Best BBQ and Grilling Accessories for iPhone iMore 2020
Summer is officially here, so you know what that means: 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+ Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
- Everything you need: Weber iGrill 2 Complete Master Kit
- The latest and greatest: Weber iGrill 3
- A grill that does everything: Lynx Smart Grills
- Mmmm, smoky and tasty!: Masterbuilt Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker
- Fire it up!: Traeger Pro Series 575 Pellet Grill
- Sous vide to perfection: ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide
- Budget sous vide: Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano
MEATER+ is a simple smart meat thermometer with a whopping 165-foot range. It has two sensors to measure internal temperatures up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit and external temperatures up to 527 degrees Fahrenheit simultaneously. 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 iGrill 2 is a smart meat thermometer that can connect to your smartphone from 150 feet away through Bluetooth. It has a 200-hour battery life, an illuminated LED display, two viewing angles, magnetic mounting, and records all of the important data that you'll want to review later. The app also comes with recipes, and this kit comes with four meat probes.
If you prefer to have the latest version of your gadgets, then iGrill 3 is worth considering. This works like the previously mentioned iGrill 2, but it 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.
If money is not an issue, then check out the Smart Grills from Lynx. They start at the 30-inch size and go up to 54-inches for all your grilling needs. Just slap your meat down in the grill and tell the Smart Grill what you're cooking and how you want it cooked — it'll take care of the rest. Through the app, it will tell you when to flip and when it's all done. It saves your preferences for fast access later. The grill itself has LED control knobs, a rotisserie, and stainless steel shelves. The 30-inch models start at $7000 and go up from there.
Smoked meats are always tasty, and this Masterbuilt Smoker is digital and comes with Bluetooth connectivity. With the Bluetooth capability, you're able to connect to your smartphone and control the cooking temperature and time with ease. There is even a built-in meat thermometer probe that helps you get the best results all the time. It has four chrome-coated smoking racks, and a side wood chip loading system to add wood chips without opening the door.
If Lynx is a little out of your price range, Traeger's Pro Series 575 Pellet Grill is a good substitute. It has their WiFire technology, so you can connect the grill to your smartphone with the Traeger app. The app allows you to set custom cook cycles, change temperatures, monitor the food temps, and even add smoke, all from the comfort of your couch. They also start out at less than $800, which is much less than Lynx.
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 Joule Sous Vide circulator will heat up the water faster than other circulators, is smaller than most, and connects to your smartphone via the app through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. With the Joule, you'll get the perfect rare (or medium-rare) steak before you char it up on your grill. It's foolproof and provides consistent results every time.
While the Joule is a favorite among sous vide enthusiasts, the price tag is a bit high. If you want something that's more budget-friendly, the Anova Sous Video Nano is a great option. The Nano option only includes Bluetooth (no Wi-Fi) support, so you can still control it with your smartphone. The Anova app also has plenty of recipes to help you get started with sous vide.
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 nice, long range and is easy to use. Our own Lory Gil gave the original a glowing review.
For perfectly done meat, we highly recommend the ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide, since it will always cook your food perfectly, and it can be controlled remotely via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Traeger Pro Series 575 Pellet Grill 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 you can chow down on that perfectly cooked steak or rack of ribs.
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