This past Christmas I purchased an Anova Precision Cooker for my son, Rob, who loves to cook. He was very skeptical when he opened the box and asked “what is it”? Well, just what exactly is a precision cooker you might ask…..it’s an immersion circulator that is used to cook sous vide….and what is sous vide cooking?
“Sous vide” is French for “under vacuum” and refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food and cooking it in a temperature controlled water bath. However, that’s a bit of a misnomer. You don’t need to vacuum seal your food to cook sous vide. Instead, this technique is really about bringing food to a very precise temperature and holding it there for a period of time, which is why we refer to the technique as “precision cooking.”
Chefs around the world use sous vide cooking to prepare food to the perfect level of doneness while also retaining its nutrients, but the technique isn’t just limited to high end restaurants. In recent years, affordable countertop sous vide equipment like the Anova Precision Cooker have made sous vide cooking available for home use.
To cook sous vide, first prepare your food of choice — it can be anything from a steak or a chicken breast to corn on the cob — then place it in a plastic vacuum-sealed or zipper lock bag. Attach your immersion circulator to a pot of water and set the desired time and temperature. Clip your sealed bag of food to the pot and let it cook, the circulator moves water around the pot, ensuring a consistent temperature throughout. Once your food has finished cooking, you can sear it, serve it, or even save it for later. It’s simple, convenient, and produces professional quality results every time.”
It didn’t take Rob very long to perfect the sous vide technique. He would always call me or text me and tell me how fantastic all the food was that he made with the Anova. I have to admit, I was jealous!!! Here are some pictures of just a few of his creations, burgers, steaks, rack of lamb…..Yum!
This past Mother’s Day I posted a link to Anova on Facebook and made a subtle hint about it making a great gift for mom. WOW…..did it work! I was so excited when Rob & Cecile sent me the Anova….I couldn’t wait to try it out. So far I have made burgers, steaks, and boneless beef tips. All have been wonderful. I have been itching at the bit to try baby back ribs. Well, its the bit…..
Then seal and add to pot:
Now the fun part, turn the Anova cooker on and set the temperature to 145F and the timer on for 20 (YES 20) hours and forget about it…..
20 Hours Later:
Remove the bags of ribs from the pan. Ribs can be placed in the refrigerator if not ready to use them right away (but take them out and let them come to room temperature before finishing).
Now comes the really fun part….light the grill (or you can use a grill pan or place the ribs on a sheet pan and place under the broiler).
Once the charcoal is hot (around 350F) place the ribs on the grill, presentation side down, for 2-3 minutes, turn the ribs over and baste with your favorite BBQ Sauce (we love Weber Spicy). Close lid and cook an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove ribs from grill, serve…
Definitely the MOST tender, moist, flavorful ribs I have ever had. The hint of smoke was perfect, the meat didn’t fall off the bones (that’s a Memphis no-no). ” Properly cooked ribs will pull cleanly off the bone with your teeth, but they will still have some resilience and chew, like a properly cooked steak, but not be tough.”
Here’s the recipe….enjoy and Buon Appetito!
Sous Vide Baby Back Ribs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon Weber Smokey Mesquite Seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all dry ingredients together until combined. Sprinkle over both sides of ribs. Set ribs aside for 1 to 2 hours.
Divide ribs into 3 pieces. Place each piece in a zip lock or food saver bag and place a few drops of liquid smoke into each bag. Place sealed bags in preheated water bath for 20 hours, set at 145°F.
Remove ribs from bath. Place on a grill pan, under the broiler, or on a hot grill for 3-5 minutes per side. Baste with your favorite BBQ Sauce, if desired.