Loin ham cured and smoked

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by crankybuzzard, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Almost 2 weeks ago I cut a full sized pork loin into 5 chunks to fit into my brine buckets. I mixed up a batch of Pop's brine, injected the chunks, put them into the bucket, covered them up with brine, stuck them in the frig and left them alone until this morning. In each brine bucket I also put a bay leaf, 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, and a single sprig of rosemary.

    This morning, after getting home from Atlanta, I soaked the loin chunks for around 45 minutes, dried them off really well, then stuck them in the frig to dry a bit more. I figured I'd smoke them tomorrow, but remembered that my bride will be coming back into town from her business trip tomorrow and will want to do a few things. So, I prepped and smoked them tonight.

    Ready to hit the frig to dry a bit

    Needing a quick pellicle (not the best way for sure), but it worked out.

    Then smoked... 120 for 1.5 hours and then bumped to 220 for a quick heat up 145 internal.

    I used sugar maple pellets for the first time, I must say, I like the color and love the flavor

    Sample time

    I'm letting them cool now and will vac pack soon. After they sit for a few days, I'll open them up, slice, and then pack again to freeze.
     
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  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That ought to last you a week or two!

    Nice job! Love the color!

    Point to you Charlie!

    Al
     
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Love old great!

    Points!
     
  4. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good. The color is great. Now I just have to wait a few days for the taste test.

    Gary
     
  5. I see mine there in the back,!!!    Looks Great Charlie  I love that stuff [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Gary
     
  6. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Those look perfect,nice job!Thumbs Up
     
  7. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I usually avoid any stool in my food prep....   [​IMG]  

    Great idea for hanging the meat!

    That does look really good! Point!
     
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2016
  8. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do !!  
     
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  9. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Shoot move and communicate,

    Improvise adapt and overcome!
     
  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yeah, improvisation happens for sure!
     
  11. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the points folks!

    The wife and I had some today for breakfast and she's instructed me to go ahead and get 2 more loins going ASAP.
     
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice, and points for the innovation.

    Disco
     
  13. Looks great!points!gonna try this thx for sharing:)
     
  14. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW.   How did I miss this post?

    Sure looks great.   Points coming your way.
     
  15. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    Looks awesome!  What temp did you smoke them at - and what was your finished IT?
     

    And where did you get those butcher string bags - or did you make those yourself?
     
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016
  16. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    Looks awesome!  What temp did you smoke them at - and what was your finished IT?

    Also, where did you get the butcher string bags - or did you make those yourself?
     
  17. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is this what you were referring to in another thread?  These are simple to make and GREAT tasting.

    I dry them with no smoke @ 120-130 for 1.5 hours and then I add smoke and bump the temp up to 220-225 and smoke until I hit 145 IT.

    I ordered the netting from either Walton's or Butcher-Packer.  It isn't required, I just like the look of the roundness, and the texture it leaves on the "mini hams" after smoking looks good to the folks I give them to.

    You can smoke these directly on your normal grates.
     

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