Discussion in 'Pork' started by chef willie, May 6, 2013.

  1. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Curious if anybody soaks their fully cooked  hams prior to smoking to reduce the sodium content from the manufacturer? I have one planned for Thurs and have not seen any instance of this being done in any threads I've checked out. Thanks for the input....Willie
  2. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    I soak corned beef before I cook it in the crock pot or before smoking for that reason.
  3. billsfan53

    billsfan53 Newbie

    I usually rinse them off first
    But I've never soaked one
  4. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Willie, If you feel it is to salty for your taste go ahead and soak it for a few hours.  Being a city ham, I would think that 4-6 hours would be worth a try.  Try to keep it at 40° or just below.  Maybe soaking it in a cooler with ice would help.  I understand that refrigerator temps are a little cool for proper soaking.  Are you planning to hot or cold smoke?

  5. hambone1950

    hambone1950 Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I've smoked a few smoked hams \shoulders that I've bought at the supermarket ....never soaked one
    And I've never found one to be too salty. :grilling_smilie:

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