I have a nice ThermaQ with grate probe and meat probe. It works very well.
The Thermapen MK4 is on sale right now for $79. People rave about their quality and ease of use, and I'm tempted to buy one. But I'm a bit hesitant.
I'm new to meat-smoking, and I have some questions if anyone has time to answer. I'm wondering if using a Thermapen is a good idea, since punching holes late in the smoking process would allow juices to escape. So I'm tempted to just stick to my ThermaQ and insert the meat probe early in the process, just like I've been doing. But what do I do when finishing off meat in aluminum foil? I can't insert the ThermaQ probe through the foil, can I? It seems like maybe the Thermapen would be great to use when finishing in foil. Unless it causes valuable juices to be lost.
I hope I'm not rambling too much. Is it OK to use a Thermapen when smoking meat?