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Our Pick of the Best BBQ Meat Thermometers In Australia

When barbequing it is important that correct temperatures are kept to ensure your meat of choice is cooked to perfection. The use of a meat thermometer, temperature probe or guage is highly recommended to measure both the temperature within the bbq and also the internal temperature of your meat.

So what BBQ thermometer is the best?

The range of probes and guages on the market these days is incredible. Something to consider when purchasing a probe is whether you require:a single or dual probe,

  • a single or dual probe
  • iphone/smartphone connectivity
  • rechargeable or battery operated and
  • either digital or not.

In this article we will review a range of temperature probes and guages readily available on the market today.

ModelModel #Overall RatingProbesReview 
Inkbird IBT-6X 6 Probe Digital BBQ Thermometer6Inkbird ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON
Maverick Wireless BBQ ET-733 Black Dual Sensors Long Range2ET-733 ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON
Maverick iChef 2 Probe Bluetooth App Enabled2Maverick iChef ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON
Weber iGrill 2 Dual Probe Bluetooth Thermometer2Weber iGrill 2 ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON
Weber iGrill Mini Bluetooth Thermometer1Weber iGrill Mini ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON
Thermapen® Mk4 Thermometer1Thermapen Mk4 ReviewCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON

“The team at Bigwig Jerky don’t just love making jerky, we also fancy a good BBQ and when it comes to cooking a good pork, brisket or even steak, it helps to have a quality thermometer to get those internal temps just right! We have taken some time to check out the latest and greatest bbq thermometers on the market today. Enjoy”

Matt, Owner of Bigwig Jerky Co.

Best BBQ Meat Thermometer Reviews 2019

1. Inkbird IBT-6X 6 Probe BBQ Thermometer

Great unit at a great price! Take full control of your bbq with 6 probes and bluetooth 50m/150 foot wireless range to your smartphone. This simple to use unit can display in both Centigrade or Fahrenheit with a temperature range of 0~300°C / 0~572°F (continuously monitoring). The 6 probes makes monitoring multiple meat temps a breeze along with temps throughout different locations of your BBQ/smoker.

Works With:

  • iPhone 4S or later
  • iPad 3rd generation and later
  • iPad mini and later
  • iPod touch 5th generation and later
  • Requires ISO 7+
  • Android 4.4+ devices with bluetooth 4.0 module

Package Includes:

  • 1 x Bluetooth Thermometer (Battery not included)
  • 6 x Probes
  • 1 x Manual

Overall a great little device you can’t look past especially at the current price. Grab one today and try it for yourself.

inkbird ibt-6x

Inkbird IBT-6X 6 Probe BBQ Thermometer

2. Maverick ET-733 Dual Probe Wireless BBQ Thermometer

One of the most popular BBQ thermometers! If you have done your research you would have read a lot about the ET-733. It has been the most popular choice among BBQ teams and home cooks for a long time. There are many reviews on BBQ forums and the majority positive. The dual probes allow you to monitor both the bbq temp and your food at once. The probe wires are a good length at 91cm and are rated to 380F. There are many stores online that stock replacement probes, so if you ever have an issues, it’s not hard to get new ones. The ET-733 comes with 15 Presets. 6 preset temperatures for Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Turkey and 9 BONUS preset temps and it stores settings even when the unit is off.

Overall a very popular device used by pros and home BBQ enthusiasts. Definitely worth a try.

Maverick ET-733 Dual Probe BBQ Thermometer

3. Maverick iChef 2 Probe Bluetooth App Enabled BBQ Thermometer

Grill with ease knowing you won’t be overcooking! This smart little bluetooth thermometer really gives the iGrill devices a run for it’s money. Alerts from the app when your meat is ready will allow you to chill out and roam around rather than babysitting your meat hours on end. The ET-735 also supports up to four probes and has a 160 foot range, so again very similar specs to the iGrill. The temp range though starts at 32 and goes up to 572 degress fahrenheight. The good thing about the probes are they are waterproof, so cleaning is made easy, but like many probes they are very delicate, so do take care. Additional probes can be purchased.

