Root Beer Smoked Ham w/Q View

Discussion in 'Pork' started by chorizodahitman, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. For the final college tailgate of the year, I decided to smoke a ham for the first time ever.  Thanks for all the advice and help from everyone on here.

    I started off with a 10 pound Cooks Shank ham.  I trimmed all the fat from the outside of the ham, and saved the pieces for the smoking process.  After the trim, I injected it 4 times with root beer.  After the injections, I placed the ham in a baking pan and poured the rest of the root beer over it, then coated it with Famous Dave's Rib Rub (I am out of my Gates Spicy Rub).

    When my ECB was ready, I put the pan on the bottom rack of my smoker, then above it on the 2nd rack put all the fat pieces on the top grill, so it could melt and drippings could baste the ham.  I started the smoke at 9 p.m. on Friday night.

    I woke up around 2:30 a.m. to check on the ham and to glaze it.  I made a root beer/brown sugar/cajun seasoning/run glaze, and covered the ham.  I also put 5 pounds of cheap sausage links on the top rack to smoke them the rest of the morning.  After going back to bed for 4 hours, I got up for good.  The ham was not done, so I put it in the oven to finish it off for the final hour (had to leave to tailgate).  I pulled the ham for sandwiches, sliced the sausage, and sliced up a summer sausage and a block of Wisconsin cheddar.  The ham was the best have I have ever eaten.  It was amazing.  I can't wait to do another one.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    a thing of beauty indeed....great your pals were happy tailgaters
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow that looks like you put up a great last tailgate party. Congrats [​IMG]
  4. Worst (or best for me) is that a blizzard hit and it took almost 3 hours to get to the stadium so we only had 30 minutes to tailgate.  Had a lot left over, and it has been glorious!  Hahaha.
  5. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    A thing of beauty!!
  6. teeznuts

    teeznuts Master of the Pit

    Nicely done chorizo! I've been waiting to see how it turned out for ya. I'll have to try the root beer sometime.

  7. I think I am going to go with Dr. Pepper or Pepsi next time.  Thanks for all your help.
  8. Looks great Im gonna have to try this had a ham in the freezer for sum time now and not known what to do with it yum!  [​IMG]
  9. smokinal

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

    Awesome looking ham!

    Bet that was a great tailgate party!
  10. owlcreeksmoker4

    owlcreeksmoker4 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Oh man that is a great lookin ham! awesome color
  11. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Wow that looks delicious, I'm a fan of root beer too.
  12. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    looks great will have to try what temp did you do?? was this a ready to cook ham or ready to eat ham Thanks
  13. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    'll be watching this one for I have to cook one this friday. There's always a first time for everything.
  14. I have to be honest, not sure at all what temp I cook at.  I have an ECB with an electric attachment and only have the standard Warm-Ideal-Hot thermometer on it.  Plus a blizzard hit during the night so not sure how much that cooled it off.  Sorry.  One thing I forgot was I smoked it with a combo of Hickory and Cherry wood.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011
  15. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Man that looks great!!!

    Be careful or you'll be catering all the tailgate parties [​IMG]

  16. I don't let anyone else cook at my tailgates.  This year was fun.  A fatty and ribs the first tailgate.  Bacon wrapped boneless chicken thighs stuffed with cheese, smoked sausage, and wings for the second tailgate.  Pulled pork and sausage for the third, and the ham and sausage for the fourth. 
  17. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

     Any ideas for the 5th? [​IMG]
  18. skully

    skully Meat Mopper

    nice vittles for sure.....U can also try dr pepper, similar but has a nice zip when smoked.....try for a change up if U wish[​IMG]
  19. gdkmp

    gdkmp Fire Starter

    Looks it had great flavor.  

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