Now All I Need Are Ping Pong Balls . . .

I’ve been looking over online recipes to combine several of our new toys, our FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer, our Inkbird Sous Vide Immersion Cooker, and our George Foreman Grill.

And I think our first meal is going to be Sous Vide BBQ Pork Ribs.

Sous Vide BBQ Ribs

I’ve looked over a lot of different recipes online, and this one seems to cover everything.

The Food Lab’s Complete Guide to Sous Vide Barbecue Pork Ribs

Depending on how you want to do it, you can cook them either low and slow – 145° for 36 hours, or hotter and faster – 165° for 8-12 hours, or even somewhere in between. It all depends on how you like your ribs.

But no matter how you like them, they all start with the vacuum sealer and end with the grill.

You first coat the ribs in your favorite rub or sauce, add a couple of drops of Wright’s Liquid Smoke, vacuum seal them, and then pop them in the water bath with the Sous Vide cooker. And that’s where the ping pong balls come in.

Sous Vide Ping Pong Balls 

With some of the cooking times running as long as 36 hours there’s always a danger of the immersion cooker’s water reservoir running dry while you’re at work or just out and about. So you float the ping pong balls on top of the water bath to slow down the evaporation of the water.

And after the ribs are finished in the Sous Vide cooker, then you remove them from the bags, and put them on the grill for 30 minutes or so, after covering them in your favorite rub or sauce.

Tomorrow I’m going to take a first run at my computer-controlled hibiscus watering system, to see how long the pump has to run to provide sufficient water each day.

Thought For The Day:

“If you ever resort to violence there is one thing that you must never do, and that is to lose. — Dwight David Eisenhower”

4 Responses to Now All I Need Are Ping Pong Balls . . .

  1. I’ve heard of adding a Syphon line into a jug of water, fill the tube with the water then insert near the plant base. The plant will drink when needed.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your new cooking toys.

    It’s about time.

    • gregwhite says:

      I’ve heard of adding a Syphon line into a jug of water, fill the tube with the water then insert near the plant base. The plant will drink when needed.

      Yeah, but what’s the fun in that when I can build something!


  2. MICHAEL SIPES says:

    Hey Greg…great idea for the plant waterer.  Next time you do a project like this, check out the SONOFF wireless switch.  I use one spliced into my garage door button and use the non-latching setting to pulse the button line for 500 milliseconds to open and close the door.

    I also have several spliced into extension cords, (one even has a built in thermostatic control that I use to turn of a fan when the Temp reaches 80 degrees.  Order from Banggood for the best price or Amazon to get it quickly!

    • gregwhite says:


      I’ve come across these switches before, but never used one. But I might have another project in mind for one.

      The ‘appealing’ thing about what I came up with was that I already had all the parts, and it only took me about 15 minutes to set it up and have it working.

      Thanks for the info.


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