- Pro: Comes with Pre-Meat Taste Settings
- Pro: Super Fast Readings in 5 seconds
- Pro: Wide Temp Range From -41° to 230° F
- Cons: Thick handle isn’t friendly with small hands
- Cons: The Buttons aren’t in the best location
Barbestar Digital Cooking Thermometer Review
The traditional method, beloved by barbecuers the world over, of testing meat can be done with a surprising amount of accuracy with the Barbestar Digital Cooking Thermometer.
Stick a fork in it.
The unique probe and accurate thermometer allows you to use the Barbestar as both a barbecue fork and a meat thermometer, which makes it a handy tool to have around the grill.
The Good Stuff
The unique configuration of the Barbestar lends it to more than just a convenient way to flip your food and check the temperature at the same time: it also distances your hands from the heat source which makes things safe and convenient.
The way it’s designed can be quite a boon those who aren’t used to thermometers, since you can easily insert it while handling the tool in the usual fashion. Then, just hold until it takes the reading and you’ll be good to go.
With this thermometer in your hands, you’ll not only be able to get a reading from 16” away, but you’ll also have it in only five to eight second. Most digital meat thermometers will take a good ten to fifteen to get calibrated and get back to you, so you can definitely save some time over the course of cooking a meal.
It comes with all of the presets you need as well, being usable for pork, chicken, beef, turkey, and even lamb. Once you’ve set the meat you’re cooking, all you need to do is set how well you want it cooked.
No need to memorize the temperatures either, since it’ll give you a convenient alarm when the meat is done to your liking as long as you have the settings done correctly.
The large LCD screen is a definite plus if you don’t want to trust your preset alarms. It’s easily readable and will give you the measurement in either Fahrenheit or Celsius depending on which you prefer.
The stainless steel prongs are super easy to clean as well. Just wipe them down when you’re done using it, and you’ll be good to go. Quick clean up means more time to focus on your grilling.
With easy to use controls, the amount of distance between you and the heat source, and the novel probes, there’s a lot to be recommended with the Barbestar for anyone who likes to host barbecues and make sure their meat is grilled to perfection.
The Bad Stuff
The first thing many will note is that the grip is a little bit thick. It’s not a problem for those with big hands, but handling it might be a bit cumbersome for those who are lacking in hand size. It’s not impossible to use, but it might be a bit uncomfortable.
The fact that the buttons all wrap across the face of the thermometer can also be a bit problematic if you’re not careful, since you could inadvertently change the settings while taking your reading. It’s not the end of the world, but if you grab it like a regular barbecue fork you might want to double check the readings.
Some people have complained about the time it takes to take a reading, while five to eight seconds is fairly quick there are models out there that will be able to give you a quicker response.
The plastic construction of the handle can also pose a problem, as it doesn’t seem to offer any sort of heat resistance to the mix. You’ll need to make sure that you don’t drop it in the coals, and it’s not the kind of thing you can just leave in and walk away.
It’s also of pretty limited utility if you run a diverse kitchen. The temperature range is really only wide enough to test meats, anything much hotter and you’ll have to invest in a different thermometer.
In addition to that, the probes are fairly wide and if you need to check temperatures frequently you risk losing some of the delicious juices from your meat. A thinner tip would have been ideal, but you should only have to check a few times if you know your way around the grill.
The unique design of this meat thermometer lends it to be a boon for anyone who’s barbecuing, but there are some significant drawbacks. There isn’t much of a competitive market at the moment for this style, however, so if you really like it and are sure you’re not going to drop it then go ahead and add it to your barbecuing tools.
The drawbacks are present, but they’re not that bad overall. Give it a shot, and see if you don’t find that it’s one of the best ways to prepare a perfect meal.