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Foodbme

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Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Mon, 03/21/11 7:33 PM (permalink)
I've been on a quest to find a GOOD BBQ thermometer that is completely wireless so I can use it on my meat that put on a Rotisserie. One that goes round & round with the meat and does not require a wire to the unit. Obviously it transmits a signal to a reciever outside the grill. This may be one source. Does anyone have any experience with wireless thermometers?
http://www.amazingribs.com/BBQ_buyers_guide/thermometer_buying_guide.html
 
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    EdSails

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    Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Mon, 03/21/11 8:08 PM (permalink)
    Foodbme,
    This is a subject that's drven me crazy. I do a lot of cooking with the rotisserie on my grill and looked for exactly what you want. I never found it. I bought this a few weeks ago:
     

     
    but I still haven't opened it because it won't do the rotisserie. Good luck on the hunt-----I'll wait to open this until I see if you had any better luck than I did! 
    Ed
     
     
     
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      Foodbme

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      Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/22/11 4:56 AM (permalink)
      EdSails


      Foodbme,
      This is a subject that's drven me crazy. I do a lot of cooking with the rotisserie on my grill and looked for exactly what you want. I never found it. I bought this a few weeks ago:



      but I still haven't opened it because it won't do the rotisserie. Good luck on the hunt-----I'll wait to open this until I see if you had any better luck than I did! 
      Ed

      ED!
      I think I found one!
      http://www.partshelf.com/maverick-et-75.html
      Also Googled "Maverick ET-75 Remote Wireless Rotisserie & BBQ Thermometer" and they sell it on Amazon.com
      <message edited by Foodbme on Tue, 03/22/11 5:05 AM>
       
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        MiamiDon

        Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/22/11 5:54 AM (permalink)
        Recipes & Cooking Techniques
         
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          EdSails

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          Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/22/11 8:20 PM (permalink)
          Thanks, foodbme, 
          I had been thinking of trying to do that with this one, since I have a collar where the spit rests and then maybe tape the transmitter to the handle, but this seems like the exact solution without me needing to cut a slit in the existing collar. Think I'm gonna order one!
          Ed
          <message edited by EdSails on Wed, 03/23/11 12:11 AM>
           
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            EdSails

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            Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/29/11 7:15 PM (permalink)
            OK, here it is. I got it from Newegg.com for $36.99. Shipped the same day I ordered it. Set up and ready to go----I think I'm going to try it with Cornish Game Hens tomorrow. Otherwise, I'll pick up a pork roast and report back on how it does.
             

             
             

             
             

             
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              Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/29/11 7:24 PM (permalink)
              Okay.... does that thing rotate with the rotisserie?
               
              I use a NU-Temp
               
              They also work great for reading the outside air temperature when inside.
               
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                EdSails

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                Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 03/29/11 8:21 PM (permalink)
                Yes, that is the idea. Only one I've seen that actually does. 
                 
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                  Foodbme

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                  Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Wed, 03/30/11 1:34 AM (permalink)
                  EdSails


                  Yes, that is the idea. Only one I've seen that actually does. 


                  EdSails,
                  THANX! for the pictures! My order goes in tomorrow!
                   
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                    EdSails

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                    Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Wed, 03/30/11 1:48 AM (permalink)
                    Kewl....we'll compare notes!
                     
                    http://www.newegg.com/Pro...p;Tpk=Maverick%20ET-75
                     
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                      Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Wed, 03/30/11 1:03 PM (permalink)
                      Very cool to know that about the Rotisserie thermometer.
                      Thanks!
                       
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                        MiamiDon

                        Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Wed, 03/30/11 3:18 PM (permalink)
                        Discuss ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked meat and other BBQ you’ve encountered during your search for Roadfood BBQ.
                         

                         
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                          EdSails

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                          Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Thu, 03/31/11 1:31 AM (permalink)
                          Well, I did smoke my first pastrami on Sunday!
                           
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                            bartl

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                            Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Thu, 03/31/11 4:14 PM (permalink)
                            EdSails
                            Well, I did smoke my first pastrami on Sunday!

                            Which end do you light?
                             
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                              EdSails

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                              Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Thu, 03/31/11 5:33 PM (permalink)
                              bartl


                              EdSails
                              Well, I did smoke my first pastrami on Sunday!

                              Which end do you light?

