Ham Eye?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tjohnson, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just got a "Ham Eye" from my neighbor and don't know what the heck it is?

    Help Please........

    Todd
     
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i dunno todd, but it's gotta taste better than a fish eye!
     
  3. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Bump

    Trying to figure it out and what to do with it. Cure and smoke it like ham?

    Anyone??

    TJ
     
  4. pops6927

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

    Any Qview of it?  Could be a shank portion, could be the eye of the round of the ham, several different possibilities.  Wouldn't know until I saw it - so many different colloquial depictions for the same cut of meat.  If it's raw pork then you'd most likely would have to cure and smoke it.
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That would be my best guess too---The pork equivalent of a Beef Eye Round Roast.

    Does it look anything like the beginning of my "Dried Beef" post in my signature?

    or Eye of Newt???

    Bear
     
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I tried Google and Bing and they both came up with nothing

    My guess is if you post a pic Pops can tell ya what it is
     
  7. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Here's a pic of the "Ham Eye".  I already froze it, but I looks like a few separate muscles in the package

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    Thanks for trying to figure it out.

    Don't know if i should cure it for ham or BBB or what??

    Todd
     
  8. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It's pork! That I'm sure of[​IMG]

    Doing a search for "Ham eye" I found nothing.  Seeing the picture, it doesn't look like any ham I've seen. My best guess, is that it's some bit of meat near the back end of the hog, but not ham.
     
  9. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If it were donut shaped I would guess it's a "Butt Hole", but not!

    Todd
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I might stink then too! [​IMG]

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    LOL
     
  11. I found a description.

    its the pork leg eye muscle, simular to the beef eye of round, and comes from the outside muscle of the ham.  it is aconcidered a low cost cut of meat as the price is tied to the fresh leg (ham) price and not the loin or tender loin prices.

    Steve
     
  12. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cool!

    My neighbor is a meat buyer for a large chain of restaurants and the processor is trying to get them to use this "Ham Eye" as part of their menu. 

    I'm not sure if it should be cured and sliced like ham or what to do with it.

    TJ
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Todd,

    What's the size & weight on that thing? It looks pretty small, but nothing in pic to compare to.

    Bear
     
  14. t-bone tim

    t-bone tim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    TJ they are prolly the size of a lg pork tenderloin , cure em with BBB cure and they will make a nice tasty lean ham similar to CB .
     
  15. pops6927

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

    If you could thaw it and unwrap it, it could be identified; probably the leg eye of round.  Your choices are like any other pork product; cook it fresh like roast pork, cure it and serve it in a dish as salted pork like baked beans, or cure it and smoke it as a ham product.   Of course there are as many variations as nickels in the 7 seas for seasonings, etc.  What dish or dishes is it intended for?   
     
  16. Haha that's great - The 'ole Ham Brown-Eye!
     
  17. pops6927

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

    Yes, leg eye of round.  Not unlike beef eye of round, it will have a more pronounced, coarser grain than the loin coming from the leg, indicating how hard the muscle has been worked, providing support and weight-bearing.  It would be fine for moist cooking or roasting intact with the rest of the leg, but separately it may toughen up quickly.  As a ham product the curing breaks down the connective tissue to help tenderize it. It wouldn't take much to bring it up to 205° to pull it, but a pork shoulder would be more economical and practical. 
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I'm with Pops on this one (Can't go wrong agreeing with him).

    Actually the guy who posted #5 had it right all along.

    Personally, I'd cure & smoke those little beggers!

    Bear
     
  19. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just throw it on the smoker with some brown sugar and a bit of honey. Its awesome. I make these all the time when I am smoking for a snack. I put three of them on yesterday while making my chuckies. Two were just straight on nothing added as I am going to use it for corn chowder this week/weekend at bow camp and the last one I put a bunch of asian sweet and spicy sauce on it and it was great. It usually only takes around an hour or so to give it a nice smokey kiss and heat it up real good.
     

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