how to use pitboss boss meat probe

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Last Updated on: 14th November 2022, 03:19 am

Pit boss grills are one of the most effective solutions when it comes to grilling meat to perfection while requiring the least effort.

Although they are user-friendly, you still need to learn how to use them effectively to get the most out of them.

In this article, we will discuss how to use the meat probe of a pit boss.

The Pit Boss meat probe is one of the most important components of the grill to remain at the top of the process.

It’s really overwhelming to see the meat probe at first with a bunch of wires like a headphone, especially if you are an old school pitmaster.

I am predicting this because I have been there .

It is really confusing and frustrating at the same time if you are a non-technical guy like me.

But over the years, I have tweaked my process of using the pit boss temperature probe and maximised its effectiveness.

Today I am going to share that with you.

As a general guideline, you just need to connect the temperature probe to the electricity and then insert it into the meat to start using it.

You need to insert the probe into the thickest portion of meat to get an accurate temperature.

A meat probe is a really effective piece of equipment because it can help you control the temperature of the meat being grilled more precisely.

Grilling your meat without knowing the internal temperature is like shooting arrows in the dark.

using a pitboss boss meat probe

As you gain more experience in grilling, you will realize that the smoker temperature is way off from the actual temperature of the meat because there are several factors involved in increasing the internal temperature of meat . e.g. stall.

So it can be really frustrating to decide if your meat has been overcooked or undercooked without knowing the internal temperature of the meat.

The only solution to this is to use a meat probe.

Here is a complete guide to using a meat probe in a pit boss.

Check for damage

First of all , you should take your meat probe and inspect it for any damage.

It is really important to perform this step because you need to make sure that the meat probe is working correctly to rely on its reading during grilling.

If the meat probe is damaged, then it can malfunction during the process.

The malfunctioning can either result in a wrong reading or no reading at all.

So it is better to check for any malfunctions beforehand to stay on the safe end.

You should consider checking for any physical damage that you can spot while inspecting.

If it has been damaged, then there is a huge chance that it will malfunction, so you should consider replacing it with a new one.

Connect to a grill

After you have examined your meat probe for any physical damage, you can now move onto connecting your meat probe to the grill if it’s not damaged.

It is a simpler process than you might expect and does not require much effort.

As with any other component of the pit boss, the meat probe also works by using electricity.

You need to connect it to the receptacle present on the control panel to make sure it starts measuring the temperature.

There are two slots available on the control panel of the Pit Boss grill, which are known as the meat probe receptacles.

You need to insert the end of the wiring of the meat probe into these slots to connect the meat probe to electricity.

If the meat probe is inserted correctly, then you will hear a clicking sound upon insertion.

This sound is an indication that the meat probe is connected.

The sharper end of the meat probe is used to insert it into the meat.

Incorporate into the meat

After you have connected your meat probe to electricity, now you need to insert your meat probe into the meat that you are going to grill.

You need to be really careful about the insertion because the accuracy of temperature will depend on the effectiveness of insertion.

You should consider inserting your meat probe into the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate temperature.

For example, if you are smoking a brisket, then you should consider inserting your meat probe into the area between the flat and point region. you can also check our guide on where to probe brisket for more information.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the meat probe should always be inserted away from any bone.

The reason is that the temperature of the bone will be different from that of the meat due to the difference in texture.

Lastly, the meat probe should be inserted in a careful manner.

The end of the meat probe should stay within the meat.

You should make sure that the meat probe is not poking out from the other side, because if it touches the grilling grates, it will give a wrong reading.

Place the meat on the grill

After inserting your meat probe into the meat, you should place your meat on the grill.

You should make sure that the wiring of the meat probe is not directly exposed to fire because it can result in sudden and unexpected accidents.

You should run wires attached to the meat probe through a hole found on the left hand side of the pit boss grill. It is known as the probe insertion hole.

After placing the meat into the smoker, you should consider closing the lid.

Monitor the temperature

Now turn on your grill and keep an eye out for the temperature reading.

There will be two readings displayed on the readout.

if you end up messing your pit boss grill, then you can check our guide on Pit Boss grill troubleshooting or How to fix pit boss err code? for help

One reading will be of the temperature of the smoker, while the other one will correspond to the internal temperature of the meat.

Remove the temperature probe

When the internal temperature of meat reaches the desired temperature, you should consider removing the meat from the smoker to avoid overcooking it.

While doing so, you should consider removing the meat probe first.

Clean the meat probe

Lastly, after finishing your grilling process, you should consider cleaning the meat probe to make it durable.

You can simply run it through soapy water and then dry it using the clean towels. make sure to dry it completely to avoid rusting


Using a pit boss meat probe is really simple .

You just need to make sure that it is working correctly and then insert it into the meat.

You should make sure to clean the meat probe after use to avoid rust buildup on pit boss probe.

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