Most parents love to cook outside. But sometimes it’s hard to cook everyone’s food the way they want it to. The tools can help save your backyard barbecue.
Meater is a wireless meat thermometer that takes the guesswork out of a good chicken breast or ribeye. Insert the probe into what you’re cooking and decide how you want it. The app does the rest, keeping track of the internal temperature and maturity level of your choice. It estimates how long it will last, then sends you an alert when it’s within 5 minutes of that temperature. Perfect for the dad who gets distracted by the ball game while playing indoors on the TV.
I always recommend a good meat thermometer. Thermapen Pro is an accurate thermometer that quickly displays the temperature of whatever you’re cooking. This version has an infrared sensor to show you how hot your grill or griddle is without guessing if it’s hot enough to burn.
Parents who are camping or competing in ball games need a portable battery. Not just a battery, but a battery powered generator. The Eco Flow generator has 6 AC outlets, 4 standard USB ports, 2 USBC ports and 1 DC car port. It charges quickly by plugging it into a standard electrical outlet. In my testing, it ran an old refrigerator for 8 hours. Unlike gasoline generators, they are very quiet, clean and will hold their charge for months in the emergency storage room.
Daddy can be a backyard entertainer with a portable movie projector. Anker and ViewSonic are two brands with different types of portable projectors. They are all powered by a rechargeable battery and have their own speakers. Play movies and shows from your phone, DVD player, or streaming device. Some are small enough to fit in a back pocket.
There’s a good reason Father’s Day comes in early summer because dads love being outside. Even better, this is the time of year when you can usually find them on sale.
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