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Buffeting a ham (or many)

Discussion in 'Catering & Large Group Gatherings' started by pops6927, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sadly, our neighbor's wife directly across the street from us passed away suddenly; she and her husband retired a few years ago and Ken, the husband, had a brain aneurysm and an additional stroke, so his wife, Martha, has been the primary caregiver for the last 4 years.  Ken also has Parkinson's too, but has been in therapy for all of it for awhile and has been able to return to limited driving.  As nature would do, out of the clear blue Martha had a bad cold and went to the doctor; it was fluid on her lungs and she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 5 weeks ago; she passed away last night in her sleep.

    Something we did at the store years ago was to prepare buffeted ham platters from whole fully cooked hams.  We would bone out the ham, separating it into 3 sections; the sirloin tip, the top round and the bottom/eye round.  We would slice them on the slicer onto an aluminum pizza pan and arrange in a circular pattern simulating the petals of a rose, and in the center we'd put a large plastic rose to decorate with, then wrap in foil and a large clear bag we had made for them.

    I think I'd posted one I did a while ago, but didn't do a tutorial on it.  Today I had sense enough to take some pictures so I can relate the process.  Of course, today they have cooked boneless hams so I purchased a Corn King which is fairly lean ham loaf ham; it looks nice, slices well and is in the appropriate price range (for us!).  I also bought an inexpensive 12" steel pizza pan (99¢) to lay it into

    After unwrapping, I simply cut the loaf in half and started slicing it, laying out the slices and bringing to the most outer edge of the pan, you want to see ham, not pan.


    Some of the starter slices I laid in the center to build it up.  You can do it either way, the outer edge in a rounded fashion or flip the slices so it's the pointed edge.  Usually for a party (happy occasion) I display the pointed edges; for a sad party I display the rounded edges (just the way Dad taught me!).  

    Keep going around and around and coming in layer by layer...


    Then finish by tucking the slice under the previous layer so it looks like this:


    Straighten up the slices, decorate as you like (we'd put a flower in the center, a plastic red rose - this I didn't decorate a/c somber occasion) and it makes a great gift for any kind of occasion!

    I delivered the platter next door with a dozen sandwich rolls; wanted to get it there ASAP so they could serve guests as they stopped in; the ham will last for several days if necessary in the fridge so the families can munch on it.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2012
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear the bad news Pops...

    The tray looks awesome..

  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice job, Pops. Nice gesture, too.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Epic Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That is very generous Pop's, looks nice...JJ
  5. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]  sorry to hear.
  6. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sorry to hear about your neighbor Pops. Very nice thing you did!

    And the tray looks awesome!
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hey Pops  -

    Sorry for your loss - Nice looking tray, thanks for sharing  
  8. grabber

    grabber Smoke Blower

    Sorry Pops.  Remember good deeds come back to you 10X.  They are lucky to have you for them.
  9. slownlow

    slownlow Smoking Fanatic

    sorry for the loss.   They tray looks great!  
  10. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  11. So sorry to hear about your neighbors, but they certainly have a wonderful, caring and generous neighbor in you! Thanks for the tutorial, it's a great idea.
  12. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you all for your kind words!  We attended her service yesterday; the family and their church addressed it as their "..celebration of Martha Anderson's Life.." .. not her 'funeral'.  We were super impressed with the pastor and the service; we're going back to the church this Sunday for services!  It is a half-hour outside of Fort Worth in the middle of the country which is good; more home-town folk to enjoy and fellowship with!
  13. That's really nice Pops. Great looking platter too.
  14. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    That is a wonderful gesture on your part Pops-I know that the family will cherish you for your thoughtfulness.

    Glad that you and the Mrs found a church and a Pastor you enjoy.