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How to Melt Your Maverick: Wireless BBQ Thermometer Set – Maverick ET73 Review

Every once in a while, we have to do something useful around here, so here is short review of something every pit keeper should have.

If your just getting into the BBQ arts, and are wondering where in the heck point your wallet, here is a worthy place to start.  The smoke zone , or “sweet spot” for low and slow BBQ is somewhere between 225 to 250 – the choice temperature to keep your cooker at, and this gadget will help you monitor your smoker for that temperature, and much more.

The Maverick RediChek Wireless  Remote Thermometer. There are lots of things similar out there, and some are nicer, but this is the one we use. So we know from vast experience that they work well and because serious BBQ is nothing to goof around with, we can therefore recommended them with impunity.

Maverick M Remote Smoker Thermometer [ET-73] – White


It’s a two piece affair: One transmitter, and one receiver. It also comes with two thermal probes- one for your meat and one for your cooker.

Tip – When inserting a probe into meat, ensure that it is indeed in meat, and not by mistake, in a fat cap or next to a bone, as such folly will only give you inaccurate readings.  The other probe should be positioned in the smoker at grate level obviously, because that’s where the vittles are.


Once you have the probes in place and your smoker up and running, turn on the transmitter and receiver, and they should link up in a couple of seconds. The transmitter stays out at the pit, while the receiver shall accompany you by your recliner, whilst you repair with a lovely beverage and watch the big game. The nifty part of this is you can set various alarms on the receiver to alert you of a gamut of events, should you fall asleep in said recliner, such as: if smoker temps wander too high or too low, or perhaps the most lovely alert of them all, in which it chimes in due accord whence your meat is done. Be prepared for Pavlov-like reactions with this alert.

The Maverick Redi Chek also boasts a 100 foot range, of which I suppose is possible if there is no sheet rock, wood, glass, or furniture between you and your pit. We just have not found this range to be accurate in real world use. It’s more like 25 feet realistically, which tho, as it turns out, is well enough for most people.

All-in-all, a good little unit at a reasonable price to get you started in the smokey arts.

Another tip: Note what happens when you leave your Maverick too close to your pit. Whups. To its credit however, it still works like the day I got it.  Hats off to a good product.


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Editor’s PostScript: Well, it’s been four years since we’ve done this review, and we’re pleased to say that the RediChek ET-73 is still working just fine, save for it’s hemorrhaged plastic case indecent. These things happen. Regardless, it has stood the test of time for our uses, and that says something at least. If there has been any weakness with it, it has been the range. I do wish for a unit that would transmit from the patio all the way up to master bedroom for those all night smokes. That was always asking too much of the ET-73. It is line of sight with that one. That being said, there are still better units on the market these days. If we were buying today, we’d probably go with something like the ThermoPro TP20. It has a little more under the hood, if you will, and well, it’s orange! Plus, it boasts a range of 300 feet. I’ll have to see that to believe it tho.

ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Remote Digital Cooking Food Meat Thermometer with Dual Probe for Smoker Grill Oven BBQ.

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18 responses

  1. We break one of those pronged wireless thermometers pretty much on a monthly basis. After the first 75$ Big Green Egg brand thermometer broke after 3 uses we decided to just buy the cheapest ones we could. So far this strategy has worked out pretty well.

    January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    • A sound strategy, especially considering your luck with thermometers! Man.

      January 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  2. I have that same thermometer, but hardly ever use it anymore. It won’t transmit the 5 to 10 feet from my BGE inside the house to my chair. I’d like to get the newer 732 which is supposed to be good to 300 ft. Just found your site, loving it so far.

    January 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

    • Yeah, it needs to be almost line-of-site it seems. I wouldn’t count on 300 feet from the 732 tho, you know how they like to boast. But surely it’s a little better you would think. You’ll have to let us know if you get it. Might be you just need to replace the batteries, that would hinder range I suspect.

      Take care

      January 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

      • Naw, I’ve tried fresh batteries in it a few times. I’d be happy with 50 feet, to tell you the truth. My 73 does work if there is nothing directly in between it. You wouldn’t think one of those doors that is mostly glass panes would interfere.

        Supposedly, they fixed it so you don’t have to pop off the back cover to turn it on also.

        January 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

  3. KC Jones

    I had an ET72. It lasted about 3 cooks and the probe went out even tho i wrapped it in foil where the lid rested on it. Not very good.

    April 4, 2013 at 7:33 am

    • Bummer. I guess I haven’t had much trouble with the 73, other than I wish the range was better.

      April 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

  4. Perfect timing. Deerslayer and I were just discussing BBQ thermometers and that it was just about time for us to purchase one. Thanks for the info!

    June 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

    • Sure thing Mrs. Deerslayer. They are cool little gadgets for sure.

      Grill on!

      June 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

  5. I’m very new to monitoring of temps in the pit and the meat. Yep, I went with the Maverick and so far am highly impressed. I was doing a brisket a while back. Started it about 5 AM, went back to bed with the receiver next to the bed. About 10 AM (yeah, I was sleeping in! LOL) the alarm went off. Went out, added more coals to my Smokenator, and let it continue for another 4 hours or so, wrapped the brisket, added more coals, finished about 3 hours later. The thermometer was awesome! No opening the lid every 30 minutes or hour to see how it was doing, no wondering if the temp was too high or too low. I highly recommend this gadget.

    June 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  6. Ah, good to see another gentleman of the coals. Yes, they are fun little gadgets. Your brisket story reminds me of my first time with the maverick. For I did exactly the same thing. Put on a brisket and went to bed!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    June 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

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  8. Deb

    Interesting…been looking for a good thermometer…will have to order

    January 31, 2014 at 11:35 am

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  10. so – are you not supposed to put the unit in the smoker? You just put the probe in there? I have a Traeger and don’t understand how to keep the lid down if the unit doesn’t go in there?

    March 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

    • Jason, you are correct sir. Only the probe goes into the pit. We left this one a little too close to the WSM, so it is well to keep it on a near by table or stand. Most smokers have a little hole, or eyelet somewhere on them to fish a probe through, thus enabling the lid to shut fully. If not, you could modify one into place, by drilling a hole at some strategic spot, tho it would void the warranty I’m sure. Lots of people shut the lid carefully over the wire, or find some other creative hole to slip it through, like a damper vent maybe. But yeah, don’t put the unit in the smoker less you want to buy a new one.


      March 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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