Ham Twins (Double Smoked)

Discussion in 'Pork' started by bearcarver, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I've been paying a small fortune for Double Smoked Hams for the last 20 years, so I finally decided to save a few bucks, and see how it goes. I think last year's was about 17 pounds for about $55 !!!
    Giant had Fully cooked & smoked Shank End Hams for 79¢ per pound, so I got two of them, about 11 pounds each.
    I cut the little bit of skin off the top, and some of the fat (should have cut more fat off).
    I set my MES 40 to 200˚, and put both of the Hams in it's own foil pan, supported on their own little wire drying rack.
    Then I filled my AMNS with Hickory dust, and we're off to the slow motion races.
    Meanwhile I mixed up two different glazes for a test:

    Glaze #1
    1/2 C of Brown Sugar
    1/3 C of Maple Syrup
    1/2 tsp of ground mustard
    1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp of ground ginger
    1/8 tsp of ground cloves
    Dash of ground nutmeg

    Glaze #2

    1/2 C of Honey
    1/4 C of Balsamic Vinegar
    1 tsp of cider vinegar
    1 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
    1/2 tsp of garlic powder
    1/4 tsp of ground ginger
    1/4 tsp of allspice

    After 7 hours, the internal temps were identical at 122˚.
    I poured half of Glaze #1 on Ham # 1, and half of Glaze #2 on Ham #2 at 4:30 PM, and changed my heat from 200˚ to 270˚.
    At 5 PM I did the same thing with the other half of the Glaze.
    At 5:20 PM I pulled the Hams at 135˚ internal temp (label said you could eat it cold, or heat to 130˚).
    Let Ham rest and take pictures.

    BTW: Everyone agrees---Glaze #1 is the best of the two.

    Bear


    Twin Hams, smoked & fully cooked:
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    Nearly 22 pounds of Ham for $17:
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    Bear's Eye View through my MES 40 Door:
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    View with door open:
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    35 MPH winds being blocked:
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    Eat your heart out Dolly!
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    Just a bit of each sliced for Me & the Mrs:
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    My plate-----Made two trips, so I had room for veggies on my plate:
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    Closer Look:
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    Thanks for looking!
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2017
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looks fabulous!!!

    You need to get some of them nets for hanging them next time.

    Craig
     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Craig!

    Didn't want to hang them. They were very fatty, and I didn't want a lot of fat dripping on my AMNS & everything else near my heating area.

    On the wire drying racks, in the pans, they stayed out of the drippings, got plenty of smoke, and all the fat stayed in the pans. 

    Bear
     
     
  4. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Some mighty fine looking hammies there Bear....nice matched set. Safeway selling them here for 99 a pound but I didn't want to fight the dozen old gals diggin' in the bins for one....like a pack of feeding sharks pushin and shovin. Price may drop some Sunday...I'm busy with a pork roast anyway. Sweet color on that glaze and slices of ham...actually glistening in the pic. Liked that cardboard & yellow tape mod....
     
  5. saugeyejoe

    saugeyejoe Fire Starter

    Looking good.
     
  6. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That looks good Bear, Safeway has them on sale @ .99 a lbs thinking of picking one or two up
     
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Willie---I was the only one at the Ham bin!

    Hmmm, next time don't take a shower before you go!

    Bear


    Thanks Joe
     


    Thanks RdKnB,

    They had the Butt end Hams for 99¢, and the Shank ends for 79¢.

    Bear
     
  8. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Bear that sure does look good.[​IMG]
     
  9. Another great looking smoke Bear...is there a real taste difference by double smoking a ham? Like you i'm a smoke hound..did you light both ends of the Amazen? The finished plate looks Fantastic Bear!!![​IMG]
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You!
     

    Absolutely a big difference with a double smoked Ham!

    If it wasn't I would have been an idiot for paying extra for the last 20 or so years.

    My Mama didn't raise no idiot!

    I used a couple of experimental AMNS, but to get the amount of smoke I used, with a 6" X 6" or a 6" X 8", you would light both ends.

    Bear
     
  11. uncle_lar

    uncle_lar Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    good looking hams

    I bet they taste even better than they look
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Great looking hams Bear, I think I'm just gonna have to get me one or three at the store tomorrow. 
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank You Fife & Uncle Lar!

    Bear
     
  14. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome Bear, [​IMG]   

    I'll take one of them off your hands....
     
  15. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    MAN that looks sooooo good! I can't wait till easter when i will finally get to eat a little ham....and a do mean a little so i don't feel like i cheated too much!!!

    I did save the recipes though for another day so....thanks!!!
     
  16. Looks great Bear, if thats not a comfort food plate, I don't know what is! But where are your lil taters? [​IMG]
     
  17. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Thanks for the recipe bear.... Nice looking hams,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  18. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks great Bear! I think this is ham weekend. I got one going in the smoker today too.
     
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks Meat, Paul, Les, Steve, and Boykjo!

    They really are good Hams for such a low price!

    Steve---I was wondering who would say that. Mrs Bear asked if I wanted my usual taters. I smiled and told her to make mashed taters instead. And like I said, I took two trips for Ham, so I could get my green beans on the plate for the picture, so Al doesn't yell at me for not eating my veggies! [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  20. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    A great post as usual for the Bearmeister. Excellent job my friend, looks like Giant came through for you again.
     

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