Message to Serious Barbecue Cooks! – A Review The Thermoworks Thermapen Instant Read Thermometer
For the serious barbecue cook you have to pay attention to the temperature of the meat. It is by this internal temperature that you can tell when your meat is perfectly done. The only way to do this with any consistent success is to use an instant read thermometer. The best instant read thermometer on the market is the Thermoworks Thermapen . The Thermapen is undoubtedly the best meat thermometer that you can buy. You will see this thermometer used by professional chefs and very accomplished amateur cooks. On the barbecue circuit the pros that compete all use a Thermapen digital thermometer to determine the perfect temperature for their barbecue.
In many of the barbecue guides you are advised to use a remote thermometer and these are okay. The problem with them is that there is a little bit of a lag and there have been complaints about spot on accuracy. The meticulous cook will want to have an instant read thermometer check of the temperature of the meat. In the case of a barbecue cook you will have to open your smoker and get a read on the meat. You don’t want to leave your smoker open too long because it will lose heat. So you have to have something that can quickly get a precise temperature of that pork shoulder or brisket. The Thermoworks Thermapen does an excellent job.
Not only is this instrument good for pork shoulder and brisket it is a godsend for getting perfect barbecue chicken. Chicken is one of the more difficult barbecue dishes to get right on the money and that is because it cooks so much faster than ribs, pork shoulder, or brisket. So you really have to stay right on top of the temperature to be successful. This tool allows you to have perfect barbecue chicken by being able to check the internal temperature of those breasts, legs and thighs.
- 3 second reading
- Reads from -58 degrees F to 572 degrees F
- Water Resistant
- Has Anti-bacterial shield
- Switches from Celsius to Farenheit
Some cooks use the cheap little pocket meat thermometers to get a read and some of these do an adequate job. But the problem again is lag and getting an accurate temperature. So you lose that valuable inside smoker temperature while you’re waiting for your thermometer to give you a read on the meat. If you want excellent barbecue you can’t tolerate wild temperature swings.
Now the Thermoworks Thermapen is not cheap and some may have trouble justifying the cost. If you are just the Saturday grill chef whose idea of good barbecue are boiled ribs and pork shoulder that you have to slice (…not being able to pull the meat apart easily) then the Thermapen is not for you. However, if you want to cook barbecue like best Q restaurants and the competition cooks then you have to be a temperature control freak and that means a Thermapen. The Thermapen is precise and amazingly fast so think of it as an investment because once you purchase you should not have to purchase another one for a very long time.
Now don’t think of the Thermapen as just for barbecue because it is used by many professionals that need to get and instant read on internal temperature. Meat inspectors use it, professional chefs, and quality managers in many different industries. The quick foldaway and splashproof design with molded seals help protected from wet hands and splashes in the kitchen. This is a highly calibrated precise instrument so you will need to protect it like any of your coveted tools. Put it away when you’re done and don’t let the kids get it.
The bottomline is that you really don’t absolutely need this precision to cook good to average barbeque but if you want great barbecue then you need to be precise in getting the temperature right. This thing is dead accurate and is a great tool and so if your goal is to be a really outstanding “slow cooked” barbecue chef then you need to add this Thermoworks Thermapen instant read thermometer to your kit bag.