Spiced Ham with Homegrown Hot Peppers

Discussion in 'Pork' started by danmcg, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've been dehydrating hot Hungarian peppers that I grow in the garden and thought I'd use some of them for a spiced ham. Nothing real special but it does taste good and I got a mess of lunch meat to enjoy.
    I started with a pork shoulder and removed the section of meat above the flat part of the bone. Stuffed it in some netting and rubbed it down with cure #1, salt and sugar and placed it in the frig.


    When I started the ham I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it, so I didn't add anything in the line of spices to it, that is till I started grinding peppers and I got the idea. After 10 day curing I pulled it out and rubbed it down with a little garlic and onion powder and a lot of the fresh ground pepper.. as much as would stay on the sucker. and stuck it back in the frig again for a 2 day rest.


    I thought about smoking it but wanted a more traditional taste (plus I really haven't had the time to smoke lately) so it was done in the oven over a pan of water at 200° for a few hours till it got to 154 and then pulled it to cool.
    Back in the frig till the next day when I could slice it.



    This came out real flavorful, and moist. The heat of the pepper is almost perfect for me.
    Thanks for checkin out my ham.

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  2. smokinal

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

    Boy that is a delicious looking ham!   [​IMG]
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Nuff said !

  4. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Does it have a cured ham taste like one that you could buy in a store for Easter or Christmas? You may have given me an idea for the holidays.
  5. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well technically it's not a ham cause a ham is the hind leg and this comes from the front shoulder. But yeah it tastes just like a ham.  For a holiday I think some brown sugar and smoke would be better then the hot pepper though.
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

        Technically you are right . but i dont care it looks yummy and i am [​IMG]
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  7. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    I agree, technically it might not be a true ham... but if it's as tasty as it looks who cares! [​IMG]
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hope you don't mind my coming back to look at it now & then!!  It looks really good!

    It looks like BBB, but it tastes more like Ham?

    Just wondering, because it really doesn't matter---I love them both!

  9. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  10. bluebombersfan

    bluebombersfan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  11. bratrules

    bratrules Smoking Fanatic

    love it very nice!!!!!
  12. It looks delicious. I wouldn't mind a sandwich or 2 with that stuff piled real high. Great job!
  13. jc1947

    jc1947 Smoking Fanatic

  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That sure looks like it would taste awesome. Congrats man.
  15. sierra

    sierra Fire Starter

    Your secret is safe with us (provided you present us with some samples :biggrin:)...
  16. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great, Congrats on a ride on the carousel [​IMG]

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  17. jpenny2525

    jpenny2525 Fire Starter

    X5    My wife said if I give this a try she will NOT give it a try (She's going on and on about being afraid that she will get sick over it...) [​IMG]   Then again  I'm thinking this just means more for me to EAT! [​IMG]


     I live in my own little world. But it's OK. They all know me here.
  18. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    dan, this looks REALLY good and is a must try for me.......with a little twist of my own of course. looks damn good dan! [​IMG]
  19. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Is it "ham like" enough to fool the in-laws for the holidays? They don't know what leg is what, I just need something that tastes like ham and I'll be a hero.
  20. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome ham

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