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For my birthday, my wife and mother-in-law went in together and got me an iGrill Cooking Thermometer. I finally had the opportunity to use it this weekend and wanted to share my experiences with you.
At its core, the iGrill cooking thermometer is an excellent cooking thermometer. It has two built-in-alarms for monitoring cooking temperatures and a very simple and sleek interface. What sets iGrill apart from other remote thermometers is the remote monitoring is done via a Bluetooth connection to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. It has room for two probes and boasts a range of 200 feet.
There are currently two apps in the Apple App Store for the iGrill — the iGrill classic app and the iGrill pro app (listed as just “iGrill” in the Apple app store). My experiences have only been with the iGrill pro app, so if any of you have used the iGrill classic app, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
My test for the iGrill remote thermometer was on a pork butt. I set the initial alarm for 185 degrees on the device, inserted the probe into the pork butt, and walked away.
As you can see, the display on the device is easily visible. There are no mechanical buttons — the iGrill utilizes a touch interface with no visible seams. The device can be set to be in a lying down, propped up, or hanging position. After about 5 minutes, the on-screen display turns off, but any existing Bluetooth connections are maintained to allow for continued monitoring.
The iGrill app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I downloaded the version for the iPad. The interface has a dark color scheme with white and red lettering for better nighttime visibility.
As you can see, the left side of the app will show temperature information for probes that you have connected to the thermometer. The right side of the app is for different tools contained within the app. Those 2 tools are timers and graphs. The timers do pretty much what you expect it to do. What really intrigues me is the graphing capabilities. The graph keeps a running track of probe temperatures against time. It even allows you to export the graph results to PDF or CSV format (for custom manipulation within your favorite spreadsheet program).
So… back to the butt… I injected the butt (appx. 7 lb) with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, BBQ rub, cayenne pepper, and tenderizer. Then I rubbed the butt with a BBQ rub sent to me by Mick Chessor of Rub Won Out BBQ (thanks a bunch!). Then on to the cooker at 11am. The cooker was cooking hot today, so I decided to go with a hot and fast approach. The average temperature ranged between 275 degrees and 325 degrees. After about 5 hours, I pulled the butt off, let it rest for about 30 minutes, and then pulled it.
All in all, I was very pleased with the results. The pork was very tasty, and the remote thermometer was just really cool to use! This is a great tool that is worth the investment, although I suggest spending the extra money to purchase the version with 2 probes included.
The website for iGrill is http://www.igrillinc.com. There is a link at the top of the site to purchase the device. The iGrill is listed at $99.99 for a single probe iGrill and $104.99 for a dual probe iGrill. It is also available for purchase through Amazon. The iGrill and iGrill Classic apps are available as free downloads from the Apple App Store.