Barbecuing by Bluetooth
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