Anyone who has ever grilled meat knows of that moment when you try to stick a thermometer into the meat and hold it there long enough to get a reading without sinking your hand in the process. It used to be a test of manhood that you could do it, but now, remote meat thermometers have thankfully solved the problem. You just stick the probe into the meat beforehand and take your reading from a safe distance.
Here are the best meat thermometers available:
1. Taylor Dual Probe Thermometer
It is made of stainless steel and is easy to keep clean. It works for barbecues as well as food on the stove or in the oven (so you can use it to check your cooked roast).
2. Polder Digital Probe Thermometer
It is powered by a single AAA battery (included) and they also include a USDA food temperature cooking chart. In my opinion, this is the best bbq meat thermometer.
3. The Kintrex Non-Contact Laser Thermometer
The Kintrex Laser Thermometer (model number IRT0421) is an infrared thermometer that you just point, press the measure button and read. This means you can use this for electrical and automotive diagnostics as well as for establishing surface cooking temperatures (note that for temperatures inside meat you need a probe thermometer).
It comes with two AAA batteries in the box and has a 2 year warranty. The box also includes a padded nylon carry case and instructions on how to use it.
Getting Food Temperatures Right
To be safe when cooking meats, please see the following USDA minimum cooking temperature chart for an indication as to how hot the food needs to be to kill bacteria present.
How to use a probe meat thermometer (video)