The joy of smoking can go horribly wrong if the temperature isn’t consistent throughout the smoking process.
And so many things can change the temperature: Diminishing charcoal, external air temperature, quality of smoker (e.g., does it leak?), or trouble figuring out the air vent settings.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the stable temperature control of an indoor oven outdoors in your smoker? Well, you can.
In the 2000s, the first automatic temperature controllers (ATCs) for BBQs and smokers were created to manage the temperature of both pit and food throughout the cooking process.
In this article, we compare the line ups from both manufacturers, discussing in detail the leading models on the market – The Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru.
We’ll cover the origin, workings, and benefits of an ATC. Then we’ll follow with a product review of these 4 top models from the top 2 manufacturers:
Note: Clicking the above links will take you to further information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.
Contents (Jump to Topic)
- 1 What is an Automatic Temperature Controller?
- 2 Things to Look for When Choosing Your ATC
- 3 How a Smoker Temperature Controller Works
- 4 What are the Benefits and Pros & Cons Of Using an ATC?
- 5 Where is an ATC is Used?
- 6 BBQ Guru Vs Flame Boss
- 7 The Companies
- 8 Product Range
- 9 Comparing Their Offerings
- 10 Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru – What People Say About Them
- 11 Which Model is Best For You?
- 12 Common Concerns to All Temperature Controllers
- 13 Keeping Your Temp Controller in Top Performance / Overcoming issues
- 14 Product Roundup and Mini-Reviews
- 15 High-End Automatic BBQ Temperature Controllers
- 16 Mid-Range Automatic BBQ Temperature Controllers
- 17 Final Thoughts on Flame Boss Vs BBQ Guru
What is an Automatic Temperature Controller?
An ATC gives a smoker the consistent heat of an indoor oven. Set a temperature and it stays there, thanks to adjustments to the flow of oxygen into the smoker.
The ATC frees you to go and do other things, monitoring and adjusting the cooking process as needed from wherever you are – in the house, at the store, or on the job – via a wifi connection.
No more being tied to the smoker! This video by Grill Girl shows how it works.
Things to Look for When Choosing Your ATC
Features – There may be more than what you’re going to use and are reflected in the cost. Be sure you won’t be paying for something you’re not going to use (like cloud sharing your cooks – more on that later)
Accessories – Included would ideally be additional food probes since most ATCs can track more than one food per session.
Other nice-to-haves: heat-resistant gloves, manual, or a battery pack in case you want to use your smoker away from home where there are no electrical outlets.
Materials – An ATC would ideally be water and grease-proof. Most models are made from heavy, durable plastic. Probe tips should be sturdy enough for repeated use and easy to clean. You want the TAC to look and feel ‘industrial’ for want of a better description.
We have an article looking at the best bbq temperature controllers that discusses more models and things to look for. We recommend checking it out.
How a Smoker Temperature Controller Works
Basically a small computer, the ATC runs one probe to the grill grate for monitoring the ambient temperature of the grill and another probe into the food to track cooking progression to perfect doneness.
It takes the information given it (food and pit temperatures) calculates time and optimal temperature for food to reach the proper doneness.
Besides being connected to the probes, the ATC is also connected to or has an inbuilt variable speed fan that is firmly fixed to a bottom vent, to control the amount of air that can flow into the BBQ or smoker.
Based on the readings from the probes, the device directs the speed of the fan to control the ambient temperature inside the cooker, by controlling the amount of oxygen given to the fire.
The fan speed will vary in response to the temperatures, fanning the flames higher or starving them lower, so the temperature remains consistent and food is not over- or undercooked.
So you set the desired temperature for the food(s), the temperature for the grill/smoker that the food should cook at, and the desired cook time.
Alarms sound and alert you to take action when:
- The temperature varies too far above or below your setting
- It’s time to turn/baste/otherwise manage the food
- There’s a problem like a power outage
- The food is done
Some ATCs are very basic, others are capable of being their own network. These super-tech ATCs enable really remote monitoring.
Not only are alarms sent by text or email, it’s possible to monitor everything from any web browser using any internet-capable device (smartphone, tablet, computer).
Networking ATCs also allow you to keep a history of your cooking sessions, share pictures and results with other grill-fans on recipe and cook sharing websites. And yes, there are apps for that.
