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Plaid Palace 11-21-2012 12:00 PM

New to all this charcoal talk, can someone explain to me the thermapen?
 
I looked it up but there were several different kinds it looked like. How is it used? How is it better than a meat thermometer?

I am getting a Kamado Joe soon and wondering if I need to invest in a thermapen with my purchase of a KJ.

LMAJ 11-21-2012 12:05 PM

Thermapens are instant read thermometers... Blue is the fastest!!
These are not to be left in the cooker - just for a quick temp check.
Do you NEED one... no - but it's a great gift idea.

bmonkman 11-21-2012 12:05 PM

It is a meat thermometer - just a pretty damn fast and accurate one.

bmonkman 11-21-2012 12:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LMAJ (Post 2277468)
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault

Love your tagline LMAJ.

Bluesman 11-21-2012 12:08 PM

As for other opinions, which are just that. Red is by far THE FASTEST. Do you need one? Fark Yes!!!!!!! Nothing aids in your cooking than that of a Thermapen..oh and booze. Lots of booze. Jus sayin'

gtr 11-21-2012 12:14 PM

Thermapens are great because they are fast and accurate, which is especially good for outdoor cooking because you don't want to leave your cooker open very long when checking temps and have too much heat escaping.

And all that talk about which color is fastest is total nonsense - it doesn't matter what color they are - that is if you get the black or orange ones, anyway - the other ones are much slower and less accurate.

Fo Sizzle My Nizzle 11-21-2012 12:14 PM

As far as smoking, my flaming fast thermapen (fastest) has served as nothing more than a fancy object to thrust into meat to see if its probing like butter. Total waste but it looks cool.

But...

As far as grilling goes and even stovetop, it's been a great investment. I'm not a trained chef with years of experience that allows me to touch a piece of meat to feel if its done. Since I've had my thermapen, all my other non-smoked meats have yet to be overcooked and dry.

fingerlickin' 11-21-2012 12:17 PM

A thermapen is a nice addition to you bbq arsenal, although if I were getting a kamado joe, one of the things I would buy (or add to a Christmas list) before a thermapen would be a remote thermometer.

I use my thermapen mostly for checking doneness in smaller cuts of meat and probing for doneness on butts, brisket and the like. Although, with the Maverick you can monitor your pit temps and your meat temps remotely while you are in your living room or even better your bedroom sleeping soundly, or whatever else you do in there. :tape::grin: You can set separate alarms for each that will alert you when your meat is done or you cooking temps go above or below your desired temps. I say put them both on your Christmas list. :biggrin1:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 11-21-2012 12:20 PM

The speed is important to not keeping the lid open very long so your fire doesn't flare up as much while you are checking temps.

The small tip creates a much smaller hole from which juices can escape.

Cost more than it really should, but worth more than it costs.

bmonkman 11-21-2012 12:24 PM

Sorry guys - but the Maple Leaf Thermapen smokes all other versions.

Just sayin". Oh Canada!!!!!

http://www.thermoworks.com/images/si...hermapen_a.png

PatioDaddio 11-21-2012 01:15 PM

FYI - I reviewed it here last year.

John

Jaskew82 11-21-2012 01:26 PM

You do NOT NEED one. They are useful but I find them to be inaccurate in high pressure cooking (hot). Low and slow tends to be very accurate.

Corky 11-21-2012 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmonkman (Post 2277493)
Sorry guys - but the Maple Leaf Thermapen smokes all other versions.

Just sayin". Oh Canada!!!!!

http://www.thermoworks.com/images/si...hermapen_a.png

That one can get a bit sappy. Stick with the fastest color - blue . If it matches your Performer color that enables it to be even faster.

bmonkman 11-21-2012 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Corky (Post 2277576)
That one can get a bit sappy. Stick with the fastest color - blue . If it matches your Performer color that enables it to be even faster.

Snort.

1911Ron 11-21-2012 02:36 PM

What ever you do DON'T ask CD:tsk: :mrgreen:


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