Best Meat Claws

In this article, I’ll be comparing five different meat claws and rakes all within the same price range.  Meat claws are a handy tool used to shred meat or transfer meat from the grill to your platter.  First thing that comes to my mind is needing to shred pork butt. The possibilities are endless: brisket, chicken in the crock pot, roasts, braised meats, and in a pinch they’d actually work as salad tongs. Multiple uses are always a win.  My theory is if a kitchen or grilling tool can perform many functions, it’s a must have!
Product Features
Cave Tools Shredder Rakes
  • Stainless steel shredder
  • Rake style plastic handles
OXO Good Grips Meat Shredding Rakes
  • Plastic shredder
  • Rake style plastic handles
  • All one piece
Mountain Grillers Bear Claws Meat Shredder 
  • Plastic or Stainless shredder
  • Claw style handles
  • All one piece
Cave Tools Meat Claws – Stainless Steel
  • Stainless steel shredder
  • Claw style plastic handle
Charcoal Companion Shredder Claws
  • Stainless steel shredder
  • Plastic grips
  • Most unique style
First, let me explain the difference between a meat claw and meat rake. A meat rake has a long, extended handle, thus resembling a rake. A meat claw, on the other hand, is a more rectangular contraption resembling brass knuckles. You wrap your hand around a handle and use the device like they’re claws on top of your knuckles. As you search for the meat shredder for you, think about how you’ll be using them and what material you prefer. All products listed below are dishwasher safe, even the ones made of plastic. Let’s get started!

Cave Tools – Meat Rakes

  • Stainless Steel Prongs with Rubber Handles
  • 9.5 in x 4 in x 1 in
  • 1.15 pounds
The Cave Tools – Meat Rakes are the first meat rake on this list. The advantage to these meat rakes over others is the rubber handle with stainless steel forks. This offers comfort without sacrificing quality shredding. They’re versatile and used to shred roasts in crock pots or pick up and transfer meat from the grill without a hassle. The extended handles make the shredding and transporting of meat a little less risky, giving you more space between you and your hot food.
  • Black Nylon/Hard Plastic
  • Heat Resistant to 450 degrees
  • 9 in x 4 in x 2 in
  • 9.6 ounces 
The OXO Good Grips Meat Rakes are the second and only other meat rake on this list. Much like the Cave Tools meat rakes, they offer versatility, comfort, and a similar size. One advantage to these rakes to others is that they’re made out of hard plastic. They’re heat-resistant to 450 degrees. The advantage to plastic rakes to metal ones are one, they are less likely to scratch your crock pot, enameled cast iron, or whatever surface you’re shredding one; and two, they’re lighter weight. Some may see the plastic as a disadvantage, but with a high heat-resistance, they should perform well in any home.
  • Black Hard Plastic
  • 6 in x 4.7 in x 1.3 in
  • 4.2 ounces
The Mountain Grillers Bear Claws are the first claw on our list. These claws are a hard black plastic, making them super lightweight. You can use claws the same as you would rakes, but they offer less space between you and your food. These claws have open backs, saving you weight but could be a little trickier to clean if you don’t use a dishwasher.

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  • Stainless Steel with Black Rubber Grips
  • 7 in x 6 in x 2 in
  • 1 pound
The Cave Tools Meat Claws are the claw version of the Cave Tools Meat Rakes mentioned earlier in the article. They have rubber handles for comfort, and stainless steel forks for shredding. They have plenty of space between the handle and the claws so you can still use them while wearing high-temp grill gloves.  For a review on gloves, go here (insert link).

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  • Stainless Steel with Plastic Handles
  • Three-Pronged
  • 4.2 in x 5 in x 2.2 in
  • 5.4 ounces
The Charcoal Companion Meat Claws are the most unique on this list.  These claws are only three-pronged with plastic handles. You grip your fingers around the handle and the prongs seemingly protrude from your hand. This offers superior control and comfort to other claws. The be a disadvantage could be your hands are closer to your food without any material to block it. Although they only have three prongs, you can still use the Charcoal Companion Meat Claws as you would any other: they’re perfect for shredding or transferring meats from your grill or crock pot to another surface

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In summation, you can’t go wrong with any of these claws. They all offer value in certain areas, so evaluate your needs best and go from there. That said, my overall winner is the Cave Tools Meat Rakes. I like the extended handle, keeping my hands further away from steaming food. Plus, I like the added stability that the handle provides. The rubber handles and stainless steel prongs are durable and of good quality. I prefer the rake style shredder to the claw style shredder, but if you are leaning toward the claw, the Cave Tools’ Meat Claw is a perfect option as well, made of the same material as the rake.

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Brian Canada

Brian Canada

Founder and creator of Big Grillin. Since early adulthood, Brian has enjoyed grilling and smoking a variety of foods. Brian’s mission is to share his grilling knowledge and help others enjoy grilling as much as he does.

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