ThermoWorks sent me a promotional unit to test for this article.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The ThermoWorks DOT is one of my favorite digital probe thermometers so when I heard about an upgraded Square DOT thermometer, I jumped at the opportunity to test it and share my thoughts.
ThermoWorks has long been recognized for making accurate and durable thermometers that can handle constant use in restaurants.
As a home cook, I appreciate the products' reliability. Their offerings are a favorite for foodies of all skill levels.
I've always liked the original round DOT thermometer because it's simple, compact, and intuitive to use.
I appreciate how it's magnetized so it can stick to the outside of my smoker. It lives on the side of my refrigerator when not in use so I always know where to find it.
At first glance, it's no surprise to me that the simplistic design of the original DOT inspired the style of SquareDot.
What is the Square DOT Thermometer?
The Square DOT thermometer is a compact, digital, leave-in probe thermometer.
Square DOT is a 2-channel thermometer, meaning it has ports for 2 thermometer probes.
This gives you the ability to simultaneously measure your food's temperature and take a second reading, like another food's temperature or the temperature of your cooker.
One of the great things about having a digital leave-in probe thermometer in your arsenal is that you don't have to keep opening the grill or oven to check the food.
What is the average temperature mode?
When you use the second channel of the Square DOT, you have the ability to monitor the air temperature of your cooker.
When cooking in an oven, we set it to a specific temperature.
But that temperature is not constant.
The average function will quickly tell you what the oven is running at compared to what it is set to.
Similar to the thermostat in your house, the oven heats when it senses a temperature drop and takes breaks when it's at your set temperature.
Average temperature mode displays the average temperature over the last 15 minutes of cooking. Since most ovens run a bit hot or cold, this can be especially helpful for dialing in your temperature with greater precision.'
Is the average temperature mode useful for monitoring a pellet grill or an offset smoker?
The average temperature mode is extremely useful when monitoring a pellet grill or wood smoker.
Similar to a household oven where the temperature can fluctuate, it's almost a given that pellet grills' and smokers' temperatures fluctuate.
Factors like wind, weather conditions, humidity, and the efficiency of your pit all come into play when your pellet grill decides to feed more fuel to the fire, or when you decide to add a couple of splits to the wood fire.
Average temperature mode gives you a far more accurate understanding of what your food is actually cooking at regardless of the changing temperatures.
Where can I get Square DOT?
SquareDot is available at the ThermoWorks website for $69.
It sits in the lineup between DOT and Smoke or SmokeX and is priced in the middle of those devices.
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