Welcome!


This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 3 pages for free.

[ Lost Username or Password | Pitmaster Club Information, | Join 30 Days Free | Contact Us ]

There are 2 page views remaining.

Announcement

Collapse

Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
See more
See less

Anyone using the Meater?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • ecowper
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2694
    • Maple Valley, WA
    • Grill = Hasty-Bake Gourmet Dual Finish
      Smoke = Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5"

      Thermometer = FireBoard FBX11 with 2 ambient and 6 meat probes
      Thermometer = Maverick ET732
      Thermometer = ThermoWorks Chef Alarm
      Thermapen Mk IV = Light blue
      Thermapen Classic = Grey
      PID Controller = Fireboard Drive + Auber 20 CFM Fan

      Favorite cook = Tri-Tip for the grill, whole packer brisket for the smoker
      Favorite wine = a good Bordeaux with steak, a good Syrah with pork, or a nice bottle of Champagne or California sparkling wine
      Favorite beer = Sam Adams Boston Lager or Shiner Bock
      Favorite whisky = Lagavulin 16 year old single malt

      Best Cookbooks - Meathead's "The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling", Chris Lilly's "Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book", Aaron Franklin's "Franklin BBQ"


      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    #16
    I gotta say, based on this, that I'm very glad I never bought into Meater.

    Comment

    • richinlbrg
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 1801
      • Leesburg, VA. (Northern, VA)
      • We have two weber kettle grills (one LARGE and one small/average), the SnS and the Weber Smokey Mountain 18" smoker. We use both natural lump charcoal and KNB for smoking and measure our temps with a Maverick 733, thermopen and MK4. Favorite beer depends on what is cooking (alt answer is yes).

      #17
      I took my wife's iPhone outside and left it on a table on the other side of the meat from the transponder part of the Meater. At about 15 feet, it was at max range. No walls or doors and it intermittently cut out, always if someone walked between the iPhone and grill.

      Comment

      • DJ DeSpain
        Club Member
        • Aug 2015
        • 175
        • Kennesaw, GA
        • Reese Bobby from "Talladega Nights": "Oh hell, Son, I was high that day. That doesn't make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth... hell you can even be fifth." Translation -- you do your best, that's what matters!

          Using a medium Green Egg, and yes, I have a Thermapen!

        #18
        I received another Kickstarter update yesterday in regards to the progress of the Meater block. Not very encouraging, and given that their facebook post was announcing a contest for best use picture for those single probe backers really ticked me off! So I fired off an email to Apption Labs customer support, and it is as follows.

        ME:

        Hello,

        I backed this project on Kickstarter for the block and four probes. Even though there is a delay with the block, I do not understand why the probes could not be sent separately. Please see if this is an option for your frustrated backers that are being left out.


        Thank you.


        APPTION LABS CUSTOMER SERVICE:

        Thanks for reaching out!

        Unfortunately, we cannot begin shipping probes to Block backers until the product's design is complete. Single unit MEATER probes are configured slightly differently than Block probes, so none of the probes we currently have stocked will work with MEATER Block. In addition to this, the Block acts as the probes' charger, so customers would be unable to recharge their MEATER probes until we ship the MEATER Block.

        Let me know if you have any further questions.

        Best,

        Louis



        ME:

        Hello,

        I wish the fact that the block probes do not charge like the single probes as this might have been a factor in not purchasing the block. Very disappointed.



        APPTION LABS CUSTOMER SERVICE:


        I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed!

        While Block probes charge the same way as single unit probes, you'll still need the physical Block to charge your units. Without the Block, you'd be unable to recharge any units we sent you until you also receive the Block. Because of this, we are forced to hold off on sending out any probes to Block backers until we can ship the Block as well.

        We recently ran a promotion exclusive to KS Block backers, giving them the option to order single unit MEATERs for a discounted rate. Any Block backer who chose to order a discounted single unit MEATER also saw their order shipped the same day it was placed.

        If you missed out on this promotion and would like to take advantage of it still, let me know, and I'll make sure you have access to a promotional code.

        Best,

        Louis



        Still ticked, and be darned if I'm paying for discounted single unit! Guess I'm stuck waiting even longer.
        Last edited by DJ DeSpain; September 13th, 2017, 05:23 PM.

        Comment

        • Jon Solberg
          Former Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 4872

          #19
          I can't lie. If I made millions off my backers I wouldn't ship it just like they didn't.

          hey I've been KS burned before. I feel the pain.

          good news is KS can only burn you once
          Last edited by Jon Solberg; September 13th, 2017, 06:40 PM.

