Low and slow sous vide pork butt is so tender because it cooks in it’s own pork juices for an entire day. Learn how to cook pork butt with the sous vide machine overnight plus tips for serving it. My favorite way to enjoy a big Boston Butt (as it’s sometimes called) cook like this is to make enough for leftovers. This pork becomes tacos, quesadillas, breakfast tacos, and bbq pulled pork sandwiches for the week. Or, for like, the two days it takes us to devour it.
I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Let’s sous vide!
Before we get into it, let’s do a quick recap on what is sous vide cooking.
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Sous vide cooking pork butt steps
Step 1. Season the pork butt, sear the outside on the stove, then seal it in a vacuum sealed bag. Technically you can also use a ziplock bag, but for long cooks I like to vacuum seal.
Plus, port butt is a big hunk of meat. It sounds a little difficult to fit in a gallon ziplock. Learn more about whether you should use ziplock or vacuum sealed bags for sous vide recipes.
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Step 3. When the pork is done, it’s then finished (often seared in a cast iron skillet) and is ready to serve!
Want to learn about finishing your sous vide meats in a smoker? Check out this post on smoking meat for beginners!
Okay, now that you have the basic recipe, on to tips for sous vide pork butt!
How long do you a sous vide pork butt?
Cook time will vary based on the thickness of the cut of pork you’re working with, but generally you need to sous vide pork butt for 18-24 hours to ensure it’s fully cooked and has reached ideal tenderness.
Want pork with a shorter cook time? Sous vide pork chops are a favorite at my house, too.
What temperature should you cook a sous vide pork butt at?
Depending on how tender you want your pork to be, you may decide to vary your temperature.
For pork that is so tender it almost falls apart, you should opt for 165⁰F, while if you prefer your pork butt to still be sliceable after you’ve cooked it sous vide, then you should cook at 145⁰F.
Consult individual recipes like this one for pulled pork sous vide.
What’s a good seasoning for pork?
Your favorite – either store bought or homemade barbecue – is a great choice for pork cooked sous vide style machine.
You can also use fresh or powdered garlic, freshly ground black pepper and fresh parsley to add an extra pop of flavor.
What sides go well with pork?
Comfort food like mac and cheese or coleslaw are classic sides for pork.
For a veg, try green beans or collard greens to diversify the table.
Can you freeze sous vide pork butt?
Yes, you can freeze sous vide pork butt after it has been cooked for up to two months.
You can also freeze uncooked pork butt that you plan to cook sous vide in a vacuum sealed package for up to three months.
Learn more about techniques to sous vide from frozen.
Can you cook sous vide pork from frozen?
Yes, you can sous vide pork butt from frozen; however, you will need to add additional time to your cooking time to compensate for the frozen meat.
Add at a minimum 1-2 hours to your cooking time to ensure the pork butt is fully cooked and tender.
Check out this post for more sous vide pork recipes!
This technique is one of my favorites for meal prepping sous vide wings, bone in steak sous vide, and sous vide kebabs. Many of my sous vide recipes are seasoned, vacuum sealed, and frozen in advance.
How long does sous vide pork stay good?
After you’ve pulled apart the pork, or sliced it, store sous vide pork in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Don’t know what to make with your leftovers? Try this leftover pulled pork pizza!
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Sous Vide Pork Butt Recipe [Sip Bite Go]
- 3-5 pounds pork butt
- 1 teaspoon smoked salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat sous vide machine to 165ºF.
- While the sous vide bath preheats, rub pork butt with seasonings.
- Heat cast iron pan to medium-high and add olive oil.
- Vacuum-seal pork and drop the bag in the sous vide bath at 165ºF for 24 hours.
- When done, remove the pork from the hot water and transfer it to an ice bath to cool down and come to room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Once cooled, transfer pork to a cutting board and pat dry with paper towel. This will remove moisture on the outside of the pork, which will make it easier to finish.
- To finish sous vide pork butt, there are a few options. The easiest is to slice it or pull it apart then serve it with bbq sauce for sandwiches. Alternatively, sear it with a drizzle of olive oil in a cast iron pan on high for a few minutes on each side. Grill it for a few minutes on each side.Broil it in the oven on high for 5 minutes with BBQ sauce on top. And last, but not lease - smoke it at 225 - 250 degrees F for 2-3 hours.
- With a long cook like this one, check the water level and make sure the pork butt remains fully submerged during the cook. I use something to block the heat from escaping the water - like tin foil or a sous vide bath lid to keep the water contained.
- Don't forget a cutting board underneath the sous vide bath to protect your counters for the long cook time as well.