Overall this device has very similar specs to the iGrill. The app has many features and is easily downloaded from your device app store. The iChef is powered by 2 x AAA but you will need a very small phillips head screwdriver to access them.

Maverick iChef 2 Probe Bluetooth App Enabled BBQ Thermometer

4. Weber iGrill 2 Dual Probe Bluetooth Thermometer

This is a great unit! The ability to monitor up to four separate temperatures simultaneously is definately a great advantage over other devices and makes grilling so much easier. Being a Weber product brings with it that added comfort of a using a quality product with great service and support. The unit comes with 2 probes so you can get cooking straight away, and the free Weber app can be downloaded easily from iTunes and Google Play.

The iGrill2 is also capable of a wider temperature range than cheaper products on the market, with ranges from -22 to 572 degrees fahrenheight, you will have no issues getting the desired temp. It’s impressive wireless range of 150 feet allows you to cruise around the house or pool area and still be able to monitor your temps, so put your feet up grab a beer and settle in and watch the footy while monitoring your temps at the same time.

Overall the product has a pleasant, smart looking design and more importantly is easy to use. Autoshutdown will keep your batteries lasting longer, and the ability to extend to four probes is definately a major selling point!

Weber iGrill 2 Dual Probe Bluetooth Thermometer

5. Weber iGrill Mini Bluetooth Thermometer

The Weber iGrill is the perfect little gadget for no fuss grilling. It is a quality unit (as you would expect from Weber) and provides precise temperature readings. Loud alarms are a bonus so you can hear when your meat or smoker has reached the desired temperature. Built in presets make cooking a breeze straight out of the box, so you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to cook a pulled pork. With a decent wide temperature range of -22 to 572 f and it’s small sleek design, the iGrill is a perfect addition to the family grill. However if you don’t want to be reliant upon using a smartphone then best look at other devices.

Pros

  • easy to use with great results
  • app integration with presets

Cons

  • Single probe
  • Requirement for smart phone

Weber iGrill Mini Bluetooth Thermometer

About BBQ Meat Thermometers and Temperature Probes

Food and Shelter are among the basic needs of human beings. They have always tried their best to improve both these basic needs. They have employed different tools and techniques to fulfill their demands. They have also changed their ways of living and eating. Nowadays, processed foods have become very common all across the globe. This is because they save our time and energy. Different tools such as meat tenderizers, meat slicers and dehydrators alongwith different techniques are being used to improve the taste and aroma of the food. Earlier, there were no cooking tools and people used to cook food for an estimated time. Later, humans realized that overcooked food showed negative effects on the health. Therefore, they started using tools to check the temperature of the food.

What is a BBQ Meat Thermometer?

A BBQ thermometer is the tool to monitor the temperature of the food that is being processed. In other words we can say that it is the tool which really tells us what is happening inside the processor. Nowadays, these thermometers are considered as necessary for food processing as forks and knives are considered important. There is an alarm in these thermometers which warns the user when the food is cooked. It minimizes the chances of overcooking. The research has proved that millions of people across the world die of eating overcooked foods. With every passing day, their importance is increasing as people are becoming more conscious of eating fairly cooked food.

Why are BBQ Meat Thermometers Used?

It is a scientific fact that the meat we eat consists of about 75% of water. Cooking meat at an estimated temperature without any thermometer may destroy the nutritional contents in it. This means that in order to enjoy the real taste of the meat, we should cook it at such a temperature and time that one third of water should be present in it. This not only increases the taste of the food but also maintains its nutritional benefits. Thus, BBQ thermometers are used to retain the taste and nutritional benefits of the food.