          Comment


          • Spinaker
            Spinaker commented
            Editing a comment
            How are you liking your fireboard? Histrix

          • Powersmoke_80
            Powersmoke_80 commented
            Editing a comment
            You are correct, at the beginning they were sincere with feed back then they just gave us the big middle finger! I will only be KS burned once for sure!

          • Atalanta
            Atalanta commented
            Editing a comment
            I have, and still do, back quite a few Kickstarters. HOWEVER, I now limit tech backings to $1 after being seriously burned (but I was able to get my money back). I only backed the Meater for $1 just to post and get updates. Even the Misen Knife was late, but IMO that was worth the wait. All the others I've backed with rewards have fulfilled.
        • wcpreston
          Club Member
          • Nov 2016
          • 157

          #20
          My Meater is allegedly on its way. Disappointed what I'm hearing about range. I'll be running mine in my Pit Barrel Cooker.

          Comment


          • Histrix
            Histrix commented
            Editing a comment
            Hard to push an ultra low power radio wave very far thru a metal enclosure. That's why their WiFi block will be pretty much a necessity.
        • ClarkK
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 7
          • Red Oak, NC
          • ---------------------------------------------------------
            Webber Genesis
            Webber Kettle Grill
            PBC (new to me!)
            ---------------------------------------------------------
            Mo's Smoking Pouch(s)
            Smokinator
            Pizza oven kit (kettle)
            Dutch oven(s)
            ---------------------------------------------------------
            Maverick ET-732
            Thermoworks ThermoPop

          #21
          I've had mine a couple of weeks and have used it 5-6 times. I like the convenience of just pushing it in the meat and connecting via Bluetooth. The range is limited, especially when in my PBC — however, you can have a phone close to the cook, Then use a separate phone or tablet to monitor what the close phone is reading. The "time remaining" hasn't been very accurate — but is a guideline at least.

          I'm happy with it — mostly because I hated dealing with the wires on my Maverick set up. My ThermoPop has confirmed end temperature for the most part — I did have an off reading on one cook most likely do to thermometer placement.

          Comment


          • cstefan
            cstefan commented
            Editing a comment
            Honestly I'll believe the technology is real when I see someone like Thermoworks embrace it. Even then most electronics are going to have a limited range they'll be able to function under. No putting a probe right in the coals like you can with a ceramic K-type thermocouple.

          • Histrix
            Histrix commented
            Editing a comment
            cstefan I'm curious, how often do you feel a need to put a probe right in the coals when bbq'ing?

          • cstefan
            cstefan commented
            Editing a comment
            Histrix I don't feel the need to put a probe in my coals. The point is you can get thermocouple sensors that will stand up to that.

            For the foreseeable future electronics will be on the delicate side. I know I've melted silicone cables on probes before when I wasn't careful about placement. I'd hate to fry a meater doing the same thing.
        • lonnie mac
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 1275
          • Bacliff, TX
          • Motovlogging for the freedom of old Hippies...

            https://www.youtube.com/c/LonnieMac

            Home of Brutus Ten!

            http://www.alenuts.com/Alenuts/Alenuts.html

            Gear:

            Weber Performer Deluxe W/ SNS, Craycort CI grates, SNS
            WSCGC (Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center W/ SNS, DNG
            Texas Original Pits, Offset Smoker
            WSM 18" W/ Upside-down door mod
            Camp Chief Flattop, The big one...
            Weber Genesis II S-335
            Texas Fire Pit

            Latest addition: Stampede 590

            Thermos:

            Maveric's Most all of em...
            FireBoard W/ Fan Control, GURU Fan
            ThermoWorks, most all of em...
            Meater

          #22
          Yea, got my Meater today. I don't know weather to play with the Meater, Soul Preacher, Fireboard or the moisture meter first. Seemed to hook up ok to the phone. I'll play with it when I get some time...

          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6868.JPG
Views:	19
Size:	1.92 MB
ID:	385996

          Comment


          • ClarkK
            ClarkK commented
            Editing a comment
            Hook 'em all up at once!

          • Huskee
            Huskee commented
            Editing a comment
            You had me at Soul Preacher! I'm really wanting their Tone Corset, and a butterscotch blonde Squire tele to use it with......ahhh if not MCS then MGS....

