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reat barbecue has many faces but a few consistent, essential ingredients: the right meat, the right equipment, and the right temperature. You can do a lot with a simple grill or smoker set up, and a good cook can bring out the best flavor from any cut. But there’s not much you can do to fix a temperature mishap. 

Using a probe thermometer can banish overdone steaks that taste like chewing on a boot and fear that your big, beautiful brisket is raw in the middle. Check out our list of the best Bluetooth meat thermometers and grill anything with confidence. We’ll be comparing grill-safe probe thermometers from Nobebird, Bfour, NutriChef, Oprol, and MIGVELA.

Smart Thermometers: What and Why?

All the devices on our list work on a wireless transmission standard called “Bluetooth”. Bluetooth is named for Harald Bluetooth, a 10th-century Danish king famed for uniting Scandinavia. Knowing that won’t improve your ribs, but it is a fun fact you can share at your next backyard shindig. 

Bluetooth uses short-range wireless signals to transfer data. It works great for keeping an eye on the temperature of your meat without hovering around, or even opening, your grill. 

Upgrading to a smart thermometer has many advantages: 

One, a probe thermometer reports that actual interior temperature of your meat, wiping out the guesswork and letting you nail a perfect medium-rare prime beef. 

Two, a thermometer that reports outside the grill means less opening the grill lid. You’ll have fewer wild swings of temperature, and more efficient, even cooking. Better, faster. 

Three, having access to all the temperature data on your phone enables you to keep tabs on the process while enjoying your party or preparing other food. Many thermometer apps do more than just show you the temperature. You can set alerts so that your phone will give you a jingle when a set temperature is reached. It falls just short of actually cooking the food for you, but that wouldn’t be any fun, anyway.

The downside of Bluetooth is short, direct communication. No signals bouncing to satellites and halfway around the world, here. Your device probably has a maximum range of a few hundred feet and can be impeded by major obstacles such as the walls of your home.

What to Look for in a Bluetooth Grill Thermometer

The three major components of a Bluetooth thermometer are its probes, receiver, and software for a smartphone to monitor from afar. Many sets come with multiple probes so you can monitor an assortment of foods at the same time. 

The temperature probes will be inside the grill, so it’s important to keep a close eye on the maximum temperature they can withstand. 

The receiver will stand near the grill and display the temps reported by each probe. Be careful to keep it away from high heat, however. These devices are not intended for use inside the grill.

The software available with each model can vary. Some will have alert systems and helpful suggestions, while others might be simpler and just give you a temperature read-out. Check for compatibility with your device.

The Best Bluetooth Meat Thermometers

At a glance:

  • Probes: 6
  • Max temperature: 482°F for silicon probes; 716°F for stainless steel probes
  • Device compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Power source: 2 AA batteries (not included)

Streamline your cooking, even if you’re juggling everyone’s (different) favorites! Nobebird’s Meat Thermometer has six probes and an excellent app to help you keep track of everything you have going on. Four of the probes have easy-handling silicon handles, while the last two are stainless steel to withstand even higher temperatures. The display is easily readable, even at night.

Nobebird’s app is full of presets for meat type, cooking type, and doneness, so you don’t even have to spend time double-checking how hot the turkey has to get. You can pre-select a temperature to get an alarm to your phone when the meat reaches it and check on the progress of your cooking at any time. The whole thing comes in a quality zippered case, so when grilling is done you can tuck it away all in one place for next time.

At a glance:

  • Probes: 6
  • Max temperature: 716°F for probes and wires; 482°F for silicon handles
  • Device compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Range: 190 feet outside, 100 feet inside
  • Power source: 2 AA batteries (not included)

The Oprol Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer is a mini workstation for keeping track of your meat. Six color-coded probes allow you to track up to six different foods. The sizeable, clear display gives you at-a-glance readability. The app has temperature presets for meat type, making it quick to select temperatures for your alarms.

At a glance: 

  • Probes: 6
  • Max temperature: 572˚F
  • Device compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Range: 196 feet
  • Power source: 3 AAA batteries (included)

Bfour’s Bluetooth Meat Thermometer is set apart by an attractive design and aluminum alloy probe handles that are safe for prolonged exposure to temperatures above 500˚F. You can monitor different foods with each probe, and long cables enable you to place the receiver in a convenient location. The probes are not color-coded, so be sure to keep track of which is which when you set them up. This thermometer comes with a lifetime warranty.

At a glance: 

  • Probes: 2; can support up to 6
  • Max temperature: 482˚F
  • Device compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Range: 200 feet
  • Power source: 2 AA batteries (included)

NutriChef ships their Smart Bluetooth BBQ Grill Thermometer with two probes, and you can purchase up to four more for more widespread temperature monitoring. The app allows you to save presets and view the temperature history of your cooking so you get a full view of how everything has progressed. 

At a glance:

  • Probes:  6
  • Max temperature: 482˚F
  • Device compatibility: Android and iOS
  • Range: 196 feet
  • Power source: 2 AA batteries (included)

MIGVELA’s Digital Bluetooth Meat Thermometer comes with six color-coded probes with soft-touch silicone handles. Temperature presets make setup easy, and you can monitor the progress of your food with the easy-read LCD display or smartphone app.

The Heat is On

We love the Nobebird Meat Thermometer for its quality and versatility. Having those stainless probes that can stay inside the grill even at a high temperature can’t be beaten. You have nothing to lose by taking the guesswork out of your cooking. A good-quality probe thermometer set is like having an additional pair of hands at the grill. Haven’t we all wished for that! 

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