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7 Best Smoker Thermometers of 2020 – Meat Thermometer for BBQ

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Smoking your own meat and fish can be immensely satisfying – and can give you great flavors into the bargain. But to get the right results you need to monitor the temperature of your smoker accurately. That means getting hold of a smoker thermometer.

There’s a huge variety of these gadgets on the market, at a range of different price points. But if you’re feeling confused, don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place!

Read on for our reviews of the seven best smoker thermometers we’ve found. Then check out our buying guide to help you make your final choice.

 

The Best Smoker Thermometer on the Market 2020

1. ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Meat Thermometer

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill BBQ Thermometer

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Fed up of stopping what you’re doing every five minutes to check on your smoker? The wireless TP20 thermometer from ThermoPro could be the answer.

It comes with a hands-free monitor that allows you to check temperatures from up to 300 feet away. It’s accurate to plus or minus 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use it with complete confidence.

Set up is straightforward, with no need to synchronize the thermometer and monitor. Both feature countdown and count-up settings – handy if you’re smoking foods for long periods of time. You’ll get an alert when the smoker reaches a pre-set temperature.

It’s just as good for cooking as it is for smoking. The thermometer features pre-set temperatures for nine different types of meat from rare through to well done. And if you find they’re not quite aligned with your preferences, they can all be reset.

The thermometer features two food grade stainless steel probes. You can set each one for a different type of meat and level of cooking if you wish. Timer and temperature settings are saved when the thermometer is switched off.

The probe tips also have a step-down design, so they stay secure and can monitor the temperature quickly and accurately. The wires are robust enough to withstand temperatures of up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit.

Both the thermometer and monitor have large back-lit LCD screens. so you can read the displays even in low light. The monitor is splashproof, so you won’t have to worry about it being damaged by rain. And it comes with its own stand and belt clip, so you can keep it on hand whatever you’re doing.

There are just a couple of things to be aware of with this one.

The first is that the probes take a lot of damage, and we’ve heard of some cases where they’ve failed. The good news is that they come with a lifetime warranty, which ThermoPro stand behind. So if you do run into problems, you should be able to get them resolved with minimal hassle.

The other thing to note is that there’s no alert if your smoker dips below a pre-set temperature.

All in all, this is a reliable and well-constructed thermometer. And it’s great for freeing you up from repeated trips to check on your smoker.

Pros:

  • Wireless monitor allows you to keep an eye on temperatures whatever you’re doing
  • Two separate probes
  • Accurate to plus or minus 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit

Cons:

  • The probes have been known to fail – although they come with a lifetime warranty and will be replaced quickly if that happens
  • There’s no way to set an alert if the temperature in your smoker falls below a certain level.

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2. ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer for Grilling (Our Top Pick)

ENZOO Wireless Meat Thermometer for Grilling, Ultra Accurate & Fast Digital Meat Thermometer for Smoking with 4 Probes, 500FT 178° WideView Meat Thermometer for Smoker, BBQ, Carring Case Included

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ENZOO’s smoker thermometer uses a similar design to the TP20, but it’s slightly less expensive.

Here again there’s a thermometer and wireless monitor. The range is impressive – the monitor can receive a signal from the thermometer up to 500 feet away. You can sit inside in the warm, whilst your smoker does its stuff in your shed or outhouse.

The unit runs on four AAA batteries, which are included in the package. You won’t have to wait long to read the temperature – it’s taken in under three seconds. It’s accurate to plus or minus 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit and will register temperatures between 32 and 572 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are four separate probes, allowing you to insert them into different pieces of meat. It’s particularly good if you have a large joint and want to check the temperature of different parts.

The thermometer has a stand, a hook and a strong magnet for easy use. Each probe has a generous 43 inches of cable, rated to withstand temperatures of up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are lots of features to help with cooking. There are nine different settings for barbecuing meat, plus one for fish and one for oven cooking. You can select the degree of cooking you want, from rare through to well done.

If you’re smoking rather than cooking, you’ll need to use the oven setting. It’s not as satisfying as having a dedicated smoke pre-set, but it does the job. And as with the TP20, any of the pre-sets can be adjusted to suit your tastes.

