Who doesn’t love to BBQ? But while the casual BBQ’er throws down some charcoal, the real BBQ’er goes for a smoker-type grill. Which means cooking (using wood or charcoal) inside a closed container generating heat as well as smoke — the stable smoking temperature is what provides the environment for cooking some really tasty BBQ. Maintaining that temperature is key, and having to manually lift/open the grill to use a thermometer isn’t good for a number of reasons that are self evident (like releasing smoke/heat every time, not knowing when to check the temperature, etc.). So finding a way to eliminate these issues would be good. Which is why using the CyberQ Cloud Temperature Control Device is good. Real good. As good as the BBQ that will result.
First, what the CyberQ Cloud isn’t — guesswork, estimations and a hope for success. What it is sounds simple enough on the surface, being that it’s a temperate-gauging device and what is BBQ but the application of heat? But we need to go a bit further than that because it doesn’t just monitor the BBQ’s heat but controls that heat similar in fashion to how an oven’s temperature control does. Sure that sounds easy to say, but BBQ’ing can’t be treated like it’s just some conventional oven. So don’t think the CyberQ Cloud is just a “dumb” thermometer — there’s internal memory for retaining settings should there be a power failure (and restarting automatically to continue to control the BBQ’ing). There’s also an Open Lid Detect which lets you recover to the cooking temperature after opening the lid (causing the temperature to drop obviously), and prevents the inrush of oxygen from having the blower overdo its thing.
Now while the CyberQ Cloud may be the “brains”, in order to function it needs “arms” — the probes transmitting heat information from both the pit (1) and the food (up to 3), all with moisture and smoke resistant insulation rated for up to 500 degrees F. Then there are the “lungs” — which is the fan (blower) that provides the flow of air to affect and regulate the cooking temperature (due to natural drafts that occur, there is a built-in slide damper for adjusting the flow— for example, opening for a quick start-up or closed 3/4’s for cold smoking or fully closed to snuff out the fire.
So here’s how it works, starting with local control. Scroll to CookTemp on the Main Screen using the arrows, set it; scroll to Food X (1,2,3) on the Main Screen using the arrows and modify the set-point of any/all 3 food probes one at a time. When the food temp exceeds that of the set-point, “Food Done” appears with a beep. There’s also access to Ramp mode — this mode is used for slow cooks so food doesn’t over-cook.
Greater control comes by using the built-in Wi-Fi with a Wi-Fi device (phone, tablet, etc.) to directly pair with the CyberQ Cloud — this is called the hot-spot mode. Not all online functionality is enabled though. For greater control, connecting through one’s home network lets you access the ShareMyCook website, which allows for email notifications and other varied messages/alerts relating to the cooking going on (i.e., the pit and food temperatures, fan output, among others). Besides making remote adjustments, you can create a cook-recorded session (with graphing, notes) and participate in social media-like content (for example sharing “cooks” with friends and uploading pictures). Also accessible is the View Cook page where you can watch your cook live or view previously recorded cooks.
So as can be seen, the CyberQ Cloud enables a host of features, from built-in food ready alarms to voice control using Amazon Alexa voice services. And it can be purchased with the setup needed for working with a wide variety of grills. This means that you can probably use the CyberQ Cloud with what you already have.
Pricing begins at $255.00, depending on the type of BBQ grill it is to be used with and includes one Food and one Pit probe. The best thing about the CyberQ Cloud Temperature Control Device is that it doesn’t take the control out of the hands of the one doing the BBQ’ing — it just makes for a more successful outcome. And since the whole purpose of BBQ’ing is for what’s being cooked to taste great, it makes a lot of sense to use this for anyone who has wished for better control and more consistent results with their BBQ’ing.