I pulled out an old recipe I haven't used in many years to make homemade Tasso (cajun spiced ham).
Wife asked if I wanted to put some in the Potato Soup she was making. Totally made it for me although this recipe is really spicy, I found that if you rinse the Tasso in water, the results are much milder.
I used to heat up the Tasso with olive oil in a pan and add fresh asparagus and finish with peels of fresh Parmesan.
There are a lot of recipes out there and most are close to this. I'm going to cut back on the Cinnamon but, since rinsing cools it down, I'm going to go with my recipe on the red pepper. I can eat this like jerky though...very hard to stop.