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  • Amajeff99
    Club Member
    • Feb 2017
    • 215
    • CT
    • I currently have 4 grills 2 gas (Weber spirit 700 and Weber 1000) 2 charcoal (Weber master touch 22 and PK360). I also have a cast iron hibachi and a joule Sous vide. I have multiple probe thermometers , MK4, Smoke, 2 chef alarm, ThermaQ and thermaK and a thermoworks IR with K probe port. for knives I love my Messermeister Olive elite and my TojironDP Gyutou. which I keep razor sharp using my edge-pro. I also have a weather station to keep an eye on good Grilling weather.

    on the fence

    OK I am really on the fence with the Sous Vide thing. part of me really wants to try it out and part of me feels like it is cheating and chipping away at the soul of BBQ and Grilling. As I said I am totally on the fence and will probably move to the dark side (if it even is the dark side) and try it out eventually as my curiosity usually wins. my questions are does it effect the texture of the meat and what does it do the the flavor?
  • Spinaker
    • Nov 2014
    • 10215
    • Land of Tonka
    • John "J R"
      Instagram: JRBowlsby
      Smokin' Hound Que
      Minnesota/ United States of America

      Dexter (Beagle mix)
      Kinnick (American Foxhound)

      Big Green Egg (Large) X2
      Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

      Broil King Keg
      Karubeque C-60
      Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
      Lodge L410 Hibachi
      Pit Barrel Cooker
      Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
      R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

      Weber Spirit Gasser
      FireBoard (Base Package)
      Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
      Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

      BBQ Dragon
      Big Green Egg Plate Setter
      Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
      Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

      Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
      Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

      Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
      Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
      Eggspander Kit X2
      Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

      Finex Cat Iron Line
      FireBoard Drive
      Lots and Lots of Griswold Cast Iron
      Grill Grates
      Joule Water Circulator
      KBQ Fire Grate

      Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
      Lots of Lodge Cast Iron
      Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
      Large Vortex
      Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
      Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
      Smithey No. 12
      Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
      Stargazer No.10, 12
      Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
      Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
      FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
      Kingsford Blue and White
      Rockwood Lump Charcoal
      Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

      Buck 119 Special
      Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
      Next Major Purchase
      Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

    Its just another way to cook. You don't have to look at it as destroying the heart of BBQ or anything of the sort.

    Last night, I made two butts on the KBQ, then I made wings. I didn't want to mess with making the Asparagus so I SV'd them to perfection. I love making salmon and sea bass fillets then searing on the Finex Skillet. You can do steaks too! They turn out very good but not as tasty as ones cooked the whole time over the live fire. In my experience.
    The donenss is perfect. And you can SV to the texture that YOU want. Poached eggs are phenomenal as well. And kicking up your pastrami by SV'ing for 4 hours at 195 F gave me results that I could never have hoped for by just steaming the pastrami.

    So I think of SV as a compliment to my BBQ rather than a replacement. It's just another tool in my arsenal. Like my Digi Q DX 2 or the entire KBQ.


    • TheCountofQ
      TheCountofQ commented
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      Spinaker, you've been planting bacon seeds I see. Photos of the cook, when it ripens, are officially requested.

    • Steve B
      Steve B commented
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      Hey Spinaker cut that s*#£€ out I just got used to your scuba avatar. Now I gotta relearn again?
      Just messing with you brother. LOL

    • Jeff_Carley
      Jeff_Carley commented
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      ^^ Steve B, I completely agree with the avatar change as well. Trippy.
  • JohnF
    Former Member
    • May 2015
    • 165
    • NoCal

    What Spinaker said


    • Jerod Broussard
      • Jun 2014
      • 9297
      • 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
        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

      People need to realize that BBQ, like money, is amoral.


      • EdF
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    • cgrover60
      Club Member
      • Mar 2016
      • 259
      • Albuquerque NM

      For what it's worth, I was slightly curious about sous vide to enhance my outdoor cooking and thought my wife who is a credentialed chef might want to jump in with it but no - her comment was no I don't need another way to cook. So I'm going to save the money for something else and yes there is ALWAYS something else!


