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Old 04-07-09, 06:56 PM
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Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

Just got into outdoor grilling after years of apartment life. The cheap one I have takes forever to climb to the temp. Can someone recommend me a good one, for a good price?
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Old 04-07-09, 06:59 PM
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

You can go one of two ways.

1) An instant-read thermometer which can cost under $10
2) A wireless unit that has a probe that stays in the meat during cooking

I use one of the two methods depending on what I'm cooking.
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Old 04-07-09, 07:38 PM
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Old 04-07-09, 08:07 PM
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

The so-called instant read electronic one I have still takes time to settle on the final reading. I don't think it's any quicker than the low-tech dial type, but it is easier to read.
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

What are you using it for? Probing temps for doneness, or monitoring temps for long cooks?

For monitoring my smoker temps, I use one of these, cheap, but not currently available: http://www.amazon.com/Weber-9815-Rep...=pd_rhf_shvl_1

The Cadillac for that is the Tel-Tru: http://www.tel-tru.com/

For probing, I gat a standard round analog from a restaurant supply store. Kind of like this: https://www.discountcooking.com/shop...cat=439&page=0

Many people use a thermopen for this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=U...&creative=9325

Mavericks are cook for monitoring for extended cooks: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...evirtualweberb

You want to make sure if gos down to 200 degrees, so you can calibrate with boiling water. Digitals usually go low enough you can cal low w/ ice water, and high with boiling.

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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

Isn't it good enough just to measure the thickness of the meat beforehand and keep track of the temps and cooking times. Never had any real issues, personally. I guess a temp would help to some degree ( ) but, I've just never used one.
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When you are cooking a pork butt, it can sit at a plateau for hours until the heat continues to rise. This temp is where the fat breaks down. So if you don't probe temp, you could take it off too soon. Undercooked, fatty, chewy pulled pork is NOT good eats!

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Very good point. I don't cook pork hardly at all.
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Old 04-08-09, 06:43 AM
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

I use a Thermapen

http://www.thermoworks.com/products/...tpen_home.html
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For some reason every time I see that "Meat Thermometer" in this title... I don't know, it just sounds like a set up line for some kind of porno joke or something.
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

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Nice! - but a little out of my price range.

Are there decent ones in the $15-$20 range?
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Nice! - but a little out of my price range.

Are there decent ones in the $15-$20 range?
IMHO, no.

You get what you pay for.
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

This is pretty much the same as the one that I use http://www.target.com/Polder-Cooking...1038578&page=3 and works real good and haven't had any problems for being one of the cheaper ones. The only thing is the probe is long and sometimes If you are plugging it in to a roast it is easy to go to far and obviously if you are not right in the center then it is useless. We also use the timer quite a bit and the beep is loud enough that you can hear it from other rooms.
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

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I seccond this. Brian is right - you get what you pay for.

I know $70 seems high - but it reads the temp instantly and accurately.

Last thanksgiving I did a test - I used my thermopen, and a wired probe thermometer ($25).

the thermo pen gave me the accurate temp - the wired probe gave me readings 10-20degrees higher. Which is why a couple of years I would take my bird out and the inside would be undercooked.

the thermo pen leaves a pin size prick in the food - others leave a hole that you can drive a truck through - and the juices gush out leaving your food dry.

You easily spend $30 on a good roast / steak / etc... why not get something that will ensure that your purchase is not ruined?
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You easily spend $30 on a good roast / steak / etc... why not get something that will ensure that your purchase is not ruined?
Thanks. As well as the fact that I have had mine for three years now. How many cheap ones would be used, broken and thrown away during this time? That money adds up.
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Mavericks are cook for monitoring for extended cooks: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...evirtualweberb
This is the one I use. I mainly bought it for when I do long smokes on the grill. It is great having two probes, I use one to get the grill temp, and the other in the meat. Having it alert me when it reaches certain temperatures is great. I found that at least at low temperatures (~250 degrees) the built in thermometer on my Weber grill isn't accurate at all, it registers about 10-30 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.

I use it for doing "quick" reads too, it isn't quite instant, but it isn't as slow as my cheapo pen one.

I might get one of those Thermapens if I ever see it on sale.
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Old 04-08-09, 09:19 PM
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Re: Recommend me a Meat Thermometer

When slow smoking, I use a wireless probe unit.

I have a couple of instant reads. I use them mainly when I have parties and cook chicken. When feeding others, I want to double check all is safe. I pretty much use these only for "bird".

For meats (other then the slow smoking mentioned above) I do not use one. I buy the same burgers every time. So I know how to cook them by time. For steaks, I buy the same one's at Costco and again, I don't even have to look. I have the time down to the second. I cooked 6 steaks in almost total darkness Saturday night as I drank beer and talked. I just used the timer on my phone and knew they would be perfect. And they were.
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