Different Kinds of BBQ Thermometers

The research has proved that meat causes illness until it is cooked at some specific temperature (above 70degress c). To do so we use BBQ thermometers of various kinds that have different temperature limits to show the current temperature of the meat. If you have a BBQ grill like a Weber Q you will most likely have a built in thermometer, but these aren’t the only types available. The following are the main kinds of BBQ thermometers that are being used all across the globe.

1. Thermapen BBQ Thermometers

This is the most commonly used BBQ thermometer which gives an extreme accuracy in showing temperature of the meat. It has a probe to get into the center of the large piece of meat. This thermometer is water proof and can be used at any place without any fear. It is fast enough that it shows the temperature within two seconds. This thermometer has also the options to check temperature both in Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. It was first introduced in 2015 and so far it has passed through many improvements. It can show the temperature ranging between -58 and 572 degree Fahrenheit and -50 to 300 degree centigrade. It usually has a large display to show the temperature and this display can rotate as the device rotates.

2. ThermoPop BBQ Thermometer

This is another very small and easy to use BBQ thermometer which also has a clip for keeping it in the pocket. It has a probe of about 4.5 inches which can sense the temperature in just 6 seconds. Its display is also easy to rotate and is convertible to Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. It is also equipped with a backlight which automatically turns off with the temperature display. This thermometer was invented in 2013 and has now become splash proof. It can also show the temperature between -58 and 572 degree Fahrenheit.

3. Instant Read Digital Thermometer

This is another very nice and accurate thermometer that comes with a sleek probe and a Meat temperature magnet. It has the ability to measure the temperature in just 6 seconds with high degree of accuracy. If the probe is covered, it becomes waterproof. It can also measure the temperature from -58 to 572 degree Fahrenheit.

4. Chefalarm BBQ Thermometer

This is also a very good BBQ thermometer with an alarm. It means that you can leave the kitchen until the alarm rings. Its accuracy is a little lesser than other BBQ thermometers. There may be a difference of 1.8 degree Fahrenheit. There is also a long probe with it that can resist the temperature of 700 degree Fahrenheit. It can also be used an instant read thermometer because its probe is too much sleek and can go the center of a large meat piece. The alarm can either be set at low or high temperatures.

5. Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Thermometer

These are the modern BBQ thermometers that are very easy to use and monitor. These have two probes that can be inserted in the meat or one in the meat and the other in oven, grill, smoker or even a dehydrator when making jerky. A good example of a multi probe thermometer is the Inkbird IBT-4XS. There is a transmitter and receiver module in this BBQ thermometer. You can take the receiver module with you in your living room. When the temperature limit is reached or cooking is done the transmitter sends the radio signals on the receiver module and you can see on the display what is happening in the kitchen. It has the ability to measure the temperature in just a few seconds.

6. Infra-red Laser Guided Gun BBQ Thermometer

As the name suggests, this BBQ thermometer is in the form of a little gun that works with the help of infra-red rays. For obtaining accurate results, it should always be used on dark surfaces because the shininess of stainless steel surfaces may lead it to give inaccurate temperatures. This thermometer also comes with meat temperature guide magnet and can measure the temperature up to 1022 degree Fahrenheit.

Benefits of Using BBQ Thermometers

There are a lot of benefits of BBQ thermometers and, therefore, their use is increasing with the passage of time. Following are the main benefits of using these thermometers.

  1. Remedy for Food borne Illness
  2. Prevents Overcooking meat
  3. Eliminates Guessing
  4. Help in Food Serving
  5. Reheating Food

1. Remedy for Food borne Illness

BBQ thermometers are useful in the remedy of food borne illness. This illness unknowingly kills a lot of people every year in almost all the countries of the world. Food borne illness is created either by overcooked food or less cooked food. BBQ thermometers are a good solution to this problem because these prevent the overcooking and less cooking of food. It helps in cooking meat at some specified temperature for some specific time thus retaining the nutritional contents in it. Different temperatures are set for cooking different kinds of meat. This kills the harmful bacteria present in it and removes the danger of food borne illness. Chicken is usually cooked at 160 degree centigrade, while beef and lamb are cooked at about 145 degree centigrade.

