From Hog Leg to Easter Ham!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by pops6927, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You never fail to impress me!
    Everything looks PERFECT !--------------->>[​IMG]

    Thanks for the ride,
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks y'all! One final meal after a couple sandwiches, some ham steaks out of the remaining bottom round on the grill for dinner last night! The flavor the grill imparts is unique and tasty!

    A small bag of scraps left that I'll chop up this morning and make ham salad out of for today's lunch and give the femur bone to PJ... she'll knaw on that all day long while we're at work!

    This whole process can be applied to just about all other cuts of pork as well; the arm shoulder, pork butt (for buckboard bacon), rib ends, loin ends and center roasts bone-in or boneless for Canadian Bacon, and of course the bellies for regular bacon too! You just vary the soak times based on the thickness of the meat and/or whether to pump it or not. An inch or so soak about a week, 2 inches thick up to 2 weeks (split butts and loin meat boneless for Canadian Bacon), shoulders, whole butts, bone-in rib, center and loin roasts pumped and soaked 2 weeks, ham pumped and soaked 4 weeks. You can cut the salt in half for lo-salt too, or double it and pump it into top, bottom or eye round beef roasts for dried beef also. You don't have to flip or massage it, just refrigerate it and soak it. Hopefully this thread will give you confidence to try it! (It can't be hard, if I can do it heck anybody can do it! [​IMG]). Thanks for lookin'!

    BTW, here's the thread to my smokehouse build too!
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2017
  3. hhookk

    hhookk Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    This is one of the all time great threads I have ever read here on SMF. I nominate it for the hall of fame. EXCELLENT.[​IMG]
  4. drakin

    drakin Fire Starter

    Awsome post POPS....I can't say enough how you have helped us in our adventures in trying new things...I gota say now I'm going to have to try this out for myself...I'm gona have to convince the wife I need another fridge...wish me luck[​IMG]

    Thanks again for the lesson!
  5. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    That is a thing of beauty! excellent job that had to be good

    certainly earned points [​IMG]
  6. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    So much pork... so good.. lard... omg... awesome...

    I'd love to see this stickied. Reposted so everything is together would be great too! I'll be coming back to this when I make a ham one day!!!
  7. Pops way to go, I learn something new everytime I come to SMF. Pics were great, keep it up.
  8. otter

    otter Meat Mopper

    Looks great Pops would love to try this and just might
  9. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Lord, I just went to heaven! A couple of eggs with that and a cup of joe. [​IMG]
  10. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    A man that knows what he is doing !!!!!!!!!! GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010
  11. garyc

    garyc Smoke Blower

    Thanks for a great post Pops! It gave me the courage to give this a try myself. A question or two though, I am doing a leg that started out to be about 10 pounds and dressed out to about 8 pounds.

    I would like to have this for New Years dinner 10 days after I started brining it. If I pulled it out after 9 days so I can smoke it will that be enough time? Also, I searched for that hole you talked about and could not find it. Is it a hole in the femur bone? I injected around the bone along its whole length and into the thick parts of the meat until I was getting as much leak out as I was putting in. Will that be OK?

  12. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's the hole in the pelvic bone.  As long as you permeated all sectors inside the muscle with pickle then you should be curing from the inside-out as well as the outside-in.  You should be able to cure it in that time as it's only 8-10 lbs; it is a hind leg ham, not a shoulder, correct?
  13. garyc

    garyc Smoke Blower

    I think it was a hind leg. It looks just like the ones in your pictures, just smaller. I wanted to have this for New Years so I was hoping a small one would brine in 2 weeks. Another question, why did you cut the hock off? Can I still leave it on? Thanks for all your answers.
  14. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So it would fit in the brining bucket.  I save the hock and roast it (or preferably 'them' as I'll buy a few more) with saurkraut in the oven.... yum!  Always glad to answer questions, that's how we all learn.  The only bad question is the one never asked.

  15. garyc

    garyc Smoke Blower

    Thanks Pop's. If this small one works out I will try a big one. I love Amish ham and I hope that this will be a good home made substitute.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010
  16. garyc

    garyc Smoke Blower

    We had my first attempt at ham for New Years and I must say it was GREAT!!! It was a front leg BTW but it still was better than any store bought ham I have ever had. I smoked it with apple and then baked it with a honey/butter glaze. I wish I had made a big one because this one didn't last very long! Thanks again pops!

    Now a few questions.

    1.Parts of the ham, like the hock and the smaller muscle were rather salty compared to the large muscle on top. Why would that be? The large muscle came out perfect.

    2. I am curing a large hind leg (23 lbs) right now. I dressed it like you did by taking the skin from the large end off but leaving the skin on the lower leg. Do I leave that skin on when I smoke it? If so, do I leave it on when I bake it later?

    3. I smoked the small leg with apple, is hickory a better choice for ham?

    Thank you so much for your help. My smoking experiences since I joined this forum have been nothing short of amazing!!
  17. cycletrash

    cycletrash Meat Mopper

    Pops that was an awesome write up and so educational , Guys like you are what makes this forum great !!!
  18. garyc

    garyc Smoke Blower

    Something just occured to me. Since hams have been injected does the 4 hour rule apply when it is smoked?
  19. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No....the four hour rule is for fresh intact muscle meat. Pops is cured and held in a frig below 40. With cure the rules change.
  20. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


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