Hey, you! Yeah, you. I heard you like smoking! No, not the kind where you take in nicotine. This is the way to cook meat. Smoked meat is one tasty treat to the meat-eating taste-bud. It has all the juices that come with the meat itself, and then it also has a smoky flavor with it!
But the key to getting smoked meat just right isn’t the smoke. It is cooking the meat at the right temperature. What better way to reach temperatures that science dudes suggest that by getting a SMOKER THERMOMETER? To help you out, here are some best smoker thermometers you could check out for yourself!
Reviews of the Six Best Smoker Thermometers
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1. Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set
2. ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill BBQ Thermometer
3. ThermoPro TP-16 Large LCD Digital Cooking Food Meat Smoker Oven Kitchen BBQ Grill Thermometer Clock Timer with Stainless Steel Tempera, Standard
4. ThermoPro TP-08S Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer Dual Probe Grilling Smoker BBQ Food Thermometer
5. Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill Thermometer Digital Cooking Barbecue Oven Smoker Drum
6. Tenergy Solis Digital Meat Thermometer
First on this list is an all-rounder in the smoker thermometer game. It is a wireless thermometer with two hybrid probes, i.e. each probe is independent of the other. That enables people to measure the temperature of two different portions of meat at once. It is also digital, making it easier to look at the temperature while you are prepping your veggies! Alongside the actual thermometer, it comes with a wireless receiver with a small LCD screen.
It also has a large, backlit screen, with enough space to show temperatures of the two different lumps of meat at the same time. It also has built-in settings for cooking different types of meats, with different levels of doneness. It also allows users to change the inbuilt settings so that all you experienced chefs can fine-tune temperatures for the kind of doneness that fits your taste.
Digital technology allows it to show exactly the correct temperature range to maintain to have the desired level of doneness. If the temperature goes over the level of doneness, the receiver responds by having the screen light blink. The wireless receiver also has a decent range of 300 ft. To make it easier, the receiver also notifies you if it loses connection from the thermometer for longer than 60 seconds.
It comes in a robust package. This helps to store it better because, as most barbecue freaks can attest, some of the equipment can get handled roughly from time to time The packaging helps protect it from impact, and the general wear and tear.
The ability to measure the temperature of two different portions of meat is also an obvious plus point. This greatly helps in precisely cooking more than one piece of meat at the same time. As the saying goes, the more the merrier!
Remotely checking on the temperature is also a huge advantage for this thermometer. It allows you to get other work done while the meat cooks.
The probes become inefficient as the device ages. Hence they are unable to give precise readings later on in their useful life.
Being digital also means that people who are not tech-savvy have a hard time using this, for obvious reasons. Your dad (or granddad if you are really young) may not like this!
Overall, however, this is a solid choice of measuring meat temperature while smoking meat. Based on the range and ability to measure two different temperatures, this is undoubtedly one of the best among the wireless thermometer models.
ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill BBQ Thermometer
This is another top performing smoker thermometer. It uses a digital thermometer with a wireless display. It also has two independent probes, each of which can be used to separately measure two different pieces of meat.
The display is unique because not only is it wireless, it does not require syncing to the thermometer after purchase. It comes pre-synced so you can get to use it immediately after you buy it. It also comes with the typical large LCD screen, with backlighting to make it visible in darker situations or under direct sunlight.
It is also built with preset settings for 9 different types of meats. The temperatures required for different degrees of doneness are also built in. These temperatures were taken from USDA recommendations, too. However, if you think you are better than the USDA folks, feel free to change the presets to your liking.
The probes are also made of food grade stainless steel. The tips of the probes have been designed to specifically obtain temperature readings faster and correctly. They have been built to withstand as much as 570° F temperatures.
The temperature display shows the temperature of both probes. This means that it can be used to measure how hot both the meat and the oven/grill is, simply by attaching the unoccupied probe on to the oven.
The biggest benefit of this thermometer is that it comes fully installed and synced, which allows users to get started immediately after they are done unpacking them. This is particularly handy for people who are not familiar with digital technology and how devices need to be installed or synced.
It is also extremely user-friendly. The buttons are self-explanatory, and navigating to preset options is a piece of cake. Anyone who has operated basic remote controls can use it with ease.
Accuracy is also a massive plus point for the ThermoPro TP20. It is specially designed to be accurate with the step-down tips of the probes. The high-quality probes also mean that it retains temperature reading efficiency even after it ages.
It has constant battery usage, even when not being used. As a result, batteries may need to be replaced more frequently, or taken out when not being used.
