Slaughtering and Butchering By Dynah Geissal Issue #23 • September/October, 1993
The article does not cover when to cold smoke a cured ham. I have 16 wild hog hams in brine as of last night. I need to know at what point do I put them in the smoke house for this phase of the process.
I wish we could help out more on this one, but this is using someone else’s recipe and process in a way I don’t feel comfortable with (since they recommend not using a cure or nitrite/nitrate). There really isn’t an answer I’d feel safe giving you since this is not something we’ve done and tested like this before.
My suggestion on hams is always to follow our standard recipe here:
My best alternative suggestion is to look for more information from a state University Meat Extension Department. They have usually done the proper research and development to provide better guidance. The University of Missouri has an article here that might be of help: https://extension2.missouri.edu/g2526
For the future, I’ll see if we can develop a recipe and process here to provide better guidance towards processing hams in this manner.
Thanks. I did add cure to the recipe because I didn’t trust it without the sodium nitrate. (1/4 tsp per pound).
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@davhi8. After you take the hams out of the brine, rinse them of and put back in the fridge for at least 1 or 2 days to dry. Then they are ready to smoke.
@papag Thank you!! That is what I had intended to do but wanted verification.
Just had the inside loins pan fried with some onions and butter. Delicious. A little salt and pepper and that’s it.
Compound. I actually missed one same morning. Sorry to say that. Not into admitting that. Getting old sucks… Lol.
@erich52 I bought an actual Walkin cooler from a guy who had it sitting stacked in his garage. He was going to put it up to process then his kids moved so he didn’t have a use for it. We also got a 3 bay sink from him too. Lots of restaurant resale places have panels but I talked to one guy said Pamela are cheap but the get you on the corner pieces and doors. Ours is 5’x9’. We can easily fit 4 deer on the one side plus still have plenty of shelf space or wheel the carts out and hang more. First full season with it so we’ll see how it goes. Ran 38-40F without a problem last night.