    • Willy
      Charter Member
      • Apr 2015
      • 1774
      • High Desert of the Great Southwest

      SV isn't cheating--it's another way to cook and it complements BBQ. Imagine if we were stuck with the original "cave man" style of cooking. C'mon, come to the "dark side"!!!


      • Lowjiber
        Lowjiber commented
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        I totally agree, Willy.
    • Steve Vojtek
      Charter Member
      • Mar 2015
      • 613
      • Melbourne Australia
      • 6 & 2 burner gas BBQ's
        Diy electric smoker
        A-maze-n-tube 12 inch
        Gas powered pizza oven
        GMG Davy Crockett with Wifi
        Rosle 24 inch charcoal kettle
        Slow'nSear - my favourite
        2 x Thermapens
        2 x wireless thermometers
        3 x wired thermometers
        Favourite drink:
        Scotch whiskey various brands
        American Honey WT
        And beer ....
        And at work just plain old chilled water....

      You may already have what's needed to try SV.

      After you try it you may not be able to resist the "Dark Side" Luke.....


      • Amajeff99
        Amajeff99 commented
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        Great article like the idea of this method to test the waters so to say.
    • JCBBQ
      Club Member
      • Jan 2016
      • 1053
      • Jersey City, NJ
      • Primo Oval XL Ceramic Cooker
        Pit Barrel Cooker
        2x Mavrick 732
        Therma Pen Orange
        Favorite Bourbon Blanton's
        SF Giants

        MCS wish list - Lone Star Grillz off set

      I haven't played around with my Anova much but it's pretty handy. I threw the pork chops in the bath last night and then ran out to watch the last half of my kids practice. Came back to perfectly cooked meat - just gave them a quick sear. I like it. It gives you another option during the winter if you don't want to deal with the snow on a weeknight cook.


      • JCBBQ
        JCBBQ commented
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        In answer to your question, depending on time and temp you can affect the texture of the meat. Here's a little experiment I did with brisket - totally different texture.


      • Amajeff99
        Amajeff99 commented
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        Thank you for the information great article.
    • tbob4
      Charter Member
      • Nov 2014
      • 2253
      • Chico, CA
      • BBQ's
        California Custom Smokers Intensive Cooking Unit
        California Custom Smokers Meat Locker
        Santa Maria Grill
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        Sierra Nevada IPA


      Just realize that if you are like me, it will cost you money. I love my SV machine but I will be the first to admit that I have used it to experiment a lot. Not all the results have been good. So instead of just saying to myself "this doesn't work for me" I try it again, differently. It's no different than getting a new cooking toy of any kind. An example - Cheef gave us a link to a recipe for scrambled eggs that was spot on. Was I satisfied? Nope. I researched a link to a Kenji Alt scrambled egg recipe that was a shorter cook at a lower temp. It was reputed to be "the best scrambled eggs ever". If I were in a Rocky movie I would have loved the Kenji eggs. Put them in a cup, drink and off to the ring. I went right back to Cheef's method.


      • Breadhead
        Banned Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1

        I think Meathead calls it cooking with Fire & Water...

        I think Meathead thinks combining SV cooking with BBQ and grilling is a trend that is going to grow. I assume that's why he has given it space on the AmazingRibs website.

        I've been playing with it and studying how to best utilize it for 2 years. It saves me lots of hands on labor time. It gives me lots and lots of leeway when I'm cooking for a large crowd. It greatly reduces time in the smoker for pork butts and briskets if you SV it first. Poached eggs, shell on, is a no brainer!!! Chicken breasts, fish and veggies are just better done SV style. Tri-Tips are better done SV style. I now cook most of my preprocessed Steakhouse Steakburger's that I've seasoned, shaped and vacuum packed before putting them in the freezer... SV style and sear them on a cast iron skillet. Just because it's faster (meaning less hands on labor), easier and tastes just as good.