Some customers have experienced issues with getting the stated range. Sometimes the display loses connection from the thermometer even before exceeding the range of 300 feet.
Despite its issues, this is a top choice for a meat thermometer. This is definitely one for all the dads and granddads who aren’t as ‘cool with the gadgets’.
ThermoPro TP-16 Large LCD Digital Cooking Food Meat Smoker Oven Kitchen BBQ Grill Thermometer Clock Timer with Stainless Steel Tempera, Standard
This is another solid smoker thermometer. The ThermoPro TP=16 works as a thermometer and display in one, with the single probe attached to the side of the display. The probe of the display is made to withstand up to 716° degrees Fahrenheit. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, meaning you can get it replaced whenever it stops functioning properly, and as many times as you want. The device itself has a warranty of 1 year (extendable to 3 years).
The thermometer also comes with preset temperatures for various types of meats and doneness. Similar to post other digital smoker thermometers, the presets can be changed, although changing may not be necessary since the presets were based on USDA recommended temperatures. The thermometer has a temperature range of 32° F to 572° F. It gives readings to the nearest 1.8° F, which is more than what is necessary.
The probe is 6.5 inches long to ensure the probe sufficiently penetrates the meat. It also has a step-down tip to maximize reading accuracy. The probe is attached to a 40-inch stainless steel mesh cable, which makes it possible to keep it inside ovens and grills without melting. It also allows users to keep the display around 3 feet away from the oven/grill and do other work while the meat is smoking.
Lifetime warranty of the probe means that you can get it replaced rather frequently, even if there are minute drops in performance. This beats having to buy a thermometer again, which would cost money.
This device also has a countdown and reverse-countdown feature in the software. This means that you can use it to time how long the meat should be smoked, and once the time elapses, i.e. countdown ends, the device rings an alarm to inform you that the time you set has passed. As easy as it gets!
Finally, the device is also fairly cheap, especially when compared to the wireless counterparts. If you’re looking at only getting the work done, then it doesn’t get much better than this.
Customers have experienced cases where the device stops working after only a few months. Although there is a warranty for them, the frequency of malfunctions is an issue.
In short, if you are looking for something that gets the job done in multiple scenarios, for any kind of meat, regardless of what you cook it in, this smoker thermometer just gets the job done.
ThermoPro TP-08S Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Meat Thermometer Dual Probe Grilling Smoker BBQ Food Thermometer
The ThermoPro TP-08S is another great digital smoker thermometer. Similar to some of the others on this list, it also comes with a thermometer having two probes alongside the wireless Bluetooth receiver. It comes with a warranty of 1 year, which can be extended into 3 years once you register the product.
The thermometer and receiver are synced during manufacture. Going through the hassle of installing and syncing will not be necessary (you’re welcome!) so all you really need to do is put in the batteries and you are good to go.
The thermometer also comes with a built-in temperature range for each type of meat and its doneness. Once you set a temperature range, you can go do something else while the meat smokes. If the temperature of the meat goes out of range, an alarm rings, telling you that you should let up on the heat for a bit.
The best part is that the range of the wireless receiver is 300 feet, meaning you can easily do something inside the house while doing the smoking in your backyard.
The probes have varying lengths, with one being a mammoth 8.5 inches long, while the other is a decent 3 inches. This smaller probe lets you measure the inside of an oven while the meat inside it is being cooked. As a result, you can make sure both the oven and the meat are at the desired temperatures.
The long probe can penetrate deep inside the thickest of meats. This helps you find the temperature at the core of the piece of meat. Needless to say, this is one of the most accurate ones you will find in the market.
It is also a breeze to use. Not only does this get rid of all the installations and syncing necessary for most other smoker thermometers, but it also has very simple controls. It also comes with a manual that is precise and easy to follow when operating this.
A big problem with this is that it uses up battery even when you are not using them. As a result, you go through batteries really fast, unless you are one of ‘those’ guys who would rather take them out after every barbeque session!
The build quality of the thermometer is also very poor. People have had issues with the probes not working after a few uses, or showing weird temperature readings a few weeks after getting it.
Overall, if you consider the fact that the warranty takes care of the build quality issues, this is a great smoker thermometer to have. It shows very accurate readings and is an all-rounded thermometer that anyone can use.
This is one unique smoker thermometer. The Inkbird IBT -4XS is different, and for very good reasons. It boasts one single thermometer-cum-display, but if you thought that two probes were something, prepare to be amazed by FOUR! Yes, people, you can use four probes on this.
Some of you are wondering, where’s the receiver in this Bluetooth wireless thermometer? Well, here is the next big news. This baby, unlike other thermometers, actually connects to your phone! All you do is connect it to your smartphone and you are good to go. Sit back, relax, and enjoy while it does the work for you.
