What is an Automatic BBQ Controller?
An Automatic BBQ Controller is a microprocessor controlled fan to feed oxygen to the fire and regulate cooking temperature!
Does it work on gas grills?
No! It precisely controls lump charcoal, charcoal briquettes, or wood fires by regulating oxygen to the fuel. Starving a gas grill of oxygen can cause a build up of gas resulting in an explosion!
Why an Automatic Barbecue Controller?
Properly smoked, juicy meat requires control over the cooking temperature. Many factors such as wind, temperature, precipitation, charcoal remaining, etc. affect cooking temperature, requiring constant vent adjustment. An Automatic Barbecue Controller compensates for these variables and provides a stable cooking temperature!
Do IQs work better for low-and-slow or hot-and-fast cooking?
Either. "pitmasterIQ BBQ" has won categories and contests using an IQ on our Rebel gravity feed smoker cooking at 225˚F, but now we're winning on our Gateway Drum Smokers running our IQs at 300˚F.
Will it help me sear my steaks?
Sort of. The IQ needs to be able to control air flow to regulate temperature, so the lid needs to be on. But, try this Smokey Seared Steak recipe where we smoke the steak for a bit then sear it over a charcoal chimney!
Is the IQ technology better for competition pitmasters or backyard pitmasters?
Both competition and backyard pitmasters benefit from a stable cooking temperature in order to produce a consistent product that is done right and done on time. Either way, you'll be a winner!
Why should I buy a pitmasterIQ instead of a BBQ Guru?
We offer an all-in-one Automatic BBQ Controller kit. The IQ enclosure is made of thick, temperature and impact resistant polycarbonate and houses our patented integration of a variable speed blower to deliver air to the fire through a heavy duty, corrugated rubber tube that protects the blower from heat and dirt. Here's a link to a comparison table.
Alton Brown's Intro to the IQ!