There are count-up and countdown timers which run to 99 minutes. An alarm sounds and the unit flashes when pre-set times or temperatures have been reached.

The monitor and thermometer have back-lit LCD screens so you can see what’s going on in all lighting conditions. And you can change the settings so that temperatures are displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.

One thing to watch out for is that the probes are quite large. You may find you need to widen the probe holes in your smoker to fit them in.

The whole thing comes in a sturdy carry case to protect the components and keep everything together. There’s also a thirty-day money back guarantee, and a three-year warranty on the probes. And we’ve heard good reports about ENZOO’s customer service.

Pros:

  • Four separate probes, great for larger joints of meat
  • Wireless transmission range of 500 feet
  • Comes with a sturdy care case

Cons:

  • No dedicated smoke setting, though the oven cooking pre-set works well for smokers
  • You may need to expand the holes in your smoker to fit the large probes.

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3. DOZYANT Grill Smoker BBQ Thermometer

DOZYANT 3 1/8 Inch Barbecue Charcoal Grill Smoker Temperature Gauge Pit BBQ Thermometer Fahrenheit and Heat Indicator for Meat Cooking Port Lamb Beef, Stainless Steel Temp Gauge

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DOZYANT’s simple thermometer is great for either smoking or barbecuing. Its large clear dial shows a blue zone for smoking temperatures and red for grilling.

The dial is 3 1/8-inches across and it’s very easy to use and read. Simply insert the 3-inch stem through the hole in your smoker. A nut at the back holds it firmly in place. The dial sits on the outside so you can read the temperature.

It’s made of stainless steel, so it’s robust and won’t corrode. The glass lens is designed to be anti-fogging, so you’ll still be able to read it when things get steamy.

The gauge measures from 100 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The blue “smoke” zone is marked between 100 and 225 degrees, while the red barbecue zone is between 225 and 375 degrees.  There’s no Celsius option here, though, so if you use Metric, you’ll prefer a different thermometer.

There are no bells and whistles either. There’s no wireless transmitter, so you’ll need to be close to the thermometer to read it. And there are no pre-sets for smoking or barbecuing different meats.

Use it properly though, and you’ll get a pretty accurate reading – within 10 degrees Fahrenheit of a digital thermometer. Using it properly means not having the probe dangling into the boiling water! This is designed for dry heat.

You won’t get the pinpoint accuracy of more expensive units. But for the same price as a few cups of artisan coffee, this is a great little gadget.

Pros:

  • Clear dial with blue “smoke” and red “BBQ” zones
  • Robust stainless steel construction and anti-fog dial
  • Very easy to install

Cons:

  • Not as accurate as more expensive options, but will suit most smokers if used properly
  • No transmitter, so you’ll need to be near the dial to read it.

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4. Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill BBQ Thermometer for Grilling

Inkbird IBT-4XS Bluetooth Wireless Grill BBQ Thermometer for Grilling with 4 Probes, Rechargeable Battery, Timer, Alarm,150 ft Barbecue Cooking Kitchen Food Meat Thermometer for Smoker, Oven, Drum

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Inkbird’s IBT-4XS thermometer runs on a battery that’s rechargeable via a USB. Fully charged, it will last for between 40 and 60 hours of smoking. If you don’t want to have to keep spare batteries on hand, it’s a great option.

It’s also compatible with Android or iPhones. Connect it up by wifi, and you’ll be able to read the temperature on your phone.

It will work within a range of 150 feet. Just make sure your GPS location is switched on if connecting it to your Android phone. And note that thick walls will affect the reach of the signal.

The bright, clear LED screen is easy to read. And if you’re holding it on its side, double tap the power key and it will rotate the view. There’s also a graph function which allows you to see how the temperature has changed over time. The back of the unit is magnetic, so it will adhere strongly to metal smokers.

There are four probes here, making this a good thermometer for large joints or multiple servings. Just make sure that they are firmly clicked into place before use. It’s easier than we’d like for a gap to be left between the probe and the unit. If that happens, the temperature will be misread dramatically.

