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The best grill thermometers for summer 2020

While there are ways to tell if your meat is nearly done without bothering with a grill thermometer, using one allows you to cook your meat precisely until the moment it’s ready without risking the loss of any flavor or juiciness. And now that the season’s cookouts are just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about which kind of grill thermometer you plan to buy. To help out, we did a bit of rounding up for the grillmasters today and found a few of the best grill thermometers of 2020. Come see which types might work for your outdoor grill cooking.
Note: When taking your meat’s temperature, always be sure you’re inserting your probe at the center-most, deepest part of the meat cut you’re cooking. This will give you the most accurate temperature and ensure you aren’t missing the thickest part in the middle, where it can often remain cold and uncooked if not properly checked.

The best grill thermometers

Best for quick results: Lava Tools Javelin Folding Thermometer

This simple and straightforward grill thermometer should be in every grillmaster’s toolbox. Whether you prefer fancier versions or not, this one can always be kept on hand as a backup, or make it the one that you pop in your pocket when you head to a friend’s BBQ in case theirs doesn’t work. The Lava Tools Javelin Folding Thermometer in Indigo takes an ultra high accuracy temperature in only 4 seconds or less, and shows the results in large print on a clear IP65 splash-resistant display. You can also use it for home brewing, oil frying, bread making, and more in addition to grilling out. It comes with a three-year warranty and five color choices.

Best app-connected: Weber iGrill Mini

This handy grill helper promises accurately grilled meats every time you try with their app-connected thermometer. Just connect the Weber iGrill Mini app and probe, then chill out on the patio as your meat cooks. No worries or continuously checking to make sure it doesn’t burn; the Weber iGrill Mini will send a noticeable notification to your phone when your meat reaches its best serving temperature and it’s time to plate it up.  The free iGrill Weber Mini app is available on both the App Store and Google Play.

Best long-range wireless: Meater Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer 

The Meater Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer can monitor your meat’s temperature with your device within a whopping 165-foot long range. That’s far enough to step inside for a fresh beer, grab a tray of hors d’oeuvres you forgot about, and stroll over to the sun-dappled seating area for a chat with friends — all while your meat quietly sizzles to itself. What’s more? This handy tool also works for the oven, barbecue smoker, and other grilling modalities in need of precision monitoring. Perfect for the relaxing outdoor cooking we all enjoy. App is available free of charge for both iOS and Android.

Best for grill smokers: ThermoPro TP07S Wireless Remote Grill Thermometer

Get your turkey, beef, chicken, or other meats grilled to perfection with the ThermoPro TP07S Wireless Remote Grill Thermometer. This grill thermometer, which extends to even further from the grill than earlier models, eases in at a long distance of 300 feet range. It works in the kitchen monitoring oven as well as BBQ grills and smokers. Ready to use as soon as you put in the batteries, this grill thermometer allows you to monitor both the temperature of the food as well as ambient temperature at the same time. Helpful to those who prefer long smokes, this grill thermometer lets you set your ideal temperature (or a high and low range) and tells you with an alert signal if you’re about to leave that range. It also comes with a kitchen timer that counts up or counts down as you wish. Register yours for up to a three-year warranty.

Best for monitoring different grills: Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge

Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge is well-made and easy to read, even in the low light of dusk or early mornings. This grill thermometer is primarily for smokers, and fits most of them easily if they have a 13/16 opening. It reads accurately in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, it is made of premium stainless steel, and has marks for each temperature you’re monitoring: Smoker, barbecue, grilling, and searing. The Oklahoma Joe’s brand has been on the job making smokers since 1987; and Oklahoma Joe’s Temperature Gauge should fit any of their smokers. If they don’t, make sure to give them a call here

Now that you have some idea of our favorites, you’ve got a good starting point for your grill thermometer shopping. What kind of grilling will you be doing? Do you think you’ll be smoking your meats or cooking them on the grill, stove, fire outside, etc.? Choose from our highlighted options above to see if you like cooking the way we do — and if you do insert your thermometer into the actual meat itself, make sure it goes into the thickest, most central part for accuracy.

Happy grilling!

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