For this week’s review I was sent the Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen from Jesse Black from ThermoWorks.
The Thermapen is one of the fastest, most accurate thermometers on the market today. It’s a thermometer that’s extremely popular for use by backyard grillers all the way up to competition BBQ teams.
As a backyard griller myself, I have always heard great things about the Thermapen on various BBQ forums and BBQ blogs. This is also an item that I was very eager to do a review on.
Thermapens come in a variety of colors, such as red all the way up to one of their newest colors British Racing Green.
The reason for ThermoWorks offering some of the above selections of colors is to correspond with the color coding used by many in the food service industry to assist in preventing cross-contamination. Below is a breakdown of that list from ThermoWorks website:
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
Other colors have been added along the way since most people buy their color Thermapen according to personal preference and ThermoWorks wanted to provide this for its customers.
After opening my red Thermapen (fastest color they offer by the way, lol) I could tell right out of the packaging this thermometer was very well constructed. It fit in my hand nicely and had a very easy to read LCD screen.
I also noticed the Thermapen is easy to use, just flip open the probe to turn on the thermometer, and flip the probe closed to turn it off….that’s what I call simple to use!
There is also an auto-off feature that turns the Thermapen off after 10 minutes of use in case you are like me and forget to shut things off, lol.
I’ve been wanting to cook some ribs for the longest time now and my wife said why don’t I pick some up and we can have a cookout. Being the great husband that I am, I hopped in the car and went to the store and found 2 slabs of nice looking St. Louis style ribs to buy.
After returning home I dry rubbed the ribs and placed them in the cooker. After 1hr and 15mins they were ready to come off. You may say to yourself how the heck did Jay cook those ribs so fast….let’s just say I have another big review coming up that will show how this was done. 😉
The very accurate and extremely fast Thermapen read the internal temperature of one of the slabs of ribs that I spot checked in 2-3 seconds. As you can see in the picture below the Thermapen showed that slab at 190.9 degrees.
Once I checked both slabs of ribs it was time to take them in the house to chow down.
The Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen is one amazing thermometer! It’s fast as well as accurate and you can tell ThermoWorks knew what they were doing when they designed and built this thermometer.
You know I always tend to bring up the price of a product when I do my reviews. As I mentioned in past reviews, I am a stay-at-home dad and my family is on a budget like most American families today. I always looked at the Thermapen and wondered why someone would spend almost $100 for a thermometer. I can tell you from my point of view it’s worth every dime. In fact I even bought the Limited Edition American Flag Thermapen for my father who is a Veteran. After seeing that ThermoWorks was donating $9 from each of these sold to the Wounded Warrior Project, I called Jesse right up and told him I had to buy one! As many of you know my little brother, Cpl. Kevin W. Prince was KIA in Iraq back in 2005, so buying this for my father was very special for me. Plus my family and I are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project as well.
The only thing that comes to mind that I would like to see ThermoWorks change with the Thermapen is to make the LCD screen backlit for viewing temperatures in the dark. This is something that resonates with many owners of the Thermapen as well.
The last thing I want to point out is the reason I used the Thermapen to spot check the temperature of the ribs. I did this because it was my first time cooking ribs and I also wanted to make sure they were up to proper temp since my 3 year old was eating them as well.
Here is a great blog post by Jesse Black from ThermoWorks on the topic of checking the temp of your ribs: “To temp, or not to temp: Cooking ribs with the Super-Fast Thermapen”
You can find a great deal on the Thermapen here.
***Update***: ThermoWorks now has Backlit Thermapens with Intelligent Backlight at this link here.
Make sure to check back next week for another BBQ Tools & Tech Review!