Hocks and Trotters, Cured & Smoked Foamheart

Discussion in 'Nose to Tail' started by foamheart, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As you all know I got some hocks and trotters a little over two weeks ago. I built a sweet maple cure and threw some in the brine buckets and they were all happy happy. I had the hocks cut in 1/3's because they like cooking that way better. I don't know why, ask them.

    My first appoligy, no pictures of 'em in the bucket of flavor in the project reefer. I don't know why, they were just sitting there for 2 whole weeks. Just lazy I guess. But just picture in your mind a white polyethylene John Deere tractor transmission oil bucket. Really clean, with two gallons of Pop's marvelous curing brine, suchs a beautiful golden amber color. Its filled with hocks and trotters with a nice clean freezer ziploc filled with water to hold 'em in the bucket. Hey the trotters looked so happy I thought they were going to get out and dance!

    So about two weeks later, I pulled 'em, rinsed 'em, dried 'em, and back in the reefer last night to dry on the racks.

    Today I fired the smoker up, high heat, vent open, AMPs smoking. Well it was just starting, give it a break!

    I turned the heat back down low, and kicked in the turbo charger for 4 hours of great pecan shell smoke.

    Tomorrow I am thinking beans!!!! I am smelling my hands a lot! No I am not a perv, I am a lover of smoke!  They are in the reefer catch a mellow, tomorrow into the freezer. Well most of them anyway.

    I'll try and remember some more pictures.

    Thank for checking 'em out.
    leah elisheva likes this.
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking good.

    I smell my hands a lot too.

    Just love the smell of good smoke.
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks C-Man. Ya know its getting really hard to find the good stuff. I do miss the old meat counter at the little neighborhood "Superette".  But Its also nice to ask for dried ancho chili peppers and actually expect to get some.

    All pecan smoke! OMG I love that smell! Its a good thing they didn't bottle it as a woman's toilet water, I would been married long long ago. I mean thats better than a rub of vanilla behind each ear. That always got ya ears nibbled on!
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It was all Reinhards fault, the cured and smoked hocks. I was cooking pinto beans and saw this post


    I now have a pot of pinto's with a hock cooking next to a big pot of mustard greens for tomorrows lunch. Throw in some fried taters and  a pan of corn bread and it'll cure anything that ails


    Tomorrow those pans will be full of delicious goodness!
  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I am gonna be mighty hungry by lunch time tomorrow.
  6. Foam It looks very tasty! I can just picture them trying to float to the top of the bucket[​IMG]. But no a ziplock bag holds them down [​IMG].

    OK back on subject.They look MY T TASTY!

    Happy smoken.

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Comfort food at it's best..... Makes me hungry again...
  8. OK, now this is outrageous! Fantastic! I look forward, each time, to seeing what you will do! Great job! Cheers! - Leah
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK, the hocks rocked! Or I should say hock. The greens were just right, I always do mustard greens w/ pinch of sugar.

    I am guessing you can tell which plate is mine! Oh and a bit of Chow-chow and a scallion........ Mmmmmmm.

    Ok, Ok..... I know cornbread are square, but I only made a small pan.

    The mustard greens were great, cornbread would have been great except with the mustard greens and the outstanding pintos I'll say the cornbread was only good. Fresh fried taters to top it all off........ Its a great day after the holiday meal. I added no seasoning except onion and hock to the beans, not even salt and pepper, outstanding! Used a sweet maple cure on those hocks and trotters and its amazingly good.

    OK, Thats all there is. Believe me, its enough! What a great meal, only way it could have been better would have been some of my own bacon in the mustard greens but alas its all gone. Come on winter.

    THanks for checking it out!
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2014
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have no idea how many times growing up this was Sunday supper. Well usually bacon in those beans....LOL

    It really is the best and this all came out exceptional. That hock's taste was amazing!
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well so far have andouille, hocks, and trotters done. Need to do some cajun sausage, Tasso, and maybe some more of Pop's breakfast links (but needs to be done is small quanties I am sure). Oh and I think I have some keilbasa to try. AND of course bacon!!!!

    Its really nice to make all this and stuff it in the freezer then enjoy it all year.

    Thanks Leah, I apprceiate the compliment.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2014
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok, I am late to this. The shame is unbearable. The only respite is the look of this great tasting food! Great job, Kevin.


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