Price (RRP): $149.95
The Weber iGrill comes in three models – iGrill Mini (one probe) and iGrill2 (up to four probes) for any BBQ, and iGrill3 for its BBQs. But its use as a Bluetooth digital thermometer is far wider.
For this review, we focus on the Weber iGrill2 with two probes as that is what I got for Xmas. Why something complicated like Bluetooth? Why not a simple $15 meat thermometer from Woollies?
Well, read on how the Weber iGrill has become an indispensable cooking aid and how I now get perfect roasts and steaks! Did I say perfect- well impeccable, mouth-watering, consummate…
Australian Website here
- Mini $79.95
- 2 – with two probes $149.95
- 3 – with two probes $179.95
- Extra probes $19.95
Available from any Weber Dealer.
My daughter rang and asked what I wanted for Xmas. At that time I was having a lot of fun (and still am) with the Ninja Foodi Grill (review here) doing grilling, roasting, baking and more but I wanted to take the guesswork out of cooking roasts or grilling meat.
I already had a Breville Smart Grill Pro (double grill) for steaks, and it has a temperature probe that was pretty foolproof. So, I did some research and the iGrill came up tops. Perhaps that is great Weber marketing but let me tell you upfront- it works better than advertised.
- iGrill2 – four-probe capacity (5.59 square x 8.13cm high) with LED display
- Two probes provided (probes are on long 380° heat resistant, 1.2m braided stainless steel cords)
- Bluetooth Digital readout (can’t put this inside the BBQ)
- iGrill App for Android and iOS
- BT distance 45m
- Two AA batteries (200 hours use)
Using a probe
In investigating I came across a negative review on the Weber site that said, “Useless for steaks as it reads the temp from the BBQ heat and your steak is always undercooked. Great for roasts because the meat is thicker and doesn’t get meat temp confused with BBQ temp.”
Rule #1. Be careful how you place the probe. It must be inside the thickest part of the meat. If it touches the plate – reposition it. If you use thin steaks forget it.
Rule#2. The reviewer is full of s*&t. The probe measures at the tip – not down the stalk. If placed correctly, it will measure inside meat temperature.
Rule #3. Use the second probe to measure the BBQ interior temperature (or buy more probes).
I have now done several small lamb roasts (1kg), chickens, roast beef, scotch fillet and porterhouse steaks. The probe temperature has been perfect.
The only issue with a probe is that you should turn the steaks only once and while it is tempting to use the probe as a handle – don’t! Ouch, hot!