Speaking of connectivity, the way you get all the information on your phone is through the app. The app shows temperatures for all four probes attached to the thermometer, and even shows a graph of the changing temperature.
The rear of the thermometer is magnetic. Who needs those lame clips when you can just hang it on the oven? Clipping it would need some kind of handle or edge to clip it to. Now, just put it on anything flat and it will stay in place.
It is also environmentally friendly. It has a 1000mAh rechargeable lithium battery which you recharge using a USB cable. The battery life is said to be as long as 60 hours after charging to 100%.
The ability to pair to smartphones makes it really convenient to use. You don’t need to carry around some other gadget just to see temperatures. All you do is open the app and you have all you need.
The app itself is user-friendly and easy to navigate through. This, added to the fact that the device itself doesn’t need to be pressed at, makes it super-easy to work with. Basically, anybody with a smartphone, which is basically anybody nowadays, can get it to work.
And how can anybody complain about having FOUR probes? Keeping track of four pieces of meat is probably the most pieces of meat that you will really ever need to do.
It has a lower range than most other wireless thermometers. Although 150 feet is not bad, most others have double this range.
Given all the tech involved, needless to say, you need someone with an understanding of smartphone apps. People who aren’t as comfortable will need quite a bit of hand to get started with this.
If you are somewhat good with your meats, have good meat-smoking experience, this should be a great help. You will not find many as portable and handy as the Inkbird IBT-4XS.
Last on the list is the Tenergy Solis Digital Meat Thermometer. What distinguishes this thermometer is that it could be the octopus of the thermometer crew. That is because this has SIX slots for putting in probes. Each of these can be used simultaneously to measure six different pieces of meat.
It uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone. All you do is get the Solis Thermo app on your phone, and after you connect to it via Bluetooth you can instantly see the temperature.
Through the app, you can also set preset temperatures and time settings for all types of meats and your desired doneness. It has 11 different options to choose from. Of course, for all you experts out there, this lets you set custom temperatures so that you can get your desired doneness. The user interface of the app is also straightforward.
All of the probes are made of stainless steel and has been approved by the FDA for use. They have resistance to extremely high heat, being able to withstand as much as 716° F, and the handle can take 482° F. Each probe has a lifetime warranty, and probes are marked using colors so that you can identify them on your app.
Being able to measure temperatures of six different pieces of meat is quite a bit. You could pretty much smoke all the pieces of meat on a standard grill to great precision.
It also sends real-time information to the app. You can get information really fast, though not instantly, and it will also continuously show changes in temperatures. This helps in smoking meat to perfection.
The thermometer itself is priced lower than some of the other digital, wireless thermometers. This is why the Tenergy Solis is good value for money since it does a lot more temperature tracking than premium thermometers.
A major issue with this is that the range is significantly lower than most other smoker thermometers. A range of 100 feet is not bad, but the fact that good thermometers have a range of 300 feet makes this one look pale in comparison. Although this is a compromise, since smartphone Bluetooth connections do not usually have a good range, it also means that you are somewhat limited when doing other work.
The probe handles have a lower maximum resistant temperature than the iron part of the probe. This means you cannot put it in an oven that exceeds temperatures of 482° F.
This is another great smoker thermometer. Although it has issues regarding the probes and range, the lower price point and the fact that you can measure temperatures of so many pieces of meat makes up for it. It is a fine thermometer that gets the work done.
WHY BUY A SMOKER THERMOMETER?
Some of you may be put off at the thought of buying a thermometer for smoking meat. Maybe you think you are too good to need a thermometer, all you need to do is touch it to test for doneness. You might be an expert on the grill, and have the feel for how long you need the meat on the heat. But you aren’t perfect. And whether you like it or not, these thermometers are as close as it gets to perfection. But why want it to be perfect anyway? Here are a few reasons.
- Leave no meat uncooked: Some people like having their meat rare. But sometimes the lines between rare and raw is blurred. The consequences can be severe. Undercooking meat can lead to illness. In America alone, undercooking leads to hospitalizations and even deaths in the thousands. All the suffering from undercooking food can be avoided simply by using a smoker thermometer.
Food needs to be cooked at a minimum temperature to kill disease-causing germs. In the case of meats, people who prefer rare meat will often find that they overshoot slightly if they try too hard, and so they often undercook meat. There is also the issue of cooking the entire meat thoroughly and uniformly so that no chunk of meat is left uncooked. Using a smoker thermometer, anybody can be positive that they have an actual rare meat, without a chance of having any portion left raw.
