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Tasso Ham

golffergolffer Posts: 144
edited 1:38PM in EggHead Forum
I am looking to make a dish that calls for Tasso ham. I have been told that Tasso ham is a Boston butt brined and then cooked low and slow? When completed does this taste similiar to what we, down south, call country ham (a salty, slow cured ham)?


  • Tasso is quite a bit different, it is basically heavily seasoned, smoked cajun ham. You could probably find a cajun meat market online that could ship you some. It has a very unique flavor and is great in lots of dishes.

    I usually bring several pounds of it back with me everytime I go back to Louisiana.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,238
    You can make it or order it.

    Pork, Butt, Tasso, Celtic Wolf

    Tasso, a highly seasoned, intensely flavored smoked pork, adds a wonderful flavor to a variety of dishes, from soups to jambalaya to pastas and seafood dishes. Easily obtainable in Louisiana or by mail order, but fun to make yourself. Here is Chef Alex Patout's recipe:

    8-10 lbs boneless pork butt
    5 Tbs salt
    5 Tbs cayenne pepper
    3 Tbs freshly ground black pepper
    3 Tbs white pepper
    2 Tbs paprika
    2 Tbs cinnamon
    2 Tbs garlic powder or granulated garlic

    1 Trim the pork of all excess fat and cut it into strips about 1 inch thick and at least 4 inches long. Mix together the seasonings and place in a shallow pan. Roll each strip of pork in the seasoning mixture and place on a tray. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least overnight (preferable a couple of days).
    2 Prepare your smoker. Place the pork strips on a grill or rod and smoke until done, 250°F indirect, , 5-7 hours. Don't let the smoker get too hot. Remove the meat and let it cool completely, then wrap well in plastic and foil. The tasso will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 10 days, and it also freezes very well.

    Recipe Type
    Main Dish, Meat

    Recipe Source

    Source: BGE Forum, Celtic Wolf, 2007/08/05
  • Tasso is pure louisiana. Its stronger flavor/spice/smoke than traditional country ham. You can go to I have ordered all sorts of great stuff from them that you can't get where I live. They carry the authentic stuff.
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