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5 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in a Bluetooth Smoker Thermometer

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Debdutta Bhattacharjee

By Debdutta Bhattacharjee

What is a Bluetooth Smoker Thermometer?

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People manning a smoker or BBQ grill at a picnic or party often miss out on the fun, tied as they are to their task. Cooking meats requires constant vigilance. Left unsupervised, it can burn. Taken off the fire too quickly could leave it underdone. Thankfully, cooking today has smartened up, and it's all thanks to smart technology.

An example of this is the Bluetooth smoker thermometer. Simply insert this wireless thermometer into the fleshiest part of the meat and it connects to your smartphone/tablet via Bluetooth technology, transmitting cooking data in real time. With the Bluetooth BBQ thermometer by your side (or more precisely, in the meat), you can monitor the ambient temperature and internal temperature of the food through an app without even having to be near the grill.

You can then go ahead and enjoy your well-earned time with your family and friends, singing or playing the guitar under a starry night, or relaxing in the sunshine with a bookwithout ever worrying about your Barbeque messing up your meats.

All you have to do is check your smartphone from time to time to make sure that all is well with your rib, brisket, or chuck. These truly wireless smart thermometers also liberate cooks at a restaurant, allowing them to focus on other tasks even as the grilling or smoking continues.

How Does a Bluetooth Smoker Thermometer Work?

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After the meat is marinated and the spices are added, a smart Bluetooth thermometer needs to be inserted into the deepest part of the cut of meat. In the case of steaks or a roast, this part is usually in the middle, and for poultry, the deepest part is along the depth of the inner thigh. One should be careful to avoid hitting the bone or the reading may be inaccurate.

A Wifi BBQ temperature probe has to be inserted squarely in the middle of the meat. A dual probe can be attached directly to the grate. One also needs to make sure that the BBQ probe is inserted well through the clip so that the clip does not interfere with the readings.

Some Bluetooth apps let the user select the meat type from the built-in meat presets. They also allow the user to select the temperature range of cooking. For best results, it is very important for the cook to know the internal temperature of the food and ambient temperature of the grill oven or BBQ oven at a glance.

The smartphone app displays the estimated time for the food to get ready. Then the meat probe takes over. It keeps a close watch on the food as it's smoked, grilled, and barbecued, while the person behind the grill gets the salad ready, downs a drink, plays soccer, or dances around a campfire.

When the meat is done, the mobile app alerts the cook, who proceeds to pull out a perfectly prepared steak. Some Bluetooth thermometer brands provide detailed charts and temperature graphs so that the cooking can be managed in the best possible way.

A Bluetooth smoker thermometer, therefore, saves time and energy by automating the grilling or smoking. Moreover, it ensures that the meat is cooked to a safe internal temperature and develops a rich texture and taste. Some smoker thermometer apps also contain important information on how to cook meats such that they're rare, medium, or well done.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Invest in a Bluetooth Smoker Thermometer

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1. Ease of cooking- By transmitting food and grill temperature information wirelessly right to the user's smartphone, a Bluetooth thermometer ensures that the user does not have to open the grill doors again and again to check the temperature. This disrupts the cooking process.

The user also need not worry about cables hanging incnveniently around or burning over the grill. Cooking is so hassle-free that the person grilling or smoking the meat can meet and enjoy with friends and family, while the cooking continues on autopilot. At a restaurant, these thermometers allow chefs to move on to other menu items.

2. Delicious and safe food- The absence of a smoker thermometer turns smoking or grilling into a guessing game. You will invariably mess up your steaks by either dangerously undercooking them and running the risk of food contamination, or wastefully overcooking them. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found food-borne illnesses to be a significant contributor to the overall disease caseload in the U.S. One in every six Americans ends up sick by consuming contaminated foods and beverages annually. Food safety has become all the more important in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Federal government has an extensive list specifying the right internal temperature for different food types. For instance, ground meat and meat mixtures are supposed to be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Fresh beef, veal, and lamb are to be cooked to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, a restaurant may want to cook its signature dishes at a higher internal temperature to achieve a particular taste, texture, and tenderness.

