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With a temp probe, hitting the perfect ribs is easy! For me that’s 195°F/95°C. You just can’t do that without a probe.

It’s something I lived without for some time. But what you get done with one is a game-changer, it does help create consistent outcomes at the end of the day.

Anyone who knows a little about BBQ and smoking works out:

  • Hood Lid Temperature Gauges are inaccurate
  • You want to know the cooking temperature at the grill height
  • Internal Meat Temperature at crucial to getting consistent outcomes and done-ness exactly how you like whether it’s a certain texture from ribs, pulled pork or a perfect medium rear reverse seared steak

Here are a few I love to monitor meat temperature probes and cook area temperature.

Below that is the instant temperature probe read type – perfect for checking in multiple parts of the meat or getting an instant-read of a steak.

Built-in Thermometers just don’t show an accurate temperature, I have experienced this with kettles, drums, electric and ceramic egg smokers!

So below are 3 awesome probes:

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Short Ribs – When Done to the Right Temperature – not good when overcooked that’s or sure
  • High Tech – Inkbird WiFi Grill Thermometer IBBQ-4T
  • All-Rounder – ThermPro TP-20
  • Budget – ThermPro TP-17

If you haven’t got one, any of these will start the journey to BBQ smoked perfection. I remember so many times doing roast pork/beef/chicken not before I got into low and slow – under and over cooking was a pain. Once you know internal temperature, meat cooking is so much easier.

High Tech – Inkbird WiFi Grill Thermometer IBBQ-4T

Inkbird for a lot of BBQ-smoking guys is a brand they haven’t heard of much. But I know Inkbird through the dry curing and salami making I have done over the years.

They produce awesome humidity and temperature controllers (wifi, too) for keeping a meat curing chamber in the right conditions. These controllers can also be used for dry-aging meat (like 60-day dry-aged Wagyu beef dipped in lard).

Anyway, Inkbird produces a true wifi temperature probe that fits the bill for those techy guys that want to leave the house during a long cook.

Other professional pitmasters’ true wireless probes on the market are like $200+; this unit is like half the cost with lots of functionality.

Here is a quick 3-minute video, giving a quick look.

Design

  • Waterproof (though I would still always cover a probe regardless)
  • iOS or Android phones can be used (free app)
  • Rechargeable; nice to not keep having to replace batteries
  • 4 Probes (1 for Cooking Area – 3 for Meat for instance)
  • Presets for Meat and Rare to Well Done
  • Push Notification through your phone, even if app is closed – you get notified of low/high alarms or hitting target temperature.
  • Can download temp graphs if you want

Ease of Use

  • Initial setup of the phone is easy, if you have a phone on Wi-Fi or on another network (so has to be in Wi-Fi range around the home or using phone data)

Cost

Around $100

Check out this techy beast probe here.

All-Rounder – Thermpro TP20 Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer

iTronics has really smashed it out of the park with this one!

The previous models were well made, but the TP20 has everything you could need and really comes through with extras as well (Differences like the TP20 is splashproof, has a larger screen, etc).

Here is a quick 3-minute video from ThermPro TP-20 to show you the basics.

Design

  • Robust, Solid,
  • and Big LCD Backlight Screen
  • Long Range at Home Wifi Range -300ft /100m (but just around the house)
  • It has presets for meat temperatures – making it easy to choose how you like your steak or making sure that chicken is cooked
  • Comes with a metal hook for hanging
  • Free clip for belt and has rubber case included
  • stopwatch or timer function built-in

Ease of Use

  • Insert batteries and it’s ready to go
  • Buttons are intuitive (trust me – a lot of wireless probes are a pain in the ass to setup)

Cost & Warranty

  • affordable – under $50
  • Register it – 1 year changes to 3 years warranty

Click here to check out the 1,000s of reviews on Amazon.

Budget – ThermoPro TP-17 Dual Probe 

Seriously, for under $30, you get a dual probe model. My brother had the single probe model (he hardly ever uses his grill), it works a treat, but 2x probes are the minimum I feel.

For someone who doesn’t do a lot of smoking or cooking – this is a great little duel probe option to keep an eye on the cooking area and internal temperature.

A quick 4-minute video on the TP-17 – it’s a simple little device.

Design

  • Plug and play – simple
  • Intuitive
  • C° or F° – setting

East of Use

  • Simple & Compact

Cost

  • Under $30

Check it out on Amazon here.

Last, if you haven’t got a probe, and want the simplest thing out there – this is what my brother has below, does the job. His propane oven in an old house didn’t show the temperature on the oven, so we used it for figuring out the temps as well.

The Single Probe ThermPro is like $10-15 – check it out here.

Instant Read Thermometer – Kizen Instant Read Meat Thermometer

Now, you may think I am a ThermPro junkie from the above picks, and ThermPen does a great instant read as well (check it out here).

These little extras below are worth a little more I feel.

For an extra $5 Kizen you get:

  • IP67 Waterproof Design
  • Lifetime warranty

It’s under $20 – check it out here.