Fan barbecue flames from a phone

The BBQ Guru CyberQ Wi-Fi communicates directly with mobile devices. Grillers can receive alerts via text message or e-mail.

Brian Krepshaw
Brian is the author of two culinary based books published via his imprint Storkburger Press. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.
Brian Krepshaw
Keep in contact with barbecue as it cooks.
Keep in contact with barbecue as it cooks. BBQ Guru

It's no secret that barbecue enthusiasts take their craft very seriously. As well they should, considering the succulent results that occur through when proper attention is given to meat cooked over an open fire. However, all that attention can be time-consuming; time spent hovering over a pit is time that could be spent with family and friends.

The BBQ Guru CyberQ Wi-Fi combines a control station along with a fan that mounts inside the grill or pit. Capable of monitoring the temperature of the pit itself as well as up to three different meats, the grill gadget keeps grillers on the go by automatically adjusting temperatures as necessary. If the fire needs a little more gusto, the device kicks in and starts up the fan. But what about that Wi-Fi?

Alerts can be sent to grillers via e-mail or text message. With remote access from a mobile device or PC, users can not only stay informed of the current status of the temperatures but they can also make adjustments such as changing the target or hold cooking temperatures. Additionally, the gadget is capable of performing actions required for "low and slow" cooking; it can ramp down the pit temperature as the food temperature rises. And since barbecue enthusiasts know that good barbecue takes time, that's a lot of freedom from the fire.