This is a screenshot from my new favorite cooking tool, the iGrill2, which is scheduled to be released at the end of May. It has the ability to report up to 4 temperatures on your phone in a graph form. If you are a nerd (like me), you'll love this. The top graph shows the temperature of my smoker, while the bottom shows the temperature of the chicken I was cooking in the smoker. The graph tells me a lot about what is going on inside the smoker without having to open it. I will share in my calamity: At about 11:40 a.m. I realized my beer can chicken had fallen over onto my coals… At about 11:54 and 11:56, you can see where I opened up the smoker. It's interesting that with all the drops and variations in temperature, the chicken cooked at the same rate all the way to 160°.

It also does other things, like alert you when your smoker is colder or hotter than the cooking window you want. It also gives you alerts when your food is getting close to done.

How do you make sure your food is done before pulling it?

If you want to check out the iGrill line, head to