Bar­be­cu­ing by Blue­tooth

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WITH grilling sea­son in full swing, the Ore­gon Sci­en­tific Grill Right Blue­tooth BBQ Ther­mome­ter is as timely a gad­get as I can write about.

If you’re any­thing like me, you love to grill. If you’re a lit­tle more like me, you of­ten bring in the food only to re­turn it to the grill for a few additional min­utes.

If you want to do this less, you’ll take a good look at this ther­mome­ter. In a nut­shell, the de­vice con­nects a probe to what­ever you’re cook­ing, dis­plays the tem­per­a­ture on the de­vice’s 3.25-inch dis­play and sends it to your iOS or An­droid de­vice. This is done with a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion and the free Grill Right app (iTunes and Google Play) on your smart­phone.

I found the pre-set en­tree tem­per­a­ture (eight choices) alerts were all I needed. Go to the meat-pro­file mode and choose what’s for din­ner. Among the eight choices are chicken, fish, ham­burg­ers and beef.

The de­vice can also be pro­grammed for a spe­cific length of time or an ex­act tem­per­a­ture be­fore it will send an alert.

You can use two probes at once, but if you only use one, make sure it’s in the top socket on the right side of the dis­play. Then place the other end at the clos­est part of the cen­tre of what­ever you are cook­ing.

It’s im­por­tant to know the Grill Right is not fire­proof, but the sev­eninch metal probes con­nect­ing it to the meat are. The de­vice is made of a heat-re­sis­tant ma­te­rial and has a one-me­tre fire-safe ca­ble to con­nect it to the probe.

The Grill Right works off a pair of AA bat­ter­ies (in­cluded) and in­cludes one probe. Ex­tras can be pur­chased.

Con­nect­ing it to your smart­phone is sim­ple — just make the Blue­tooth con­nec­tion, start the app, and you’re all set. You also can use the Grill Right as a stand-alone de­vice.

De­tails: US$55.50, www.ore­gon­sci­en­tific.com

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