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Ham Help for newbie

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by joedo, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. joedo

    joedo Newbie


    Just bought a Brinkmann Electric smoker. Made some good smoked sausage with Mesquite chips. Tried to smoke a ham, yesterday but it tastes like a lightly smoked pork roast. I let it smoke 7 hrs, because the temp is cold in Ohio I finished cooking it in my gas oven at 200 degrees. Anyone else, have sucess with ham ?


  2. tonto1117

    tonto1117 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi there joedo and welcome to the SMF . I don't have much experience with smoking hams, but I'm sure somone here will be along and can give you info on it. Lots of great folks here with tons of knowledge. Be sure to head over to Roll Call so folks can give ya a nice hello.
  3. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Was that a cured ham or a fresh ham?

    Fresh ham will taste just like you said, "like a lightly smoked pork roast"

    However you can smoke it like a pork butt and it makes some real good pulled pork.

    Most cured hams are already smoked and at least partially cooked during processing and cooking in a smoker will add some more smoke to it, but really just heating it up to its recommended temperature is sufficient.
  4. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Joe, I agree with cajunsmoker if you did not cure the cut yourself and it tasted as you said it must have been a fresh cut to start with

    Bet it was some good eating even if it was not what you expected!

    Welcome to SMF
  5. joedo

    joedo Newbie

    tonto1117 & cajunsmoker,

    Thanks for the replies, I used a fresh pork loin. If I use another pork loin and cure it in brine and then smoke it will it be like regular smoked ham ?

  6. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    We all thought you had a fresh ham cut not a pork loin
    Looks like you are after "canadian bacon" look at this post in the SMOKING BACON threads

    click this link

    there are many more posts there also so you can read all you want to :?
    click the link called "smoking bacon" on the index and a whole world of post will open up! [​IMG]
  7. Be sure you cure and not just brine. I realize it looks like the same thing, but it's not. Anything you cure will taste like ham.
  8. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    joedo -

    I've done that before in a hurry at the supermarket I grabbed a fresh shoulder once - my boy was comming for diiner and he was not happy! Ham is his favorite meat - and I blew it. Punish me you cook dinner!