2. Prevents Overcooking Meat

Overcooking had remained a major issue until the invention of meat thermometers. People used to check the cooked meat through either touch or color. Overcooked meat loses much of the water content in it and becomes tough and dry. This toughness also affects the taste of the meat. The BBQ thermometers have proved a lot beneficial in this regard. These not only help to cook the food at proper temperature but also retain the nutritional contents in it. The meat cooked through using BBQ thermometer usually remains soft and juicy and full of nutritional benefits. A BBQ thermometer is ideal when cooking on portable gas bbq or using offset smokers.

3. Eliminates Guessing

The use of BBQ thermometer eliminates the guessing done for cooking meat. There may be a possibility that two pieces of meat do not cook at the same time. Because guessing involves time for cooking and it may vary for two pieces. Using BBQ thermometer, we can cook all the meat at the same time through maintaining a constant temperature.

4. Help in Food Serving

BBQ thermometers have also proved useful in food serving. This is because you can check the temperature of meat before serving. The meat which becomes cool has bacteria residing on it. Moreover, the food with good temperature is rich in taste and smell.

5. Reheating Food

BBQ thermometers have also gained importance in reheating the food. Using these thermometers food is reheated at the suitable temperature which maintains its softness and nutritional contents.

How to Use BBQ Thermometers

The use of almost all the BBQ thermometers is the same. These all have small or long sleek temperature probe. While using insert this probe into the center of the piece of meat and the display will start showing temperature. Most of these thermometers show temperature within seconds. You have to ensure some factors to make them work long. These are:

  • Never leave them in the rain.
  • Avoid dropping them as the display may break.
  • Also try to use it within temperature ranges.
  • Never smash the cable because it may break from inside and you may not know the problem.
  • Always keep the probes clean and dry because these may fail. It is even better to purchase some extra probes to avoid any difficulty.
  • Regularly clean the probe as carbon may build up at the tips. Also clean the rest of the parts regularly.
  • Try to store these in their proper packages when not in use.

Combining the above tips and the information from our post on how to use a bbq thermometer, hopefully this will be enough for you to confidently start barbecuing using a meat thermometer.

Popular questions about meat thermometers

Can you leave a meat thermometer in the meat whilst cooking?

This depends on the type of thermometer. Digital instant read thermometers should not be left in the meat. They are to be inserted and left in only until the temp reaches that of the internal meat temp. Probe thermometers can be left in the meat and often cooks will use multiple probes to monitor both the meat temperature and the temperature inside the smoker or grill.

How do digital meat thermometers work?

Digital thermometers use a probe which has a small electric current running through it. The resistance in which this current travels is measured and converted to a digital temperature reading .

What is the best thermometer for smoking meat?

For smoking meat it would be ideal to operate a digital thermometer with multiple probes. It can be a wireless or wired unit with one probe used to monitor the meat temperature and one to monitor internal temp of the bbq. By using a probe it allows monitoring of temperatures without opening the smoker lid and releasing heat.

How long does an instant read thermometer take?

An instant read thermometer is not so instant afterall. Most take anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds to produce an accurate reading. Each brand will have a different required time so please read the instructions.

Do I need a meat thermometer when making beef jerky?

When making beef jerky it is important that the meat reaches a temperature of 60 degrees celcius or over. This prevents any bacteria from surviving on the meat. If your jerky dehydrator does not have an inbuilt thermometer then using a digital probe thermometer would be a great way to monitor the temperature inside the dehydrator. One way to further avoid food bourne bacteria is to use salt and also vinegar in your beef jerky recipes. This will increase the PH and prevent bacteria from living.

Our #1 BBQ Thermometer Pick

INKBIRD IBT-6X 6 Probe BBQ Thermometer

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