Today, Meater, the manufacturer of one of my favorite grilling tools, has announced its newest meat probe, the Meater 2 Plus. The natural evolution of the Meater Plus, The Meater 2 Plus solves the biggest issue of the original; it can now be used over an open flame.
If you’ve never heard of the Meater probe, it’s a smart meat probe designed to help you get the best out of your meat. It connects to your phone, and the app tells you the temperature inside the food. The app can also help you get the perfect doneness for your meat. If you choose the type of protein and how well you want it done, the Meater probe will track the temperature, tell you when to take it off the heat, and, if you keep the probe in, tell you how long to let it rest and when to serve it. It’s incredibly helpful for me as I love my steaks medium-rare, which can be tricky if you aren’t careful.
The Meater 2 Plus does all of the same things with the benefit of heat protection. The original could withstand a lot of heat, of course, but because the tip was made of plastic, it couldn’t survive direct contact with flame or oil. The 2 Plus now has a stainless steel ambient end that can withstand external temperatures of 932 degrees Fahrenheit (500C), meaning you can grill it, sear it, air fry it, and even put it in a deep fat fryer, it will still work as intended. The only part of the probe that’s not metal is a special ceramic that lets the Bluetooth signal get through.
Having that temperature range greatly increases the Meater 2 Plus’ usability around the kitchen and the types of meat you can cook with it. I’ve tried it on the best grills of this year, and no matter what I used, be it a smoker, gas grill, or griddle, the Meater 2 handled it like a champ. I even tried it on a chicken in my air fryer, and though the connection was a little spotty through the casing, it did the job, and the chicken I roasted came out really well.
Connection is handled via Bluetooth, and the base is an important part of that. Not only does it charge the probe while docked — charging takes just 15 minutes to reach 50 percent — it also has a built-in Bluetooth repeater to boost your connection. This means you can walk away from the base and still get notified when the food is ready.
Though I’ve only managed to cook with the Meater 2 Plus for a week, I’m impressed with the updates it has over the Meater Plus. The original has been one of my favorite Christmas gifts in the last few years, and now that the Meater 2 Plus is going to be available just before Thanksgiving, I think I’ll ask for one as an early gift for this Christmas.
The Meater 2 Plus will be available Nov. 6, 2023, at Meater.com and will retail at $120.