. So it is all a matter of personal choice in the end, but metal claws will last longer and feel sturdier than plastic ones.
Cave Tools Meat Shredder Claws Handler Set
These look like plastic bear paws, and they are meant to function like a bear paw too. The entire body is made from extremely durable plastic, with a textured black finish on top. The handles are thick and wide enough to fit medium-large sized male hands, and there is a neat little palm curve on the inside of the handle that is meant to give your palm more contact points when you hold the handle. This ensures a solid grip at all times, so you can pull, slice, and shred thick cuts of meat with ease.
The 6 cutting nails are perfectly shaped – they are sharp at the front, and thick at the back. The spacing between them is optimized so that you will always get small pieces of meat when you shred a slice of chicken, pork, beef, mutton, etc. These are extremely sturdy despite their plastic construction, and they are quite light as well which means that you should be able to handle them easily. They are extremely heat resistant, and the plastic used in this set of shredder claws is 100% BPA and phthalate free, as well as FDA approved.
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Original Bear Paws Pulled Pork Shredder Claws
Ever heard of “The Bear Paws”? Well, if you haven’t then you definitely need to check these out. This is the original meat claw design which has been copied and reproduced and refreshed by several other manufacturers. When you compare this to the Cave Tools model, they will look similar at first, but a closer inspection reveals some major differences. The bear claws feature a slightly thicker and larger grip, along with sharper and smaller claws on the front.
The most impressive design aspect of these meat claws has to be that amazing handle. There is plenty of room for the palm to rest on, and it actually feels like a claw handle instead of a textured plastic rod. Even while lifting and pulling heavier, larger pieces of meat, your bear paws will never slip out of your grip. The 6 cutting claws are slightly shorter in length than the ones on the Cave Tools Shredder, however the spacing between them is quite similar to that of the Cave Tools claw. This results in finely sliced, smaller pieces of meat while shredding.
1Easylife Metal BBQ Meat Claws
This is the most expensive meat claw on this list, and for a good reason. You’ll immediately notice that this is in fact a metal claw, and the handle is made from hand-carved wood. In fact, the stainless steel cutting blades on this claw are forged, with a really unique shape at the tip that allows them to pierce through deep or extra-large cuts of meat. We noticed that if you want to carry large 8+ pound pieces of meat, then these are the best claws on the list for that purpose, hands down.
The wooden handle is very premium and feels good to grip, not at all slippery like some plastic handles out there. The shape of the metal cutting blades does not produce the smallest pieces, since they don’t taper towards the tip, but they are shaped more like the claws of Wolverine. We are not trying to impersonate him, so the shape gets a no-go if you’re interested in shredding your meat to extremely fine bits. But if you want to slice through the meat like Wolverine, then these are the best claws for that on this list, as well as on the market. Those ultra-sharp forged stainless steel blades (not claws, blades) are great for cutting, slicing and lifting meat.
Cuisinart Meat Pulling Shredding Claws
At first they look like some sort of grill extension that is meant to be held in the hands. But these are actually meat claws, and are made from metal. There are a total of 6 cutting blades in this meat shredder claw, and they are curved so that you can dig into cooked meats with ease. The grips are coated with soft rubber that feels really good, but if you plan on slicing up large and heavy cuts of pork or beef, then you will notice that they tend to feel uncomfortable after some time. The handles are actually two separate plastic panels with rubber coating on them.
These panels are mounted onto the stainless steel hilt, and the overall build is very sturdy and looks super cool. But looks are not why we put this claw on the list. We put it in here because of the incredible amount of flexibility that it offers despite its uncanny design. These are the lightest metal claws on the market, and they stay surprisingly cool despite the fact that more than 70% of this claw is made from solid stainless steel. This Cuisinart shredder is great for lifting and slicing meat, but not the best at shredding because of the abnormally large amount of space between each cutting blade.
Choosing the Best Meat Claws
So which meat claw should you choose to enhance your barbeque and grilling experience at home? We have analyzed all the popular models on the market today, and came up with the following main focus points that you should look for while buying a claw:
Shape of the Nails or Shredding Tips
When you buy a claw, focus on the shape of the cutting tips or “nails”. They should be sharp at the tip, and must get wider towards the handle. The sharp tip will cut into thick cuts of meat, while the gradually widening body will have a wedge-like action on the meat fibers, pulling it wide apart as you drag the claw through it.
The handle is the next point of focus as it is the part of the claw that will always stay in contact with your hand, so make sure that it fits your hand size properly. Too big, and you’ll notice that it is much harder to maintain stability, or you are unable to carry larger and heavier cuts of meat. Too small, and the claw will simply not fit in your grip, and if you try to use it you’ll end up with some serious hand cramps. Also, pay attention to the grip design. Is it textured plastic? Is it rubberized?
Most of the time this is a matter of personal preference, but you should know that metal tends to get hot pretty easily, which is why most claws only come in plastic or with metal blades and wooden handles. Yes, they can make a full-metal claw that can double up as a weapon, but it simply wouldn’t be practical for cooking purposes since the blade and handle will transfer all the heat from the barbeque and meat straight into your fingers and palm. You want to cook the meat, not your hand.
While purchasing a plastic claw, make sure that it is BPA-free and FDA approved. Cheap plastics are the worst thing you can have in your metal claw, since BPA and phthalates are potentially carcinogenic, and these are found in cheap plastics. These plastic claws are incredibly easy to handle however, and are tough enough for cutting through even the largest slices of meat. Metal claws are also available with wooden handles, but these claws tend to be longer than plastic types. Since short metal claws will transfer heat much more quickly to your hand. Their handles are usually made of wood or plastic, and the plastic handles might have rubberized coatings on them.