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It is not really a problem compared to the peace of mind from knowing you hit your target temp. without under or over cooking your meat. I usually check several places just to be sure and have not lost any significant moisture ...
I love my Thermopen!
It is very small. not like a fork or pig flipper. You also are only gonna use it until toward the end a couple times.
start where you expect it to be the coldest and once it is at correct temp then do several test.
As you get better you will have fewer and fewer sticks.
I always over cooked until I got mine.
I just got one on Friday and have already used it several times, both on BGE cooks and in the oven. Despite having researched it, I was still surprised by how small the tip of the probe is. Nothing like the typical analog instant read thermometer. I have noticed minimal loss of juice, especially if testing occurs toward the end. Much more juice is lost by failing to let meat properly rest than by use of the Thermapen.
One of the most important lessons learned here is to cook to temp, not to time. Thermopen or probe is a must. I use a Thermopen on every cook.
Subscribe to email alerts from Thermopen ... they have sales on occasion and deals on two or more.
Perhaps a few of you can get together and get a deal on quantity ....
In fact I just looked ... buddy sale on now $80 each.