It is an interesting unit and worked well in my first outing with it. The way they solved the whole rotating spit problem is the transmitter unit actually rotates along with the spit. There are basically 4 components to the unit.
The temperature probe has been pre-positioned. In addition to the probe you can see the plastic coated probe wire and one of the cable clamps.
The first component is the temperature probe which is similar to other Maverick probes I have seen, with two exceptions: The probe lacks the bent end where the probe transitions to the braided wire. The second is the braided wire is encased in a clear plastic cover. I am not sure for the reason for the plastic cover for the probe wire, but I do have a guess. The directions for the other Maverick thermometers I own caution you to make sure you do not get the braided probe wire wet. I am guessing this may be to protect the wire from wayward glazes or mop sauces. The probe wire ends in a 90 degree male plug that looks like a headphone plug for an iPod.
The hockey puck shaped transmitter unit is clamped to the handle end of the spit rod. You can see where the probe wire plugs in. The remote receiver has just been synched and since the probe is in the open air, the probe reading is showing the very pleasant air temp of 70 degrees.
The second piece is the transmitter unit. It is shaped like a small plastic hockey puck that attaches to the handle of the spit via a quick release clamp. The clamp can be left on the handle full time and you can add or remove the transmitter any time you want. The transmitter has a jack for the probe wire, an on off switch and a red lamp that shows the unit is on. Unlike the two other Maverick units I own, this transmitter has only a pilot light to show it is on. There is no LCD screen showing the probe temperature. This is unfortunate, because it makes it hard to tell if the transmitter and the base station go out of synch. Normally I bring the receiver outside and compare the two temperature readings. This you can’t do. It remains to be seen how big a problem these two units have staying in synch.
The two-piece collar that came with my rotisserie (left) gets replace by a one-piece unit that passes the cable through it (right).
A closeup of the replacement collar on the grill. The probe wire passes inside the collar to isolate it and protect it. You can also see one of the wire clamps to the right of the collar.
The third piece is a special collar for where the spit rod passes through the side of your grill. This replaces the collar that comes with your spit rod. This is the only iffy part about this unit. One of the two comments about this thermo I found on the web, mentioned neither of the two collars furnished with the grill fit a new Weber grill. Maverick's solution was to enlarge the hole on the Weber. The commenter planned to return the unit because he didn't want to void their grill warrantee. Maverick gives you a large and small version of the collar. In my case the smaller one fit perfectly and in a pinch the larger one would have worked too. Good thing too, because my slot is v-shaped with a round bottom and it wouldn't have been pretty trying to drill this slot out smoothly. you are also furnished with 2 each of 4 different sized wire clamps to attach the cable to the spit rod.
The receiver unit allows you to monitor the cook from the comfort of your house and keep the amount of time you must raise the lid to a minimum.
The last component is the remote receiver which in theory has 100' (30M) range. Your mileage may vary. With my other Maverick units, I used to be able to get a signal anywhere in my house which was a 60' (18M) range. Since residing the house it is down to 30' (9M), so your distance will depend on the amount of metal in your walls. In my case the residing included foil faced rigid insulation. Like other Mavericks you turn on the base station and then turn on the transmitter and they synch. The unit has all of the same features as my other Mavericks in terms of being able to pick a meat, a doneness, a doneness temperature as well as count up or count down timers.
So how did it work?: Quite well. The first time set up is a bit fussy as you need to figure out which of the bearings and clamps work with your rig. The second time should hopefully be easier. You need to have the collar in place and the fork in place so you can gauge how much probe wire you'll need for the probe to reach the meat. I have to decide whether to leave the probe wire, clamps and collar in place permanently or not. For now I am. The unit synched right up and seemed to hold the synch for the entire cook-the temps rose steadily the whole time. This once again brings up my one big complaint about this unit, that I mentioned earlier. The two other Maverick thermos I own have a small LCD readout on the transmitter units. That way if you suspect the two units have lost synch, you can compare the readings on the two units. With my other Maverick units extremely cold weather can affect the range or weak batteries any time of year. With the ET-75 other than using an instant read thermo to double check you have no way around this if you fear your units have lost synch. You must also be careful about the angle you use to insert the probe into the meat. You certainly don’t want to have the probe strike the grill grate or drag the probe wire through some drippings. I was close to having that problem with the lamb.
The inaugural run was a bone-in leg of lamb.
I made a rotisserie bone-in leg of lamb for my inaugural run with this thermometer. As I mentioned earlier: The infra red rotisserie burner on the back wall of my grill always seems to take longer than the recipes call for. It was nice to be able to be in the Kitchen making other parts of the meal and being able to see minute by minute where things stood with the leg of lamb. This sure beats having to start running out every 15 minutes or so and sticking an instant read in it and being surprised it is higher or lower than you thought. Not to mention knowing every time you’ve had to raise the lid to check the temperatures, you’ve cost yourself 10-15 minutes additional cooking time. This will be a huge plus in the dead of winter. So after one run color me VERY happy.