Amazon Alexa users can connect their ATC and get updates on cooking progress or direct the ATC to change settings via ‘Alexa skills.’
What are the Benefits and Pros & Cons Of Using an ATC?
Help is needed for your smoker or grill to have the steady, consistent temperature required for consistent cooking, because temperatures can fluctuate by 10s or even hundreds of degrees, depending on the grill and the environment.
This translates into under-, uneven-, or over-cooked food and subsequent loss of bragging rights on cook sharing sites.
An ATC uses a variable speed fan – or simply switches one on and off – to control airflow, keeping an oxygen balance that allows steady cooking and moist, evenly done food. A consistent smoker temperature = more consistent results in your food.
- Even temperature throughout the cooking process
- Ability to monitor both the grill and the food being cooked
- Long-distance monitoring
- Removes guesswork of when food is finished
- Something else (expensive) to buy
- Something else which could glitch (but top manufacturers provide excellent customer service)
- Learning curve of setting up a network/WiFi connection
Where is an ATC is Used?
Pellet smokers, gas grills and electric smokers do not need a temperature controller as they either have them built in (pellet and electric models) or are easy to set to a fixed temp (gas.)
So ATCs are almost exclusively for charcoal smokers – though there are some attempts at ATCs for wood burners.
So there are two ATC types which fit either one of:
- Ceramic, kamado smokerssuch as the Kamado Joe
- Water smokers or kettle grills
BBQ Guru Vs Flame Boss
These are the two most well-known, reliable products on the market.
Are there others? Sure, but they’re newcomers, and haven’t yet made much of a dent in the market compared to these forerunners. So we’ll limit our discussion and review to these leaders of the pack.
Although there are many, and more emerging companies that manufacture automatic temperature controllers, we will only focus on the 2 companies that are by far the most well established and successful, with universally agreed the best products.
Based in Warminster, PA, BBQ Guru, (www.bbqguru.com) was founded in 2003 by Shotgun Fred Pirkle, founder of ThermoOmegaTech®, a manufacturer of control valves, thermal actuators, safety showers, and rail freeze protection valves.
A thermodynamic engineer, Fred responded to a friend’s challenge of creating a control valve for grills by creating the first BBQ Guru.
His love of barbeque inspired him to help everyone to achieve excellent results from their grill or smoker.
Fred’s love of giving extended beyond barbeque; he started a scholarship program at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University. Every year since his death in 2012, friends host a KCBS BBQ Cook-Off to continue to raise funds for the scholarship. [SOURCE: ShotGunFredBarbeque.com/about-fred/]
Based in Apopka, FL, FlameBoss, (www.flameboss.com) was founded in 2013 by Roger Collins, a computer engineer and smoked barbecue fan.
Dissatisfied with multiple nightly forays to check the temperature of his smoker, Roger married his day job with his interest in electronic engineering to develop a smoker temperature controller which would eliminate the need for those late night trips to the smoker.
Naturally, his friends wanted one too, and their friends and demand mushroomed from there so Roger partnered with his brother Michael for what would be their second successful business venture. [SOURCE: https://www.flameboss.com/about_us/]
Both BBQ Guru and Flame Boss have a number of slightly different products in their ranges, with varying feature sets and of course at different price points.
Let’s take a look at the most popular models from each:
BBQ Guru Products
The portable PartyQ which runs on AA batteries is designed for small to medium-sized cookers. It only monitors the temperature of the pit.
The DigiQ plugs into an outlet and not only monitors pit temperature, there’s a probe for monitoring meat temperature, too.
Available in green or black, the DigiQ has a ramp down setting and can support two fans to accommodate large smokers. An optional battery pack is available.
The CyberQ runs on a power pack and can monitor up to 3 meats in one cook session (with the purchase of additional probes).
The CyberQ has wifi capability, allowing tracking, controlling, and recording of cooks. It also allows sharing cooks, including pictures, on social media platforms and communicating with other smokers. It’s networking ability also enables notifications and monitoring via text, email, the internet, and Amazon Alexa.
BBQ Guru the company also carries a line of smokers and grills with related accessories, BBQ sauce, rubs, and injections, and tools, knives, apparel, smoke wood, and thermometers. But specific to the automatic thermostat controller they can supply:
- Extension cords
- Power pack
- Vehicle adapter
- Jumper cord
- Carrying case
- Magnet mount
- Fans, adaptors, splitters
- Mount brackets, kill plugs, eyelet kit, and alligator clips
FlameBoss only does temperature control, offering a few versions of kamado or universal smoker controllers:
The 100 series are basic models requiring you to be near enough to hear alarms notifying you of cooking stages, problems, or when the food is done.
