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Improvising: Potato Thermometer Clip

New Years Pork – taking advantage of the warm weather to BBQ some baby back ribs #grillon

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A sharp-eyed reader on Instagram noticed my high-tech thermometer clip. Do you see it? Let’s look closer…

Potato Thermometer Holder | DadCooksDinner.com

What’s that?

That’s right, my high-tech probe thermometer clip is…a potato.

This is the home cooking edition of “When all you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” The alligator clip that holds the grill temperature probe on my BBQ Guru disappeared over the summer. One minute it was there, the next it was gone. I combed through the grass near the grill, and never could find it. (My guess is it fell into the coals and was dumped when I cleaned out the ashes.)

I need an accurate temperature for the Guru to work, and I don’t think it reads right if it is lying directly on the grill grate – the metal bars of the grate might block the thermometer – so I went with a trick from my old-time BBQ days and stuck the probe through a potato. Problem solved.

Now, every time I need to use it, I think “I really should go to the BBQ Guru website and get a replacement clip…” as I grab another potato out of the pantry. It’s been six months. Still haven’t bought the clip.

It looks like I’m not the only one improvising – I saw friend-of-the-blog Mike Lang at Another Pint Please doing the same thing a few months ago. I’m glad to know I’m not the only cook to look around his kitchen, asking “where can I find something to hold this probe…” and have his eyes settle on the potato bin.

One more thing…don’t try to eat the potato. It just doesn’t work. It comes out undercooked and rock hard, or smoked into a tiny piece of charred spud. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. Every time I think – “Hey, that looks good, let me take a taste”, I regret it.


  1. Haha! I saw the first picture and laughed! As you know, it’s the same predicament I’ve been in…for years!! Although I have to say, it does work great!

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