Food temperature probes are also important to use during cooling, reheating, and thawing of food to ensure safe HACCP-compliant temperatures.

The ThermoPro TP smart Bluetooth meat thermometer can measure temperatures up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit from 500 feet away. A good wireless meat thermometer helps detect the minutest change in temperature. This assures the user that the meat is perfectly cooked.

3. Portability- Smart wireless thermometers run on rechargeable batteries and can be taken anywhere, whether to a picnic in a park or on the beach. Most wireless Bluetooth meat thermometers can send signals to a range of 300 feet. The device issues automated alerts if the user moves out of range.

These gadgets are extremely useful in cook-offs, where the smallest change in crispiness, for example, can decide whether you win or lose.

4. Accuracy- Bluetooth probe technology is more accurate than any other thermometer technology, and is considered to be next-generation Food Safety equipment. Good Grill Thermometers provide accurate temperature readings to +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Smart wireless thermometers are far better than built-in BBQ smoker thermometers. The latter measure temperatures many inches above the food, and so the final reading can be off by as much as 30-degrees Fahrenheit. They, therefore, tell you nothing about the internal temperature of the food.

5. Easy to manage- Bluetooth apps come with features that meet the needs of both, the novice and the experienced pitmaster.

A meat thermometer, unlike an instant-read thermometer, can be left in the food through the entire roasting process. It can even be left in the meat after it is taken out of the oven in order to monitor the temperature of the meat while it is rested.

Sophisticated thermometers have backlit LCD screens that allow easy reading of food temperatures even at night or in outdoor glare. They also has a magnetic back that can be easily attached to metal surfaces.

Buying Tips- How to Buy the Right Smoker Thermometer

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1. A Cooking Thermometer should have a minimum of two probes. If the grill is loaded with multiple cuts like briskets, saddles shoulders, and racks of ribs, one should consider four probes or six probes.

2. Precision is an important feature for a Bluetooth Grill Thermometer because just a few degrees of error is enough to ruin the food.

3. A wireless Grill Thermometer should be easy to handle even for complete beginners. This way, restaurants need not spend too much time training their employees to use these gadgets.

4. A wireless BBQ thermometer should be able to provide real-time temperature readouts almost instantly so that the cooking can be sped up and the amount of time that the smoker lid is open can be minimized.

5. Digital thermometers are marketed to support outdoor grilling and smoking. But they can be useful inside the kitchen too if the cooking is substantial. A smoker thermometer ends up doing a lot of heavy lifting. So the product should be durable.

6. One should look for extra features like countdown and count-up timers. Backlit LCDs and magnetic backs are good to have too.

7. One should carefully consider the transmitter range, as well as the range of temperature that can be measured.

8. Review the number of presets the thermometer offers and see whether they take into account the food you cook most often.

Bluetooth Smoker Thermometer Prices

Bluetooth smoker thermometers are priced differently. But a number of them cost around $30 to $50. The Meater Plussmart meatBluetooth thermometer is priced at around $100, as is the Yummly YTE000W5KB Premium Wireless Smart Meat Thermometer. At the other end of the spectrum, the Diivoo Wireless Food Thermometer costs just around $17. You can view the prices of various smart food thermometers on Amazon.

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Types of Smart Thermometers for Your Kitchen

Smart thermometers use both, Bluetooth and wi-fi technology. These wirelessly connect to your smartphone from a considerable distance, whether you are inside your house or in your backyard. Here are some of the best smart thermometers for the kitchen-

1. ThermoPro TP- These Bluetooth meat thermometers are equipped with stainless steel probes and can monitor the internal temperatures of multiple cuts of meat at the same time. The ThermoPro TP920 is a 500 ft long-range thermometer powered by Bluetooth 5.0 technology. It helps to accurately estimate the time remaining to reach the target temperature. The pre-temp alarm alerts the user when the meat temperature is 5/10/15 degrees Fahrenheit away from the target temperature. The probe temperature range of 15.8 degrees to 572 degrees Fahrenheit ensures that any kind of meat is cooked to perfection.

