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Thermometer differences

BrokersmokerBrokersmoker Posts: 646
edited 6:14AM in EggHead Forum
5:30 last night 8 lb butt onto the egg


6:30 AM ET-73 chrps that meat temp is 195* Thermapem says 177*

8:00 ET-73 versus my walmart special (target temp on right)100_1339.jpg


  • I literally just bought an et-73 last night to get ready for a butt cook this weekend. Are they pretty easy to use? Do you reccomend them?
  • I like it, because it reads both cooker and meat temp. I would suggest a secondary thermometer to verify the meat is done though. ET-73 shows my butt is now 210*, 2 other thermometers show 185ish.
  • Last weekend we did two slow cooks, in both cases the ET-73 indicated the meat was at 190* and the thermapen read 8* lower. Didn't know which to believe, but went with the thermapen and cooked until it read the desired temp. Based on this thread, sounds like there may be a real difference between the two thermometers.

    Marthasville, MO
  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,821
    I don't think there is any other product frequently discussed here that has more of a love/hate opinion than the ET-73. Some swear by them & some don't trust them. I gave up trusting mine years ago and haven't used it since.
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • Amen to RRP.

    Used mine for two cooks before it took a dump. Took it back and got a refund and put the money in a stoker.

    Don't bother with ET-73's.

    Send the ET's home.

    If it comes down to a reading on the et or the thermapen, take the thermapen every time.
  • One could easily be in a fat pocket and the other not which will give wildly different readings. Ever wonder how seals can swim and live in 32 degree water without freezing...fat!
  • "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure" -- Segel's Law
  • Like I said yesterday, Brokersmoker, you can clear up which one is right by dunking them in ice water and boiling water.
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