Why a meat thermometer is the simple BBQ tool you didn’t know you needed!
To ensure perfectly cooked meat when you’re cooking on your gas BBQ, charcoal BBQ or electric BBQ, you need a meat thermometer. It’s a useful tool that accurately tells you if the meat is safe for consumption. With a meat thermometer to check the meat’s doneness and internal temperature, you won’t have to ever worry about over or undercooked meat again!
Serving safe meat
There are different foodborne bacteria and pathogens that can be killed off at the right temperature. With a meat thermometer, you won’t have to guesstimate if the meat is cooked enough to be safely eaten. Some meats cook faster than others and some require higher temperatures. As an example, poultry meat needs to be cooked in higher temperatures than beef to kill off all bacteria.
Preserving quality of the meat
Since you’ll be able to tell the temperature of the meat, you can avoid overcooking or undercooking it. Overcooking leaves meat tough and with a dried up taste, while undercooking leaves it tasting raw. Either way, you won’t be able to enjoy the full potential of the taste, ruining the meal altogether. If you’re preparing various types of meat, it’s even harder to keep track of when they’ll be ready for eating. Beef, chicken and lamb meats have different cooking times, so a meat thermometer can make this task much easier.
Tips for using a meat thermometer
Test it with either boiling water or ice water to ensure it’s working.
Keep it properly calibrated for accurate reading.
When cooking thin pieces, stick the thermometer probe sideways.
When cooking poultry, stick the probe into the thickest spot where the thigh meets the body, avoiding the bone.
For burgers, steaks or chops and beef, pork or lamb roasts, stick the probe into the thickest part, avoiding the bone, fat and gristle.
Always clean it after use with warm soapy water.
Here’s a handy temperature guide to help you out when cooking your favourite meats.