My First Ham! WOW!!!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by silverwolf636, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. silverwolf636

    silverwolf636 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well, here's my first ham. Totally caught me off guard with the flavor.

    Straight from the store:


    Unwrapped and Rubbed:


    Rubbed and on the Spit:


    Done on Spit:


    First Cut:


    Didn't see much of a smoke ring but man this thing practically melted in my mouth.
    I used Maple and Wild Cherry.
     
  2. It takes a little longer but buy one that says ready to cook instead of fully cooked & you can impart a lot more smoke flavor into it. I do them every year for Christmas dinner.
     
  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks really good!
    Pathmark was supposed to have Smithfield's hams on sale for $.99lb but when I go tthere they were out, can't wait to get ahold of one and smoke up some ham, heard nothing but good things.
    Points for a beautiful Qview.
     
  4. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    I'm not so sure that you would get a smoke ring since according to the package it's "fully cooked". In addition the label says "See reverse side for heating instructions" I could be wrong but..............
     
  5. silverwolf636

    silverwolf636 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I thought it tasted tooo good to be me. I shouldn't have grabbed a precooked one.
     
  6. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    I'm sure that the extra time in the smoker, along with the maple & wild cherry added plenty of extra flavor. Sure does look delicious!
     
  7. jjrokkett

    jjrokkett Meat Mopper

    Nice looking qview![​IMG]
     
  8. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good looking ham!
     
  9. The best I've found is a Gwaltney Ready To Cook. Store where I usually shop has them on sale every couple of months, and I always grab one when they do. Don't know how easy to find they are; other stores here don't sell them.
     
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have avoided using fully cooked hams. I always use whole ham uncooked that way you cook it not heat it. Then you'll get a smoke ring and smoked flavor.
     
  11. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First off, I love the woods you smoked that sucker with (maple and cherry). Bet that added a really nice flavor in addition to that rub you threw on there! If I send some $ will you send me a ham sammie?? [​IMG]
     
  12. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    How long does it take to smoke a "ready to cook" ham? Might want to try that.
     
  13. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good looking ham. I usually buy Cook's brand. They are only partially cooked.
     
  14. silverwolf636

    silverwolf636 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I actually did this just like I would an uncooked ham. I smoked it between 225 and 250 for bout 5 hrs or until it was 160 inside.

    As you can see though, bout 1 hour into it I had to tie it up. I was afraid it would split too much and fall off my spit.
    Another thing I was amazed about was that it wasn't dry.
    I've only been smoking for over a year now but what I've found out about the rubs is that I cut the salt in half. I've done this to accomodate my taste but I haven't had any complaints yet from anyone yet. It also seems that alot of the neighborhood decides to take their evening walks about the time the smoken is done.
     
  15. isutroutbum

    isutroutbum Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Looks really good! From the pic it looks like you have an excellent bark on there. Nice. I will have to try something like this at some point. Thanks for the pics!!

    Best,
    Trout
     
  16. Checking my smoking log, it seems to run about 45-50 minutes a pound at 300-325.
     

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