Pork Tenderloin Sous Vide

Why in the world would you ever need to sous vide a pork tenderloin? 

This question has come up quite a few times in the ten years I’ve been a sous vide practitioner. The answer is pretty straightforward: flavor and convenience.Tenderloin MarsalaAbove is thick sliced pork tenderloin with a Marsala cream sauce over brown rice. Cooked at 131°F for a mere seven hours, shocked to 70°F, then grilled for a few minutes, it’s marvelously tender and juicy. Continue reading

Sous Vide and Smoked Pork Shoulder

In my opinion, pork shoulder (aka pork butt) is one of the most versatile pieces of meat available these days.
Wonderful Mahogany Color!Above are some two(ish) pound chunks I’ve cut from the whole. Trimmed a bit, I’ve bound them with twine as a part of an unnatural act so they stay roundish during the sous vide processing — 135°F for a mere 10 hours. Once chilled, these went into the fridge to await additional attention. Continue reading

Beef: Sous Vide Top Sirloin

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I’ll admit it: when I began this adventure, I didn’t know a whole lot about sirloin. I never paid much attention to it since my favorite cuts of beef were ribeye and porterhouse steaks, in that order. These “favorite” steaks come from primal cuts located mid-cow.  Sirloins hail from an area behind the short loin (where porterhouses call home) and in front of the “round” portion at the back end of the cow.

This is a representation of a cow!

Notice that tenderloin strip (white) whose big end (sometimes called the “head”) rests between two hunks of sirloin. The Top Sirloin (light green) rests directly beneath the “head” end of the tenderloin primal.

Below is seven and a half pounds of prime grade top sirloin. It cost me less than $5/lb, so I had no problem doing some experiments with it. It’s not easy to find a prime grade of anything at that price. My first run at it was a nine hour sous vide at 132°F.

Top Sirloin sous vide

I just love that edge to edge color that sous vide cooking brings.

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BLT

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One of my favorite sandwiches is Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato (BLT). I’ve been making these for decades. I’ve finally discovered what I’ve been doing wrong.

It’s the bread, man.BLT for BreakfastStandard bread is just the wrong shape! Continue reading

Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin: Revisited

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It’s always difficult when great friends move away and this one is no exception. And, since I haven’t done a beef tenderloin for a long while, it seemed a proper way to contribute to their send-off.

Before I get all sniffly regarding their departure, let’s get to it.
Seared TenderloinNaturally, this looks like your basic grilled psoas major, that main muscle of the whole tenderloin that begets fillet mignon. Sadly, it doesn’t start out looking this pretty and one misses out on all that fun associated with raising, transporting, killing, butchering, packaging, more transporting, and selling to the public. We’ll pick it after the latter. Continue reading

Live Fire Cooking: Pork Shoulder

This latest adventure in live fire cooking came about rather innocently. I needed a way to get a bigger fire out of this (double-sided) fireplace.

Bigger Fire

The grate was too low to keep larger stacks of logs from rolling out so I set upon building a cage to hold the logs in (see above). It’s made from steel and bolts I picked up at a local hardware store and measures 36″ wide x 18″ deep x 18″ tall. Continue reading