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  • Blackshirt BBQ
    Club Member
    • Dec 2017
    • 103
    • Near Chattanooga Tennessee
    • Jeremy Slaven

      -Blaz’n Grillworks Grid Iron Pellet Grill
      -Broil King Baron 440 LP w/GrillGrates
      -Blackstone Pro Series 36” Griddle
      -10qt Outdoor Gourmet Aluminum Fish Fryer
      -Blaz’n Smoker Pro
      -Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set
      -Lodge Cast Iron 8qt Dutch Oven

      Favorite beer: Anything but Guinness
      Favorite meal: Meat and Potatoes
      Favorite Sport: College Football (Nebraska Cornhuskers and Tennessee Volunteers)

    Required tools for Sous Vide -Q

    What all do you have to have to use the Sous Vide technique? What should I buy?
  • Jerod Broussard
    Moderator
    • Jun 2014
    • 10008
    • East Texas
    • Pit Barrel Cooker "Texas Brisket Edition"
      Weber One Touch Premium Copper 22" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
      Weber One Touch Premium Black 26" Kettle (gift)
      Slow 'n Sear XL for 26" Kettle (gift)
      Weber Smokey Joe Gold
      Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
      Vortex
      Maverick ET-732 White
      Maverick ET-732 Copper
      2- Auber SYL-1615 fan systems(Awesome!!!!!!!!)
      Thermoworks Thermapen w/ Back light (gift)
      Thermoworks Timestick
      Cambro Model 300MPC110 w/ Winco SS Pans
      B & B and Kingsford Charcoal
      B & B Pellets

    #2
    Nice sized tub with lid. Similar to the one below.

    https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-SousV...ainer+with+lid

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    • JCBBQ
      JCBBQ commented
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      Probably good if you’re cooking but g pieces of meat. I’ve made out fine w pots and then the occasional large hunk in the cooler
  • CaptainMike
    Club Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 2812
    • The Great State of Jefferson
    • 24X40 Lone Star Grillz offset smoker
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
      Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
      2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
      20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
      20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
      Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
      36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
      Fireboard
      Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

    #3
    What Jerod said. I have a couple of Lipavis and they are really nice. If you're space challenged or just don't want to add some specialty item simply use a suitable pot, they work just fine. An ice chest such as the Coleman Party Stacker works really well too, and some have modified the lids to accommodate their SV circ. If you buy a dedicated SV tub make sure to get the lid that matches your unit.

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    • Blackshirt BBQ
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 103
      • Near Chattanooga Tennessee
      • Jeremy Slaven

        -Blaz’n Grillworks Grid Iron Pellet Grill
        -Broil King Baron 440 LP w/GrillGrates
        -Blackstone Pro Series 36” Griddle
        -10qt Outdoor Gourmet Aluminum Fish Fryer
        -Blaz’n Smoker Pro
        -Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set
        -Lodge Cast Iron 8qt Dutch Oven

        Favorite beer: Anything but Guinness
        Favorite meal: Meat and Potatoes
        Favorite Sport: College Football (Nebraska Cornhuskers and Tennessee Volunteers)

      #4
      What about the circulator, or a vacuum sealer?

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      • CaptainMike
        CaptainMike commented
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        I have the Anova and Foodsaver and they work just fine. A lot of folks here like the Joule, and there are a few more choices for vac-sealers. I think EdF has given a great review of his, though I don't recall the brand. Check the reviews on the free side of AR.

      • Jerod Broussard
        Jerod Broussard commented
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        Anova (think it has Bluetooth and never use the Blue) Foodsaver as well. CaptainMike copied me....I think
    • treesmacker
      Club Member
      • May 2018
      • 1025
      • Grants Pass OR
        • Rec Tec Trailblazer RT-340
        • O-Grill 600 Portable Grill with O-Dock
        • Cuisinart 360 Griddle
        • Ooni Fyra (coming soon)

      #5
      These are the three items I use - somehow I got the Gramercy for $32.50 on a special Amazon deal. These three fit perfectly together and the Gramercy is very high quality and easy to use (if you don't need wifi/bluetooth). This setup seems to work out great for something the size of a whole chicken and below. If you want to do bigger, just upsize the Cambro and lid.
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
      https://www.amazon.com/Cambro-12SFSC...12+qt+with+lid
      https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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      • EdF
        EdF commented
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        Well the thing, Troutman , is that I destroyed 3 previous inexpensive ones with with liquids in the preceding 10 years. So, I finally got a chamber vac - this was the cheapest I could find. And it's lasted flawlessly for about 10 years now. The road to perdition is marked with clear signs!