The 400 and 500 series are wifi capable, allowing management from a distance over any network.
Controllers, adapters, and blowers can are available for purchase separately. Accessories include:
- Y-cable for additional meat probes
- 12-volt battery pack
- 6 ft. Platinum thermometer probes
Comparing Their Offerings
- Products designed by engineers
- Products developed by barbecue lovers
- High-quality products that focus on the task of regulating grill/smoker temperatures
- Efficient use of charcoal
- Can connect to amazon Alexa, for monitoring cooks and changing settings via ‘Alexa skills.’
- BBQ Guru has many useful products which aren’t related to temperature management, FlameBoss’ tunnel vision is only on making superior ATCs
- You may find better deals and have a teeny bit more consistency in temperature holding with the Flame Boss.
- Setting up a FlameBoss product is fractionally simpler than a BBQ Guru
- Flame Boss leads are bent, BBQ Guru leads plug straight in, needing extra space below the ATC, so the leads don’t pull on the plug. Flame Boss leads tuck out of the way more easily, reducing the risk of damage.
Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru – What People Say About Them
General opinion for products of both companies is basically “I LOVE this product!!”
Other frequent comments include “works well,” “quick and accurate reading,” “simple to use,” and “easy to navigate.”
If you’re both an avid smoker/griller and social media user, the CyberQ’s cloud-sharing technology should make it your favorite.
The ability to brag beyond your immediate circle of friends and nemeses is too good to pass up! If an international circle of smokers is your ideal, you’ll love the CyberQ and BBQ Guru website ShareMyCook.com.
Flame Boss users loudly proclaim it as “the standard” for automatic thermostat controllers.
Which Model is Best For You?
For the most part, which model you decide is best for you comes down to your budget and screen color choice when comparing similar models head to head.
If you’re a tech fan and want to geek out with Amazon Alexa and the cloud, both the CyberQ and FlameBoss 500 are right for you.
If your interest is focused on a good cook, without wi-fi enabled bells and whistles, the basic models of both – the PartyQ and Flame Boss 100 – are sufficient.
Common Concerns to All Temperature Controllers
There’s always going to be a few people encounter problems with tech items.
The issues we could find though are few and far between, with most down to user error and not following recommended usage instructions, or not quite having learnt the intricacies of device setup.
However, we’d be remiss not to mention some of the issues customers have encountered.
The Temp Runs Away and Gets too Hot
Some users have complained that the temperature runs away and way over the setting, despite following instructions.
If your vents are all but closed, and the controller cannot control temp, it’s usually that your smoker isn’t sealed correctly though and is not a fault of the temperature controller.
Air is leaking in so the controller cannot do its job. This obviously needs to be fixed by checking seals, replacing them if necessary, double checking vent positions, and using kill plugs if required.
Keeping Your Temp Controller in Top Performance / Overcoming issues
- Keep probes clean. Dirt can have an insulating effect and cause lower-than-true readings. This leads to the grill being too hot and your food is more likely to become overcooked.
- Never exceed the thermometer’s maximum temperature rating. This is possibly the number one killer of a digital grill thermometer!
- Keep the fan inlet and outlet clear of dirt, ash, debris, etc.
- Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s advice about the positioning of your top vents.
Product Roundup and Mini-Reviews
When the word “engineered” is used, we automatically think of something made with strict guidelines, high-quality materials, and precision assembly.
Flame Boss and BBQ Guru were created by engineers, so right off the bat, there’s some assurance of products built to do what they do, incredibly well.
For this review, we’ll take a close look at four very well-made controllers from industry giants BBQ Guru and FlameBoss.
High-End Automatic BBQ Temperature Controllers
There’s nothing wrong with having champagne tastes when it comes to buying an ATC. These products are meant to last, and if you plan to use them frequently, you’ll find you’ve made a good investment.
High-end means both cost and features; here we’ll look at two high-end automatic temperature controllers and two as-good, just not so expensive ATCs from both companies.
Flame Boss 500 wifi Review
The flagship model from flame boss. You can see a summary below, but I also have a full on, in depth flame boss 500 review you can check out too.
