Don’t get burnt by overdone meat with KC startup’s Tappecue monitor

Left to our own devices, there's a good chance everyone will mess up on the grill every now and then. Fortunately for barbecue hobbyists, Kansas City's Innovating Solutions has a device to ensure no meat goes overdone. Tappecue, an Internet-connected smoking and grilling thermometer that runs through an app for smartphones and tablets, launched at

Left to our own devices, there’s a good chance everyone will mess up on the grill every now and then. Fortunately for barbecue hobbyists, Kansas City’s Innovating Solutions has a device to ensure no meat goes overdone.

Tappecue, an Internet-connected smoking and grilling thermometer that runs through an app for smartphones and tablets, launched at the end of June during the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle (Lenexa, Kan.). After overcoming an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign in fall 2012, the product recently made it through to production.

For $199, this monitoring system allows users to be out-and-about during a potentially lengthy cooking process, often close to eight hours, according to Innovating Solutions. Unlike a number of devices in the market, Tappecue’s combination of WiFi-enabled probes and app allow for last-minute grocery store runs or time to hit the greens while the smoker remains hard at work.

“With Tappecue this hobby of barbecuing becomes easier because you are no longer strapped to your smoker or grill,” said Chris Marks, head cook of Three Little Pigs BBQ. “Tappecue gives the ability to monitor temperatures on smartphones from anywhere and this is exactly what people are asking for in this barbecue sector today.”

Accoutrement for the device includes push notifications as the meat cooks, recipes and tutorials on the app and the ability to store history and results. Along with the Tappecue unit (left), grilling enthusiasts also receive a power supply, four temperature probes, a USB connector and the mobile app.

Innovating Solutions has a number of other applications, including Innodocx, a private cloud for files to be shared  with employees by an admin account. Others include a find-and-replace app and photo-taking app that allows users to “squiggle” over the image.

For more on Tappecue, read our coverage about its initial push: “With Tappecue, KC startup aims to help grillers keep tabs on meat”

 

Credits: App screenshot from Apple Store. Tappecue hoto from Innovating Solutions website.

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