        Sous Vide has become an important step in my cooking arsenal that WILL NOT go away, ever!


        • vandy
          vandy commented
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          I am on the same track that you are on with the SV cooking method Breadhead. The more I use it the more I like it. Not everything has been a success but each time I use it I get better at what I am cooking with it. Chicken breasts cooked with it are the best I have ever done.
      • cgrover60
        Club Member
        • Mar 2016
        • 259
        • Albuquerque NM

        Ok I totally get the SV convenience, precision and potential better results but man I'm sorry, sitting around a pot of circulating water drinking beer and telling lies with good friends just won't work for me. Filthy hands, fire, occasional burns, smoke in your eye and friends to share that with is what I need. Great food is just a bonus.


        • TheCountofQ
          TheCountofQ commented
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          It does lack the romance of fire, doesn't it? we need to focus of how to set it up in a babbling brook, where we can fly fish and cook in the same waters maybe. Oh well. Until technology improves, I'll try to learn with the Anova... :-D

        • cgrover60
          cgrover60 commented
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          Point taken EdF. My inner caveman just refuses to play.

        • Breadhead
          Breadhead commented
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          Don't use the SV during the day time... let it do its thing while you sleep.😴 No beer required.👍
      • Breadhead
        Banned Former Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 1

        Originally posted by cgrover60 View Post
        Ok I totally get the SV convenience, precision and potential better results but man I'm sorry, sitting around a pot of circulating water drinking beer and telling lies with good friends just won't work for me. Filthy hands, fire, occasional burns, smoke in your eye and friends to share that with is what I need. Great food is just a bonus.
        A while ago I was going to have a dozen people over for dinner, a casual dinner. I was having a taco and pull pork sandwich bar... your choice. I SV'ed 4 - 8 pound pork butts for 15 hours to 160°. I ice shocked them and put them in the fridge overnight. The next day at 11:00am I took the PB's out of their SV bags, blotted them dry, brushed on some beef love, put Taco seasoning on 2 of them and Memphis Dust on the other 2 and in the large BGE they went - at about 40° out of the fridge - into the smoker at 225°, with some cherry wood chunks in the Smoke Pot.

        Dinner was going to be served at 6:00pm. So I had 5 hours to put some bark on these butts and get them up to serving temperature and put them in the faux cambro, at 4:00pm, for 2 hours. While my food was in the Cambro I prepped all of my sides.

        When my guests arrived i served cocktails and appetizers and when it was time to serve dinner I shredded the PB's and everyone selected their type of food.👍

        SV'ing the meat first provided me lots of leeway. Had I smoked the meat start to finish in the smoker I had a restricted time for the unexpected occurances.

        I could do it either way because of my experience but... I really prefer having the leeway for anything and everything to go wrong, and I still serve the food on time.


        • bep35
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 280
          • Pierre,SD
          • 1987 Weber Kettle (Still going!)
            2004 Cookshack Smokette (The original!)
            2012 Weber Genesis (Wonderful for steaks and chops!)
            2014 Pit Barrel Cooker (Lovin it!)
            Thermoworks Thermapen
            Thermoworks Mini Handheld Thermocouple & Meat Needle Probe
            Various other wireless remote thermometers

            Beer...Bud Light (Timeless)

          Couldn't pass up getting the Anova Sous Vide for $50 off. Did ribeye's this past weekend as a first cook. They were incredible. Medium rare from top to bottom with reverse sear. Tender. Juicy. Just as much smoke flavor as if they had been on the grill from start to finish. Did scrambled eggs the next morning. SO said they were best she had. Looking forward to more cooks especially beef tri-tip and flank steak. There are a lot of great recipes out there. Don't know why it works so well but it sure impressed me. And I have two smokers, Genesis gas grill, and Weber kettle with slow-n-sear to cook outdoors on. The sous vide adds another dynamic to your grilling hobby and is fun to cook with.




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