Gene last edited by
How do you use the brown sugar ham cure?
@Gene We have a video for this in the works and it should be ready shortly. However to give you a quick breakdown on it you will need an injector, a pickling bucket (or something to hold the pickle in) a container to hold your ham in and some country brown sugar cure. You will dissolve 2 lb of country brown sugar cure in 2 gallons of cold water (we recommend you add 2 oz of California Ham Spice and 1.5 lb of sure gel but those are optional) and pump your ham until it is 20% of its green weight. Then cover your ham in a 50% solution, for example 1 lb of cure to 2 gallons of water and hold it overnight. Place it in a netting and hang in the smokehouse.
The cooking instructions are
120° for an hour without smoke
140° for two hours with smoke
150° for two hours with smoke
160° for four hours with smoke
190° until internal temperature is 160°
Then put your ham in an ice bath for about 15-20 minutes to bring the temperature down as quickly as possible. Then hold for 2 hours at room temperature before placing in a cooler.
I hope this helped and if you have any other questions let us know!
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@Jonathon would I need to hold the ham over night if I vacuum tumble first them pump the brine ,could it go straight to the smoker and would it need a smoke meat stablizer ?
@Papa-Al You should inject the Hams first and then vacuum tumble it for the best dispersion of the cure and seasoning. If you are wanting to speed the curing process you should still add a cure accelerator like Sodium Erythorbate and hold it overnight, this will give you the best color to your ham. You could inject with cure and sodium erythorbate, tumble and then go straight to the smokehouse but we would recommend holding overnight to let the cure work in the meat and “burn” it a nice pinkish color. You can add a meat stabilizer but it’s not necessary. Check out our youtube ham video for more tips at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5awR77SQmbg
@parksider Thanks for the follow up!! I was really watching the internal temperature when they were in the rolling (HOT) water and making sure to pull them right at the 165. And then right into the ice water bath.
You guys got a great job! Im pretty passionate about this kinda stuff. I enjoy it a lot and love doing R and D stuff! Keep up the fun work!
@Jonathon Yes Jonathon-it’s in your head
@mikeihuntr My only advice is to keep the water around 170F, not a rolling boil. If the casing are too tight they WILL explode then you have a really big pot of bad soup! A nice simmer is the way to go, take them out 155-160 and into a water bath. Here is a pic, we just use the turkey fryer with the basket. It makes it really easy to remove from the water and rinse. I will also recommend keeping a temp probe right in the meat you can see the wire going into the water. Good luck!!
This was a big topic of conversation because we do freeze/thaw/process/refreeze venison and pork, never an issue. As a former restaurateur and certified food handler here is what Dept of Agriculture has to say. I’ll defer to the experts:
Author: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises:
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.
If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly, according to USDA.
DO NOT thaw meat at room temperature, such as on the kitchen counter.
Safety will depend on whether the raw product was handled properly before it was frozen, refrozen shortly after it was thawed, cooked to a safe temperature when it is eaten and handled safely if there are any leftovers.
What temperature should I pull my cured and smoked bacon out of my smokehouse?
@jonathon it is printed on the Box. I’m looking for a bag that has a evoh barrier. Does Waltons carry a four or five mm evoh High barrier bag?