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  • Oakgrovebacon
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 1961
    • South central Illinois

    Sous vide Chuck weekend project

    I wanted to try sous vide and smoking some beef, I have been reading all the posts about it that I see. I chose smoke-sous vide-smoke approach.
    I started with a 3 lb chuck roast that was about 3 inches thick. Dry brined overnight in the fridge, rubbed with bbbr and put in the stickburner with red oak at 225-250. I planned on about 4 hours. Turned into a 6 hour cook as errands took longer than expected. Returned home to IT of 139deg. Vacuum sealed and put into sous vide bath @ 155 for 22 hours. After a couple hours my wife told me that a bluebird was trying to nest in my smoker. I saw the male bird flying to the chimney of my cooker a couple times and the fire was not completely out yet.
    Since the cook was going to be running until the next day, I built a bluebird house in hopes of attracting them to it instead of my smoker. Within an hour of putting it up they were investigating the new house.
    Day 2 - I watched them carry nesting material from the yard to the bird house.
    Chuck roast came out of bath at noon. Ice bath for a quick cool down. I lit an oak fire again and shot for a pit temp of 300-350 for a quick heat without a stall.
    Worked like a charm-steady IT temp rise to 195. The first time I used a Christmas gift of Webber Igrill with 2 probes. The graph shows a perfect steady climb. Click image for larger version

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    Now for the good stuff-pics of the meal. Click image for larger version

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    thin blue smoke @ 305 deg.
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    Bluebirds new home.
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    Bark on chuck!
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    Sliced on the bacon slicer.
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    Salad that my wife made with homegrown lettuce and out house cured bacon.
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    Plated. Turned out very much like brisket. And lots of leftovers for the lunchbox this week.
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  • EdF
    EdF
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    • Jul 2016
    • 3229
    • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
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    #2
    Looks great. I can almost smell it!

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  • Huskee
    Administrator
    • May 2014
    • 15328
    • central MI, USA
    • Follow me on Instagram, huskeesbarbecue

      Want a free bottle of whiskey? Check out my link to Flaviar.com, you join with it, we both get a $50 bottle free.

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    #3
    Nice work! Cool story throwing the bluebird adventures in there. Glad it didn't turn into 'thin bluebird smoke'.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      I wasn't able to get a pic of the birds, they stayed a little to far for them to show up in a photo. They just appeared at our place on Sunday.
  • Fire Art
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 988
    • Jackson hole Wyoming

    #4
    Nice bird house and diner even looks better

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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13143
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #5
    That looks like a winner.

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  • Thunder77
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 2836
    • Halethorpe, MD
    • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

    #6
    Beautiful pictures. Gorgeous stick burner. Great looking food. How can you beat that??? Well done sir!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thank you! I have a tendency to build things - homemade stick burner.
  • CaptainMike
    Club Member
    • Nov 2015
    • 2544
    • The Great State of Jefferson
    • 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.

    #7
    What fun cook! We would call that thing on your fence a cat feeder around here.

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      My wife's dog keeps the cats far enough away that the birds will be safe there.
  • Troutman
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    • Aug 2017
    • 7473
    • aka Troutman Taco - Hanging Free in Tejas

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    #8
    Had a problem with mud daubers in one of mine. Hadn't used it in a while, they built a nest inside the top of the stack. Man they were pissed when I fired that puppy up. Anyway, glad your birds found a new home. Good job on the chuckie !!!

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    • Oakgrovebacon
      Oakgrovebacon commented
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      Thanks Troutman!

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