When the weather is warm, you know what that means: it's time to fire up those barbecue grills! After all, what is summer without a tasty and delicious BBQ at least a few times with friends and family? Here are some awesome smart grilling accessories that will help you earn that title of "Grill Master."
Meats all year round
MEATER+ is a simple smart meat thermometer with a whopping 165-foot range that pairs with your iPhone via a free app. It has two sensors to simultaneously measure internal temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and external temperatures up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit. Equipped with an advanced estimator algorithm, it helps you determine how much longer to cook your food and manage your time better. MEATER+ also walks you through the cooking process for perfect results, and there's Alexa integration.
The latest and greatest
If you own a Weber grill, then iGrill 3 is worth considering. The iGrill 3 from Weber has 250-hour battery life, and the meat probes are resistant up to 716 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that this one only works with the Weber Genesis II, Genesis II LX, and Spirit II gas barbecue gas grills by permanently mounting to the side table. It comes with two meat probes.
A smart grill
If you want a grill you don't have to babysit, the Traeger Grills Pro Series 780 is right up your alley. This is a smart grill with Alexa baked in. The Praeger uses wood pellets as a fuel source to give you that pleasant wood-fired taste. The Traeger connects over Wi-Fi. Using an iPhone app, you control the grill from anywhere. Turn the heat up or down with your voice and Alexa, or push a button in the app to make adjustments.
Mmmm, smoky and tasty!
Smoked meats are always tasty, but it's usually a time-consuming process of guesswork to get things right. The Masterbuilt Bluetooth smoker uses wood chips, Bluetooth, and your iPhone to achieve perfection. You control the temperature from your iPhone, and the included meat thermometer lets you know when meats are ready for the table.
Sous vide to perfection
Sous vide is the process of cooking food through a controlled-temperature water bath, so the food is perfectly cooked and never under or overdone. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker works over Wi-Fi and connects via app to your iPhone. This model heats up faster than other options, and the combination of tech and hardware gives you perfect results every time.
Light where you need it
You can tend to your grill with a headlamp or flashlight, but sometimes you need two hands to do things right. The Ring smart floodlights are battery-powered and turn on when they sense motion. Walk to the grill, on come the lights. Perfect! This kit includes two floodlights that shine 600 lumens and one Ring bridge. The Ring floodlights protect your backyard, too, notifying you when there's movement in the yard.
Keep an eye on propane levels
There are few things more frustrating to a backyard BBQ expert than running out of fuel midway through the cooking process. These propane level indicators from AP Products magnetically stick to your tanks and sends the current fuel level over Bluetooth to your phone every five seconds. Now that's smart. This kit includes two magnetic sensors so you can keep tabs on your backup tank, too.
These are some of the best smart grilling accessories that we were able to find. If you need some recommendations on must-haves, here are a few of our favorites.
The one that we absolutely would recommend is the MEATER+. This simple tool is not just great for BBQs, but it's fantastic to use year-round! It works with your grill, the oven, the stove, and whatever else you cook meat with. It also has a nice, long range and is easy to use.
For perfectly done meat, we highly recommend the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker. It cooks food to perfection, and it can be controlled remotely via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Traeger Pro 780 is a nice and affordable smart grill, allowing you to throw your meat on the flames, set a custom cook cycle, and walk away. The app lets you know when your food is done so that you can chow down on that perfectly cooked steak or rack of ribs.
Christine Romero-Chan has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently the iMore lead on all things iPhone, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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