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  1. I just got an early xmas gift, a Maverick et-733 dual probe thermometer. I'm psyched and can't wait to use it. Up until now I've used a cheapo $5 digital instant read probe that I got at Wal-mart. We are having a pot luck at the office this week and I'm going to smoke a Boston butt for the event. Currently the temperature in central Indiana is hovering around 20 degrees. I have a question concerning the maverick transmitter and very low outdoor temps: Will the cold weather have a negative effect on it or cause any damage? I'm probably being overly cautious but I'm not wanting to ruin a brand new toy. Thanks for reading and I appreciate any input you have on this.
  2. I know these were on sale last month for the same price but sold out quickly.. They just restocked their inventories. $40 - (use BBQ30) Rebadged Maverick ET-733 http://www.skymall.com/Extended-Range-Wireless-Cooking-Thermometer-Dual-Probe-Remote-BBQ-Smoker-Grill-Oven-Meat-Thermometer-Monitor-Food-Up-To-325-Away.html $35 - (use BBQ25) Rebadged Maverick ET-732. http://www.skymall.com/Ivation-Long-Range-Wireless-BBQ-Thermometer-Set/IVAWLTHERMGRP.html Credit: http://slickdeals.net/f/8619474-ivation-extended-range-wireless-bbq-thermometer-35-more-free-s-h
  3. When I got my Akorn and joined this site in May I thought yall were crazy for having dual probe thermometers. My, how we evolve so quickly. I just bought a Maverick et-732 and am planning on smoking a pork butt tomorrow, care-free. Plan on letting the IT get just over 200, then wrapping in foil and a towel for an hour (if there's a better method, please share.) My question is, before I do this, should I test the Maverick? Is there a calibration that needs to be done? When I do it, should I stick the meat probe through the top, through the length side, or through the width of it? How far from the bone should I be? Just want to make sure I get this done right. Couldn't find quite the answers I was looking for using the search function. Thanks in advance!
  4. I just received my igrills mini a month ago followed a week later with the igrill2, I was real happy with it till last week when I discovered a problem, I was cooking a meatloaf and the igrills was reading 375 grill temp. The Jo's therm was only reading 250ish and in past experiences the dome and the maverick were pretty close to each other. After an hour I checked the meatloaf and it wasn't close to being done which is normally is on past cooks. The Jo temp hasn't changed so I hooked up my maverick and sure enough it was showing about 250° as well. Thinking I might have a bad probe I ordered another probe from igrill. Today it arrived and I figured I would hook them all up and see differences this is how the probes were set up Some reading. Sorry about glare Meter readings This was what it read 1 hour after I lit the fire. I put the chicken on and watching the temps and now the two igrill probes are within 2 degrees of each other but the maverick is 10° lower. The Jo's temp is reading 40° lower now, its been maybe 15 minutes since I put food on I now have four temperatures and not sure which one to believe
  5. Just got off the phone with Firecraft about the upcoming ET-735. He didn't have a lot of answers but I'll give what I got from them. 1. Release date has been pushed back to end of Feb 2. ET-735 probes will be water resistent. Can clean under running water 3. Didn't think new probes would work with older units, but will they will check when they get some in 4. Said the new probes would probably be 6 footers 5. Unit is a local / tx device. You must furnish the remote recieving device 6. Unit is Bluetooth capable via iPhone® or Android® device 7. Unit comes with 2 probes. 8. Unit will be capable of 4 probes at once. 9. Pretty sure the probes are hybride pointed meat/grid thermos will know more when they arrive 10. Will work with your blue tooth even if you loose cell coverage as it's blue tooth NOT internet. You won't be able to check it while at work as it's not an internet device. That is as far as they know at this time. 11. Repacement / additional probes from firecraft willl be $20 as of now. 12. Cost of unit from firecraft $79.99 13. From the picture displayed, it looks like it will only show 1 probe temp at a time. There is a setting button for the Blue tooth device but no picture showing what that option gives you. Maybe it has an option to show all the probe temps at one time. Will know when they arrive. 14. Appears there is a timer setting on the blue tooth device. Hopefully there will be more than 1 timer available. Link for Firecraft and write up so far on the ET-735 http://www.firecraft.com/product/maverick-et-735-bluetooth-thermometer-black/bbq-thermometers
  6. I have a maverick et-732 and my bbq probe is out. So, I stuck my food probe through a spud and used it as the bbq probe. It gauged a temperature but I just don't know how accurate it is. Has anyone else tried this? What were the results? What was your method?
  7. I bought a Maverick 733 in January of this year and until recently it worked fine. Then one day in August the LCD display failed and went blank. I contacted Maverick via email and explained the problem. Long story short they said to mail it back...and then they sent me a new one a couple of weeks later! (Although it may be a refurb, but that's OK.) The stated warranty is 90 days so I was waaay outside of that, but they replaced it anyway. No questions asked. So...thank you Maverick!