First Impressions – Look And Design
‘About its business’ is our first impression of this controller, though it does sleeker and more ‘designed’ than its predecessor the flame boss 300.
Its black color, wide stand, and dark grey flame emblazoned across its front gives it a serious look. The wide stand also makes you feel that it’s not going anywhere. It will be there, doing its job while you’re elsewhere.
More on the solidly stable stand; it also allows it to be mounted by 4 screw holes, added for attaching it to a surface for permanency if desired.
The green LED screen is just the right size for displaying 4 lines of information, and limited to just the vital information you need to know. Push buttons are easy to move through the menu and adjust settings.
We really like how the plugs are designed to have some flexibility, minimizing risk of damage.
Overall, a solid, competent-looking device.
What’s In The Box, Plus Options
The 500 model comes with:
- Owner’s manual
- WiFi controller
- Blower manifold and fasteners
- 1 high-temperature meat probe
- 1 high-temperature pit probe
- 2 probe cord organizers
- Mounting bracket/base
- 12V DC Power supply
- Additional meat probes
- Rechargeable battery pack for optional cord-free use
- Flexible mounting arm
Functionality and Features of Thermometer
The Flame Boss 500 fits a wide variety of drum, barrel, cabinet and offset style charcoal smokers and grills, and is ideal for low-and-slow cooking. Small variations of 2-3 degrees above or below the set temperature can be expected but are not a problem.
Each temperature probe is made of industrial-grade platinum and are rated to work in temperatures up to 475^F. Buying additional probes lets you cook up to three cuts of meat in one session.
The FB-500 is capable of learning. The more it’s used, the better it learns how your smoker works; this means you will have fewer tweaks to make in future cooking sessions.
You won’t have to guess when to check on things; the Boss 500 will text you if the temperature drops or rises too far from the set temperature. But there are two features which help keep the temperature steady.
When the Flame Boss 500 wifi senses the grill lid open, it stops the fan, preventing a surge of air which would stoke the fire too high (Open Lid Detection feature). If the power is disrupted, the ‘Power Glitch Safe’ feature ensures the unit resumes at the set temperature.
Your smartphone can receive alarms, and there is an app which allows you to change the temperature, be alerted to problems, make cooking session notes, view current and saved cooks (including graphs), and brag on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
Ease of Use
Out of the box
- Attach manifold over smoker’s air vent
- Attach the blower to manifold
- Plug blower into the 500
- Insert the temperature probe into the meat, plug into the 500
- Attach clip to grill grate, connect at the other end into the 500
- Set desired temperature and time
- Enjoy the time you’ll have for doing something other than trotting back and forth to check the temperature
Set up may be a little daunting for those who aren’t comfortable with manipulating network settings. But five pages of the manual cover the process pretty thoroughly and with pictures. Basically, you
- Open the wifi menu on the 500 to be sure it’s set to ON
- From the wifi menu, select Access Point
- On your tablet or computer, open wifi settings
- Look for the flame boss id, select it as your network
- Download the app to a tablet, PC, or smartphone and connect to a wifi service.
The ATC automatically connects. No need to download software, just open any web browser to a specified URL. There is also an option to connect to Amazon Alexa, have temperatures of your cook read out, and instruct Alexa to change temperature settings.
Who Is This Model Best Suited to?
This model is suited to those who like lots of frills and functionality and don’t mind paying for them.
Other brands or models might suit you better if you want more tech or no tech at all.
If you’re not willing to blow a small budget, you may prefer the Boss 100, which doesn’t have wifi capability but is a non-trivial amount cheaper, or the flame boss 400 which incorporates WiFi technology directly into the blower unit, transmits and displays on your smartphone or laptop only, with no dedicated display included.
You can learn more about this product in our review of the Flame Boss 400.
What We Like About the Flame Boss 500
- Speedy set up
- Thorough product manual
- Keen temperature consistency
- Simple design
- Sensible stand and cord arrangement
- Easy to use and effective. It does what it’s supposed to do.
What We Don’t Like About the Flame Boss 500
- The probes can be less than sturdy. But customer service responds quickly and well to any problem; replacements are easy to come by.
- Having to buy extra probes if you want to monitor multiple cuts of meat. (Though to be fair, it keeps costs down for people who do not want 3 meat probes!)
BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud Review
The top model of ATC from the BBQ Guru stable.
First Impressions – Look and Design
Our first impression is mixed; it doesn’t look at all like a serious tool. The name and logo draw attention away from the dark blue LED with its white writing. First thought is that the size and colors would make it harder to monitor settings quickly.
A closer look shows only two settings are visible at a time; scrolling is required to see the pit temperature and fan speed. What is nice are the clearly labeled ports, so there’s no guessing which plug goes where.
The look seems to suggest it’s less important to look at this ATC physically because it’s designed as a cloud-based tool. The wifi capability allows remote monitoring by any internet capable device – phone, tablet, or computer.
What’s In The Box, Plus Options
- 2 probes, one pit, one food probe
- Carrying case
- Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Adapter
- Pit Viper Fan
Functionality and Features
The CyberQ manages temperatures from 32^ to 457^F, allowing for multiple cooking styles. Stainless steel probes tipped with moisture- and smoke-resistant thermocouples which are safety rated for up to 500^F.
WiFi capable, the CyberQ can also be set up with an IP address, making possible monitoring away from home through any web-based device. It can also be set up as a hotspot, handy in the event you and your grill are away from home and need to set up in a WiFi-free area.
This ATC was designed for use on the BBQ Guru community website ShareMyCook.com. The site not only allows picture and cook sharing, but it also allows you to graph and monitor three foods in one cooking session, make notes and store cooking sessions.
It offers management through voice control when connected to Amazon Alexa.
When the lid is opened, the fan speed is reduced to prevent significant temperature swings and the resulting recovery time (Open Lid Detector feature). The Ramp Down feature prevents overcooking; as food temperature increases, the pit temperature decreases.
When temperature varies too much either way (default is 50 degrees), the CyberQ sounds an alarm. You can silence the alarms can be by pressing any button.
On the CyberQ, the backlight will blink when the unit receives a command via WiFi. Press any button to silence an alarm. If you’re annoyed by the beep when you press a button, it can be turned off.
When the timer counts down to zero, CyberQ will shut off the fan, hold the pit temperature 200^F and send alerts by a flashing message and beeps (choose # times). Ramp mode feature gradually decreases pit temp when food is within 30^ of the target temperature.
The CyberQ can also learn the smoker or grill, increasing the stability and accuracy of its performance over time. This again leaves less tweaking for you to do in future cooks.
Ease of Use
Out of the box
Connecting the CyberQ is reasonably straightforward. Setting alarms and temps isn’t very complicated; but, the network setup can leave you in need of a fan to cool down.
Who is This Model Best Suited to?
Wifi setup may be a little daunting; the CyberQ may best suit those comfortable with configuring network settings. It’s a tech-lovers delight!
If you want simplicity for your small grilling needs, consider a junior member of the family, the portable, battery-operated PartyQ.
What We Like About the CyberQ Cloud
- Speedy set up
- Relaying temperature adjustments by voice command (alexa)
What We Don’t Like About the CyberQ Cloud
- Super technical IP configuration
- No alerts to power failures
- Fan output isn’t recorded or graphed
- Damper needs to be cleaned almost right after use to avoid sticking
Mid-Range Automatic BBQ Temperature Controllers
If you’ve no desire for all the wifi and cloud bells and whistles of the top models coming from Flame Boss or BBQ guru, they both have more economical, less feature-rich models in their range that are still excellent automatic temperature controllers that work well.
We’ll take a look at these now.
Flame Boss 100 Review
The mid-range but still quality ATC from Flame Boss’s range.
First Impressions – Look and Design
The FB-100 looks like its green-display FB-500 sibling but with two notable exceptions – a yellow instead of green LED display and the absence of “WiFi” in the upper right corner.
We really like the stand which holds it steady for viewing readings at a glance and for entering commands. Of course, it’s also handy enough to be held.
What’s in the Box, Plus Options
The 100 model comes with:
- 110-240 Volt AC Power Adapter
- 2 temperature probes (1 pit, 1 meat probe)
- Universal blower
- Manifold with blower adapter
- Fasteners to attach manifold
- Product manual
Optional buys: Y-cables and additional meat probes.
Fits many drum, barrel, cabinet and offset style charcoal grills and smokers
Functionality and Features of Thermometer
The FB100 is designed to be used in drum, barrel, cabinet, and offset charcoal grills and smokers. It has most of the features and functions of the FB500. But there are a few differences.
