Great summer BBQ and grilling tech

Great summer BBQ and grilling tech

Summary: Jason Perlow gives you his picks for the best BBQ and grilling tech/accessories for the July 4th weekend and the summer ahead.


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  • DigiQ DX2

    ($280-$300 depending on configuration,

    As opposed to grilling, which is a quick and high-temperature cooking method, actual barbecue smoking using charcoal rigs requires patience and also close attention to temperatures over a period of many hours when you are cooking "low and slow".

    With BBQ Guru's DigiQ DX2, you too can smoke like a true competition pitmaster while also having the convenience of automated digital monitoring and electronic thermal management.

    Whether you have a simple Weber Bullet, a Big Green Egg, or another charcoal smoker, the DigiQ will automatically regulate the smoker to the desired target temperature (200-225 degrees for ideal BBQ smoking results) using an electronically controlled fan (with adapters designed specifically for your smoker brand and model) and real-time internal temperature monitoring of the meat and ambient pit temperature using probe sensors.

    A scaled-down, pit sensor only version of the DigiQ is sold as the PartyQ, and sells for $129. Grill fan stoker adapters are sold separately.

    If you use an electric smoker, BBQ Guru has developed the Power Raptor, which is a electrical current regulator used with the DigiQ and CyberQ units in place of a variable speed stoker fan.

  • BBQGuru CyberQ WiFi

    BBQ Guru's CyberQ WiFi improves on the original DigiQ by including a built-in web server that allows you to access the device's controls and status via a Wi-Fi connection. Additionally, the CyberQ WiFi can remotely monitor the temperature of up to three different meats using probe sensors.

    CyberQ Wi-FI Web UI


    Wedonet CyberQ Wi-Fi application for Windows

     The CyberQ WiFi is also supported by various third-party applications such as Wedonet's WiFi Windows Controller, as well as The Pit Pal on Android, if you want to get historical charts of your cooking session for real-time monitoring of pit and food temperatures on your mobile devices.

    The Pit Pal Main Cooking Screen (Android)
    The Pit Pal Cook Details (Pit Temperature) on Android

    A full CyberQ setup with controller, blower fan, and adapter to match your smoker costs about $400. I use this system personally, and if you're extremely serious about getting consistent results when doing BBQ smoking, as well as being able to walk away for several hours and monitor the progress of your cook remotely, this is a must-have product.

  • Weber 1351001 One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, 22-Inch, Black

    ($149, Amazon)

    When it comes to charcoal grilling, nothing beats the classic Weber. The original and iconic Kettle, which has been in production since 1951, is made out of heavy gauge porcelain enamelled steel, and is the ultimate in simplicity. The Gold model has a One-Touch cleaning and venting system that allows you to empty the ash in seconds without getting your hands dirty.

Topics: After Hours, Amazon, Hardware, Software


Jason Perlow, Sr. Technology Editor at ZDNet, is a technologist with over two decades of experience integrating large heterogeneous multi-vendor computing environments in Fortune 500 companies. Jason is currently a Partner Technology Strategist with Microsoft Corp. His expressed views do not necessarily represent those of his employer.

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  • Good Grill'n to you Jason

    I like the products you show but you forgot something:

    You gotta have good wood and charcoal to do it right ;)
    • Thanks

      for the charcoal link.
      • You are welcome

        They know what they are doing when it comes to grilling fuels.
  • Well hopefully...

    Jason, you might not get "grilled" for being a Microsoft tool for this post! Hehe...
    Happy Independence Day! "Pitmasters, start your fires!"
  • "Nothing beats the classic Weber"

    My classic Weber fell apart after a few years. That is, the steel burned through where the legs joined the kettle.

    I now have a stainless steel Barbecook Collosea Grill. It is easier and quicker to use, and uses less charcoal. So far, it "beats the classic Weber" .....
    • They Don't Make Webers Like They Used To

      I agree - Weber grills just don't last anymore. There are definitely better brands to buy. Thanks for your suggestion.
  • overpriced bling

    It's not technology, nor is it a technician. Humans have cooked for thousands of years without needing a computer to do the namby pamby too-difficult work-that-Americans-don't-want-to-do stuff...
  • Imagine of the usual tech companies were in on this

    What would you call the stuff? Easy to guess in some cases... Apple iGrill. Samsung Galaxy Grill? The GGrill? Microsoft Expression Grill Professional Home Ultimate? Oracle Grill Consulting Services? DropGrill?