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What is the Best Way to Combine Smoke and Sous Vide - Ask Jason

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What are your recommended times and temperatures for smoking and then sous viding a prime rib.

- Christopher Camacho

Note: The following article is an edited transcription from the video.

There's been a lot of talk lately about sous viding and smoking.

Darrin Wilson runs a great Facebook group called Fire and Water Cooking which covers both smoking and sous vide. I recommend you check out his group if you're looking for some good tips about stuff like this.

Sous vide smoked brisket smoking

But in general, you're trying to combine smoke and sous vide. You're adding flavor through the smoking process and you're tenderizing through the sous vide process. You can either smoke before or after the sous vide cooking; they both have their benefits. I think the pre-smoke infuses it with a little bit more flavor. Where the post-smoke doesn't go quite as deep, but you do have the new smoke on it as you're pulling it out and your finishing it on the grill.

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Usually when I'm doing ribs or brisket, I sous vide them first until it's completely tender then I chill it fully and I put it on the grill or smoker. I only smoke it long enough for the meat to come back to temperature. By the time it actually reaches serving temperature, the meat has a good smoke flavor with an enhancing aroma. Plus, I've been enjoying my friends and family outdoors while the brisket's been cooking inside for 36 hours. It lets me pretend like I'm doing a big barbecue thing!

Sous vide smoked ribs smoking close

Whether you're smoking it before or after, the main thing you want to make sure is that the internal temperature of the meat doesn't get higher than what you're going to be sous viding it at. For example, if you're going to sous vide a prime rib at 131°F (55°C) for medium rare, you don't want to smoke it on the grill until it's 150°F (65.6°C) internally. The prime rib will become overcooked, so be sure to take it off the smoker at 130°F (54.4°C) or below.

The same holds true if you're doing ribs or brisket or pulled pork. Whatever temperature you're going to sous vide it at, pull it off the smoker before it hits that temperature, so you still get all the benefits of sous vide.

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Jason logsdon headshot This article is by me, Jason Logsdon. I'm an adventurous home cook and professional blogger who loves to try new things, especially when it comes to cooking. I've explored everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to pressure cookers and blow torches; created foams, gels and spheres; made barrel aged cocktails and brewed beer. I have also written 10 cookbooks on modernist cooking and sous vide and I run the AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com website.
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