  8. Greetings Gurus... These questions come up very frequently around here so I decided to make a sticky post on it with a LOT of my own opinion injected for good measure Instant Read Thermometers Every grillmaster should own at least one instant read thermometer. There is NO better way to know when a piece of meat is properly cooked than by checking the temperature. Looks and feel are good measures but neither of those will always work perfectly. A thermometer will tell you accurately what the internal temperature of your meat is at any given time. People ask frequently what they should buy when it comes to instant read thermometers. I'm going to show you three options along with thoughts and explanations. The Thermapen http://www.thermoworks.com $96.00 (unless you catch a sale or buy a refurb) The Thermapen by Thermoworks is sort of an industry standard for barbecue and grilling. It's the go-to thermometer for a large number of professional cooks in all types of kitchens and cooking environments. It's durable, splash resistant and FAST. These thermometers give you accurate readings in 3 seconds (advertised speed.) I have one of these and have no complaints about it other than the price tag. It's simply EXPENSIVE. The LCD is easy enough to read in the daylight but not as easy at night. Thermoworks makes a back-lit LCD version of this thermometer that sells for $112.00 for those who might be interested. I'm not quite sure how this device earned its place in the world of cooking, but it definitely has done well. People love them and when you ask what to buy, this product is sure to come up as a preferred choice. If your Thermapen, for some reason, gets out of calibration, you have to send it in for repair. The Maverick PT-100 http://www.maverickhousewares.com $99.00 MSRP (can be bought on Amazon for $49/$69 depending on the day... $53.55 today) The Maverick PT-100, which I also have, is as good as the Thermapen in terms of speed and accuracy. I have tested the two side by side and the differences I measured were negligible. I LOVE the back-lit LCD display on the PT-100. It's easy to read in any conditions. The PT-100 is physically a little larger than the Thermapen but it's also durable and splash resistant. Since I own both the Thermapen and the PT-100, I use the PT-100 because I like the LCD display better. I have never had any problems or failures with the PT-100 or the Thermapen. Both work exceptionally well. The bonus of the lower price on the PT-100 is very attractive. The PT-100 also can not be user-calibrated if it ever gets out of adjustment. Thermoworks Super-Fast Pocket Thermometer (RT301WA) http://www.thermoworks.com $19.00 (Normally $29.00) The Thermoworks Super-Fast Pocket Thermometer is yet another thermometer I have in my inventory. This thermometer is fully capable of satisfying the needs of any barbecue and grilling readings you may ever want to take. It's also CHEAP compared to the others. It's advertised speed is 5-6 second readings but my experience says that 8 seconds is pretty accurate. It's also water resistant like the others but maybe not as durable. The LCD display is a lot smaller which makes it a little more difficult to read. This one DOES have the ability to adjust the calibration if needed. If saving 4 to 5 seconds when taking a temperature reading is going to make or break your cook, go with one of the previously mentioned models. If you have a few seconds to spare, this is a great tool to have in your box! These three thermometers are definitely not your ONLY options, but they are three excellent choices to consider. CDN offers up a lot of inexpensive thermometers that work very well also. Here's a link to have a look at those... http://www.cdnw.com/products/new/retail CeramicGrillStore.com carries quite a few of the CDN products if you are interested in purchasing those... Continuous Temperature Monitoring Most of us enjoy having a thermometer that can monitor the internal temperature of the meat while it's cooking for roasting and low-and-slow BBQ cooks. Let's take a look at some of those... Maverick ET-732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set http://www.maverickhousewares.com $69.00 MSRP - Can be had from $45-$55 on Amazon at any given time... Like the Thermapen, the Maverick ET-732 is a definite favorite among barbecue cooks. Everyone loves the wireless remote so you can monitor your grill AND food temperatures while away from the grill. The ET-732 has a base unit that connects two probe wires. One for your internal meat temperature and another for the grill temperature. I have one of these as well. For the most part, this unit works pretty well. I have had to replace both probe wires on this unit due to failure. These probes are very sensitive to moisture. Everyone doesn't experience that problem though. The only consistent problem I have with this unit is when I'm cooking a chicken or turkey at temperatures in the 350-400 degree range. After a bit of time, this thermometer will give you a false reading and you won't realize it. When the grill is running at that temperature, I believe the thermometer probe absorbs that heat and it radiates down the probe into the meat, giving a false high temperature. You will think your meat is done before it's actually done. I have duplicated this problem on several cooks with two different sets of probe wires. Foiling the probe MAY help eliminate this issue. I have had NO problems with temperature accuracy for low-and-slow BBQ cooking, which is mostly what people seem to use this device for. As for the wireless functionality, the results will vary from home to home. When I'm using this to monitor my temps remotely, I'm typically placing the remote receiver on my computer desk, which is just about 30 feet away from my grill. The wireless connectivity is spotty, even with fresh batteries. The signal is having to pass through two walls. Other than that, this unit works pretty well when I use it. Maverick Dual Sensor Oven & Roasting Thermometer (ET-85) http://www.maverickhousewares.com $34.99 MSRP - Can be had for $20-$25 on Amazon... Since I'm not particularly interested in remote monitoring of my temperatures (which will be discussed momentarily) this is my GO-TO monitoring thermometer for cooking meat. I love its simplicity. It will monitor the internal temperature of the meat and the grill temp at the same time with the single dual sensor probe. I actually have two of these and have used them extensively with no probe failures. It's accurate and dependable. It's also a good bit less expensive than the ET-732. There are lots of other options on the market for monitoring your food internal temperature while you are cooking. These two work well and I have a lot of experience with both of them. Temperature Control Systems As I mentioned earlier, I have lost interest in being able to remotely monitor the temperature inside my grills. I know how my grills behave and what to expect from them. After the grills have settled in at my desired temperature, they typically stay that way without the need for any additional adjustments. This, in my opinion, makes remote monitoring a useless tool for me. If I want to be sure my grill stays at a specific temperature for a long period of time without having to come in and out making vent adjustments all day (or all night) I will use a dedicated temperature control system to perform that task. The BBQ Guru Party Q http://www.thebbqguru.com $129.00 + Adapter Cost ($10 to $25 depending on your Grill) The Party Q works very well for me on my kamado grills. This device is simple and straight to the point. It monitors and controls the temperature in my grill without any need for intervention during the cook as long as the fuel supply (charcoal) is adequate. What I love about this particular unit is that it's battery operated with four AA batteries. There is no need for a power cord to be run to the grill to use this device. The user interface is very intuitive and you can also calibrate the thermometer as needed with a few simple pushes of the button on the controller. This device attaches to air intake vent with the help of the proper adapter plate. The 6.5 cfm fan on the unit provides the proper amount of air for your fire to set and keep it at whatever temperature you like. This device truly makes your grill a set-and-forget cooker. The BBQ Guru DigiQ II DX http://www.thebbqguru.com $185.00 + Fan ($57.00 or $72.00) + Adapter for your grill ($10-$25) Total Cost: $252.00 to $282.00 The BBQ Guru DigiQ II DX is a step up in the world from the Party Q. This model works the same way the Party Q does by providing air from a fan to keep you grill at a steady temperature. The DigiQ II DX monitors the temperature inside your grill AND the internal temperature of the meat you are cooking. The DigiQ is also powered with an AC adapter rather than batteries, so you need a power source and probably an extension cord to use this unit on your grill. The DigiQ also has an interesting feature that you can use if you are cooking a big piece of meat that will ramp the grill temperature down as the meat approaches your chosen level of internal temperature. This can be handy to keep you from over cooking something if you are going to be away from your grill for an extended period of time. These two models cover the basics of automatic temperature control. There are other options on the market, including the IQ110 and IQ120 from http://www.pitmasteriq.com that work pretty well also. The IQ models are a little less expensive but I'm not a big fan of their 'bulk' when compared to the BBQ Guru products. You can also step into the world of remotely controlled automatic temp control systems if you want to fork out the bucks to do it. If you want to monitor and control your grill from a smart phone or a computer, those options are also available at a premium. In Conclusion What do you NEED? In my opinion, a serious BBQ cook needs an instant read thermometer, a way to monitor the internal temperature of meat that is being roasted or smoked, and potentially an automatic temperature control system if you intend to leave your grill unattended for a long time. There is no substitute for having an instant read thermometer. This is a MUST if you want to produce consistent results from cook to cook. In reality, that is ALL you need. Experience will teach you how long to cook a particular cut of meat and even how to tell when it is ready WITHOUT a thermometer. Since we are all creatures of luxury, the other items on the list are simply nice to have. Personally, I would skip the wireless thermometer. I know that idea is going to stir up a lot of crap but I truly believe it's not necessary. I do believe it's important to have a temp probe to monitor your meat on longer cooks. This tool will allow you to keep the grill lid closed instead of having to open it periodically to check your temp. Keeping the lid closed is important to help maintain the proper temperature inside the grill. Monitoring the meat temp allows you to avoid this problem. If you need or want to be away from your grill for an extended period of time, you can't go wrong with one of the automatic temperature control systems (This is also why I think the wireless thermometer is not a must-have). They will keep your grill at the proper temperature without you having to think about it. This will turn your grill into a set-and-forget smoker or roasting oven. This tool is super handy for managing LONG cooks that run for more than three hours. The temp control system will allow you to run your grill at 225 degrees (or any other temperature) overnight so you can sleep during the cook and not have to worry about what's going on inside your grill. The final thing you NEED is PATIENCE If you don't have time to tend your grill, plan your cook for a day when you do have time. *** EXTRAS *** Video Review of the Thermoworks "ThermoPop" http://www.thermoworks.com List Price: $29.00 5 to 6 second temperature readings I haven't tried this unit yet but I might pick one up just to see how well it works.
