I am making a ham for easter time. I ordered a berkshire ham and a belly this week from a local producer. I picked them up today, and to my surprise the belly was 12lbs and the ham weighed in at a whopping 30lbs. This bugger is huge! The hogs were slaughtered last night. I was told they were oinking and pooping yesterday. It doesn't get much fresher than that.
I started last night by making the brine cure solution and cooling it off over night. I am planning to use the dizzy pig recipie.
Here are the dry ingredients to be mixed with 30 cups of water. I boiled 16 cups of the water and mixed in the dry ingredients. Then I put that in my food bucket with 14 cups of cold water. The bucket then went outside in the snow to cool off.
The ham and belly on the ride home. I'm not anywhere near a good photographer. There is a lot of optical illusions happening to make the ham look smaller. The belly is sitting up 4 inches off the floor and you can't see the face of the ham.
Tonight I'll get more pics of the ham while I'm getting ready to cure it.
My plan is to inject it and cure it for 10 days. Then cold smoke it a few evenings and maybe overnight. I'm not sure how to know when it's been cold smoked enough. I'm guessing it'll look right at a certain point. Then I'll let it sit a couple days and cook it up in the smoker and glaze it at the end.
I'll keep posting updates as progress happens!