Every Backyard Chef Needs a Digital Thermometer
It didn’t take long to realise that barbecuing without a digital thermometer is like cooking blind. Not knowing whether a piece of meat is undercooked or overcooked is a nightmare. It is a great way to destroy a perfect cut of meat.
The Maverick ET-732 is a fantastic digital thermometer, and if you’re like me and enjoy food cooked to perfection, this is going to be a great tool for your barbecuing adventures.
Amazon product link Maverick ET-732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set.
Dual Temperature Probes
The ET-732 features dual temperature probes. These are labelled “Food” and “Barbecue” on the receiver but are interchangeable and can be used in either slot, you could go as far as monitor two pieces of meat at the same time.
The dual probes when used as intended allows the temperature of the barbecue as well as the the meat that is being cooked. This is a great feature, being able to keep an eye on the barbecue making sure that it is holding a steady temperature for a long and slow cook is essential.
When reverse searing steak the food temperature probe is perfect for telling when the steak is ready for searing.
Temperature Threshold Alarms
A big risk with long and slow cooks is the coals dying out and finding out too late. This could leave no time to recover leading to a late dinner and angry guests. With the ET-735 it is easy to set low and high temperature thresholds to help react to any sudden change in temperature. This is a great feature and allows you to react quickly to any temperature related emergencies that may arise.
Features and Specifications
- The Maverick ET-732 can monitor meat and BBQ temperatures up to 90 metres away.
I have yet to test this exact distance, but it works well. With the barbecues outside the kitchen door, placing the receiver on the kitchen bench works fine and accurately displays the temperature. If the barbecues are out in the backyard, the receiver sitting on my desk with just one wall between the receiver also displays an accurate temperature. Reverse the receiver positions and it can start to lose the signal with the more walls between the receiver and remote receiver – this is typical of most wireless devices. I would not expect to visit the neighbour’s house and still be able to read the temperature, although that would be extremely helpful.
- It is able to read and display temperatures up to 300°C
This is pretty good. The magic temperature for cooking on the barbecue long and slow is 110°C and there are times where food is cooked at 220°C so there is really no need to read temperatures this high, but it is great to have that leg room. Being able to see fairly quickly that the full chimney full of briquettes that were just dumped into the barbecue is generating enough heat to heat a spa pool – great way to avoid ruining a good cut of meat.
- A handy count up and a count down timer
Having not used this feature before , it seems the best use of this would be to let you know when to put your meat in the barbecue after the reaching the ideal cooking temperature. But again, for someone who is not mindful of the time it would be a great reminder to rotate the meat, add more briquettes or time to wrap the meat. The timer reportedly goes for 24 hours, some people claiming that they used it over 18 hours. Amazing.
- Can be used in an oven as well
Not smoking in the barbecue outside? Great! No excuses to ruin meat in the oven either. Having used the Maverick to watch the temperature of pork chops baking in the oven, this is a great idea.
- The LCD screen of the receiver features a back light
On the odd occasion while barbecuing at night and actually being outside, the LCD back light has been handy for a quick temperature temp without heading inside. While the remote receiver inside allows temperature monitoring without going outside, the receiver also counters that to allow temperature monitoring without going inside unnecessarily. How awesome is that?
See more details on Amazon Maverick ET-732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set
Customers have given the Maverick ET-732 3.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon. Having a read through it seems mostly due to the temperature probes eventually giving inaccurate readings and completely failing. Maverick customer service has been quick to aid these customers by sending out replacement probes and in some cases, entire new units.
I have not yet had my probes fail completely after two years, but with some careless storage after use the probe wires have become bent and I have started noticing weird readings with the food probe. Readings like the internal temperature jumping from 40°C to 80°C in seconds right after going on the grill. With better care these issues are easily avoided. It may also pay to change the batteries to see if that helps with these inaccurate readings. They are still not giving me enough trouble to order a whole new unit.
This would not be a problem as the ET-732 is fairly priced for the sheer brilliance of the feature packed device. For monitoring both barbecue temperature as well as the food temperature this digital thermometer is perfect for both. I will continue to use the ET-732 or newer models into the future unless Maverick do something so drastic that the unit becomes unusable. Let us hope that this day never comes.
Where can you buy one?
The Maverick ET-732 is not available locally at the usual Mitre 10’s and 4 Seasons. The good news is that these are available for around $80 NZD from Amazon, they also ship directly to New Zealand so no need use a parcel forwarding service like YouShop. Check the link below for purchasing details.
Buy now from Amazon – Maverick ET-732 Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set
Are you looking to buy a digital thermometer or do you already use the Maverick ET-732? Do you love it or do you hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.