With cooler temps drawing closer, you’d be forgiven for thinking the season for meat-obsessives is winding down. After all, it’s always felt like summer is the time to invest in new meat gear, what with 4th of July, Father’s Day, and all manner of BBQs and cookouts. But this just isn’t true. There’s a whole world of indoor meat adventures to be had, whether it’s through the joy of smoking meats low and slow outside while you cozy up inside by the fire, or the weekend project of making your own charcuterie (best enjoyed by that same fire, incidentally).
Use the following guide to inspire the meat-lover in your life to try something new. Price points range from “housewarming gift for your college friend” to “symbol of long-term commitment and mutual love of all things pork.”
This Maverick Wireless Thermometer is basically the gold standard in outdoor grilling and smoking. It’s got one meat probe that monitors the internal temp of whatever you’re cooking, and one surface probe that tells you the ambient temperature. Both of those temps get reported back to you on the remote receiver, which is programmable so you can set an alarm if either temp dips too high or too low. This is invaluable for when you’re doing a long overnight smoke—you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be alerted if anything goes awry (in which case you won’t actually be resting, but it’s better than waking up to a cold, sweaty brisket.) Bonus: though my thermometer didn’t come with these, this edition comes with gadgets called “bear paw meat handlers” which I’ve never used but sound both useful and also maybe scandalous.