Thermapen - how did I live without this?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by frog1369, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Got a new Thermapen last week, finally bit the bullet even though it seemed outrageously expensive.  Since it arrived I have been amazed.  Don't get me wrong, I love my Maverick and it has it's place, but the Thermapen is soooooo fast I can check all kinds of temps in different places very quickly.  My old pen was cheap and took about 30 seconds to be at temp, so four checks in the smoker meant an open door for two minutes or more.  Then, since I just got it, I had to play with it.  We were at the store and they had some USDA PRIME Ribeyes on sale.  Well, I've been wanting to try the basic salt and pepper iron skillet method on a good piece of meat, this was my chance.  I seasoned and let it rest on the counter for about an hour, then hit a smoking hot iron skillet turning often.  I used that Thermapen to bring the center up to 127 degrees and pulled it from the pan.  The temp stopped rising at 132, let it rest a few minutes and served it with pan roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus.  Sorry I didn't take pics, but I will next time for sure.  That steak was beautiful, cut like butter and had an amazing texture, just enough chew to it, but also melt in your mouth.  Yep, I'll be doing that again, thanks Thermapen!
  2. raastros2

    raastros2 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    they are very much a necessity once you get one 
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Cant live without mine.
  4. mchar69

    mchar69 Smoke Blower

    As far as the ribeye - did you just throw it in a dry pan?  A little oil on the meat or nothing?

    I bet it was awesome.
  5. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I suppose I could technically survive without mine, but I don't know if I'd call it "living".
  6. It was a dry pan ..... the meat had plenty of marbling and there was some fat in the pan right away when it started cooking, so no issues with sticking.  Plus, my cast iron is pretty well seasoned.  If I did a choice cut with less marbling I might consider a light rub with oil on the first side to hit the pan but don't think it would really be necessary.  It can get smoky though, so I suggest a good range hood or open the windows, haha.  I'm going to go through my gas grill this spring with new burners, deflectors and grates, planning on getting Grill Grates so I can flip them over and have that smooth, hot surface to cook steak on.
  7. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    This link shows how a Thermapen is made:                                                                                                                            

    It appears to be a delicate tool when they assemble it.  I'm sure it's more durable than the thin probe wires make it out to look.  Some dial and digital therms are promoted as instant read and take 30+ seconds to reach the temp.  I have 3 true instant read dial therms that hit the temp in 3 seconds.  I got them at Kroger @ $1.99 each.  They usually sell closer to $10.  They had the same temp readings in the package and all boil tested @ 212*F.  I have Maverick and CDN cable/probe therms and an IR lazer gun therm for coal temps and cast iron pan temps for reverse sears..  I periodically test all my therms and have never had a bad reading.  The IR lazer gun therm is used on all kinds of things and has a -36* to 968*F range and was <$30.  It only shows surface temp so no go on food doneness.  I wish I could justify $100 for a Thermapen for a 1 second read vs. $1.99 for three seconds.  I'm sure Thermapens are great but my 3 instant reads have to fail before I can even think about another.

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  8. id2nv2nj2ca

    id2nv2nj2ca Smoke Blower

    My question is, since most everything I read about smoking says to keep your smoker door closed as much as possible, how "smart" (for lack of a better word) is it to use one of these type thermometers to check your doneness when the chances of you checking at exactly the right time are pretty much nill? Which would require many more door openings to keep checking? I hope that comes across as intended. Happy smoking, guys and gals.
  9. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

    Mine was a gift. Have used on turkey last Thanksgiving and on the money. It is lightning quick, so lid not off very long. Thin stuff as on grillling. is a little tuff.Got a Maverick ET 732 soooooo........[​IMG]
  10. dave17a

    dave17a Smoking Fanatic

  11. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Since I got mine I have been able to make BREAD.  Before I was a failure more than not. I take each loaf to 199-200* and I get great bread.  Many times I think it's done and I check and the internal is only 160 or so. I then tent with foil and wait to the 200* range.

    It great for fast checking of any food and I love it.

  12. Thermapen is a great investment. Once you own one you will never go back to a different model

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  13. hoosierguy

    hoosierguy Newbie

    Great post...thanks for the link!  I would love to have one, but the price will keep me away for a long time.  After watching the video, I can see why they might want to have a high price point...lots of hand assembly, processing.  I would assume the electronics are assembled elsewhere, and what we saw on the video was the assembly of those components.  Most of you probably noticed already, but the price on Amazon is $199, but half that on the manufacturer's site!  Rarely see that kind of discrepancy...probably runs off quite a few customers who first stumble upon it on the Amazon site first.

    Very cool piece of gear...
    Last edited: May 3, 2014
  14. Totally agree. I was tired if buying a new thermometer every few months at 20$ a pop and finally went and purchased it for 100$.

    Great piece of equipment. Unbelievably accurate too!


  15. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

  16. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Accurate but slower  (5 seconds) and cheaper for the folks that don't want to shell out their hard earned cash.

    ThermoPop® link.

  17. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those do look great. Being a lefty, I like the idea of the rotating display. And the price looks awesome!
    Last edited: May 27, 2014
  18. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

  19. markyque

    markyque Smoke Blower

    About a year ago the wife got a wild hair and went and bought me an instant read therm.  We watch Americas Test Kitchen so I was mildly disappointed when she came up with the Maverik Pro Temp.  I've always felt it was a little slow. Is it just me?  Anyone else have experience with this unit?
  20. Just got the Thermapen a couple of weeks ago and now wonder how I ever cooked without it. It is the best I've ever found. Besides the Maverick et732 is there another good thermometer for checking the cooking space temperature? The $59 isn't bad, just wondered if there were any others out there.

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