Review: Maverick Wireless Barbecue Thermometer Set
I guess my wife got tired of having to watch me run back and forth checking on the smoker temperature and what not, my thoughtful wife bought me this Maverick Wireless Barbecue Themometer unit as a Christmas present. However, I have not been able to really check it out until now due to the fact that we experienced a pretty nasty winter in this part of the country. Now that the weather has finally started to warm up, I had the opportunity to break this unit out and try it for myself and wanted to share my findings and opinions.
The unit is advertised as:
- Monitor internal temperature of meat from 300 feet away
- Wireless receiver with lcd beeps and flashes when meat temperature goes above your programmed temperature
- Monitor barbecue temperature; receiver beeps and flashes if temperature falls above or below your programmed range
- Receiver displays barbecue temperature up to 572°F
- Count up and Count down timer
This particular unit is currently priced at $59.99 with FREE shipping
When the unit arrived, it was nicely packaged and when opened, the contents were secure and as indicated. The Maverick Wireless Barbecue Themometer arrived with a single transmitter, a single receiver, a single meat probe, a single barbecue probe, a single transmitter wire stand, a single receiver stand and an instuction manual. This unit even came with the required batteries - which surprised me.
After getting all of the components out and batteries installed, I followed the supplemental instruction sheet included that outlined how to register the transmitter to the receiver so that the wireless unit worked properly.
Removing all the components, getting the batteries installed and registered was a fairly straight forward process and I had the units turned on and working in just a matter of minutes.
After making sure that everything seemed to be operating correctly, I tested the calibration of this unit by using a couple of other thermometers. To conduct this highly scientific test, the first thing I did was turn each unit on and connected it's probe(s). Next I utilized a small glass container and filled it about half full of hot water straight from the tap. I then placed each probe into the water and waited for each unit to register the temperature.
As you can see from the photo to the left, all three of my digital thermometers registered the water temperature at 115°F. This indicates to me that they are calibrated to be accurate.
As far as the Maverick Wireless Barbecue Themometer goes, I used it during my first cook of the season when I smoked a pork loin and it seems to have performed as advertised.
During the cooking process, I was able to monitor the cooking temperature of my electric smoker as well as keep tabs on the internal temperature of the meat and all from the comfort of my easy chair. The smoker was located on my back porch and the wireless worked as it should have.
My opinion of this unit is positive overall.
What I like about this unit is that it is wireless and I can monitor both the cooking temperature of the smoker/grill as well as the internal temperature of the meat/fish/poultry while it is cooking. I also like the fact that I can set a max and min temp alarm for the barbecue so I can monitor if there are flare-ups or when it is time to add more fuel.
About the only thing I don't like about this unit is that you can only increase the temperature settings. If you want to lower the default temperature settings, you have to cycle completely through the numbers until you hit the losest setting and then go up from there. In my case, since I smoke everything at an average temperature of 225°F, this isn't really a problem. I went ahead and just set the minimum barbecue temp to 220°F and the high at 230°F. Since we pretty much only cook pork, I went ahead and set the food temperature to 160°F (the recommended temp for pork).
If you are in the market for a wireless thermometer set with dual probes, I would recommend that you give this one a look. It works as described and is more than affordable.
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