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Chili and Sous-Vide

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    Chili and Sous-Vide

    I’ve been asking so many questions that I figured I ought to pony up and go ahead and officially join the Pitmaster Club (so I did).

    So, here’s yet another question: I like to make Chili with a Beef Chuck-eye Roast. Now that I am playing around with my new SVQ, I’m wondering if anyone has tried using the one (SVQ) to make the other (Chili).

    I found one recipe that suggests cutting up the meat, browning it, making the sauce, and then bagging all of that up to cook in the SVQ.

    I was thinking of just throwing the roast in a bag in the SVQ (for 30 hours at 131° like a bottom round roast), and then cut it up and brown it afterward. Or maybe smoke it, cut it up and brown it.

    Any thoughts, recommendations or do’s and don’ts on method, time, temp, sequence or cuts of beef to use?

  • Top | #2
    I've never done chili in SV, but if you've got an Instant Pot and like Texas style chili this recipe is off the hook. The homemade chili paste is outstanding.


    • dubob
      dubob commented
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      Thanks for the links pkadare. I'm going to give that a go this fall with some of your home bred geese as they filter down this way. I'll also do a batch with breast meat from some of the local mallards. My duck/goose chili has always been a favorite of family and friends. Using the IP will make it just that much easier to prepare.

    • pkadare
      pkadare commented
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      dubob - Please feel free to kill as many Canadian geese as you can, limits be damned! Nothing more than huge flying rats that poop far too much.

    • Bkhuna
      Bkhuna commented
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      I've been making chili like this for decades. It's fun to try different chili's and vary the rations of each.

  • Top | #3
    Chili involves a braising process, you are already getting your meat tenderizer via the chili cook itself. Going through an entire SVQ process then putting it into a low and slow chili braise seems a bit overkill to me.


    • MarkN
      MarkN commented
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      True, but my thought was to substitute the SVQ for the braise, so the final assembly could go quickly. Since this may be a bad idea, I thought I would ask here before throwing the beef in the pot.

    • Troutman
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      Well if you think about it, part of the delicious aspect of a chili (or any stew for that matter) is the way the fat and proteins meld together with the other ingredients. In other words the sum of the parts is what makes it so good, not necessarily the parts alone.

  • Top | #4
    Welcome to The Pit MarkN. I don't think chili is the right recipe for SVQ. You can do it, but why dirty up more dishes when you don't need to. Troutman is imparting wisdom here bro.


    • Top | #5
      When I have left over brisket or chuck that I have smoked, sometimes SVQ I love what it adds to chili. I cook up all the other ingredients, sometimes in the instapot, sometimes on the stove. I just add the meat in later in the process. I works great for me!


      • Top | #6
        So far it appears that no one has tried this specific thing before. I guess the question is whether cooking via SVQ, smoking, browning and then throwing it into the pot with the chili is better/worse/no change from the traditional version of cooking it all in a pot to meld all the flavors.

        I’ll have to give this some more thought. The biggest “downside” is that I just might have to make several batches of chili over the next couple of weeks to see what’s what. Good thing my wife likes chili (and she’ll let me know what’s what 😊).


        • Top | #7
          @pkadare, we're doing our best. That's me on the right.

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        • Top | #8
          It might be interesting to sous vide a chuck roast at 131 for 24 hours. Make a quick chili recipe with ground beef, or without, hell vegetarian... Then cube the sous vide roast up, I would probably make the cubes small (mostly because I once had a similar chili at a festival made by an old couple i still have no idea how they made). Probably just add texture difference. Throw in a smoked chuck roast plus the sous vide cubes. It would make an interesting demonstration of two uses for the same roast.


          • Top | #9
            Optional: Season and smoke whole chuck roast to IT of 130 or so. Maybe 135. Maybe give a bit of a sear if you want it a bit more barky.

            Cube it up, bag it up, sous vide at maybe 155x8 hours. You want it to pull... so maybe a bit longer. Pinch that, and when it shreds at a pinch, you're there.
            Assemble chili base separately, sous vide at 182x1hr.
            Or just build your chili base and reduce it some on the stovetop.


            Sous vide is extractive. Any vegetal matter in the chili base will require a much higher temp than you would want for the meat, so cooking together seems like a recipe for a bad chili base and low flavor beef...

            I do a P-cooker texas chili that I'm very fond of. Haven't thought about chili, but not terribly inclined to mess with a recipe I feel works really well.


            • Top | #10
              To me a good chili Texas style is ground beef browned in the pot and the fond released by the tomatoes when they are added. There are numerous amounts of ground chilis and spices added during the cooking time that usually takes about 3 hours. Here is one recipe that is delicious. https://gquebbq.com/2-time-national-...-chili-recipe/


              • dubob
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              • mountainsmoker
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                Tomato sauce = concentrated tomatoes.LOL

              • Potkettleblack
                Potkettleblack commented
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                Tomato paste is concentrated tomatoes. But still... Get a rope. ;-)

                But if you like a tomato sauce chili, you do you. There is no one true recipe or truth to the dish. Cincy has a much claim as the southwest.
                Last edited by Potkettleblack; September 16th, 2019, 05:04 PM.

            • Top | #11
              I would make sure to give Meathead's Texas Style Chili Con Carne a try. I love adding smoked brisket or smoked chuck for the protein. Pulled pork is also fantastic.


              • MarkN
                MarkN commented
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                OK, this weekend I will give it a try with Meathead's version, subject to a few modifications (like my own chili powder and I cook it in the oven instead of the stove top because it seems to spread the heat more evenly and I don't have to be as concerned about stuff sticking to the bottom as much). We'll see what happens!

                Meanwhile, I'll keep practicing with my SVQ on other stuff.

            • Top | #12
              While no longer appropriate to the topic (I did not use SVQ), here's my latest attempt at chili. It's part Meathead's recipe (smoked boneless chuck-eye roast) with some things taken from Cook's Illustrated Jan-Feb 2011, Cook's Country Dec-Jan 2013 and part my own tweeks.
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              • Top | #13
                Looks mighty fine eating.


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