- Done to Perfection: Thermometers also allow people to measure the temperature in the core of the meat. In addition to that, we have seen thermometers which have built-in settings for various kinds of meat and several doneness levels for each type of meat. Unless you are extremely careless, I doubt you can mess up after all that help!
Then, for all of you picky people who claim to be experts on doneness and insist the meat should be 5° warmer, you can customize doneness temperatures to your liking. Again, reaching the desired level of doneness to the tee is what you want, and smoker thermometers deliver.
You should also know that buying a thermometer could save you money on meat. Especially for first timers, a bit of research can help them cook the meat right. Here is what happens to most beginners. They put it on the grill, and use the meat texture to determine whether the meat has been cooked. As most beginners can attest to, the first grilled meats of their lives were also the hardest, literally!
- Get other work done: We already covered the fact that smoker thermometers make sure that you do not need to babysit your grill or oven. This helps you get other work done.
First of all, all thermometers have some mechanism which allows you to monitor the temperatures on some sort of display. All you do is carry around that display wherever you go and you can see when the temperature reaches your desired range.
Some of them also have built-in alarms. Once a certain temperature has been reached, the thermometer sends a signal to the receiver. The alarm rings, telling you that the meat is ready.
To make things even better, it also helps make sure you do not stray too far from the thermometer. The receiver has a limited range, and if you go beyond that the receiver starts beeping, telling you to go closer to continue receiving temperature details.
In short, if you enjoy doing other things because you don’t have the patience to wait for the slow cooking process to take place, smoke thermometers will be your 2nd best friend (the best friend, of course, is the meat itself!)
- Maintain consistent doneness regardless of meat: One of the best parts of having a smoker thermometer is that it allows you to smoke all types of meat to the same doneness. Irrespective of the animal from which the meat was obtained, the size and thickness of the meat, and the part of the body the meat came from, you can get consistent results with a smoker thermometer. If you are someone who prefers the same level of doneness for all meats, this is definitely an immense help, especially because you can cook multiple types of meat on the same grill or oven.
It is particularly important to get temperatures right because even different pieces of meat from the same animal can have different textures and stiffness. Touching two different cuts of meat can give different results even if they have the same level of doneness. Some cuts of meat may be redder than another, regardless of doneness. Using redness and stiffness to determine doneness is, simply put, WRONG.
Temperatures are a scientific, objective, and proven measure to achieve the desired doneness. Don’t listen to know-it-all ‘chefs’ on Youtube. Listen to science. Science is always right.
- Better than other food thermometers: You may think this one is obvious. Yet, there are some people who still use traditional food thermometers to measure internal meat temperatures. These are ones that are one-time use, and the probes are hardly long enough for the thicker pieces of meats.
There are some other thermometers that have built-in temperature sensors. Once the inside of a meat reached the preset particular temperature, the thermometer changes color. While this is better than certain other types, these do not really tell you the exact temperature, and people will not be able to change it to fit their needs.
Most thermometers are also very small and have the probes attached directly to the devices instead of being attached via a cable. See the issue? Every time you need to measure the temperature, you have to open the over, interrupting the smoking process. Why bother doing that? Get a smoker thermometer, and leave your meat alone while getting the temperatures.
5 SMOKE THERMOMETER BRANDS YOU CAN TRUST
Now that we have covered why you should buy it, let’s talk about who you should get one from. Here are 5 smoker thermometer brands you can trust.
Maverick is a top smoker thermometer brand, with some amazing, all-rounded smoker thermometers. The Maverick ET-733 is considered one of the best, and most Maverick products have the best receiver range in the market. The build quality is also very solid, with the probes lasting many months.
The thermometers themselves last several years during constant use. As time passes by, Maverick introduces better customization into their products, such as being able to set your own temperature ranges for doneness levels. Maverick smoker thermometers are reliable and worth the price.
This is another top brand of smoker thermometers. The best part of ThermoPro smoker thermometers is that the recent ones do not need to go through the difficult installation and syncing between the thermometer and display receiver. They come synced during manufacture.
ThermoPro products also have products with the top range in the market. They also have some of the most accurate probes in the market, being accurate to 1.8° F. They also have a variety of products with certain differences, each uniquely made for a particular type. Picky people will like ThermoPro if they want something perfect for themselves.
Another great brand for great smoke thermometers. ThermoWorks thermometers have some of the best build quality in the market. The probes on their most recent thermometer are of professional grade, which really says enough. They also have great battery life. To put the cherry on top, they also come in a whole range of colors. Recent models are also water-proof, so don’t worry about getting them wet.
