Thursday, June 23, 2011

App Review: GrillStar App

Creator: Ryan Michel
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Cost: $.99
Link: GrillStar

Summer is here and it’s time to fire up that grill (unless you’re crazy like me and cook all year round). Time to feed the family in that old-as-time tradition of cooking over an open flame. They want to eat chicken but every time you grill it, you burn it. You want to grill up some fresh veggies but don’t know how long to cook them for. No worries. GrillStar can solve that problem.

This is a great little app for $.99. You can put your meat, seafood or veggies on a virtual grill and a timer is set to remind you when to turn it over or pull it off on your real grill. Remember, “If you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’.” This app give you information you need to cook your food correctly on the grill as well as some good grilling tips.

The cook times assume your meat is thawed completely, which it should be when you grill, but if it isn’t you need to take that into consideration. The UI is a little difficult to find where things are, but once you figure it out it isn’t bad.

On the Gibbs Ribs scale* I give this app a 3/4’s rack. It is very useful and well thought out but the UI could use some improvement.

*When I do reviews, books or otherwise, I will rate the items with ribs (they are my favorite BBQ dish). A full rack is great and a single rib is poor.

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