Curing in the Deep South ??

Discussion in 'Curing' started by choupic, May 12, 2013.

  1. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    I watched a video on YouTube the other day and an old timer from Kentucky was curing some hams . Well , he put up those hams and he ate some pork off of a ham he had cured from 7 years before !

    It looked as though he was up in the mountains , pretty high elevation anyway . But is this possible ? And would this be possible to do in say , south Louisiana , with our high heat and humidity during the summer months ?
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2013
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know if the temp and humidity would be good for curing hams....  someone with more knowledge will have to answer your question...  

    Dave
     
  3. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I`ve seen that video..I want to do one for a year..there are more videos on the subject on youtube did you watch them ?
     
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Eating a 7 year old properly cured country ham is no problem though the flavor, before soaking, would be pretty hardcore intense and salty...JJ
     
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    7 years???

    A little warm & wet down there for that. Could give you the 7 year itch, or worse!!!

    Bear
     
  6. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I`ve had that ![​IMG]  

    Where you live it would probably have to be kept in your house w/air-conditioning 4 or 5 months out of every year and lots of salt and lard on it to keep the buggers out...
     
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It would be best to do your curing in the cooler months in your location.  The only problem you will encounter will be keeping the aging temperature below 90°.  The reason for this is, if the temperature goes above 90° it retards or destroys the enzymes that are beneficial in the aging process.  If the temperature begins to get close to 90° the hams can be placed in a refrigerator and kept until cooler weather.

    Tom
     
  8. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    Yes , I've watched quite a few but that one was pretty interesting . This guy put red and white pepper with the salt , he said the pepper keeps the bugs out of it .
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
  9. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    Yeah you would think , but the older gentleman said that it tasted just as good as the day he put it up .
     
  10. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    I see ... I've heard of old people in my area keeping their pork in wooden barrels in some type of solution .

    Very interesting stuff either way .. Thanks for y'all comments !
     
  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That Pork may very well be for the Pickled Pork that is classic in Red Beans and Rice...JJ
     
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lake Maurpaus? Heck you didn't even get cold enough this last winter to butcher a hog, did ya? The cures available these days may help, curing a ham or bacon is on my to-do list but in S Louisiana we seem to be losing all our cool winter days. The begining, for the first 30 to 45 days I understand you need it around 35 to 40 degrees. Thats with the instant cure injected all along the bones along with the cure/salt.

    I think we have seen such a change in the weather that currently in this part of the world I don't think I am going to try it. Maybe a bacon, but an old style salt or sugar rubbed ham I would be scared of because of the temps.

    'Course thats just my opinion and we all know what opinions are like............ I mean what do I know, I can ruin a brisket in brine!
     
  13. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    Yeah our winter was pretty mild to say the least . The good part about it was that we take long boat rides to deer hunt , so it wasn't that bad this year as far as being cold in the boat .

    Dang fruit trees are all screwed up from the crazy spring we had too . They didn't know whether to make flowers or drop leaves ...

    I'm guessing Ill just keep freezing our meats , our Mosquitos down here can suck the bone marrow out of a ham ! Lol

    What area are you from foam heart ?
     
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans on the east bank of the river. AND south of I-10! LOL
     
  15. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You guys are talking about God's country!  [​IMG]

    Kat
     
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I don't know, I am still pretty partial to that lake at Guntersville, best country breakfast in the whole USA!  The Best Western on the lake that used to be a holiday inn. Good stuff, fun lake and nice people. Add some cold beer and what more could ya want?
     
  17. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Foam....it is pretty up here in the Foot Hills!  But....love me some New Orleans too!

    Kat
     
  18. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    With the work I do , I've traveled a good bit all over the country , and have seen some beautiful places .

    Something about this mud , blood , and briars I just can't stay gone for long .

    If we just had some descent politicians running this place , it would truely be gods country ! Lol


    This is my son on one of those short sleeve January deer hunts .
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2013
  19. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Love the crawfish and gator meat, but with no mountains, how in the world do you know were your at? [​IMG]

    Tom 
     
  20. choupic

    choupic Fire Starter

    Sometimes getting lost is a good thing Mr T ...

    Gator meat is terrible . Lol it taste just like it smells when you skin them . I love me some crawfish though , and have to hide the smoked garfish because my kids eat that like candy .
     

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