Summer is on its way, and with it comes many special events to look forward to: vacation, camping, swimming, family reunions, etc. For some of us, the one thing we look forward to isn’t a special event at all, it’s an everyday event that’s been around for generations: grilling. Ah yes, on the back porch, deck, or patio is where grillers spend most of their free time in the summer months.
Even though it’s a tradition that’s been around for generations, grilling itself has come a long way. The trial and error of the past of buying a grill, taking it home to try out, and then returning it for another model if you don’t like it is gone. The internet has allowed people to share information so they can be better consumers. Sites such as gas grill reviews takes the legwork out of finding the best grill for your needs. They provide reviews for gas, charcoal, and electric grills, as well as other types, so you know the pros and cons of grills on the market and can find what best suits your needs.
The old-school charcoal barbecues grills with three legs – two of which are wheels – and a spiral cover lined with tin foil still work great. So do the gas grills with the rusted out metal and wooden shelving on the side to hold your tongs, but technology has progressed to make those old grills even better. No longer is running back and forth to check your meat, or not leaving the grill’s side, a must to keep your food from burning. Now all you need is a small device, a cell phone, and your thumb to keep track of your food’s progress.
Do you ever have those days where you’re watching a game, doing a load of laundry, or someone comes knocking at the door while you’re trying to get the meat on your grill just right? You no longer have to fear those distractions as iDevices Inc has created the iGrill.
The iGrill is an electronic thermometer that connects to your phone using Bluetooth – for those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s just a fancy way to say no wires – technology. All you have to do is download the iGrill app (which is free), let the app know what kind of food/meat you’re tracking, insert the probe into the meat, then pull up the app and watch the temperature from your phone. You will receive an alert when your meat is ready to turn or serve. It’s really that simple.
This is great for folks who have a lot going on in the house. Parents will love it because they can tend to the kids without fear that the meat will burn. It’s also very practical if you’re cooking meat on the grill while cooking other food on the stove. It’s also nice to have if there’s something on TV you’re watching live and don’t want to miss like a baseball game or news program. If you purchase the iGrill2, you can use up to four probes at once, which is much more practical when cooking for a family.
The devices are also relatively cheap, all things considered. They range from $39.99 for the iGrillmini, to $99.99 for the iGrill2. The probes look to be pretty durable as well, as they can measure temperatures from -22o F all the way up to 572o F. They can also withstand up to 700 degrees of direct contact before breaking down.
As with most electronic devices, you will need to purchase extra accessories. The iGrill2 comes with two probes, but if you want the maximum of four you will have to buy the other two at $24.99 each. The iGrillmini, however, comes with just one probe and cannot house any more than that. It is also on backorder right now on idevicesinc.com.
If you’re a person who loves to grill but finds themselves pulled in every direction, the iGrill could be for you. It makes multitasking much easier, and give you a real time temperature readings of your meat. Just be prepared to purchase extra accessories as the devices come with the bare minimum. And if you’re in the market for a new grill, be sure to check out the reviews do a little research on the basics before purchasing.