Cured uncooked ham on WSM, UPDATE it's done, sliced & bagged.

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokinal, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. smokinal

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

    Picked up a nice cured, but uncooked 11+lb. ham at Wally World this AM. Can't smoke my pastrami until tomorrow or Saturday, so I was having smoking withdrawals. So I trimmed the ham, put a rub/glaze on it and put her in the WSM. Got it at 215, plan on taking the ham to 148. Using  hickory, oak, & pecan chunks. I put the ham on the bottom rack in a pan & put some of the fat I trimmed off on the top rack so it would self baste the ham. No need to open up the smoker, unless I put a pan of beans on this afternoon. Here's a couple of pics.

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    Out of the package.

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    Trimmed her up.

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    Here's the ingredients for the rub/glaze. I didn't really measure anything, just mixed it up till it tasted good. The consistency is about like creamy peanut butter.

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    Cross hatched the fat & rubbed her down.

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    Got the WSM ready, I'll put about 7 or 8 lit briquettes on top to get it started.

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    Her she is on the bottom rack.

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    Here's the fat trimmings on the top rack. Never did this before, curious to see how it works. Sure beats mopping or spritzing if it works!

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    Stay tuned will update later today.
     
  2. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm on my way to the airport to catch a flight. I should be there in about 5hrs. Oh, by the way, I'm sleeping on your sofa tonight so I can be around for the pastrami!!![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. smokinal

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

    The beers in the cooler AK! Come on down!
     
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good Al  - that is going to be tasty for sure 
     
  5. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looking fine there Al. Waiting for the money shots. Hope the self basting idea works for ya, should make for some decent pork rinds to munch with beer at the very least. Nice looking rub/glaze goo there as well.
     
  6. lookwow

    lookwow Smoke Blower

    Trip down to FL sound good right about now. :)
     
  7. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    AH, a WSM thread.  See those hams all the time but never thought about doing a smoke like you're doing.  Since we're planning on moving over to the dark side of charcoal, we're really interested in the WSM way.  Can't wait to see the money shots and the in-betweens too.
     
  8. figjam

    figjam Meat Mopper

    Will be very interested to see how the fat dripping works.
     
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Aww Man!   This is gonna be GREAT !

    I probably would have left a little more fat on the ham, but I know, I know, I know---It's no good for you!!!!

    However---I do like Willie's idea!

    Bear
     
  10. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Al this looks awesome.  Love the self basting idea.  I'll be watching this one.
     
  11. smokinal

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

    It took about 5 1/2 hours to get to 148 IT, I pulled it then & left it in the pan with a foil tent over it. The fat on the top grate worked really well at basting the ham. I never opened the lid for the full 5 1/2 hours. Here's a look at the fat on the top rack. You can see it has rendered out almost completely. 

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    I put my cardiologist on speed dial because I couldn't resist trying a couple of pieces of that fat. It was like candy. I had to stop myself at a couple of small pieces, but I could have ate it all. Here's a pic of the ham just before I put the foil on. Notice how much pullback there is on the bones on the right side of the photo. I should have took a better angle so you could see it better.

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    I will take a few slices off in about 1 hour for dinner. Stay tuned for an inside look!
     
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  12. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had to clean all the lick marks off my monitor so i could type this. [​IMG] Man that looks incredible Al. Since you are worried about the cardiologist, ya can just box the craclins up with some dry ice and send them my way. I will  take one for the team [​IMG]

    Nice job man
     
  13. [​IMG]WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that looks incedible Al!!!!!!!! awesome job! love it all & will be trying this...
     
  14. smokinal

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


    I didn't know they had a name, but my God are they good!!!!! I have a few more of them that I didn't put in the smoker & I think I'm gonna put them on top of the pastrami I got curing in the fridge when I smoke it this weekend. How can some pork fat not make my pastrami better?  
     
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  15. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is a thing of beauty.  Well done!
     
  16. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looking real tasty! That was a good idea with the self basting... looks like it worked well. Nice job Al [​IMG]
     
  17. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Damn! I couldn't get a flight, they were all booked[​IMG]

    That is a great looking ham Al. I tip my hat to you.
     
  18. WOW-WOW -WOW !!!!   Al, you knocked the ball out of the park with that one !!!     [​IMG]
     
  19. smokinal

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

    Just sliced a few pieces off . It is very moist & juicy. I would use this method again. There was a lot of grease in the pan, but the ham was not greasy at all and had a wonderful smoked flavor. Here's a shot of it.

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    Look at the pullback on the ham bone.

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    Will have thin sliced pics in the morning after it cools down & we get the slicer out. Thanks for looking guys!
     
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  20. Wow this post is getting better & better! nice job Al!
     

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