Granted, all this comes at a high price. But paying for professional gear is worth it.
Inkbird is another good brand to choose a product from. They have a whole host of good products within a similar price range. Their products also come without a receiver or display, because they give their own app to use instead. Their recent product also makes it easier to keep it close to the oven with a magnetic rear, allowing it to be kept on any flat surface. They also have products that have 4 or more probes in them, which makes it easier to get more precise smoking done in one go.
Tenergy has a whole host of cooking products, and their smoker thermometers some of their best. Not only do they have several probes that operate independently, but they also have an app with a user-friendly interface. Another unique feature of their products is color coding different probes so that you can distinguish between probes. They also offer 1-year warranties with their products, which extend to 3 upon registration. Plus, they give their own batteries with their devices for good measure. Now that is a keeper!
HOW TO USE A SMOKER THERMOMETER
Now, let’s talk about how a smoker thermometer should be used. Remember, there are two kinds of probes, overall. One kind of probe is used to measure the temperature inside the meat. The other kind is used to measure the temperature of the oven. Let’s talk about measuring the meat temperature since that is what most of you here are after.
For the meat, the best way to take temperature readings is to insert the probe facing diagonally in from the sides. You will see that this is the way porterhouses take the temperature. This method is effective because it makes up for any imbalances in smoking the meat. Regardless of what you use to smoke it, the fact is you will never get consistent heating throughout the meat.
The probe should be entered into the thickest portion of the meat. Once you push it in, make sure to go slightly deeper than the center. This is because you would want to get a reading of the heat throughout the meat. If you only put it up to the middle, a chunk of meat will not be accounted for. However, don’t go overboard with it or it might come out of the other side! Try to keep it as centered as possible while trying to get it somewhat deeper.
For poultry meat, in particular, all you do is push it through the inner thigh (assuming you are smoking the entire meat) and push it through the middle, facing diagonally towards the center. This will give you the best accuracy.
There are also certain things to avoid when inserting it. First of all, do not have the probe touching the bones. Bones do not take in heat the way meat does. This would give temperature readings vastly different from the heat inside the meat. Secondly, while it is okay to poke through the meat once or twice, do not overdo it. It brings the juices out of the meat and leaves holes on the surface of the meat. It isn’t a problem if you do it a couple of times, but more than that and you just might start drying up the meat.
Also remember that for most things hot, it takes some time to cool down. Meat is no exception. Unless you set timers, you might have to take out the meat before the meat reaches the exact temperature you are looking for. The time it takes to cool down is also time the meat is being cooked, albeit much slower than inside the oven or grill.
Regarding probes that measure over temperatures, all you do is keep it clipped to the grill. Just place it pointing to the food, and roughly 2 inches away from it.
Q: What should I look for when buying a smoker thermometer?
A: It depends on what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it. Most of them offer some sort of wireless functionality and accurate temperature reading. However, many differ in range, the number, and quality of probes, warranties on the thermometers and probes, etc. The best way to look at it is to see how much you are willing to spend, how far you are likely to go from the grill or oven, and how many different pieces of meat would you conveniently be able to monitor.
Some people may also value the ability to place on flat surfaces and portability. It definitely helps if you can keep your thermometer anywhere you would like. Others may want to monitor both meat and oven temperatures, and there are different smoker thermometers for that.
Then again, some people just want something they can get to using as soon as possible and also something that is easy to work with. As we have seen, some thermometers do not need complicated syncing and installation, and also have control interfaces that are easy to learn and use. Take into account how tech-savvy you are when choosing which to buy.
Q: How long should my smoker thermometer last?
A: It should last anywhere from a year to over 5 years. How long it actually lasts depends on how you use it, maintain it and the quality of the thermometer itself. Probes often last for several months, but sometimes they go bad after a few weeks, hence the lifetime warranties on some of them.
Well, that wraps up our list of best smoker thermometers. We hope that with all you learned reading this, you will be able to find a smoker thermometer that suits your budget and your needs. We can’t reiterate enough how useful smoker thermometers can be, especially because of the money it will save and the pain it will help you avoid. We are also going deeper into the digital age, and smoker thermometers are following suit. The subtle differences in each smoker thermometer are there for your particular needs, and now the market has different ones across several price points.
They will also help you up your cooking game on the grills, helping you achieve near-perfect doneness on meats. Whether you want the appreciation of your smoked meat-loving peers, or to simply enjoy meat in its full glory of perfection alone, they are the go-to devices for the job. But enough chit-chat, go get one of these and get smoking some delicious meat!