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A new accessory for your kitchen utility belt

Wireless meat thermometer sensor tells you remotely if your meat is done grilling


The summer weather is cooling off, but that doesn't mean that your grill has to. The next time you plan to have a cookout and the approaching fall rains you out, you may want to consider equipping yourself with this wireless talking meat monitor.

The Brookstone Grill Alert is a two-piece device that tells you when your meat is done from a distance, which means that you can avoid getting soaked in an unexpected downpour by monitoring the meat from the warmth of your home. All you do is insert a probe into your entree, select meat type, and the level of "doneness" preferred, and the remote wireless belt monitor speaks up when food is "almost ready," then "ready!"

The Grill Alert has eight food settings, including beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, chicken, turkey, and fish. It also has a backlit display, so you can grill at night if you want to. The only downside is that now that you have no excuse to leave the conversation to work the grill, so you'd better start working on your joke-telling skills. The Grill Alert retails for $75, and can be purchased at Brookstone stores.