Smoking un cooked ham

Discussion in 'Pork' started by rattlin_ram, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. rattlin_ram

    rattlin_ram Fire Starter

    Recently got a whole hog with basic processing from a local locker.  Basic processing I believe just means there is nothing smoked.  We have no bacon, but we have side pork.  Also the hams are not smoked.  I was going to fire up the smoker this weekend and smoke the hams and maybe the side pork... but wondering if I should cure it first?  I would think that it would already be cured maybe?  I'm also trying to call the locker to ask but have yet to get ahold of anyone... 
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you want bacon or ham it has to be cured first.
  3. rattlin_ram

    rattlin_ram Fire Starter

    Ok so just called the locker and my wife ordered it all fresh I guess no smoking or curing.  So now I just need to figure out how to cure and smoke a fresh ham.  And maybe some bacon.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ram, the bacon you will want to cured, however the ham can be smoked like a butt and pulled,just as good[​IMG].
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Not trying to scare you or anyone else, but in my opinion, a person's first cure & smoke should be something smaller than a Ham, like Bacon, Canadian Bacon, BBB, or something else that doesn't have to be pumped, and no worries about things like "bone sour", etc.

    I even like to smoke Hams that have already been cured & smoked (Double smoke).

    Just my 2¢

  7. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  8. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    You need to look at pops bacon brine while your on his thread.

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