So... I just inherited a German barbecue smoker which is to say I have a weird box which is good for curing eels and fish but doesn't really get very hot (c.a. 60C or 140F max). Last week I threw some ribs in there for two hours and then finished them in the oven and frankly, they were pretty darned good. So the thing does impart good smokey flavor. My buddy Stefan who is a hyper-nerd has just built himself a homemade sous vide contraption and has already tested it on steaks, apparently with good results. Over lots of beer, we decided to combine the technologies.
Our idea is to take my Iowa chop recipe (marinaded in apple juice and spices and usually baked) and put it through a 4-step process: 1) Marinade a big center cut overnight. 2) Smoke it at 60C for an hour or so. 3) Hack it into Iowa-sized chops, seal and water bath for x-hours (I'll let the nerd figure that out). 4) Brief pan sear and done.
So... it's a cunning plan, cooked up under the influence. Stefan is one of those extremely smart German engineer types.... but I still thought it might be good to ask if anyone sees any obvious holes in the plan i.e. something in steps 1-4 that might lead to stomach cramps and/or some sort of horrible botulistic death. Anyone ever done similar? Any suggestions?