The BBQ Probe is best used for monitoring the temperature inside of the BBQ, Pit Or Smoker. It does not have a pointed tip. It's straight for easy mounting to grill racks and for routing through holes. The FOOD Probe Is curved toward the braided stainless steel probe wire and has a pointed tip to easily insert in food and meats. The HYBRID Probe can be used for either BBQ or FOOD. It's straight for easy mounting to grill racks and for routing it through holes, and pointed for easy insertion into meat.