  9. I think it's a decent deal for anyone that's looking for a Maverick. http://www.costco.com/Deluxe-Wireless-BBQ-Thermometer-Accessory-Kit-by-Maverick.product.100069663.html
  10. John I stole this off another forum so if that isnt cool just delete it.. But figured it would be here in no time anyways.. Information courtesy of 5-0BBQ I am happy to announce today that the new Maverick ET-733 will be available late October. The big changes are the larger display on the receiver that will now show both temps at the same time as well as the target high and low temps. Also now setting the target temps is easier. Temps can be set going up and down and not just going all the way up then back to the beginning. Also there are preset temps for 6 meats and 9 game meats. FEATURES: Comes with receiver, transmitter, 2 hybrid probes & 2 grill clips Monitors 2 things at once! 1 food and 1 BBQ or 2 foods or 2 BBQS. You select Probe wires are 3 ft long and are rated for 716°F Receiver stores settings even when unit is off 6 preset temperatures for Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Turkey 9 BONUS preset temperatures for Game meats, Deer, Elk, Moose, Buffalo, Rabbit, Boar, Duck, Bird & Fish Can customize preset temperatures to personal taste Alerts you when preset temperature is reached Loss of signal alert if you go out of range for more than a minute Large 300 ft range Select between Fahrenheit and Celsius The receiver will display 32°F to 572°F In BBQ mode you can set the high alert range from 140°F to 572°F and 32°F to 554°F in the low alert range 4 AAA batteries included
  11. Here's some of what we had for dinner yesterday evening. The 5.5lbs (raw) butt was cooked on a friend's XL BGE at 280F over 6.5 hours to an internal temp of 203F, then double wrapped in foil and blanked and placed into a warmed cooler. It sat for about 4 hours until we were ready to eat. Had I planned a little better, I would have extended the cooking time by running a bit lower pit temp so I wouldn't have had to hold it as long. Friends were originally supposed to get together for 6 and eat at 7, but we had to push it out a little bit because of some stragglers and appetizers. For appetizers a friend brought over a caramelized onion dip she made which we ate with a non-sweet cornbread I had made the night before. I also made some quesadilla rolls. 10" flour tortilla, "buttered" with refried black beans, filled with crumbled mexican chorizo that I also cooked on the BGE, minced fresh onion and a little bit of parsley from my garden. I would have preferred coriander (cilantro) but didn't have any on hand. Then I rolled the package up, buttered the outside and tossed them into a hot pan, cooking all around. Sliced in half to serve - sort of like spring roll size. Here you can see the butt when it came off the BGE. For dessert, I made a traditional portuguese flan which I forgot to take a picture of. That ended up actually being for dessert-dessert because I also made a bunch of mini flans which I served to each person. Espresso Chocolate with Spicy Caramel - my own recipe which I'll post later once I've made some adjustments. Each was topped with a mint leaf and a small sugar-pepper candy I also made. The candy was dusted with powdered crisped rice cereal.
  12. This is my first cook on the Akorn and with charcoal grilling. Picked one up at Kroger a couple days ago. Did a practice run the other night and the akorn held steady at 215 for an hour, then I moved it up to 350 to season the cast iron with some crisco. Both temperatures held incredibly steady. First cook started this morning with a 5lb Boston Butt. I accidentally snuffed out the fire a couple times but eventually got the hang of it. Temperature settled at 230, but after 30 min my brand new Maverick ET 732 food probe went dead, and then an hour later the grill probe went dead. When I pulled the probes out of the transmitters, both connections tips appear broken (these things were cheaply made.) Customer service from Maverick is sending me some new ones. Right now the butt is cooking blind. Im just using the dome thermometer which has been holding steady right at 200 for 4 hours, I think its about 30 degrees off. I opened the grill for the first time and the meat read 160 with an analog probe. Any suggestions on how often I should open the dome and check the meat temp? 6 hours in. Still at 160 (2 hour stall). BTW that's rosemary (not larvae), didn't have the powder stuff. Dome temp holding steady at 200.
  13. http://youtu.be/UNb_3NnsvRA Here's a review and comparison that I have been wanting to do for a long time now...
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