Top 5 Bluetooth Grilling Thermometers
Whether grilling a well marbled steak over hot coals or smoking a Pork Butt (shoulder) for 12 hours at low heat, temperature control is essential to ensure the meat is both safe to eat and delicious. The thermometer that sticks out of the cover of your grill or smoker is a start, but it’s likely very inaccurate.
There are many different types of grill and smoker thermometers on the market today, but as long as you are making the investment, it might as well access the technology you already own.
Bluetooth connected grilling thermometers are the next big thing in outdoor cooking. Monitor your meat from your couch from your smart phone to enjoy perfectly grilled steaks and fall off the bone barbeque.
If you want better results when you fire up the grill or smoker, an accurate, feature rich grill thermometer is an essential piece of equipment.
The Inkbird IBT-4XS has a ton of great features for a $50 grilling thermometer. The Inkbird IBT-4XS has a large LED Screen, rechargeable lithium ion battery (with charging cable) and four temperature probes.
The unit pairs with both Android and iPhones via Bluetooth to monitor cooking temperatures within 150 feet. The back of the display is magnetic but it should not be attached to a hot grill or smoker.
The Inkbird comes with 3 meat probes and 1 ambient temperature probe for monitoring multiple pieces of meat and the ambient air temperature in the grill/smoker. Once connected you can set high and low temperature alarms for each probe.
If the power goes off or the phone loses connection an alarm will sound. Having three probes is great for keeping track of hotspots in your grill or for simultaneously cooking larger and smaller pieces of meat. Take the guess work out of grilling and smoking by monitoring cooking temperatures from your phone.
Weber is the standard when it comes to high quality home grills and smokers. Their iGrill 2 Thermometer pairs great with any grill or smoker. The list price for the Weber iGrill 2 is about $100 but it is currently about 50% off. It’s a great deal at $100, but a steal at around $50.
The Weber iGrill has inputs for four probes, but comes with two. The LED display is simple, but when connected to a Bluetooth enabled device via the free app, the whole suite of features reveals itself. With four probes you’ll be able to monitor multiple pieces of meat separately.
For monitoring the ambient temperature you’ll need to purchase an ambient temperature probe separately for about $15. Knowing what’s happening in the grill or smoker is as important as knowing the temperature of the meat itself, so purchasing the ambient temperature probe is highly recommended.
The Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer by NutriChef is another great choice for a Bluetooth enabled grilling/smoking thermometer under $50. It comes with 2 upgraded stainless steel probes but can accept up to 6 probes. The meat probes double as ambient temperature probes with the use of grill clips.
This model is battery operated (2AA) and has a 200 foot Bluetooth range (100 foot indoor range). The instant read LCD Display is easy to read, but the real functionality comes with the free downloadable EZ BBQ Mobile App. From the app you can easily monitor temperatures in real time, set custom high and low temperature limits and check for target temperatures.
The probes are high quality stainless steel but the wide flange where they connect might be too big to fit through some thermometer ports.
If you want to keep it really simple and under $25, the NutriChef Single Probe Bluetooth Thermometer might be just right. It uses the same Easy BBQ App as the 6 probe version, and monitors the temperature of your meat up to 150 feet via Bluetooth. It’s totally hassle free and uses 1 CR 2032 battery (included).
Right out the box, the 2019 reddot design award winning BFour Bluetooth 4 probe Grill Thermometer has it all.
For about $50, it comes complete with 4 stainless steel probes, 2 probe clips for helping measuring ambient temperature and a stylish LCD display. It uses the EZ BBQ Mobile App and Bluetooth 5.0 technology for enhanced range (196 feet outdoor, 100 indoor).
With the BFour Thermometer you can monitor up to four separate temperatures from you phone. You can also set custom high and low temperature limits so you’ll never over or under cook your meat again. It has a 2 year warranty and uses 3 AA batteries (not included).