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Unread 10-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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I bought 3 racks of ribs to take to a party this weekend. I smoked 4 butts, 3 ribs and 1 pork loin. The ribs had a strong ham taste to them. What causes this?
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Were they injected hormel ribs?
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Were they injected hormel ribs?
They were smithfield from Bilo
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Read the packaging. If they aren't all natural then they have solutions added, avoid them.


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Did you rub them the night before? Ribs can get hammy if rubbed too far in advance.


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I rubbed them about 2 hours before.
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Did you inject them with ham?

Seriously though, stay away from "enhanced" ribs and don't rub them until about 1 hour before cooking. But, 2 hours shouldn't have been a problem unless your rub had Tender Quick in it.

When cooking, keep the temp between 275* and 290*.
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also, if your sure its not enhanced ribs, which are pretty much brined, too much salt in your rub will cure the meat and make it hammy. Even a low salt run left on overnight will wreck havoc. A high salt like head country rub will turn them hammy in a 4-5 hours.

its all related to salt level and how long its left on.
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also, if your sure its not enhanced ribs, which are pretty much brined, too much salt in your rub will cure the meat and make it hammy. Even a low salt run left on overnight will wreck havoc. A high salt like head country rub will turn them hammy in a 4-5 hours.

its all related to salt level and how long its left on.
This. Not that Phil needs validated at all lol. Also, too much smoke can multiply the salt-caused ham effect IMO.
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I have used the 7% inhanced and have not noticed any taste difference. I see some ribs are up to 14% inhanced, I cannot tell you what they will be like. They put it on the label in fine print.
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You bought them at the grocery store! Seriously most groceries have injected them with a sodium solution. Read the label. I only buy my ribs/pork from Sams. No injection, no ham taste.
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You cannot trust the labels in supermarkets. I found pork at Krogers that said nothing about enhancement, but when I checked with the meat manager, he told me all Kroger pork was enhanced. I only trust the processor labels on cryopacked meat.
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What kind of wood were you using? Hickory can add a hammy taste to meat.
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This also can be a result of the smoking process. I can take two identical racks of ribs. The one I cook on my offset will produce a hammy flavor and the one I cook in my Oval will not. The offset has a lot more smoke than the Oval. It is like curing in place. I've tried and can't seem to get this result with the Oval.
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I'm pretty sure I remember a thread where some one said Smithfield's were enhanced.

Kroger's ribs are definitely enhanced but they have a habit of putting the price tag over where the enhanced with solution is mentioned. Any Kroger product that says moist and tender is enhanced.
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