Best BBQ Thermometers Reviewed

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Dec 08
reviews of best bbq thermometers

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. 

The Best 3 BBQ Thermometers

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. 

2nd

Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer

( 4.6 out of 5.0 )

  • Instant read digital cooking thermometer
  • Extensive temperature range from -58 - 572 F
  • Handy Storage Case
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Digital read-out screen quite small

1st

Alpha Grillers Ultra Fast Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer

( 4.6 out of 5.0 )

  • Ultra-fast thermometer with 4-7 second readout
  • F/C button auto shut-off and hold feature
  • Wide temperature range from -50 - 572F
  • High precision temperature sensor accurate to 1F
  • Made of light-weight plastic

3rd

Palermo Ultra-Fast Instant Read Digital Electronic  Thermometer

( 4.5 out of 5.0 )

  • Large display
  • Instantly readable and records previous temperature
  • Life time guarantee
  • Probe can be difficult to unclip

Why Buy a BBQ Thermometers?

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. 

  • Safety: Cases of food poisoning climb dramatically in BBQ season. It is just harder to know if your meat's cooked. But without ruining your food by over cooking it, you can be assured that your meat is perfectly cooked with a BBQ thermometer. 
  • It doesn't need to be "Well Done": With a BBQ thermometer you can even cook the meat to suit everyone's tastes. From rare (but safe!) to well done. 
  • Great for learners: I don't know about you, but it isn't unknown for quite a few "BBQ chefs" to very rarely (if ever) go near an over. There's just something about a BBQ that can entice a total novice cooker to don their chef's hat. So if you are a BBQ only-cook a little extra help on knowing when your meat's done with really help the enjoyment of the meal for all concerned! 

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. 

What to Look Out for When Buying a BBQ Thermometer

It's quite simple really. It needs to work accurately, be easy to read and ideally also quick! 

  • Speed: You should be looking to get a reading quickly. Anywhere up to 8 seconds (and less is better).
  • Wide Temperature Range: Although for a BBQ you only need to know for meat and so you're looking at quite a small range of temperature (roughly from around 60  - 85 F), if you're going to buy a BBQ thermometer, why not try to get some extra use out of it; brewing beer, wine, using hot oil to deep fry, making candy, all need a thermometer and your BBQ thermometer could be up to the job! 
  • High Precision: This goes without saying. All of our top three are extremely accurate. You need this if you're cooking meat to order. If you're aiming for medium-rare, you'll most likely need a meat thermometer to make this happen on the BBQ!

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. 

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. ?

Detailed Reviews of the Best BBQ Thermometers

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. 

Alpha Grillers Ultra Fast Instant Read Digital Cooking Thermometer

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. 

Features

  • Ultra-fast readout in between 4 and 7 seconds
  • Wide temperature range from -50 - 572 F. It will handle anything your BBQ can! 
  • High precision temperature sensor accurate to 1 F. 

What's Good About It?

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!

What Could Be Improved?

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! 

Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer

A cooking thermometer that will let you prepare perfectly cooked meals on the BBQ or oven with no fuss. 

Features

  • Instant Read
  • Auto-shut-off to save battery life
  • Easy to use with innovative splash proof design
  • Great range from -58 to 572 F
  • Handy storage case
  • Lifetime guarantee

What's Good About It?

Love the speed and range. Great thermometer and very accurate. 

What Could Be Improved?

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! 

Best Ultra Fast Digital Electronic BBQ Meat Thermometer by Palermo

It's extremely fast and accurate and can survive 4000+ hours of continuous use without a battery change! A great meat thermometer. 

Features

  • 4 second response time
  • 4000+ hours without a battery change
  • 1.6mm tapered probe to minimize puncture marks

What's Good About It?

It's a great thermometer. It works fast, accurately and the batteries really last! 

What Could Be Improved?

We just found that the probe could sometimes be a little tricky to unclip. 

Final Verdict on Best BBQ Thermometer

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!