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Instant Read Thermometer; A Must Have!

Besides a chef’s set of knives, the next must have thing is an Instant Read BBQ Thermometer and as a beginner or a novice it should be one of the first items you should be purchasing before you barbecue or grill. Getting the correct finished temperature of your BBQ meats is what sets a beginner from an experienced grill man.

When you decide which model you’re going to purchase then proper use and care is the next step to grilling perfection. It’s important to use your new instant read meat thermometer properly. Every cut of meat is temped differently the rule of thumb is to stick the probe into the thickest part of the meat.

If you’re grilling anything with a bone make sure that the thermometer doesn’t touch any part of the bone or you’ll get a false reading. The bone always runs hotter; keep the probe in the meat. When cooking chicken slide the thermometer in to the thigh meat as it takes longer to cook (without touching the bone).

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Temping a Steak

Meat Temperature Chart

BBQ TIP #1: When grilling cuts of meats such as steak and chop cuts, the proper way to temp steaks and chops is to insert the probe through the side of the meat as close to the center for a more accurate reading.

BBQ TIP #2: When cleaning and sanitizing your meat thermometer you should purchase a box of alcohol wipes from your local drug store as they’re about $2-$3 for about a hundred wipes. Simply wipe the probe with the pad until the meat and blood comes clean and the thermometer is completely sanitized.

BBQ Like A Pro Meat Thermometer Recommendations:

Maverick Laser Thermometer

Laser Thermometer

Maverick Laser Infrared Surface Thermometer

This thermometer is great for outdoor grilling or inside cooking. The laser pointer can measure the meats temperature without contact. The large, bright LCD screen displays instant readings. It measures temperatures anywhere from -58 degrees Fahrenheit to 1022 degrees Fahrenheit from up to 5 feet away. We find that the convenience of point and shoot BBQ Thermometer and the food safety and sanitation benefits is a winning combination for those that are more serious about their BBQ.

Infared Probe Thermometer

Infared Probe Thermometer

The CDN Infrared/Thermocouple Probe Thermometer

The infrared / thermocouple probe thermometer combines non-contact infrared and thermocouple technologies in a single innovative tool to ensure the best culinary results and food safety.

In addition to quick scanning of surface temperatures, this versatile thermometer features minimum, maximum, and lock modes for scanning multiple targets over time. Integrated HACCP check lights and icons instantly show if temperatures are within HACCP guidelines for safe food temperatures. Multi-faceted, it also offers white light target illumination, battery status indication and a flip down rapid-response thermocouple probe for measuring internal temperatures. BBQ Like A Pro recommends this thermometer for competition cooks, chefs, and those home grill man that are a little more serious about their BBQ.


  • Waterproof
  • Dual function with infrared for non-contact surface temperatures and thermocouple probe for internal temperatures.
  • Maximum, Minimum and Lock modes for continuous scanning.
  • White light target illumination
  • HACCP check lights & icons
  • Battery status indication
Digital Thermometer

Digital Thermometer

Taylor Digital Instant Read Thermometer

This BBQ Thermometer is the one BBQ accessory every home grill man should have. Great for roasts, grilling and rotisserie foods, you’ll get an accurate measurement every time. Large, easy-to-read display registers between 58 and 302 degrees and provides 1-second delay updates. Stores away in its protective plastic case with pocket clip when not in use. On/Off switch, battery and replacement battery included. Not oven-safe.Thermapen

Originally designed for professional users, the Super-Fast Thermapen is chosen by restaurant chains, health inspectors, quality managers and chefs all over the world. The clever pocket design replaces more costly and bulky handheld thermometers while using the same professional thermocouple technology. The Super-Fast Thermapen displays actual internal food or liquid temperatures in only 3 or 4 seconds. Other thermometers make you wait another 20 seconds or more to catch up to the Thermapen. That’s a huge difference in a fast paced commercial kitchen or when you’re over a hot grill. If you’re cooking an expensive cut of meat you want a perfect outcome. You don’t want a slow temperature reading that might be misinterpreted and your meat overcooked.

East Carolina Pirates Deluxe Tailgating Chair

NCAA College football is in the air, and as I begin to go through my BBQ tailgating gear I’m counting the days before opening day kickoff. I’m making sure I am game ready things such as tailgating chairs, canopies, favorite NCAA college gear and of course the food.

Tailgating is all about food, friends and a certain amount of comfort. It goes without saying that you will in all likelihood have your grill and some kind of a menu already churning in your mind for you and your friends to eat.

The only thing left for you to think about are your comfortable things like apparel, canopies and of course chairs. When I went through my tailgating gear I noticed that a couple of my chairs were hurting for certain due to years of tailgating. So, realized that I had to do something about before the season starts.

I want to share with you a great tailgating chair that I recently purchased.

I ordered my new ECU tailgating chair from a company online called Fans Edge, this chair is not your average tailgating chair, no it was designed with big guys like me in mind. The East Carolina Pirates logo is featured on the chair front- back and carrying bag. Each chair arm is adjustable and features a cup holder. The mesh pocket on the chair back is made for quick and convenient storage for my program, jacket, or pretty much any other incidentals I might have. If you’re not a ECU Pirate fan no worries, chances are that since Fans Edge is Officially Licensed by the NCAA, they’ll have your favorite NCAA team’s merchandise available.

This BBQ tailgating chair is a must have for those that are serious about their comfort and convenience while tailgating. Make sure that if you’re in the market for a chair or any other officially licensed NCAA gear go to Fans Edge and they’ll have you Tailgating Like A Pro.

Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill

Whether your a beginner or a seasoned BBQ Pro you can’t ever go wrong with the Weber charcoal grills. For the purpose of the first post in this category, I’m going to speak specifically to those who are thinking about purchasing a grill for the first time. The Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill was the very first grill I purchased over 20 years ago, though I don’t think they had the fancy name at the time it was a Weber.

Weber has set the standard in our industry with the kettle style barbecue grill. The Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill can be set-up for direct or indirect cooking. The feature that sold me was the heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl. What that means to you and me is that you have continuous smoke and air flow circulating through the entire grill producing a finished product with good color, smoke flavor, and a moist and tender piece of meat, fish, veggies or any thing else you might want to BBQ.

The bowl has 22.5 inches which is plenty of room to cook for you and your friends, and enough room for a three zone fire to cook with which I will discuss in a future blog.

The One Touch has a cleaning system made of aluminized steel, rust-resistant aluminum legs and ash catcher a really nice venting system to help aid you with your heat management and any flair ups you might have. And finally it’s backed with a 10 year limited warranty.

I still have my original Weber and if I were a first time buyer the Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill would still be my first choice.