Thermoworks ChefAlarm Probe Thermometer Review

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Thermoworks takes the guess work out of cooking, baking and grilling with their amazingly fast and accurate Thermapen. I have been using one for about 2 years now and I still don’t even know how to calibrate the thing because it never has failed the ice bath calibration test. So given my love for the Thermapen, I was pretty pumped when Thermoworks sent me their ChefAlarm commercial leave-in style cooking thermometer, plus a whole arsenal of high temp probes that work with the unit. I mention the probes because that has always been the weak spot in this style of thermometer. I have had more wires short out than I care to mention, so I wanted to wait and do my review after I had a chance to put some of the ChefAlarm probes through some pretty harsh conditions.

I’ve had a chance now to cook everything from chicken breasts on the grill to pork butts on the smoker to beef roasts in the oven and the probes are still going strong.  I used to only use these types of probe thermometers with larger cuts like roasts and whole chickens.  With the shorter probe in particular, I now find myself jabbing and leaving them in chicken breasts and steaks.  I can then jump in the pool and just glance over and check on my protein more easily.  As for accuracy, I have compared it with the Thermapen and it is spot-on, which is no surprise coming from Thermoworks.

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As for features of the unit, I like to use the high temperature alarm to let me know when it is time to remove my meat from the grill or smoker. For chicken breasts, I just set the high temp alarm for 160 and after I flip the breasts, I just go make my side dishes until I hear the alarm. There are other features like a standard timer, low temperature alarm and a way to calibrate the unit (which I haven’t had to do yet). You can set the timer up to 99 hours, which I’m not sure why you would want to, but I thought I would mention it because it sounds impressive in the literature.

The ChefAlarm comes with a nice zippered carrying case and clear instructions on how to work the unit. Also included is 1 pro-series high temp cooking probe. As I mentioned, the probe wire always seem to short out on such thermometers but the included probe’s wire is rated to 700 degrees, so I think it will hold up fine, just try not to run the wire across any part of the grill that might get a flare up. You can buy additional probes as shown in the photo. I use the straight probe the most and the high temp air probe with grill grate clip is really nice for monitoring your smoker’s temps using an additional ChefAlarm unit.

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All in all, this is another winner from Thermoworks for me. The feature are really basic, which is a good thing. All I care about is accuracy and reliability of the probes. I’m confident I can count on the ChefAlarm to watch my bird/swine/bovine protein while I work on other parts of the meal or take a dip in the pool.

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