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So I can already tell the bad influence this forum is having on me...if you had told me a few weeks ago that I would order a $100 instant read thermometer I would have told you that you were crazy, but it arrives Friday, so there you have it.
Next up is a controller. Comparing the specs on the new Stoker vs. the BBQ Guru it seems that the Stoker wins, unless you don't want telemetry, then others like the Meverick come into play. So my question is this. Since I am not a competition BBQ guy, just someone who likes to cook and thinks it would be great to be able to set something up in advance to have it be ready for dinner for my family during the week, and I don't do a lot of pulled pork, are these things overkill? Clearly they are not needed for short cooks like steaks or burgers, or for high heat like pizza. So besides butts and briskets, what do people use them for...turkey? chicken? ribs? maybe a standing rib roast? If all you really get the benefit of them on is butts and brisket, I don't cook enough of that to justify the cost.
Thanks for all of the help,