Why BBQ sauce and sous vide = explosively delicious meals

Which BBQ sauces for sous vide cooking

Just when you thought that sous vide cooking couldn’t get any better, try adding BBQ sauce to your sous vide food pouch. Put simply, BBQ sauce and sous vide steak, chicken, pork and many others meats  and vegetables for that matter, taste A-MAZING.

Long sous vide cooking times and BBQ sauces  

Marinating or cooking your sous vide ingredients creates delicious results. The low cooking temperature and long cook time gives enough time for your BBQ marinade to work it’s magic on your ingredients of choice. The flavor is intensified because everything is tightly bagged in your food pouch.

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Picking the best BBQ sauce for your sous vide cooking

We would have to say that no one BBQ sauce is going to work for everyone. There are sweet BBQ sauces, hot BBQ sauces, super spicy sous vide BBQ sauces. The list goes on.

Mix it up a little and experiment. You will find no shortage of sous viders who can tell you their favorite BBQ sauce, whether their favorite BBQ sauce is store brought or home made.

Maybe add one specific BBQ sauce to one food pouch and a different BBQ sauce to a second food pouch in your water bath and do a bit of a taste test.

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How to prepare BBQ sauces before adding them to your sous vide food pouch

Some sous viders add BBQ sauce and their ingredient into their sealed vacuum sealed bag or ziplock bag and pop that into the freezer. That means, when you are ready to eat your sous vide goodness, you can put the food pouch straight into your water bath (without even defrosting).

Once you pull your sous vide food pouch out of your sous vide water oven, your chicken, beef, pork or any other ingredient etc will be moist and tender.

That means that the skin will be as well. This is where your grill becomes your hero. Place your protein skin side down on your cast iron grill or BBQ to crisp the skin. Do the same on the other side. You can then brush on a little more BBQ sauce onto your ingredients if you want to, but that’s not essential.

And of course, we can’t write this article without a link to a Sous Vide Everything YouTube clip to show you how this process works in action. These guys are the masters when it comes to bringing sous vide BBQ sauce masterpieces to life.

Be warned, you will want to reach into the clip itself to taste that crazy goodness (we cannot wait until technology allows that to happen just quietly!!).

Super helpful tips from BBQ sauce loving sous viders

There is nothing better than turning to experienced sous vide BBQ sauce lovers for some hints and tips on creating delicious sous vide meals every time:

  • If you are working with a recipe that contains a decent amount of liquid or BBQ marinade, consider cooking your sous vide food for a little longer than the recipe recommends
  • For a restaurant quality finish, consider popping your sous vide BBQ sauce sensations on the grill after cooking
  • Some sous viders swear by adding their BBQ sauce BEFORE their sous vide cook, others love to add their BBQ sauce AFTER their sous vide cook – there is no right answer – experiment a little

Here are some sous vide BBQ sauce recipes that are nothing less than lip smacking goodness 

Sous vide Beer BBQ from Oliso 

Sous vide grilled chicken from Girls Can Grill

48-hour Sous Vide Pork Ribs with “Seattle-style” Barbecue Sauce from Sansaire

Sous Vide Baby Back Ribs with BBQ Sauce from Two Kooks in the Kitchen

Sous vide BBQ sauce tips from Reddit

Social media will revolutionize your sous vide cooking experience. Not only do you have access to a ridiculously large range of sous vide recipes online, but online forums also allow you to share all things sous vide with other sous viders around the world so easily.

That includes the most delicious BBQ sauce recipes and BBQ sauce brands others have trailed and LOVED for their sous vide cooking.

BBQ sauce recipes for more inspiration

Keen to make a BBQ sauce from scratch? Here are a couple of recipes to inspire you.

This one is from a Sous Vide BBQ sauce shredded pork recipe from Anova Culinary:

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole, plus 1 clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, divided
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion, plus 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Combine ketchup, chopped red onion, orange juice, 2 tablespoons vinegar, molasses, tomato paste, lemon juice, Worcestershire, liquid smoke, mustard, minced garlic, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon celery salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until serving.

Warm and serve with your sous vide shredded pork dish.

Recipe books that contain sous vide BBQ sauce recipes

There’s a book on the market called Sous Vide BBQ: Delicious Recipes and Precision Techniques that Guarantee Smoky, Fall-Off-The-Bone BBQ Every Time

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Sous Vide BBQ Sauce – Get on board or miss out on the BEST meals you have ever tasted  

Get out there and give sous vide BBQ sauce a go. After all, sous vide cooking is about experimenting and you will most certainly stumble on sous vide BBQ sauces that get your taste buds super excited and become a crowd favorite moving forward.

Don’t forget to let us know how you go. We love sharing hints and tips with other cooking enthusiasts in our sous vide community. So if you come across a BBQ sauce you LOVE for your sous vide cooking, leave a message in the comments section below.

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The BEST hashtags on socials to find BBQ sauce inspiration 

You would not believe the number of sous vide enthusiasts that love to share their sous vide cooking journeys with others around the world. So get social.

Even if you are not yet ready to take pics of the amazing restaurant quality food you are creating, use some of the hashtags below for some sous vide BBQ sauce inspiration.

Instagram BBQ sauce hashtags 





Twitter BBQ sauce hashtags

Particularly active accounts on Twitter in the sous vide cooking space include the following companies and accounts:

  • Cuisine Solutions
  • Sous Vide Supreme
  • Sous Vide Tools
  • Dale Prentice

Further Reading and Articles

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