        And the bags are a lot cheaper than the channel ones too.

      • treesmacker
        treesmacker commented
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        One thing I do like on the Cambro is the carrying handles - very good for carrying across the room if filled directly from the sink. I notice some of the other brands don't have this feature.
        https://www.amazon.com/Cambro-12SFSC...12+qt+with+lid

      • treesmacker
        treesmacker commented
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        Seems link above didn't work - here it is again and hope it works...
        https://www.amazon.com/Cambro-12SFSC...12+qt+with+lid
    • SmokeyGator
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 861
      • Miami, FL
      • Primo XL
        Cyberq controller
        Sierra Nevada IPA

      #6
      1. Sous vide circulator
      2. Grill capable of reaching very high heat for rapid searing

      OPTIONAL: vacuum sealing thingie. If you don’t have one a regular ziplock bag and a pot of water will do (place food in the bag, dunk bag to displace air, when as much air as is possible is displaced without water entering seal the bag).

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      • fzxdoc
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 5466
        • My toys:
          Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
          Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
          Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
          Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
          Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners


          Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
          SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
          SnS for 22" Kettle
          Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
          SS Rack for DnG
          Cast Iron Griddle
          Grill Grate for SnS
          Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
          Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
          2 Grill Grate Griddles
          Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

          Fireboard Gear:
          Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
          Additional control unit
          Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
          2 Driver Cables
          Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
          Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
          Thermoworks Gear:
          Thermapen MK4 (pink)
          Thermapen Classic (pink too)
          Thermoworks MK4 orange
          Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
          Extra Big and Loud Timer
          Timestick Trio
          Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
          Maverick ET 733
          Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

          Grill Pinz
          Vortex (two of them)

          Two Joule Sous Vide devices
          VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

          Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
          Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

          Charcoal Companion TurboQue
          A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

          BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

          Shun Classic Series:
          8" Chef Knife
          6" Chef's Knife
          Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
          3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

        #7
        Start with a Joule sous vide unit. More power, sleek, great app that makes every cook virtually idiot-proof. Not that any of us are idiots, but you know what I mean.

        For accessories, Lipavi is such a nice product. I have these:

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
        https://www.amazon.com/C10L-JOL-tail...+c10+lid+joule
        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
        https://www.amazon.com/C20L-JOL-tail...+lid+for+joule
        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

        I use them all. All the time. Can't go wrong with the quality of Lipavi, IMO.

        Kathryn


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        • shify
          Club Member
          • Jun 2017
          • 557
          • Westchester County, NY

          #8
          Besides a sous vide machine, the only thing your really need is a large enough pot. I mostly use a big stock pot but also have some big plastic containers to use if needed.

          As far as vacuum sealer, that depends. I tend to only use on long cooks (overnight). If it’s a steak or chicken that is cooking for a few hours, I may not even seal it up and just clip to the side of the pan. If I’m cooking overnight or longer, I’ll generally vacuum seal.

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          • fzxdoc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 5466
            • My toys:
              Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
              Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
              Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
              Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
              Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners


              Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
              SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
              SnS for 22" Kettle
              Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
              SS Rack for DnG
              Cast Iron Griddle
              Grill Grate for SnS
              Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
              Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
              2 Grill Grate Griddles
              Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

              Fireboard Gear:
              Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
              Additional control unit
              Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
              2 Driver Cables
              Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
              Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
              Thermoworks Gear:
              Thermapen MK4 (pink)
              Thermapen Classic (pink too)
              Thermoworks MK4 orange
              Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
              Extra Big and Loud Timer
              Timestick Trio
              Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
              Maverick ET 733
              Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

              Grill Pinz
              Vortex (two of them)

              Two Joule Sous Vide devices
              VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

              Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
              Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

              Charcoal Companion TurboQue
              A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

              BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

              Shun Classic Series:
              8" Chef Knife
              6" Chef's Knife
              Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
              3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

            #9
            I almost never use a vacuum sealer with sous vide, which is counterintuitive to its name. Oh well.

