It shouldn’t be a surprise that barbecue is very hot right now! I follow two websites pretty closely for great information about BBQ and food techniques. The best resource for BBQ that I have ever found is Amazing Ribs. And for technique, especially sous vide, I always go to Chef Steps.
While browsing Chef Steps I found a method for “Apartment Ribs.” Basically, the ribs are salted, bagged, and cooked in an immersion circulator set to 167°F for six hours for St. Louis style, or and four hours for baby backs. Then they are blotted dry and painted with a mixture of molasses and liquid smoke before applying the rub. Ten minutes in a 450°F convection oven to set the bark and caramelize the sugars, and they are done! Sounds easy enough, right?
Smokerless Ribs – CVap Style
I wanted to duplicate the process using a CVap oven to see how it worked out. First the ribs were placed on a rack on top of a sheet pan. Next, I covered the entire pan and meat with foil. This simulates the bagging you would need to do in an immersion circulator. I set the CVap for CONSTANT COOK then set DONENESS to 167°F and BROWNING to 0. Lastly, I set the timer for six hours.
Upon completion of the cycle, the CVap reverted to a 150°F Doneness + 0 Browning hold setting. At that point, the ribs were blotted dry and painted with the molasses/liquid smoke mixture and applied a generous dusting of Memphis Dust Rub (this is a REALLY good rub that I use on just about anything BBQ). Ten minutes in a 450°F convection oven and they turned out perfect.
People who have had my ribs from my smoker said that these were moister than usual! They were perfectly cooked with a bit of resistance to the bite. “Fall off the bone” is overdone – and highly overrated in my opinion! If you don’t have to bite the meat off the bone, you will never win a competition. The slow, precise cooking from CVap is what made the difference and there was no loss of moisture with this method!
Of course, if you really want to smoke in your CVap oven, add a Winston Smoker Box. It will give you results that rival the best BBQ pits.