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I love ribs, and with sous vide you have complete control over them. My favorite combination is probably 156°F (68.8°C) for around 18 to 24 hours, it's shreddable but not too fall-apart. Some other popular combinations are 165°F (73.9°C) for 18 to 24 hours or 176°F (80°C) for 12 hours. For a chop-like consistency I generally prefer 140°F (60°C) for 1 to 2 days.
There are many different suggestions for how long and what temperature to cook ribs. It can be confusing but the time and temperature combination you want to use depends on how you'd like your final ribs to turn out. The hotter the temperature, the faster they cook and the more they tenderize. The amount of time you cook them for determines how tender they end up. These time and temperature combinations work for most kinds of pork ribs, including St. Louis cut, baby back, back, and spare ribs.
For tender ribs that are more pork chop-like you can cook them at 135°F to 149°F (57.2°C to 65°C) for 1 to 2 days depending on the consistency you're trying to achieve. They do not have the texture of traditional ribs but retain a lot more of their moisture.
If you prefer something more along the lines of traditional-style ribs, then cooking them at 165°F (73.9°C) for 18 to 24 hours is what you want. If you are aiming for flaky, hanging off the bone spare ribs, then use 176°F (80°C) for 12 to 18 hours is the ticket.
Cooking the ribs at a 156°F (68.8°C) temperature results in firmer, but still flaky, spare ribs. They don't fall off the bone but I think they are much closer to traditional ribs. I often cook mine at for 18 to 24 hours.
I recommend reading more about how to sous vide pork for more information.
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