5 ways to grill smarter with your iPhone

Summer is finally here, which means it's time to fire up those BBQs. Check out these great iOS-compatible gadgets that will deliver the perfect BBQ to your family and friends every time and earn you the title of Grill Master.

iGrill Mini by iDevice

iGrill Mini by iDevice

For $40, the iGrill Mini takes the guesswork out of cooking the perfect burger or steak by monitoring the internal temperature of the meat, notifying you via Bluetooth when it's cooked to perfection.

Everything is housed in a small unit that conveniently mounts to your grill via magnets. All you need is the iDevice Connected app on your iPhone and a hot grill to get going.

Simply go into the app and select the type of meat you're cooking, as well as your preferred doneness. With a meat thermometer capable of measuring from -22 to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, you'll be able to precisely monitor the temperature of whatever you're cooking.

Once you've got everything set up, you can sit back and relax until your iPhone notifies you that your food is done. The iGrill Mini features a Bluetooth range of 150 feet, so you can enjoy the company of your guests as you wait for that notification.

It also features LED indicators on the device itself, which show at a glance how things are cooking without having to lift the lid and letting any heat escape. Works with BBQs or smokers.

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iGrill2 by iDevice

The iGrill2 takes everything great about the iGrill Mini and ups the game with four meat probes, so everyone can get their steak cooked their way without the hassle of checking every few minutes under the lid.

This one comes with four color-coded meat probes, so you can conveniently track each slab of meat individually and mingle with your guests without standing over the grill, thanks to 150 feet of Bluetooth range.

If you are frequently cooking for picky guests who like their meat cooked to a particular doneness, the iGrill2 is the perfect device for you.

You can pick up a iGrill2 for about $120.

Refuel Smart Propane Tank Gauge for Smartphones

Few things are more disappointing than getting ready to barbecue, only to find out that your propane tank is empty. With the Refuel Smart Propane Tank Gauge, you'll be able to monitor your propane tank from wherever you are, wirelessly, via the Wink Smart Home app.

The gauge, placed under the propane tank, acts as a dedicated scale. So instead of having to bend down, lift the tank, and guess how much propane is left, the Refuel Smart Propane Tank Gauge does all the heavy lifting for you for only $50.

If you're able to set up your barbecue within your home's Wi-Fi range, you'll be able to track your propane levels wirelessly, wherever you are. Otherwise, the gauge includes a handy LED indicator that magnetically mounts to your barbecue and will show at a glance if you're good to grill or need to refill.

Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker

Whether you're a beginner or expert smoker, the Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker will allow you to perfectly slow-cook your favourite meals and go about your day without having to constantly check in on things.

Set up your smoker within range of your home's Wi-Fi signal, and you'll receive notifications to your phone through the Char-Broil SmartChef iOS app when the smoker has preheated or when your meat is ready to go.

That means you're able to get everything cooking and then go for a run, go hang out with your guests, or get work done until you're notified that your food is ready to eat.

With a smoker box that can provide 6.5 hours of smoke, four chrome racks, 726 square inches of cooking space within the unit, along with cooking options and recipes for beef, poultry, pork, and seafood built into the app, you'll be able to keep your friends and family well-fed without having to dedicate your whole day to the cook.

You can pick up the Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker for about $167.

Lynx 30-inch Freestanding SmartGrill

Filed under ultimate fantasy, the Lynx SmartGrill lets you set and control your BBQ with your smartphone or even just your voice.

That's right. You're able to slap your meat down on grill and tell your BBQ what your cooking and how you want it cooked and the SmartGrill will do everything else for you. Peruse the SmartGrill by Lynx app for delicious recipes, then once you've done the meal prep, the SmartGrill takes over from there.

From the app, the SmartGrill will tell you when it's time to flip and when your food is cooked to perfection. And it'll remember how you like your steak cooked, so you can tell it you're cooking steaks and it will set the heat accordingly.

Featuring backlit blue LED control knobs, a dual-position internally-powered rotisserie, and fold-down stainless steel shelves, it's got the looks to go along with the smarts. And in case you were wondering, all the electronics are housed in a weather-proof compartment under the hood and the SmartGrill also comes with a vinyl cover to protect it from the rain.

This is the perfect grill for someone who loves to invest in emerging technologies and also has an insatiable appetite for BBQ. These grills start at $7,000 for the 30-inch model and go up as high as $10,000 for the 42-inch model.

Did we miss anything?

Is there a connected device you use for BBQing that we didn't include? How do you like your steak? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated May 2018: These are still our favorite accessories to help you master the grill this summer!

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