            Kathryn

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            • Old Glory
              Club Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 1422
              • Northshore MA
              • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                XL BGE
                DCS Gasser
                Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
                Weber Performer

                Slow & Sear
                Vortex
                Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
                Woo Rig;
                Adjustable Rig
                BGE Pizza Stone
                FireBoard
                Pit Bull Fan
                Griddle Store Griddle

              #10
              I have the Joule and really like it. I don't have a vacuum sealer I use zip locks.

              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
              https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

              I use the rubbermaid container and an insulating sleeve. I always fill it with hot water to speed up the heating process,

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              • aladdin4d
                Club Member
                • Sep 2018
                • 113
                • St Louis
                • GMG Davy Crockett, MHP WNK

                #11
                It seems I made different choices than most. I went with Rubbermaid instead of Lipavi

                https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Co...631200CLR&th=1

                And I chose balls instead of a lid

                https://www.amazon.com/Cooking-inclu...de+water+balls

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                • ddmcwhirter
                  ddmcwhirter commented
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                  Well...that did it! Just ordered both of those and the Anova. Also an insulation sleeve. "To Meg, with love, Merry Christmas! Daniel"

                • EdF
                  EdF commented
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                  fzxdoc - I haven't found them to need real cleaning, possible because I've never had a bag leak. They come in a net bag, so I just dump them back in, run hot tap water over it, and hang it on the faucet to dry.

                • fzxdoc
                  fzxdoc commented
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                  Cool beans, aladdin4d and EdF . Good to know those sous vide plastic balls can be easily cleaned. I must admit I like the look of them, piled up on the water surface.

                  Kathryn
              • BourBonQ
                Club Member
                • Oct 2017
                • 844
                • Lowcountry of South Carolina
                • Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Blaze 32" Gasser with Sear Station and Rotisserie
                  Jenn-Air 6 Burner w/ Dual Oven and Stainless Flat Top
                  Camp Chef Explorer 60EX with Grill Box and Griddle
                  Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4
                  Maverick ET-733 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                  Thermopro TP20 2-Probe Wireless Thermometer
                  Anova 900W Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
                  Selection of Grandma's Antique Cast Iron Cookware
                  Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Oyster/Turkey Cooker
                  Weber Standard Size Chimney Starter
                  Foodsaver Vac Sealer

                #12
                Very pleased with this setup...

                -Anova circulator. Decided on this vs. Joule simply due to the fact you can use it stand alone, without a phone.
                -Food saver vac sealer. A lot nicer units out there, but this has served its purpose well for me.
                -I hacked a Coleman Party Stacker cooler to get a large, insulated SV container at a great cost point.
                -Ikea's stainless steel expandable dish drying rack to hold down floaters.

                Here's a great thread, and you'll see the cooler hack at post #10...

                https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...ooking-vessels.

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                • Larry Grover
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2017
                  • 333

                  #13
                  My best use for SV & results have come with QVQ. Lots of steps involved so (if possible) think big container and freezing leftovers. Just another good reason to get a Foodsaver.

                  I have the Gamesaver for now but someday will drop for a chamber sealer. You'll also need a good sized cooler to shock the meat (insta-cool on ice).

                  Last edited by Larry Grover; December 10, 2018, 08:54 AM.

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                  • Troutman
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                    #14
                    I suggest you also get one of these, I reached into a 185* bath without thinking over the weekend and thought my hand was on fire.....

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                    • Polarbear777
                      Polarbear777 commented
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                      Been there... I usually have it running at 135 and grab by hand, except when I forget I’m cooking higher.

                    • EdF
                      EdF commented
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                      I made a similar mistake - once!
                  • Polarbear777
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2016
                    • 1913

                    #15
                    Had a few foodsavers and with the volume they all failed or became unreliable (50% success vacuuming and sealing a bag was getting annoying).

                    I went chamber and won’t look back. Hundreds and hundreds of bags with only a couple failures from overfilling the bags.

                    I use the sealer for freezing bulk bought foods, SV, QVQ, soups, and of course for all the leftovers so the chamber vac gets a workout.

                    You can seal water bags to make ice packs or to heat up in the water bath and put in a faux cambro to keep things warm for holding/transporting.

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