Barbecue Thermometers

Published July 1, 2007.

For long and slow barbecuing, it's especially important to monitor grill temperature.

Overview:

With slow and low barbecuing, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature of the fire without opening the grill lid. If your grill doesn’t have a built-in thermometer, it’s a good idea to buy one. We tested eight oven and barbecue thermometers, digital and dial-faced, all of which could slip through the grill lid’s vent holes. We found a surprising range of features and prices—from $7.99 to $99. Our two favorites turned out to be the cheapest models tested, and our highly recommended model gives you simultaneous meat and oven temperature readings. On the grill, a heatproof silicone finger-grip under the dial allows you to take the thermometer out of the lid vents and check the temperature of the meat.

With slow and low barbecuing, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature of the fire without opening the grill lid. If your grill doesn’t have a built-in thermometer, it’s a good idea to buy one. We tested eight oven and barbecue thermometers, digital and dial-faced, all of which could slip through the grill lid’s vent holes. We found a surprising range of features and prices—from $7.99 to $99. Our two favorites turned out to be the cheapest models tested, and our highly recommended model gives you simultaneous meat and oven temperature readings. On the grill, a heatproof silicone finger-grip under the dial allows you to take the thermometer out of the lid vents and check the temperature of the meat.

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  • Prices are subject to change.
  • Highly Recommended - Winner

    Polder Dual Sensor Meat and Oven Thermometer

    Testers loved the easy-to-read screen, ability to simultaneously check the food and oven temperatures, and bargain price. On the grill, a heatproof silicone finger-grip under the dial allows you to take the thermometer out of the lid vents and check the temperature of the meat.

    $10.00

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  • Recommended with Reservations

    Polder Dual Sensor Thermometer/Timer

    The screen is easy to read, and the probe’s wire extends nearly three feet for easy maneuverability, but it took far too long—roughly 45 seconds—to register an accurate temperature reading.

    $29.99

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Tel-Tru BQ250 BBQ Thermometer

    Your basic dial-faced probe, with a hefty price tag and a longer-than-average time to register the temperature.

    $28.00

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Tel-Tru BQ300 BBQ Thermometer

    This larger version of Tel-Tru’s BQ250 includes a range chart for “smoke,” “barbecue,” and “grill,” but takes too long to register the temperature.

    $49.00

  • Recommended with Reservations

    Maverick RediChek Remote Wireless Smoke Thermometer

    If the on/off switches on the transmitter and the receiver were more accessible and the remote range was truly 100 feet, this digital instrument might be as convenient as it advertises.

    $49.99

  • Not Recommended

    Tel-Tru BQ575 BBQ Thermometer

    One tester commented that this enormous model—five inches in diameter, with oversized numbers—would be “perfect for people wearing beer goggles.” Otherwise, the dial’s advertised adjustable head requires several minutes with a screwdriver, and the model takes more than that to gauge the temperature. Besides, who needs a thermometer that weighs more than a pound?

    $99.00

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