Hey TD, pardon me, i misunderstood the term sous vide bath recipes. In order to better support you i was attempting to understand the details of the methods and outcomes of the recipes being followed. The more details you reveal, the more helpful this Community can be for you.
In my culinary world sous vide is precise water bath cooking. Anova has developed your oven that uses the term sous vide for cooking with precise temperature monitoring in a steam assisted cooking mode. They are different techniques requiring different recipes.
First, It’s always worthwhile to follow a recipe as written all the way.
Why not? You will have the experience of properly using your APO as recommended. If the result isn’t wonderful, please share the cooking details on this forum and we will work with you to make improvements. That’s what this forum is for.
And what about that probe? If the recipe requires it, use it. The information it provides may be useful.
When following the APO recipe you might consider cooking for 24 hours and then test for doneness using the bone test or the fork test. For pulled pork doneness grab the exposed bone and twist. If it comes out, the meat is done. If it resists, cook about 2 hours more and test again.
Alternatively, take a carving fork, or a large fork with sharp tines, insert the fork deeply into the meat and twist. The meat’s resistance will help you judge its doneness. It takes practice to develop familiarity with the fork test.
For SV pulled pork i find an internal temperature of 165F over 24 hours is sufficient. For sliced pork i SV cook at 145F for 18 to 24 hours. The Anova recipes are likely different. You should follow them.
To finish, if you want the meat to have the appearance of BBQ Pork as John suggests apply an appropriate BBQ spice mixture and roast at 300F, no steam, for up to 90 minutes for a rich dark brown bark surface.
Back on February 15 we had a discussion on braising a piece of brisket in the APO comparing it to one water bath SV cooked. You might find some some useful information there on longer cooking times in the APO.