Let’s face it — if your grill actually came with a thermometer, odds are it doesn’t work or it’s wildly inaccurate. Here’s a quick way to estimate the temperature of your grill. Don’t worry, this is not as dangerous as it sounds. Just hold your hand 6 inches above the heat source. Then, count seconds by the old “1-one-thousand, 2-one-thousand…” method. Determine how long you can comfortably leave your hand over the heat, and conclude how hot the grill is within a 25° range.
- If you can stand the heat for:
- 2 seconds = 450°+ = HIGH (good for searing)
- 3 seconds = 400° = MEDIUM-HIGH (good for grilling)
- 4 seconds = 350° = MEDIUM (good for grilling)
- 5 seconds = 325° = MEDIUM-LOW (good for slow cooking)
- 6 seconds = 300° = LOW (good for long smoking)