The thermometer will register temperatures between 32 and 572 degrees Fahrenheit for spot checks. But if you want it to monitor the temperature continuously, the maximum heat is 482 degrees. Note that the monitoring unit is plastic, so shouldn’t be placed anywhere above 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

This is another thermometer offering a range of presets, including three for smoking. Choose between barbecue, hot and cold smoke settings. There are also presets to cook six different kinds of meat, hamburgers and fish. And there’s a custom setting too.

The accuracy is impressive, at plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit. For those looking for the convenience of pairing their thermometer with their smartphone, this is a great buy.

Pros:

  • Compatible with Android and iPhone for monitoring on the go
  • Graph function allows you to see how temperature changes over time
  • Range of presets, including barbecue, hot and cold smoke settings

Cons:

  • The transmission range of 150 feet will be reduced if the signal has to pass through walls
  • Make sure the probes all click into place or the temperature won’t be read correctly.

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5. Rubbermaid Stainless Steel Oven/Grill/Smoker Thermometer (Budget Pick)

Rubbermaid Commercial Products Stainless Steel Instant Read Oven/Grill/Smoker Monitoring Thermometer

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If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive and reliable thermometer, you won’t go wrong with this one from Rubbermaid. And it costs less than two cups of posh coffee.

The design is basic but effective. A dial covered in shatterproof glass stands on a resilient and corrosion-resistant stainless steel stand.

The dial features two gauges. The outer one gives the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, the inner one in Celsius. It will register temperatures between 60 and 580 degrees Fahrenheit.

It couldn’t be easier to install. Simply hang it from a shelf or stand it up inside your smoker.  It’s just 3 ½ inches tall, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

Note that, because the whole thing is placed inside your smoker, it will need regular cleaning. Use a bubble or scouring pad to remove smoke stains.

You won’t be able to monitor the temperature away from the smoker, and there are no alerts when temperatures are reached. If you want a thermometer that will allow you to leave your smoker to its own devices, this isn’t it.

But if you simply want to be able to check the temperature, this will do the job. And it’s as cheap as chips.

Pros:

  • Very simple to install and use
  • Clear dial with temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Robust construction in stainless steel and shatterproof glass

Cons:

  • It sits inside your smoker, so will need regular cleaning
  • No alerts for time or temperature.

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6. ThermoPro TP16 Cooking Food Meat Smoker Oven Kitchen BBQ Grill Thermometer

ThermoPro TP-16 Large LCD Digital Cooking Food Meat Smoker Oven Kitchen BBQ Grill Thermometer Clock Timer with Stainless Steel Probe

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The TP16 is the second thermometer from ThermoPro to make our list. And it’s a third of the price of the TP20.

Here you’ll get one probe rather than two. If you want to use it for larger joints of meat, you may prefer a multi-probe model. But there are plenty of features included with the TP16’s very reasonable price tag.

You’ll get the same convenience of a range of different pre-sets. Choose from poultry, veal or pork, ham and beef. The beef can also be set to different cooking levels, from rare to well done.

Like the TP20, all the presets can be adjusted to your tastes. And if you want a customized cook, you can set your own temperatures and cooking times manually.

You can also set the timer to count up or down to a required time. The timer will max out at 99 minutes and 59 seconds. An alarm sounds when either the set temperature or time is reached.

The probe is 6 ½ inches long and made of solid food-grade stainless steel. That means it’s both strong and won’t interact with your food. It sits at the end of 40 inches of mesh cable that’s tough enough to cope with temperatures up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit.

The monitor will sit on your countertop, or there’s a hole to allow it to be hung from a hook. The display is backlit and large enough to be read easily. The back is magnetic too, so you can attach it securely to a metal surface. We have, however, heard of a number of cases where the magnet has come off.

Note that the probe needs to be handled with care. Only wash the tip. If water gets inside, it will damage it and you’ll no longer be able to get an accurate reading. More positively, we’ve heard from many customers who’ve had their malfunctioning probes replaced by the manufacturer free of charge.

This is a versatile gadget, just as useful in a barbecue or oven as a smoker. Just take care when cleaning the probe to make it last as long as possible.

