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samfsu 11-22-2012 04:46 PM

Thanksgiving feast. Pron heavy
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The humbling experience began 10 days ago. The ham went into the cure for a 10 day slumber.
18 LB ham
The cure:
2.5 cups kosher salt
4 cups brown sugar
2 Tbls peppercorns
1 Tbls cinnamon
1 Tbls cloves
3 bay leaves
Cured for 10 days. Cold water rinse for 1 day.

Brined the turkey for 24 hrs.
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups kosher salt
1/4 cup poultry spice
1/4 cup old bay
1/4 cup peppercorns
4 oranges
2 lemons

Started the ham at 9:30am over apple wood. Added the turkey at 10:30 and added a chunk of cherry wood. Ham was done at 145 at 2:30. Turkey was done at 160 at 3:00.

Both met rave reviews :) thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!! Attachment 72763Attachment 72764Attachment 72765Attachment 72766Attachment 72767Attachment 72768Attachment 72769

JazzyBadger 11-22-2012 04:47 PM

Looks delicious.

Big George's BBQ 11-22-2012 04:50 PM

Great job That was a feast

Bonewagon 11-22-2012 05:37 PM

Very nice!

samfsu 11-22-2012 07:11 PM

Thanks all

buccaneer 11-22-2012 07:50 PM

great gathering too!

fantomlord 11-22-2012 08:10 PM

they both look great!

was that a dry cure on the ham?

code3rrt 11-22-2012 08:20 PM

Wow, nice crowd, gotta love it.

How much liquid in the ham brine?

samfsu 11-22-2012 09:59 PM

No dry cure on the ham. It was a wet cure. I used a 5 gallon food grade bucket. Got one from a local BBQ place. All in all I think I used about 3-4 gallons of water/cure. I use about 2 quarts of water to dissolve all the ingredients then refrigerate that for a day then put the ham in the bucket, dump in the cure then add as much water as needed till the ham is covered. Turned out great with the perfect sweet to salt ratio. Definitely not salty. Second year in a row I did this and it is awesome. Got plenty left over that I will slice up as thin as ya can see through for sandwiches.

BobM 11-22-2012 10:01 PM

Nice feast, great job! :thumb:

samfsu 11-22-2012 10:03 PM

Shoot forgot the most important cure ingredient.
2 ounces of instacure #1 (pink salt)

fantomlord 11-22-2012 10:14 PM


Originally Posted by samfsu (Post 2278738)
Shoot forgot the most important cure ingredient.
2 ounces of instacure #1 (pink salt)

I was wondering about that...

samfsu 11-22-2012 10:35 PM

I've read you can do it with just the salt if u don't want to add the nitrite. On fact the cute didn't penetrant some of the ham and even those pieces tasted 'hammy' thought they were grey indicating the lack if nitrite. I am shocked that after 10 days the cure didn't penetrate fully. :) 12 days next year lol

fantomlord 11-23-2012 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by samfsu (Post 2278757)
I've read you can do it with just the salt if u don't want to add the nitrite.

I want to figure out how to do that so we can skip the nitrites...

Badgeman 11-23-2012 08:42 AM

Nice job! I'm thinking of tackling a ham but have to learn more about it first.

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