For this week’s review I was sent the ThermoWorks TW8060 from Jesse Black from ThermoWorks.
The TW8060 is a Two-Channel Thermocouple with alarm. It has a backlit display and can be used to monitor your food and smoker/grill temperatures simultaneously.
As you can see below the TW8060 has 2 connection points on top that are not your typical connection points used by most thermometer manufacturers. Most manufacturers typically use a 3.5mm headphone jack style connector like the Maverick ET-732 and the iGrill I reviewed for our site.
This unit uses a miniature Type K Thermocouple. ThermoWorks states that using a thermocouple gives you the ability to measure a wider range of temperatures; so higher temperatures are not a problem with this unit.
After getting the TW8060 all setup for my pork butt smoke I went outside and fired up my new Grilla Smoker-Grill.
While the Grilla was heating up I got the 8lb pork butt ready for the cook.
Once the Grilla was up to temperature I placed the pork butt on and inserted the TW8060 food probe and attached the pit probe. I really liked the alligator clip probe since I was able to clip it to my Frogmat as you can see in the picture below.
I was also really impressed with how long the cords of both probes are. The Grilla has side tables so I was able to sit the unit on one. I use a WSM a lot so it’s great to have a food probe that is 6ft long and a pit temp probe that is 8ft. I usually have a table to set things on and these longer cords will make it so I don’t have to place the table next to a hot smoker.
I was really impressed with how accurate the TW8060 pit temp probe was. The Grilla’s pit temp probe sits right above the grill grate as shown in the red circle on the pic below. The TW8060 was pretty much spot on with the 250 degree temp reading on the external display of my Grilla.
After the pork butt was up to proper temperature I removed the probes and pulled the pork to eat.
Something I wanted to point out that may be a sticking point with some people when looking to buy this unit is the overall cost of the TW8060 and probes. The TW8060 comes with no probes and runs for around $69 plus shipping. The 2 probes that were sent with this unit are the Smokehouse Penetration Probe (Model: 113-177) and the High-Temp Alligator Clip Oven Probe (Model: 8468-22). You can also get the TW8060 in 2 available kits which include 2 probes. The first kit is the TW8060 Kit ($129), which comes with the Smokehouse Probe and the Crocodile Clip Probe. The other kit is the TW8060 High Temp Kit ($163), which includes the Armored Smokehouse Probe and the High Temp Alligator Clip Probe.
I would also like to see some way to remotely monitor temperatures with this unit like I am able to do with my Maverick ET-732 and iGrill. A secondary receiver unit would be a great addition for sure.
Overall, I am really happy with how well the TW8060 worked. ThermoWorks makes really good quality products and you can tell that with the TW8060 and how accurate and well built it is.
Make sure to check back next week for another great BBQ Tools & Tech Review!