Pros:

  • Plenty of presets for cooking different meats
  • Timer to count up or down
  • Audible alert when desired time or temperature is reached

Cons:

  • The magnet on the back of the monitor can come loose
  • The probe needs to be handled with care, particularly when cleaning.

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7. AJY Smart Wireless BBQ Meat Grill Thermometer

BBQ Meat Grill Thermometer,AJY Smart Bluetooth Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with 6 Probe for Smoker Grill BBQ Thermometer support ios & Android, 328Feet.

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If you want to be able to check multiple meats or large joints, this thermometer is well worth considering. It comes with no fewer than six different probes, all of which are color coded for ease of reference.

Four of the probes have silicone handles, while two have aluminum handles. The aluminum versions will cope with higher temperatures, allowing them to be used in heat up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit. They’re also able to register the temperature more quickly than the silicone versions.

There are a range of presets covering 11 different foods and levels of cooking. The front of the monitor is also printed with a handy guide to the right cooking temperatures for different meats. Note though that there’s no preset for smoking here.

All the presets can be customized to suit your preferences. There’s also a timer that can count up or down to your required time. The unit beeps and the backlit display flashes when the time or temperature is reached.

It’s compatible with Android or iPhone so you can monitor temperatures on your smartphone. The app allows you to access and tweak the presets, and to view graphs of temperature changes over time. You can also switch easily between temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

The connection takes place over your wifi and has a range of about 300 feet. Note that any walls or other solid surfaces between the transmitter and your phone will reduce this range.

It’s powered by two AAA batteries, which are included as standard. The monitor can either hang from a shelf or door or stand on a flat surface. Note, however, that the probes are rather large. You may find that you need to widen the holes in your smoker in order to fit them inside.

And while the display is nice and clear, it can be more challenging to read in strong sunlight.

Overall, though, this is a great thermometer with bags of features for a very competitive price.

Pros:

  • Six separate probes – great for monitoring different foods or large joints
  • Compatible with iPhone or Android so you can check temperatures on the move
  • 11 different and customizable pre-sets

Cons:

  • The display is challenging to read in bright sunshine
  • The large probes may be difficult to fit into the holes in some smokers.

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Buying guide

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Still not sure which is the right smoker thermometer for you? Read on for some features to think about before you make your choice.

How many probes?

A good place to start is by asking yourself how many different areas of your smoker you want to monitor. Some simple thermometers record just one temperature, whilst others have up to six different probes.

If you want a more accurate idea of conditions in your smoker, positioning probes in different locations will help. But note that these kinds of thermometers will generally be more expensive.

And if you do want multiple probes, check what they’re made of. With some thermometers, like the one from AJY Smart, different probes are made of different materials. Those with silicone tips will be slower and less resilient than those made from aluminum or stainless steel.

Do you want to able to monitor your thermometer remotely?

Next consider whether you need to monitor your thermometer from a distance. That can be a great time saver, avoiding you having to interrupt other tasks to check on your smoker.

A number of the thermometers on our list can be monitored remotely – but they don’t all work the same way. In some cases, there’s a wireless connection between the thermometer and a monitor. In others, your smartphone acts as the monitor.

In either case, check that the range between the transmitter and the monitor will be large enough for your needs. And if you have unreliable wifi or Bluetooth coverage, steer clear of options that transmit to your phone.

Make sure it’s compatible with your smoker

Last but not least, check that the thermometer will work with your smoker. If you’re looking at a simple dial that sits inside, remember you’ll need to clean it regularly.

And if you’re looking at options with probes, check the size of the probes themselves. Some can be too large for the holes in smokers. This may not be a deal-breaker – you can usually solve the problem by drilling to enlarge the holes. It will, though, mean more work for you.

Let’s get smoking!

That brings us to the end of our round-up of the seven best smoker thermometers we’ve found. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your search for the perfect option!

If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive model, we love the Rubbermaid FGTHO550. It’s robust, easy to use and shows temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

But if remote monitoring is important to you, check out the ENZOO thermometer. It’s got tons of features and is super-accurate too.

Whichever option you choose, enjoy your new purchase. Happy shopping!

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