Ham experiment

Discussion in 'Sous Vide Cooking' started by gnatboy911, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. gnatboy911

    gnatboy911 Meat Mopper

    Wanted to cook my Easter ham for my folks with my sous vide. After lots of research I didn't find a whole lot of info about cooking a whole ham. So I sorta just picked a time and temp and went for it.

    Sous vide at 150 for about 20 hrs. Then put in a 500 degree oven for about 10 mintutes to crisp the exterior. I didn't glaze it, however this is the point you would.

    My mom is fairly traditional when it comes to easter dinner. We've never had a glazed ham. Always ham with mashed potatoes and ham gravy made from the pan drippings. I was unsure if this method would produce the gravy drippings I knew she would want. I bought two hams. One to experiment with last week. Experimental ham was 7.5lbs

    Another side note, the wife generally doesn't care for ham dinners as the ham can sometimes be too dry for her liking. I was hoping this meal would change that.

    Here are a couple photos.

    Ended up using an oven turkey bag to sous vide in. And a 5 gallon bucket. (I just got my cooler for sous vide this week)

    Second pic shows ham right out of the bag, and a measuring cup with the liquid from the bag. There was about another 3/4 cup that wouldn't fit in the measuring cup.

    Then ham out of the oven...sliced...and plated. As you can see plenty if juice for gravy.

    Overall thoughts....
    Texture of the ham was outstanding. Very tender and very moist all throughout. Gravy was delicious. The wife loved it.

    A winning meal for sure.

    It's Friday night, and due to a very busy day tomorrow I decided just to start my Easter ham tonight, didn't figure an extra 12 hrs could do any harm. We'll find out Sunday about 2pm. This ham is slightly larger than my first at 9.8 lbs.

    Thanks for looking and happy Easter. He is risen, He is risen indeed.
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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That ham looks fantastic!

    Point for making the carousel!

  3. weev

    weev Meat Mopper

    Wow that looks awesome. Great job
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty! I was wondering who'd be the first to post a ham Sous Vide.
  5. gnatboy911

    gnatboy911 Meat Mopper

    A nice surprise to get online and see my post in the carousel! Thanks for the kind words and points. Now I'm off to umpire some high school baseball for the day! Enjoy the weekend fellas.
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for sharing your experiment. I learned a lot.


  7. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I too often dislike ham for being dry, however a juicy ham is great eats.
    Your's looks very good, nice methods and finish.

  8. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking ham!
  9. I hope mine looks that good tomorrow
  10. gnatboy911

    gnatboy911 Meat Mopper

    Thanks again for the points and kind words...I'm excited for lunch tomorrow
  11. gnatboy911

    gnatboy911 Meat Mopper

    Just a little update for anyone curious about my second ham I Cooked for the family today.

    Almost 10 pounder. Cooked at 150 for about 40 hrs. Started Friday night about 9ish. Pulled it out today about 1. It was equally as delicious as my test ham a couple weeks ago. Even more tender though. Fork tender. Almost fall apart tender...so maybe a little too long? I don't know it was tasty though. Mom approved too! So that was a big plus. She said it was so moist it didn't even need gravy.

    Happy Easter all. He is risen!

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