by Brent Dirks
August 21, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg’s lazy Sunday night of grilling turned into a very good thing for accessory maker iDevices and its iGrill cooking thermometer. At around 7 p.m. PST that night, the Facebook founder updated his status to more than 15 million friends:
I updated my grilling app, iGrill, today and it now has Facebook integration that lets you see what other people are grilling right now around the world. Awesome. I’m making a Fred’s steak.More than 47,000 people liked the comment, and apparently more than that visited iGrill’s website. Within two minutes of Zuckerberg’s comment, the site was down for more than two hours due to the large influx of traffic. The solution is made up of two parts – the actual thermometer and the universal iGrill or iGrill Classic apps that can be downloaded in the App Store for free. The iGrill and iOS device connect via Bluetooth with a range of more than 200 feet. I’m in the process of reviewing the iGrill for AppAdvice, and have definitely liked what I’ve seen so far. I recently purchased a new smoker, and the two probes on iGrill allow me to watch over both the temperature of the fire and meat simultaneously from inside my house. There is also a whole range of alerts and alarms I can set whenever my meat is done cooking or the smoker gets too hot or cold. The Facebook integration that Zuckerberg mentioned is also a nice feature to see what other people are cooking at the same time around the globe. You can purchase iGrill for $79. And talking advantage of the publicity, iGrill is offering free domestic shipping if you purchase the thermometer directly from the company’s site. Use the promo code ZUCK to receive the offer that is good for up to $12. The device is also available at Apple Retail Stores in North America and Apple’s website.