This is the old-school model for those who like some, but not much, tech. It does without texts, emails, the internet, or Alexa.
You’re still notified when food has finished cooking but by an alarm rather than text message. Another alert tells you when it’s time to turn, baste, or otherwise intervene in the cooking process. It gets the job done.
The FB100 features a manifold with a blower adapter and high-temperature tape to seal off unused intake vents.
Ease of Use
Out of the box
Attach the stand to the unit, attach the blower to the grill. Insert one probe into whatever’s cooking, and clip the second probe to the rack. Set the time and temperature. Walk away.
Who is this Model Best Suited to?
Someone who likes no-frills functionality, who only wants to monitor temperatures as accurately and uncomplicatedly as possible.
It’s also good for the cost-conscious shopper who also wants high quality. The FB100 is ideal for at-home cooks preparing a small meal, too.
If you have a ceramic grill (Big Green Egg, etc.) you’ll want the Flame Boss 100-Kamado.
What We Like About the FB100
- Alligator clip as pit probe
- L-shaped plugs reduce pull on cords make it easier to keep them back and out of the way
- Display shows everything you need to know at a glance
What We Don’t Like About the FB100
- The plastic casing isn’t waterproof
- Pit probe can give a falsely high reading, causing fan to unnecessarily slow
BBQ Guru DigiQ DX2 Review
Let’s take a look at the mid-range offering from BBQ guru, the DigiQ DX2.
First Impressions – Look and Design
There’s a lot of heavy marketing going on on the front of the DX2, but not enough to distract the eye from the red-lettered viewing window.
Having labels for the plugs across the bottom of the unit announces how easy the DX2 can make things for you.
What’s in the box, plus options
The DX2 comes with:
- 120 V AC cord adaptable to 12V DC
- Two temperature probes (one pit, one food probe)
- Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker adapter
- Pit Viper fan
- Vent plug
- Storage bag
Functionality and Features of Thermometer
Designed to fit Weber grills and smokers, the DX2 is part of the DigiQ series which stands out by its offering of 4-color choices.
The aluminum control box is designed to hang on the side table of a Weber. It easily handles cooking temps from 32^ to 475^F, so you’re covered for high heat grilling and low-n-slow smoking. Available in black or green.
The more it’s used, the better it works with your pit, the less you have to worry about glitches.
Compatible with Pit Bull or Pit Viper fans, which some vendors may sell packaged with the DX2.
Who is this Model Best Suited to?
Someone who’s only interested in the technology needed to control temperature. Because it can power two fans for large offsets, the DX2 is also suited for someone who wants the flexibility of going from small family cooking to large tailgating or competition events.
If you don’t have a Weber, the manufacturer offers other models besides the DX2. If you want wifi, go for the CyberQ.
What We Like About the DX2
- It’s clearly labeled; no guessing or turning the unit on end to see what gets plugged in where
- Sturdy aluminum body
- Choice of colors
What We Don’t Like About the DX2
- When getting close to the set temperature, it starts rounding temperatures by 5˚f
- 2-foot power cord may limit smoking locations
Final Thoughts on Flame Boss Vs BBQ Guru
So in this article pitching the Flame Boss vs BBQ Guru range of products, which in our opinion is the winner? Comparing two excellent products against each other is a win-win situation. And tiring. There’s really little to push one ahead of the other.
Besides budget, personal preference may be the most important decision maker. Is a choice of colors appealing? A stand versus a hanger? LED display color? Those are the niceties which you can wrangle over because, between these products discussed, you’re going to walk away with a high-precision tool which ensures stable cooking temperatures for many hours or just a few.
However, if we had to pick a winner of the roundup and make a recommendation, our choice for the best automatic BBQ temperature controller for a charcoal smoker would be the Flame Boss 500.
Minimal variation from the set temperature, the simplicity of set-up, and wifi capability top the reasons for our choice.
However, it’s pretty close to a coin flip because the BBQ Guru CyberQ is a phenomenally capable controller and must also be recommended.
Automatic temperature controllers bring temperature stability to outdoor cooking. If you’re a fan of outdoor cooking, consider this a key part of your smoker’s toolbox for consistency and the ability to free your attention and hands for other work, entertaining guests, or feet up with a beer!