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Ham Help, Please

XLentEGGXLentEGG Posts: 432
edited 8:46PM in EggHead Forum
To the point..I recently purchased a half of a hog. The meat came vac-pac and labled. It seems that what would usually be a "shank" has been sliced into three pieces and each labled "ham roast". I am pretty sure that this is straight raw pork.
The questions..If I just smoke it will it taste like ham or pork roast? What do I need to do to it to make it taste like ham.I would rather have ham than a giant pork roast.
More meat please !! :-)

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  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    XLenteGG, I have cured Boston butt with Hi Mountain Buck Board Bacon cure. Right now I'm curing some bacon from the belly of the pig. I have not cured a ham yet but, you can read about it here. :)

    http://www.dizzypigbbq.com/recipesHam.html
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
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    Ham Roast, heheee. Never heard a shank or hock called that. I've got a how-to on my site all about curing hocks, or second smoking the store bought ones.

    http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.com/2002/02/pork-hocks-shanks-jowls-trotters.html

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    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Hey thirdeye, Do you have a write up on bacon somewhere?
  • Consider me trying that recipe...tomorrow. A few hocks, brined for a few days, smoked, then in beans, mmm.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,644
    Those hocks are not for beans, they go on the plate :woohoo:
    Those are super....
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Haha. Fair enough, a few for each.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    A "ham" is a cured leg roast of pork. If not cured, it will be a roast with light and dark pork.

    A shank is from the lower leg (see thurdeye's pics). Not sure which you have.
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    We're talking belly bacon? Not Buckboard Butt or Canadian style loin bacon, right?

    I don't but my friend Lynne over in the oval room makes some killer stuff. let me ckeck my recipe folder...
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    yes belly bacon :)
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    .pdf on the way
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Copy that thanks.

    Did you get my email?
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Well, it can be called "fresh ham", to let you know it came from a hind leg... and to distinguish it from a "picnic" which could be called an arm roast.

    Now what's your guess on this one?

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    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Yeah, you just had to wait your turn....
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    thanks again :)
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    "fresh ham" is a colloquial term. Not a "real" designation

    People call it a fresh ham, but it's a pork roast

    Loin roast isn't "fresh loin bacon" :)
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • XLentEGGXLentEGG Posts: 432
    THANK YOU !! I really appreciate all of the information . Now I get to try my hand at curing ham !

    XLentEGG wrote:
    To the point..I recently purchased a half of a hog. The meat came vac-pac and labled. It seems that what would usually be a "shank" has been sliced into three pieces and each labled "ham roast". I am pretty sure that this is straight raw pork.
    The questions..If I just smoke it will it taste like ham or pork roast? What do I need to do to it to make it taste like ham.I would rather have ham than a giant pork roast.
    More meat please !! :-)
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
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    A colloquialism yes, but the term "fresh ham" is so common that even the boys over at NAMP, you know the ones that are universally recognized for their world-renowned publication The Meat Buyers Guide,, use it for all the hind leg descriptions.... right down to the hock. Click the thumbnail to get a more readable text.

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    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    Two points for you. :laugh:
    What can i say?

    Just trying to make cleR to him that cooking a fresh ham or whatever it may he referred to will give him nothin hamlike. It'll be a roast.

    Big question to me is what is in that package of his. Shank, or "ham"?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428
    Yeah, I think he knows he has fresh pork and that's why he was curious about curing it. And like a lot of things... the terminology is what confuses us. I did miss the word "giant" in his description and thought all along he was talking about a shank, but maybe they did just cut the leg into thirds?? It dawned on me that my grandfather always referred to the hind quarters of all big game animals as the hams (in contrast to the shoulders) but they were never cured, so I started snooping...

    USDA has a whole page about ham which includes types, cooking instructions and most importantly what must appear on the label. Here is a snip from the top of the page.

    Definition
    Hams may be fresh, cured, or cured-and-smoked. Ham is the cured leg of pork. Fresh ham is an uncured leg of pork. Fresh ham will bear the term "fresh" as part of the product name and is an indication that the product is not cured. "Turkey" ham is a ready-to-eat product made from cured thigh meat of turkey. The term "turkey ham" is always followed by the statement "cured turkey thigh meat."


    Here is the link to that page, it's pretty interesting...

    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/ham/index.asp
    Happy Trails
    ~thirdeye~

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i've cured the easter ham the past couple years. here's last year's.

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    this was cured in a pickle, with some of the pickle injected along the bone. the rest of the pickle went into a sturdy zip-top bag, like a turkey-brining bag, for a number of days. forget how long. want to say ten, but it's based on weight.

    after the cure, dried the surface overnight in the fridge and COLD smoked it with a rather goofy rig that i copied from an old-timr here whose name i do not recall...

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    no pics of it sliced, but rest assured, it's a ham.

    the cold smoke rig. fire is in the small BGE

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    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Hey Jeff

    Presumably you didn't eat it cooked only to 100, did you roast/cook it some other way again after the cold smoke before eating?

    Doug
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    yeah. cooked it like usual
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • Isn't that the ham that had the pork roast in the middle? hahaha Would that technically be a hampork roast?
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    that was the first one..
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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