Editor Tested: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Sous
Chef with the iDevice Grilling Thermometer
July 5, 2014 @ 3:04 pm
By: Katie Donbavand
Want to heat up your grill game? Well,
we tested out a must-have thermometer for your summer weekend BBQs.
The iDevice Kitchen Thermometer ($80,
uses Bluetooth technology combined with a helpful app that not only
allows you to monitor your meal without lifting the grill’s hood and
compromising the cooking temperature, but also let’s you wander away and
enjoy the party with your guests!
So how does it work?
The kitchen thermometer comes with two prongs that you insert into your
meat—either into two different cuts or, like we did, one into your meal
and one to measure the ambient temperature. Next, you download the free
app to your smartphone and set your alerts. The app comes loaded with
pre-set temperature ranges so novices can cook their meat completely and
safely, but also allows you to customize your own alerts.
The app alerts you—like a trusted sous chef—when the ideal internal
temperature is reached and, voilà, dinner is served!
There’s also a handy social media integration feature on the app which
allows you to share your like-worthy cooking prowess to Facebook.
But lest we rely on nifty-sounding
bells and whistles alone, we put the iDevice Kitchen Thermometer to the
test: smoking a brisket.
The all-day process of smoking a brisket is notoriously difficult. One
of the keys to a mouthwatering, butter-soft brisket is a steady cooking
temperature. With the iDevice Kitchen Thermometer, we were able to set
our temperature range and walk away, letting our iPhone monitor the
progress for us. No more lifting the lid to constantly check the
brisket’s progress—especially in the last hour or so to make sure it
doesn’t overcook!—and exposing the meat to a gush of cooler air.
Better yet, we were free to mingle and clink glasses with our backyard
guests while the smoker worked its magic.
The results? A delicious BBQ and a very happy, un-frazzled chef.
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