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Temp reading

Doing an 8# brisket as I type here. I've got a dome temp of 475 and a grill temp of 300. I'm using a very smoked stained oven thermometer so I've been forced to open the dome two times in the first 1 1/2 hours. Whats the best way to know grill temp.


  • bk,
    You can buy a Polder-type of thermometer and stick the sensor through a piece of potato or a ball of foil, and let that lie on the grid. Of course, this only works up to the upper limit of the Polder which is in the 300's as I recall.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    The Naked Whiz,
    We missed you and Pauline in Atlanta.

  • YB,
    Well, we missed it all too! Maybe next year.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked Whiz,
    I see that the temp reading is actualy above 500. Can the wire be run thru the BGE thermometer hole?

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,204
    I wouldn't run it through the hole if I were you - your gasket will give enough to handle that small diameter of wire - besides unless you have some non-conventional probe on your Polder the hole won't accomodate the curve in the metal probe.

    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • yaByaB Posts: 137
    That sounds to me like an unusually large differential between dome and grill. Have you confirmed that your thermometers are accurate? [p]If the oven thermometer you're using is the coiled spring kind, the coils tend to get gunked up after a while, and the thermometer becomes less accurate over time and can even hang up at certain temp readings. This happens in kitchen ovens, so all the smoke and stuff in the Egg will just accelerate the process.[p]And fwiw, if the grill temp *is* accurate, imo it's probably too high for a brisket. The couple I've tried at between 250° and 300° have come out drier and tougher than those cooked longer at lower temps. [p]If you're not ready to invest in a Guru, I'd recommend a Poulder or other remote reading digital thermometer for monitoring meat temps, and then using a calibrated dial thermometer in the dome. With a bit of experience you can extrapolate the ballpark grill temp from the dome temp, within various cooking temperature ranges. [p]An accurate dome thermometer is important, and many of us have replaced the stock Egg dial thermometer with one or another of the Tel-Tru dial models, which are much higher quality.[p]Good luck,

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