2. Meater Plus- This comes with an easy-to-use app that semi-automates the cooking. It also saves information from earlier cook-outs so that users can compare and improve their cooking. This thermometer contains one probe. But it has a long temperature range of up to 527-degrees Fahrenheit for ambient temperature and up to 212 Fahrenheit for internal temperature.

The wireless remote range offered is 165 feet for Bluetooth thermometers. It has presets for different meat types, and alarms to tell the user when to take the food off the grill. There are many varieties of the Meater thermometer. The simplest way of connecting a smart device to the Meater probe is via Bluetooth. The Meater Link, on the other hand, allows the transmission of data via wi-fi, and provides a longer range than the Bluetooth range.

3. Inkbird IBT 4XS- This thermometer has a temperature range of up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, temperature accuracy of +/-2 degrees Fahrenheit, and a wireless range of 150 feet. Presets cover 11 meat types and cooks, with all of them assigned a set temperature. The beef preset comes with rare, medium, and well-done options too. Other features of this thermometer are two to four thermometer probes, time and temperature alarms, USB charging, rotatable display, and so on.

4. Weber iGrill- This is one of the most popular Bluetooth meat thermometers, or wireless meat thermometers, and is highly rated both on Google Play and Apple App Stores.

The standard unit is dual probe in nature, with the capacity to add up to four probes at once. This lets users easily monitor multiple smokers and/or multiple pieces of meat. It comes with improved range and pairing and has the best-in-class phone app. There are three versions of the Weber Igrill Mini, iGrill 2, and iGrill 3.

5. Igrill Mini- The Mini looks similar to the iGrill 2, but has some key differences. It comes with only one probe and does not support simultaneous monitoring of ambient and meat temperatures. It also has 50 fewer hours of continuous power, compared to the iGrill 2. Otherwise, the range and app offered by the two thermometers are the same.

6. ThermoWorks Signals- The ThermoWorks Signals wifi thermometer comes with four thermistor probes. It has a temperature range of -58 degree to 572 degree Fahrenheit.

The device comes with three food probes and one ambient probe, along with a grill clip. The probes have a temperature accuracy of at least +/- 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

The base station is very easy to use, and the phone connectivity through Bluetooth and wi-fi is extremely strong.

Bluetooth Thermometer and Other Food Thermometer FAQs

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1. Should a meat thermometer be started from zero?

No, the meat thermometer should start at the ambient temperature. That is, unless the thermometer is cold calibrated before the cookout, which should bring the thermometer down to 0 degrees Celsius (or 32 degrees Fahrenheit).

2. When should a digital food thermometer be used?

Instant-read digital food thermometers give quick readings. These can be used towards the end of the minimum cooking time, and can be kept in the meat for three to five seconds. Its quick reading feature would require the oven door to stay open for a shorter duration of time. This keeps the oven heat stable.

3. What is the most sure-fire way of obtaining an accurate reading?

This can be done by inserting the thermometer into the middle of the thickest part of the meat or casserole. Also, the thermometer should not touch bone or gristle. In the case of chickens and turkeys, the plumpest part is where the thigh meets the rest of the body. If you're dealing with thinner pieces of meat like hamburgers, the probe ought to be stuck sideways into the meat.

4. How can a digital food thermometer be cleaned?

Digital meat thermometers must be washed in warm, soapy water and air-dried after every use. Proper cleaning is a must to ensure the longevity of these thermometers.

5. Is it worthwhile to get a remote-controlled smoker thermometer?

If you are comfortable using smart devices and using apps on those devices, a Bluetooth thermometer would be ideal. Remote-controlled thermometers allow you to unchain yourself from the smoker without compromising the quality of the cooking. Whether to use a remote-controlled thermometer or not depends entirely on your preferences.

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