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Fresh Whole Ham

NU2BBQNU2BBQ Posts: 98
edited 5:33PM in EggHead Forum
I have a Smithfield Fresh Whole Ham, the label says it's minimally processed. Cooking directions are 350 degrees for 18-20 min/lb, to meat temp of 160 degrees.

Should I believe that?

I was thinking of smoking at 250 for a few hours then cranking it up to 350/375 to finish. I removed the skin and applied a dry rub already. Thoughts/opinions?


  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Sounds like a good plan, 300  to 350° is a nice cook.

    When I do pre smoked ham I go anywhere from 250° to 350° to 140°.

  • if it's a fresh ham, it's essentially a roast. you can cook it either way. it's not going to be a 'ham' though, if you are expecting a cured pink ham.
  • NU2BBQNU2BBQ Posts: 98
    Stripsteak I know that now and I'll live with what I have, thanks.
  • NU2BBQNU2BBQ Posts: 98
    Results were very good. I smoked it at 250 for about 7 hours then turned it up to 300 for an hour and again to 350 till it hit 160 degrees, all in all it took just under 9 hours for the 16.7lbs. It was not what the family expected but it tasted great, tender and juicy, they were very happy. I will definitely do this again. Thanks for the help.
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