By Michael Hiller
Photos courtesy of The MeatStick
Better cooking through technology
Some people claim they can poke a steak with their finger to know if it’s done, but we’re not among them.
For that, we turn to a high-tech, wireless solution called The MeatStick.
These compact, wireless probes track the temperature of your food in real time, as it cooks. We tested The MeatStick WiFi Pro Set, which includes a pair of probes that connect via Bluetooth and any internet hot spot. You monitor temperatures through a free smartphone app.
After you’ve set a target temperature through the app, MeatStick’s sensors graph the progress and estimate cooking time. That’s a neat touch, especially if you’re grilling a steak or roasting a chicken and need to time the preparation of the rest of the dinner accordingly.
The probes are easy to use, waterproof and dishwasher-safe. The longer of the two monitors ambient temperatures and runs up to 24 hours on a single charge, two important features to barbecue enthusiasts. The shorter probe, the MeatStick MiniX, isn’t designed to read temperatures above 212 degrees. Both probes come with their own chargers.
In our tests, the combo set excelled at monitoring briskets on a smoker, steaks on a grill and even chicken bubbling in a deep fryer.
And because the probes are submersible, they’re well-suited for sous vide cooking. Without wires or cables to tangle, they’re also ideal for use when roasting meats on a rotisserie.
To us, that’s a full suite of superpowers.