Where does the probe read?

Discussion in 'Meat Thermometers' started by call the hogs, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. Was wondering where on the meat probes does it get the most accuate reading. Im assuming its the first 1/4" or so. Or just where the tip is. Or if you have the probe in the fattest part of the meat, say a butt, the other couple inches of the probe doesnt affect the reading?   [​IMG]

  2. whittling chip

    whittling chip Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I just aim at the thickest part of the muscle. Stay away from any bones. I push the entire probe into the meat, if possible. I normally have about an inch of probe out of the meat. (Prior to the 90° bend).

    Others will be on line to help you.

    Good luck and good smoking!
  3. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    On most probes? Meat probes, that is, not the Maverick pit probes.  I have read that it is within about the first inch from the tip.

    Never tested that.  Might be interesting if I figger out how to do it?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  4. mr500

    mr500 Meat Mopper

    Yeah its is the first couple inches away from the tip....I performed the boil test and found this out. As I was curious myself at one time.

    Hope helps

  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It depends on the Manufacturer...High end Thermocouple, read at the tip and are fast...Thermistor type probes are frequently 1-1.5 inches from the end...Stick the probe in the thickest part of the meat, away from bone...JJ
  6. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would add another caution.

    In a larger piece of meat, it is easy to hit a fat pocket. 

    I always double check with an instant read probe.  One therm isn't always enough.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  7. The reason I was asking is for instance on a piece of meat that was longer but onlt a couple inches thick, would it be ok to run down thickness ways, so about a inch, or does it need to go in length wise to the middle or does it matter. Im using the Maverick unit myself. 

  8. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It's probably going to be more accurate if you go length wise, but it's always good to check it in a couple of places when you think it's done.
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You want to insert the probe where you an get the most of it into the hunk of meat that you want to read the temp on. Now sometimes that longways an sometime that is just the end of the probe so there you have my thoughts.

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