Wondering how to use your Pit Boss meat probe?
Sounds like your hungry!
A hunger for knowledge this time instead of a smoky pork butt!
I want to get technical here and give you some clarity on how the temperature probes functions.
Stay tuned for some pro(be) tips and simple steps on how to get the most from a digital probe food thermometer!
The Pit Boss Grill
These babies will redefine your grilling game as they mix technicality with the practicability of getting BBQ right.
Today I want to discuss a specific technical function of these electrical-powered machines.
They come with a digital control meat probe and you might not have used one before.
What Is a Meat Probe?
So what is a ‘meat probe’?
The digital meat probes are the hardware that comes with the Pit Boss.
Effectively these are just temperature probes that are used to monitor accurate temperature readouts and then feed back the information on a digital readout.
I’m sure we’ve all seen a temperature gauge before as we use them on our cars, phones, etc but I do say there is a bit of a specialty when it comes to grilling!.
What Is the Function of a Meat Probe on a Pit Boss Pellet Grill & Smoker?
What is so special about the functionality of a probe on my Pit Boss?
Well, if I was a reductionist I would argue that cooking is all about control of the elements and time.
Not to mention that there can be serious health consequences if we don’t achieve safe temperatures within food, specifically meat!
Knowing how to adequately use cooking probe thermometers that provide accurate readings makes cooking a more enjoyable experience and mitigates worry.
It also lets you home in your technique and gets the best out of the hard-earned money you have spent on food.
I have highlighted the reasons below:
- Safe knowing your food is cooked at the right temperature
- Better cooked and tastier food to enjoy
- Easier and enjoyable cooking experience that saves time
- If you’re spending money on a grill why not understand how it works
Having Problems With Your Meat Probe?
Having problems getting a correct reading from your meat probe?
Where Can I Find the Meat Probe on My Pit Boss?
The meat probes look like metal headphone wires with the end being sharper and able to poke into whatever you want to measure.
These heatproof wires feed into the probe slot (receptacle) located on the main controller board on the digital display.
There are many different models in the Pit Boss range and will do my best to generically cover them all.
I will say though that there are more ‘fancier’ versions that have a Wi-Fi control board with wireless sensors, and other cool stuff like a handheld thermometer you can monitor from your sofa!
How to Pre-activate the Pit Boss & Probe Sensor?
So how do we activate the meat probe?
Powering the Pit Boss & Meat Probe(s)
Firstly, if you haven’t plugged the pellet grill into the power source then the digital temperature probe will not work.
In fact, the whole thing won’t work so go and plug it in now!
Priming the Pit Boss
Another step in this process is to prime the Pit Boss.
Priming is a start-up function that makes sure enough of the fuel is ready to be ignited and creates a heat source.
Without priming the pellet grill won’t function as there will be no heat in the cooking chamber.
What Will Stop the Meat Probe From Functioning?
Before we start using the probe it would be great if we analyzed what could cause an inaccurate readout.
The obvious one would be physical or electrical damage to the probe.
The latter is harder to diagnose but any rips or tears to the thermometer probe cables will stop a temperature from being achieved.
No Power to Pit Boss
I know I’ve certainly done it! Forgot to switch the on button when you’ve inserted it in the plug!
Make sure that you have working power to the whole device otherwise the meat probe will not work.
Freezing ambient temperature outside can affect your sensor and may even disrupt enough heat getting to your Pit Boss cooking chamber.
Check the weather before grilling in severe conditions that affect the Pit Boss and maybe leave it a day or two!
How to Use a Pit Boss Meat Probe
Below are the fundamental steps and information to shed some light (heat) on the probe functionality in our Pit Boss pellet grill.
Follow the steps for a greater cooking experience and do some research on the ideal internal temperatures for different meats.
I have actually memorized them now which is always handy when I use my Pit Boss.
Inspect the Meat Probe(s)
The first thing you want to do and even before powering the Pit Boss is to check and inspect for any physical damage.
Look for any rips or tears and knots.
Inserting Into a Receptacle
The second step before powering is to insert the probe into the receptacles.
There are generally 2 slots in a Pit Boss and they will be labeled on the control panel.
It makes a clicking sound when fully inserted like any other electronic cable.
The sharper end goes into the meat by the way so don’t go stabbing into metal as it doesn’t work.
Inserting the Probe(s) Into Your Food
Next, take the meat that you have prepared.
For the most accurate reading, insert the stabby probe end into the thicket part of the protein.
Be careful to make sure that it doesn’t go all the way through the meat as this may touch the grill grates and give you an inaccurate reading.
When feeding the probe wire from the cooking chamber be sure to also check that no direct flames will be in contact with it.
There is a special slot for the probe wire to go on the cooking chamber barrel known as the probe entrance hole.
Monitoring the Temperatures
Close the lid when the temperature dial on your Pit Boss is correct and has come to the required heat.
Keep an eye on the display to ensure you do not miss it when the required internal temperature is met.
Remember, there are 2 different temperature readings here.
The overall cooking temperature and then the internal meat temperature which the probes are monitoring.
Removing the Meat Probe(s)
When the right internal temperature is displayed from the meat probes then your food is ready.
Remove the probes before you take off the meat so they don’t unnecessarily pull away from the receptacle housing.
Cleaning the Probe(s)
Once you have powered down your Pit Boss you can remove the probes and clean the end we inserted into the food.
I use warm soapy water with some washing-up liquid to remove the grease and then ensure they are dried thoroughly.
Replacing the Meat Probe(s)
The probes are easy to replace and available online.
I would recommend keeping some spare in case the ones you have a malfunction.
Safety to Note When Using a Pit Boss Temperature Probe
Below I have noted some safety to think about when handling the meat probes.
Remember, if you think something is wrong, especially on the electrical side, then have a professional take a look.
Check the warranty and contact Pit Boss customer service.
– Handling hot probes and food you are at risk of burning yourself
– Extreme rainy weather and electrical items do not mix
– If you are making any adjustments then make sure that the power is off on your Pit Boss
– Keep an eye on children as they will likely pull on them
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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