          • EdF
            EdF commented
            Editing a comment
            MGS is more broadly known as GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). ;-)

            I learned that on the saxophone and woodworkers forums. Allows you to communicate with alien cultures!
        • Meathead
          BBQ Whisperer, Mythbuster
          • May 2014
          • 1240
          • Chicago area
          • Remember, no rules in the bedroom or kitchen
            Meathead

          #23
          I am very interested to know if this thing works.

          Comment


          • ClarkK
            ClarkK commented
            Editing a comment
            I've used mine a number of times and it works with the proximity quirks mentioned previously. The "remaining cook time" feature on the app hasn't been reliable at all. It seems to work as well as my Maverick Et-732—but with no wires. What is a "wait and see" is how long it continues to work and keep a charge
        • ClarkK
          Club Member
          • Aug 2017
          • 7
          • Red Oak, NC
          • ---------------------------------------------------------
            Webber Genesis
            Webber Kettle Grill
            PBC (new to me!)
            ---------------------------------------------------------
            Mo's Smoking Pouch(s)
            Smokinator
            Pizza oven kit (kettle)
            Dutch oven(s)
            ---------------------------------------------------------
            Maverick ET-732
            Thermoworks ThermoPop

          #24
          On a long cook today -- my phone ran out of juice. Not really a MEATER issue as it's the phone that lost power -- but it's an inconvenience, and MEATER requires use of a phone. Figured I had a half hour to charge it without worrying about my meat. I didn't. Had a fire drill to get the meat out of the PBC when I saw it was slightly over temperature. Either I need better planning next time -- or to go back to Maverick for long cooks.

          Comment


          • richinlbrg
            richinlbrg commented
            Editing a comment
            ClarkK , what range are you getting with yours?

          • ClarkK
            ClarkK commented
            Editing a comment
            richinlbrg , very limited range in the PBC, although much better with the Weber Genesis that's not such a closed system. I'm setting my phone right next to the PBC (protected from sun and elements) then using my iPad via wifi to monitor -- which makes the range a non-issue, but put's my phone out of commission during the cook.
        • sfrancis353
          Former Member
          • Dec 2015
          • 56
          • Johns Creek, GA

          #25
          Got a Meater also and have used on a couple of cooks (whole yard bird and reverse sear ribeyes). Overall I like the product, but as noted the range so far is horrible. I'm hoping they get it fixed as if I go from grill to inside the patio (approx 3-4 feet) I lose connection often. Like everyone else, they blame it on BlueTooth, but my argument is if this is your design choice then you got to make it work. Construction materials seem to be good quality and the packaging is very well done and professional.

          I like the app they have developed. It has all the bells and whistles that the other offerings do and it was easy to pair with my Meater unit. I also ordered the block, so will be curious to see how this helps with range (once they have it done and shipped). I've compared the temps of internal with my thermapen and they are pretty consistent. I believe with the block you can also do WIFI instead of bluetooth, so that might help out a ton.

          It's estimated cook times are a bit wonky, but since it's graphically tracking the temp profile over time it's pretty easy to do your own guesstimate. It also appears they are collecting information about people's cooks, so I assume they'll be doing some machine learning in order to get better data on what cook times should be.

          All in all a good product for a first release. If they can get the range nailed, I'd consider it excellent. It's nice not to have to fight with wires.

          Comment


          • Histrix
            Histrix commented
            Editing a comment
            An ultra low power transmitter in the 2.4ghz band just isn't going to push a signal thru a metal grill very far. Might go a little farther thru a ceramic kamado. Physics.

          • kmhfive
            kmhfive commented
            Editing a comment
            Thanks for giving me hope! Someday my block may come… it’ll have to be really good to replace my Fireboard, though!
        • DWCowles
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 9760
          • Smiths Grove, Ky
          • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

          #26
          I’m glad I kept my money in my pocket.

          Comment

          Announcement

          Collapse

          Meat-Up in Memphis 2020

          Join us in Memphis for our Meat-Up! Space is limited to 400, secure your spot by booking early! Click here for details. (https://amazingribs.com/memphis2020)
          See more
          See less
          Working...
          X
          Meat-Up in Memphis

          T-Shirts & More T-Shirts & More
          Order men's and women's T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Aprons, Mugs, Caps, Tote Bags, Flasks, and more, all imprinted with the Pitmaster Club logo. There's even a spiral bound journal where you can make notes on your cooks.

          Cool Embroidered Shirt Cool Embroidered Shirt
          This beautifully embroidered shirt is the same one Meathead wears in public and on TV. It's wash and wear and doesn't need ironing (really!), but it is a soft cottonlike feel. Choice of four colors and both men's and women's.

          Click here for more info.

