When Jennifer Masse with Syndicate Strategies contacted me and offered to send me the BBQ Guru PartyQ to try out, I was super excited! It was actually very ironic, because I was just researching the automatic temperature control devices on the market for my Webber Smoky Mountain smoker.
It seems that BBQ Guru is the pioneer in this field, and their products are very high quality. One of my favorite features is that this unit is battery operated, so unlike the other temperature control units on the market, this one can go anywhere. No need to have to try and find somewhere to plug it in.
The PartyQ came with everything I needed, including the batteries, and was very easy to install on my Webber Smoky Mountain. I had it installed and ready to go inside of 10 minutes!
I picked up a turkey breast, knowing that this would take 3 to 4 hours to smoke, and gave the PartyQ a spin. After building a fire, (as detailed in the included instructions), I turned it on, set it for 240° F, and the PartyQ went to work. The fan ran pretty steady until it came close to the target temperature, then slowly brought it to target with shorter bursts, or puffs of air. All of this took about 20 to 30 minutes.
It held the temperature perfectly for the entire cook. Well, except for the couple times I had to open the lid for a quick flip of the turkey breast. But it brought it right back to 240° in no time at all!
I’ve always been that guy that continually adjusted the top and bottom vents to maintain temperature control, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it too! But I think I can easily get used to setting and forgetting on longer cooks. Next…..a big 10 to 12 hour brisket for smoking! Oh yeah!
Just as a side note, a couple of years ago, I purchased a Probe Tree from BBQ Guru to hold my probe I used for monitoring the temperature just above the grill. I use it for every cook. It’s very discolored now, but it still perfectly performs it’s function every time. You can see it in this picture here.
So, in closing, I can honestly say I would highly recommend the PartyQ. Especially if you do any longer cooks on your smoker!