                              It was a point cut----so I guess you light the pointy end!
                               

                               
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                                EdSails

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                                Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Fri, 04/1/11 1:21 AM (permalink)
                                Ok, I figured I might as well do a whole thread on tonight's attempt with the new thermometer.
                                 
                                http://www.roadfood.com/F...499&mpage=1#643499
                                 
                                Next thing I try will be on Sunday, when I'm going to do a good-sized roast for some family and friends on the rotisserie. That's what I really bought this thermometer--to be more accurate on large cuts of meat----so it will be interesting to see how it does with something in the 4 to 6 pound range.
                                 
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                                  EdSails

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                                  Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Mon, 04/4/11 7:02 PM (permalink)
                                  OK, so here are the results of the roast test.
                                   
                                  http://www.roadfood.com/F...-and-pics-m643618.aspx
                                   
                                  I am going to not make comments about the thermometer yet, until I receive a new one from the manufacturer. After several phone calls it has been returned for replacement at MY expense.  I will report back after that.
                                   
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                                    applesd

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                                    Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 04/5/11 10:40 AM (permalink)
                                    Oh man, I've been looking for a good bbq thermometer too, almost too many to choose from in this thread. :)
                                     
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                                      Foodbme

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                                      Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 04/5/11 3:41 PM (permalink)
                                      EdSails


                                      OK, so here are the results of the roast test.

                                      http://www.roadfood.com/F...-and-pics-m643618.aspx

                                      I am going to not make comments about the thermometer yet, until I receive a new one from the manufacturer. After several phone calls it has been returned for replacement at MY expense.  I will report back after that.

                                      I've been thinking about your problem and here's 2 possibilities to answer the question:
                                      1. The probe could have been in a section of fat, or,
                                      2. The probe could have been touching a bone.
                                      If a thermometer is not exclusively in meat, it will give you a false reading.

                                       
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                                        EdSails

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                                        Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Tue, 04/5/11 4:39 PM (permalink)
                                        I was quite careful about where I inserted it so I don't think that was the problem. It was as far away from everything as I could get it. In the first photo, that's only the tied-on fat cap that was hanging over the end.
                                         
                                        When I spoke with the mfr. he said it should update constantly, which is what it was not doing. 
                                        In the second photo, you get a better idea of where it was. I pushed it in pretty straight so it shouldn't have touched anything. 
                                         

                                        My only question, which maybe someone could answer, is this----should the probe have been further out towards the edge of the meat? I thought it should be close to the center to ensure cooking all the way in, but I am open to advice. I was afraid that if I had it too close to the edge of the meat that it would show cooked while the center was still raw. What do you think?
                                         
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                                          Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Sat, 04/9/11 11:54 PM (permalink)
                                          I know it isn't wireless but my thermopen is worth it's weight in gold.
                                           
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                                            EdSails

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                                            Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Sat, 04/16/11 2:54 PM (permalink)
                                            OK, got a replacement thermometer from the company, so I will try it again. Made my rub already for the tri-tip. We'll see how the Maverick works this time! I've never tried tri-tip using the rotisserie but this should be an interesting experiment.
                                             
                                             
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                                              EdSails

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                                              Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Sun, 04/17/11 6:27 PM (permalink)
                                              Update: the jury's still out. I had never tried a tri-tip with a thermometer and on a rotisserie and it was not the riight the thing to throw on a spit so I finished cooking it on the grill the way I usually do. This week I'll pick up something else and try it. So far though, when I did try it on the tri-tip it seemed to go up in smaller increments so I have high hopes this time. 
                                               
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                                                EdSails

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                                                Re:Quest to find a GOOD BBQ Thermometer Mon, 04/25/11 1:12 PM (permalink)
                                                Last update: Well, nothing like holiday sale ads. I bought a bone-in-ribeye roast this weekend. Did it much more basic than the last time, just a Penzey's English Prime Rib Rub this time. I did smoke it over hickory for a half hour before I turned the rotisserie on. I set the thermometer to 130 degrees. This time is seemed to go up in 1 and 2 degree increments, which is just what I expected and hoped for. When it hit 130, I pulled it. After resting for a half hour, it was a PERFECT medium rare. The thermometer seems to work fine and definitely works well on the rotisserie. I'm happy and would recommend it. 
                                                 
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