Laser Infrared BBQ Thermometer Review

Posted by Jason on July 22, 2010

Laser ThermometerOur friends over at graciously offered to send us a Maverick Laser Infrared Surface Thermometer to test out and provide our thoughts. Of course we wouldn’t want to dangle a brand new BBQ gadget in front of our readers without giving you a chance to win one, so RedEnvelope also kicked in an extra thermometer for one lucky reader to win! Keep reading and we’ll let you know how you can get your hands on one of these guys.

Out of the box the thermometer has a good feel to it. It’s got some weight, but I have to admit that the plastic casing makes me weary of it surviving a drop. A Wii style wrist band would have been a good addition for those with slippery finger syndrome. Overall, the thermometer performs well and provides fast and accurate readings. Keep in mind that this little guy take surface temperature readings as opposed to air temperature readings. Because of this, I would most recommend this tool for somebody that does more grilling than smoking. It works great on a pizza stone, and is definitely the way to go if you’re looking to fine tune your temperature control for burgers and steaks. This little guy helped me located the hot spots on my Weber Kettle within seconds of opening the lid. At the time of writing this article, I’ve only had the thermometer for a couple of weeks. So at this point I can’t speak to it’s durability over repeated us, but after multiple cooking sessions it’s still working exactly the same as it was when I took it out of the package. All in all, this is nice piece of equipment that I feel comfortable recommending to a griller that’s looking to establish better control over their surface temperatures.

Laser Thermometer

So, does this sound like a piece of equipment that you need to have? If so, just leave us a comment below letting us know your thoughts on the laser thermometer. We’ll randomly select one lucky person to receive a freebie from, and it will be delivered straight to your door step!

37 Responses to “Laser Infrared BBQ Thermometer Review”

Wayne B. July 22, 2010

If it’s accurate and it doesn’t disturb the meat, then I say it’s a piece of equipment to own!

Eric July 22, 2010

Sounds like a cool tool!

Spice_Guy July 22, 2010

I need to find out where to get one of those. Thanks for the review.

Matthew Gerber July 22, 2010

This would make a great gift for my wife…she’s a grilling maniac!

drnappy July 22, 2010

Sounds like it would be great for the smoker to keep the temps in control.

Robert July 23, 2010

The two biggest things you need to know when barbecuing (as opposed to grilling) are the temperature inside the closed grill, which you don’t want to open to check since you lose about 50 degrees with even a quick peek, and the temperature inside the meat so you can know when it’s done. It doesn’t sound like this thermometer does either of that.

Do you use it just to check how how the grill is at the surface where you, say, grill burgers?

Fred July 23, 2010

I like the pizza stone idea and as well this would be perfect for a grill top griddle. I use both over wood fire on occasion and have run into hot spot issues. This would be the next best tool to add to the collection.

Ronald July 23, 2010

Because the older woman across from me at work here decides to point her infrared thermometer to see the temperature of my cubicle, I would like one to point back at her and at my grill of course. This would be awesome for when I’m trying to separate temperatures on my grill.

Greg Givan July 23, 2010

Looks like a nifty tool. I’d love to see its accuracy when pointed at a pot of boiling water…

Chris July 23, 2010

I’ve wanted one of these ever since Alton Brown played with one on his Good Eats show a few years back. I could have used one last weekend when the dome temp of my Egg was 400f but because of opening and closing the lid for 2 minute grill times, I wasn’t sure of the surface temp at the grate but it was obviously way hotter.

jim chincholl July 23, 2010

I have such a terrible time figuring out temperatures and cooking at the correct temps…My wife always says why cant you get a med rare piece of meat instead of med well….This may be the savior cooking utencil in my life and save a marriage….HOORAY

Jason July 23, 2010


Sounds like I’d have to try it out to give my two cents.

Fran Schinella July 23, 2010

Sounds like a neat gadget, I’d love to give it a try! Though I don’t know that it’s a necessary item to have – most grills come with a temperature gauge you can read without opening the grill, and as far as the temperature of the meat I am more concerned with the INSIDE temperature than the surface temperature.

Andy July 24, 2010

Yep, I can certainly see a few uses for this! My gas grill is a little uneven, and being able to identify hot/cold spots without guessing would be great. I can also think of a few non-cooking uses as well.

Mike July 24, 2010

Sounds like a good idea for when the kids are are sick & I don’t want to get too close!!

Eddie July 24, 2010

I have always been interested in one of these in past. I have seen Alton Brown use one for years. I think this would be great for a Pizza stone or even cooking Burgers APL (Adam Perry Lang) Style on a griddle on top of your grill.

Noel G July 24, 2010

Wow where can we get one? I compete in the NEBS grilling comp and have made a home made pizza oven out of a 30 gal drum. I know it gets up around 800 degrees but I don’t have my own infrared.It would be great for the grilling and oven!

jim strachan July 25, 2010


Rene July 25, 2010

I am constantly grabbing things that are too hot with my bare hands, like full chimneys, tools I left hlf on the grill, etc. If I had one of those my urge to play with a new gadget may save my hands from future burns

Mike July 26, 2010

I have a similar unit, but it doesn’t have the temperature range. With that wide of a range, if the unit is accurate that would be a huge selling point for me.

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Juice August 22, 2010

Now all we need is a laser that can measure the temp on the INSIDE of the meat!

bob August 24, 2010

having a laser thermometer would be a great tool to have as part of my BBQ arsenal, especially at BBQ comps when temps have to be right on.

Tim September 6, 2010

Sounds like something I need!

Shawn September 27, 2010

Thia would make grilling temps a lot easier which is all about time and temp anyway. I would love it for my Beer Can Chicken so I don’t have to keep poking holes.

Dad September 28, 2010


Jim Ehrenreich September 29, 2010

I’ll take one with a side of ribs. Can’t wait til Friday!!!!!

Lee Durant November 24, 2010

My son could use one of these thermometers grilling for each time we asked for a medium rare steak it arrives rare.

Atlanta Caterer January 10, 2011

As long as there are barbecue enthusiasts in the world, the world will continue to create new barbecue gadgets.

xavi May 18, 2011

This is a great tool for the childrens..

Jim@ Best Grills July 25, 2011

A really cool tool. Then again I wonder how many will actually use it.

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Jimmy May 21, 2012

I am interested in knowing more about the Laser infrared surface thermometer as I have several other types and am looking for one that is more accurate and useful for grilling and smoking.

roland June 18, 2012

since i grill only on my weber kettle then this sounds like a piece of equipment i would get a lot of use out of

Henry Oliver July 10, 2012

I have a friend that has one, its a must have for any BBQ!!

Kathe Stanislaw October 28, 2012

This is the best thermometer I have ever heard of. I have been looking for a thermometer for in house & BBQing for a very long time & nothing sutited me. I NEED one of these!!!

Brandi graves April 21, 2013

Need one of these!

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