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  • Dewesq55
    Smoke particles can permeate the SV bag. When you do the ChefSteps pastrami, the SV bath water gets a little dark. They tell you to expect it.

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    QV Observation and Question

    Trying my first QV chuck roast, which I'm likely to take all the way to QVQ, but I just had to stop and ask a question here.

    So far, I started with a 2.5 pound nicely marbled chuck roast from the UF meat market. I dry brined a couple of hours and then applied a heavy coat of Flatiron Dark and Smoky Rub. That went onto my Kamado at 225 with a water pan and lots of hickory chunks. Only took an hour to get the meat to 120 internal. It rested maybe an hour and a half, then got bagged and into the SV at 130 for 48 hours.

    Here's the meat after smoking. I'm an instant fan of the Flatiron rub. (Yes, I had to sample.)

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    Here's where it gets strange. At the end of the SV time, the water in the ANOVA 12 L bin was still crystal clear. But when I took the lid off, it smelled unbelievably smoky in there. In fact, the smoke smell lingered in that region for another hour or so while I did other kitchen stuff before I poured the water out. With the water clear, there couldn't have been a significant leak in the bag. I use a Geryon vacuum sealer and I always double seal both ends of the bag whether freezing or going into SV.

    So the question is, does this happen whenever you SV after smoking? Should I be double-bagging to keep more of the goodness on the meat? (I haven't opened the bag yet, so I haven't tasted to see if the meat is still smoky. Will report back on that tomorrow when I do the final smoke.)

    I know that Meathead's ebook on SV claims that smoke taste diminishes greatly when you SV after smoking, but I don't remember it being mentioned that you could literally smell the smoke come off. (And I'm too lazy to scroll back through it right now.) But many of you here swear by QVQ as delivering the ideals of both systems, so I'm really curious about this phenomenon.

    And a further question is, have you noticed this too? Is the SV bath always smoky-smelling after QV?


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