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Best Meat Thermometer for Grilling and Oven Baking

Updated on November 12, 2014

Digital Meat Thermometer takes away the Guesswork

Do you use a meat thermometer to make sure your meats are cooked to the correct temperature? Do you use it for both oven baking and grilling? If you do not, I challenge you to try this great tool and I know you will love it as much as I do. It really helps to cook your meat to the right temperature without overcooking it.

I can't believe I went for years (over 40) by just guessing when my meats were done. If I would have known how easy this great gadget works, I surely would have tried it years earlier. Now with the AcuRite Meat Thermometer my guessing days are over and my meats are done to perfection!

Read on to find all the wonderful features of this great kitchen helper and I also have included some new recipes to use with it!

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My Favorite Meat Thermometer - digital meat thermometer

I absolutely love this thermometer. It is so easy to use and it takes the guess work out of cooking meat. Before I used this thermometer I always overcooked my meat because I was afraid it would not be cooked completely. Now I can cook and grill my meats to the perfect temperature.

I first got this thermometer for Christmas and used it in the oven. I really liked it but had not thought of using it on the grill. When grilling season started I was making a pork tenderloin and decided to try it. It worked fantastic and now I'm hooked. I use it for grilling all the time. It really takes the guesswork out of when the meat is done.

It has a digital LTD screen that displays the timer, current cooking temperature and a clock. Seeing the current cooking temp is a big help in judging how long until the meat will be finished.

This model also has a wireless pager that lets you go indoors while you are grilling and be alerted to when your meat is finished cooking. It has a 3 foot stainless steel heat resistant cord that works great for both the oven and grill.

I highly recommend this easy to use thermometer.

Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Now that I have this great thermometer I love cooking pork tenderloin on the grill. I found this recipe in Food Network Magazine and altered it a bit to suit our tastes. The trick is making sure you spread the rub and wrap(see photo) the pork tenderloin several hours ahead of time. Then when it is time to cook you just need to put it on the grill and insert the thermometer. Easy and Delicious!

  • Prep time: 45 min
  • Cook time: 3 hours 15 min
  • Ready in: 4 hours
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Pork Tenderloin ( about 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt and ground pepper --sprinkled lightly
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup

Instructions

  1. First combine the paprika,brown sugar,mustard powder,onion flakes, garlic powder and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Next prepare the pork tenderloin by brushing on the 2 teaspoons of olive oil and then rubbing the spices all over the pork tenderloin. You will then wrap the tenderloin tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 3-6 hours. This is an important step because it makes the pork nice and tender. About 30 minutes before you are ready to grill remove the pork from the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium high and cook the pork with the thermometer inserted in the thickest part until it reaches a temperature of 140-145 degree. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes. Turn the meat part way through the cooking. I use my Ove-Glove to remove the thermometer when I turn the meat and then put it back in on the second side. When the meat is done transfer it to a cutting board for 10-15 minutes.
  3. While the meat is on the cutting board cook your sauce of vinegar, brown sugar and ketchup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and then remove from the heat.
  4. Slice the meat, put on a platter and pour the sauce over the top. ENJOY
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Meat Thermometer Use - lets take a poll

Do you think most people use a meat thermometer to make sure their meat is cooked to the right temperature or do you think most just guess? Lets take a poll and see.

Do you regularly use a meat thermometer for baking and grilling meat?

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Lots of Choices

There are many choices of meat thermometers on the market. Sometimes you just want a simple one to take with you on a campout or perhaps to a vacation home. Here are a couple of easy choices.

Grill Gloves - keeping safe

Now that you've got a good thermometer you also need a good set of grill gloves. You know you need to protect your hands from the obvious like picking up a hot dish or tray, but don't forget that the thermometer can get hot too.

When you pull the metal part out of the meat, be sure to have your hands protected or you will get burned. These grill gloves will protect your hands.

This would be a great gift idea for the grill master on your gift list!

Do you use a Meat Thermometer? - stop by and leave your comments

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Perfect Father's Day gift for my dad. He loves to grill all year long and he does have an old meat thermometer, but that digital one would be a great upgrade for him.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Would you believe I have never used a meat thermometer? Perhaps I need one! Your pork tenderloin recipe sounds delicious!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Yes, can't do with out it.Everyone loves pork tenderloin, if seasoned and cooked properly.

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      Zienna1 5 years ago

      No, I'm one for guessing and just using a timer.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      I sometimes use one, but I probably should all the time. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      Great tribute - I, like you, went way too long without one:) They are so easy and handy in the kitchen, there really isn't a good reason not to use one!