My all time favorite BBQ gadget…One of my top picks of what to give for Christmas

You know everyone has their favorite BBQ tool item or even grill. Along the way you learn some tips some tricks and things that just help you get better.

A couple of years ago Duff Dixon of Ontario Gas BBQ’s gave me one of the best BBQ presents ever. …. I had heard about them. I had seen pictures.. I will admit I was a bit skeptical of their tales of reliability their speed and their accuracy.  In the end it all turned out to be true.  It was better than I had ever hoped.

It was my very first Thermapen. I will admit it was love at first use. It was shiny pretty fast as all heck and darn it all it was RED!!!

There is an ongoing debate amongst thermapen owners which color is the fastest (I still think the RED one is the fastest!).  Funny since this is the history on the colors of thermapens:

Originally, we manufactured the Thermapen in gray only. Later we added all the food-safety color-coding versions. Many people in the food industry use color coding to prevent cross contamination by dedicating tools to specific food products. That way, a knife, cutting board or thermometer that is used for say, raw poultry, won’t end up contaminating fresh vegetables like salad greens.

That was the reason we did multiple colors for the Thermapen. Of course most people buy a color variety simply according to personal preference. Even in commercial applications it seems most people buy colors so they can quickly tell who belongs to which Thermapen (blue is Fred’s, yellow is Cathy’s, etc…)

In 2006 we added black and orange which aren’t even on the color coding system. If you have a color preference that we don’t make yet, email Randy and we’ll keep track of your vote.


Standard Color Code:
Red = raw meat, raw beef and pork.
Blue = raw seafood
Yellow = raw poultry
Brown = cooked meats
Green = produce
White = dairy or bakery items


There is such a following of these superfast digital thermometers that Thermoworks has recently developed a new blog dedicated to all things Thermapen www.Thermapen.com .

Here is a great opportunity from their site:

Enter to win a FREE Thermapen for yourself and RT301WA Pocket Thermometers for TWO of your friends! Just go to the Sweepstakes Tab on our Thermapen Fan Page and enter to win.

Also for those of you on Twitter click the link below for an additional chance to win one of their spanking brand new Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen!!!


They took their original Super Fast Thermapen and they made it even better!! Here is a great video of them on Youtube!!

  • 3-second readings!
  • Improved accuracy and durability
  • Water-resistant design
  • Biomaster anti-bacterial additive
  • °F to °C reconfigurable
  • 0.1° resolution full range to 572°F
  • Auto on/off—no buttons!
  • 1,500 hour battery life

Made in England

You can follow the fine folks at Thermapen on twitter and on facebook!!

Also for those of you who are ALton Brown Fans here is a video featuring my favorite steak Porterhouse and Thermapen!!



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