Sous Vide Carrots, Sous-B-Q™

Grilling or smoking carrots tends to yield a result that is overly charred while still quite raw. Sous vide eliminates this occurrence.

Ingredients

Carrots, as needed.
Flour, to dust.

VEGETABLE MARINADE, LINKED HERE

Equipment requirements
Immersion circulator, portable or stationary.
Heat rated container, minimum of 2 gallons/8 liters.
Heat rated sous vide bags, 2 each.
Flour shaker or fine meshed strainer.
Kitchen tongs, metal.
Infrared or probe thermometer.

 

Procedure:

Peel the carrots and trim off the very ends. Seal the carrots in vacuum or Ziploc Freezer Bags and process in the sous vide bath at
183 F/84 C for one hour.

Cold shock the packages in 70 F/21 C water until the water’s temperature stays at that temperature for fifteen minutes after you turn off the tap. Add ice or more cold water as needed to accomplish this. Dry the packages and refrigerate @40 F/4 C until needed.

Remove the carrots and save the juices–these are excellent additions to stocks and soups. Cut the carrots into strips as shown. Dust in flour along with any other vegetables that you want to smoke. This step is controversial, but if you just use barely enough flour to coat, the marinade will absorb it and form a light crust.

Add enough marinade to coat, and arrange carrots on screens on sheet pans. Transfer to the barbecue and process at
180 F/82 C for 4 hours.

At this low temperature there is no risk of scorching or burning. Avoid “peeking” into the smoker, because this lowers the temperature, affects results and delays the process. Once the time has elapsed, remove the carrots from the smoker and allow to cool somewhat.

After cooling they can be carefully stacked along with any other vegetables being processed–I usually try to do several types at once and then store them until needed. They are excellent cold and can be reheated in a conventional oven or even microwave with excellent results.

Once you are ready to serve, there are many options. As a sort of variation on Antipasto, they look like this:

Sous-B-Q carrots also make an excellent appetizer on their own.

“Stay Tuned”

Norm King

About

Very little is expected of carrots. Their low cost and unique color ensures inclusion in dishes all over the world but they are not nearly as prized as many other more exotic vegetables. Even so, the subtle flavor burst of sous vide processed carrots was one of my biggest investigative surprises. Carrots and other root vegetables like beets and onions respond extremely well to low temperature pasteurization and the subsequent slow smoke roasting outlined in this recipe.

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