Did you know that food poisoning increases dramatically during BBQ season? The risk is mostly from undercooked meat. So to avoid this you need to make sure your meat is properly cooked. But how do you do this without burning it to a crisp? You want to get the best BBQ thermometer you can, and also follow some of our tips below for cooking meat on the BBQ.
We're spoilt a little for choice here, all three are really excellent. The most important thing about a meat thermometer is that it's accurate. We've made sure that each of our three thermometers is absolutely accurate each and every time. But there are a few other points to consider such as time to give a reading, range of thermometer and display of information.
Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Alpha Grillers Ultra Fast Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Palermo Ultra-Fast Instant Read Digital Electronic Thermometer
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Unlike in an oven, you can't be sure of the exact temperature you're cooking at. So it can be harder to know when your meat is done. If you want to be really sure, a BBQ thermometer is definitely the way to go.
We're so convinced about BBQ thermometers, we'd go as far as saying that you shouldn't really BBQ meat without one. A must-have and a great addition to your BBQ kit.
It's quite simple really. It needs to work accurately, be easy to read and ideally also quick!
If you get a BBQ thermometer that ticks all of these boxes you'll be well on your way. But let's not stop there. Take a look at our tips section below for a guide to cooking meat on a BBQ.
When cooking meat on the BBQ there are a few things to be aware of.
Firstly your coals must be glowing read with a grey powdery surface. This means that they're hot enough and you can start cooking. Not before!
?Frozen meat MUST be thawed before you cook it.
To make sure that you cook meat evenly, move it around the BBQ (some parts will be hotter than others) and turn regularly.
Look for visual clues that your meat is cooked, as well as relying on your BBQ thermometer. Make sure that the meat is steaming hot throughout and any juices run clear. Except for with beef and lamb, you must make sure that there is no pink visible when you cut into the thickest part.
A Word on Raw Meat
As the chef you also have a responsibility to your guests to make sure that you don't accidentally poison anyone! Germs can very easily move from raw meat to something else, including meat that is cooked and ready to eat. This cross-contamination can happen really easily especially as cooking on the BBQ is often a social event and you may be distracted. To prevent cross-contamination make sure you follow the following guidelines:
Always wash your hands after touching raw meat
Make sure that you use separate utensils for raw vs. cooked meat
Never put cooked food on a surface that has had raw meat on it
?Make sure that raw meat is kept in a sealed container away from foods that won't be cooked such as breads and salads
Poultry must never be washed. This will just increase the chance of bacteria being spread
Separate your BBQ. Do not put raw meat next to cooked or partly cooked meat.
Any marinades that have been used for raw meat must not then be used to dress cooked food. ?
We did just love all of our top 3. You can't go wrong with any of them, they'll each do a brilliant job.
This thermometer will give you a fast and accurate internal temperature for anything you're cooking. From a sausage to a whole hog. And when we say fast we mean it; less than 4 seconds! On the body of the thermometer there's a temperature guide so you know what you're aiming for. There's even a laminated food temperature guide that you could stick on the side of your BBQ! It's easy to use, store and read. A great product.
As well as quickly and accurately giving a temperature for any meat on your BBQ, it comes complete with a food temperature guide so you know exactly when your meat is cooked, every time. It's a convenient size, easy to use and easy to clean and with a lifetime guarantee. A brilliant BBQ thermometer!
We weren't so keen on the plastic casing. But it doesn't affect the job of reading the temperature. We're probably being a little fussy here!
A cooking thermometer that will let you prepare perfectly cooked meals on the BBQ or oven with no fuss.
Love the speed and range. Great thermometer and very accurate.
For a few of our testers, the display was a little small and so made reading the recording a bit of a challenge. So if you need reading glasses, this may not be the best one for you!
It's extremely fast and accurate and can survive 4000+ hours of continuous use without a battery change! A great meat thermometer.
It's a great thermometer. It works fast, accurately and the batteries really last!
We just found that the probe could sometimes be a little tricky to unclip.
We've gone with the Alpha Grillers. But really the only reason this is ahead of the others is we love the meat temperature guides. And love that one is on the thermometer. Really useful when you're outdoors on the BBQ. You won't go far wrong with any of our top three!