          Support ARC

          Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon.

          https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

          BBQ Stars

          Spotlight

          These are not ads or paid placements. These Are Some Of Our Favorite Tools And Toys.

          These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

          Use our links when you buy things

          Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! If you like AmazingRibs.com, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

          https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

           


          Placeholder

          Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

          Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts


          Digital Thermometers Are Your Most Valuable Tool And Here's A Great Buy!

          maverick PT55 thermometer

          A good digital thermometer keeps you from serving dry overcooked food or dangerously undercooked food. They are much faster and much more accurate than dial thermometers. YOU NEED ONE!

          Click here for more info on the Maverick PT-55 Waterproof Instant-Read Thermometer Review shown above. It may be the best value in a thermometer out there


          If you have a Weber Kettle, you need the Slow 'N' Sear

          slow n sear

          The Slow 'N' Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.

          Click here for our article on this breakthrough tool


          Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet's Dual Tube Burners

          the good one grill

          The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King's proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

          Click here to read our complete review


          The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

          the good one grill

          The Good-One Open Range is a charcoal grill with an offset smoke chamber attached. It is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. The grill sits low in front and doubles as a firebox for the smoke chamber which is spliced on above and behind so it can work like a horizontal offset smoker only better. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

          Click here to read our complete review


          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

          Griddle And Deep Fryer All In One

          The flat top does the burgers and the fryer does the fries. Use the griddle for bacon, eggs, and home fries. Or pancakes, fajitas, grilled cheese, you name it. Why stink up the house deep frying and spatter all over? Do your fried chicken and calamari outside. Blackstone's Rangetop Combo With Deep Fryer does it all. Plus it has a built in cutting board, garbage bag holder, and paper towel holder. An additional work table on the left side provides plenty of counter space.

          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


          Pit Barrel Cooker Smoker

          The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

          The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers in the hardware stores because temperature control is so much easier. Best of all, it is only $299 delivered to your door!

          Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


          The Undisputed Champion!

          thermapen

          The Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 is considered by the pros, and our team, to be the single best instant read thermometer. Don't accept cheap substitutes.  Click here to read our test results and comprehensive review and why it won our Platinum Medal .


          Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

          Placeholder

          Char-Broil's Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you're off to the party! Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


          The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted

          NK-22-Ck Grill

          Their NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It's hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.

          Click here for more about what makes this grill special


          Placeholder

          G&F Suede Welder's Gloves

          Heat Resistant Gloves With Extra Long Sleeves Hold The Hot Stuff

          If you're using oven mitts at the grill, it's time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder's gloves. They're heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.

          Click here to read our detailed review

          Click here to order from Amazon


          GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone

          grill grates

          GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, keep small foods from committing suicide, kill hotspots, are easier to clean, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily removed and moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke to whatever is above. Every gas grill needs them.

          Click here for more about what makes these grates so special


          PK 360 grill

          Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

          The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it's easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado. Beautifully designed and completely portable. Meathead says it is his preferrred grill.

          Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

          Click here to order it direct from PK and get a special deal for AmazingRibs.com readers only


          kareubequ bbq smoker

          Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

          The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.

          Click here for our review of this superb smoker


          Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

          masterbuilt gas smoker

          The First Propane Smoker With A Thermostat Makes This Baby Foolproof

          Set ThermoTemp's dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin'.

          Click here to read our detailed review


          Professional Steakhouse Knife Set

          masterbuilt gas smoker

          Our founder, Meathead, wanted the same steak knives used by steakhouses such as Peter Luger, Smith & Wollensky, Morton's, Kobe Club, Palm, and many others. So he located the manufacturer and had them stamp our name on some. They boast pointed, temper-ground, serrated, high-carbon stainless-steel, half-tang blades with excellent cutting edge ability. The beefy hardwood handle provides a comfortable grip secured by three hefty rivets. He has machine washed his more than 100 times. They have never rusted and they stay shiny without polishing. Please note that we do not make, sell, or distribute these knives, they just engrave them with our name.

          Click here to read our detailed review and to order


          Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

          fireboard bbq thermometer

          With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.

          Click here to read our detailed review


          Finally, A Great Portable Pellet Smoker

          Green Mountain Davey Crockett Grill

          Green Mountain's portable Davy Crockett Pellet Smoker is one mean tailgating and picnic machine. But it's also gaining popularity with people who want to add a small, set it and forget it pellet smoker to their backyard arsenal. And with their WiFi capabilities you can control and monitor Davy Crocket from your smart phone or laptop.

          Click here to read our detailed review and to order