Cooking With Confidence
by Nick

Tuesday Treat: The Probe You Need

How many times have you heard this at a backyard BBQ?

“I don’t need a thermometer. I just know when it’s perfect.”

Ok, Mr. Expert. Maybe you do, but you probably don’t. While I can tell doneness on a few specific cuts like some steaks, chicken pieces, and fish, for most things I rely heavily on my thermometer.

You know why? Because it works. If you want to improve your cooking, using a thermometer is one of the best tips you’ll ever read on this site.

So I’m giving away a few of them today just for you!

The Digital Thermometer

When it comes to meat temperature, I’m pretty much done with the little thermometers that have a dial. When I try to read them, I feel like there is always about a 5 degree error range which is a pretty huge range when it comes to cooking some meats.

So digital is where it’s at.

This is my favorite thermometer these days. It’s reasonably priced and has alarms for temperature and time. Most importantly, you can leave the probe in the meat the entire time it is cooking so there’s no need to worry about poking it multiple times.

Most recently, I used my thermometer to make this delicious leg of lamb, but I’ve used it for tons of stuff over the years.

If you don’t have one, you need one. If you do have one, two couldn’t hurt.

Tuesday Treat Rules

Yes… astute readers may know that I’ve done this giveaway before for a Tuesday Treat, but it’s such an important piece of equipment this time of year that I figured people wouldn’t mind a chance to win again.

Just a reminder about the Tuesday Treat rules.

The whole idea behind these giveaways is that they are quick. This contest will close at 8PM PACIFIC time tonight (Tuesday) and I’ll pick THREE winners at random. That means that you have about 15 hours to sign up.

Unfortunately, I can’t ship internationally so just U.S. entries please.

How to enter?

I use Punchtab to run these giveaways. The widget below will walk you through how you can enter to win and gain extra entries for doing stuff like following me on Twitter.

If you don’t have Javascript enabled in your browser, you won’t be able to see the widget. You can always just leave a comment below to be entered to win if the widget doesn’t load. The widget will give you more chances to win though.

Good luck everyone!


Congrats to Charisse (Facebook), Maria (comment), and Jon (facebook) for winning the giveaway!


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129 comments on “Tuesday Treat: The Probe You Need

  1. The widgit doesn’t work for me but it looks like we’re commenting on how we’d use this shiny awesomeness. For us, it’d be roasted chickens. I’m always so paranoid that I’m under-cooking chicken and those grosses me out!

  2. Easily slow cooked pork roasts…it’s a shame to cook something all day and then overdo it and make the meat dry.

  3. Meatloaf! It should be so simple, but I’m constantly under- or over-cooking it!

  4. I would feel much more confident cooking larger portions of meat on the grill with this tool!

  5. I think I’d use this to cook seafood to perfection! It’s too easy to overcook seafood into dry cardboard ….

  6. This thermometer would be great to monitor the doneness of the grilled teriyaki pork loin.

  7. I’d love to enter the giveaway, Android evidently hates java and I’m on my mobile, so anyway….consider me entered?

  8. I would cook pork loin with this–it would help me not overcook it, as I usually do! Thanks so much.

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