“I smoked them (pork bellies) for three hours at 225°F giving me an interior temperature well over 165°F and then I actually cool them off with a breeze from a fan, let them sit overnight before I cut them and actually fry them or grill them from there. These are thin bellies though. If they were thicker I would’ve gone for four hours. I just want to make sure they’re above that magic 165°F degrees.”
This has become a favorite at our house. You will need a 1500 Series Smoker for a 18 to 20 lb. Whole Ham, or you can do a 10 or 11 lb. Half Ham in the 1400. Just cut the Recipe in half for the Half Ham. A heavy duty Injection Needle would also be beneficial. Use your Drip Pan as a Roasting Pan, and place Ham inside. Let any liquid packed with the Ham go in the Pan. For the Half Ham, place cut side down.
2 Cups Dark Corn Syrup (Karo)
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tbs. Light Brown Sugar
2 Tbs. Molasses
1/2 Tsp.;Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cloves
4 Tbs. Honey
1 Cup Pecan Halfs
2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
Whole Cloves (optional)
Chop half of the Pecans and mix with the 2 Cups Light Brown Sugar. Score Ham and rub this mixture all over. In a small bowl, mix the Water, 2 Tbs. Light Brown Sugar, Molasses, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, and Honey until well blended. Add Corn Syrup and stir well. Slowly inject Ham all over, reserving a small amount of the Marinade. Decorate with Pecan Halfs and Whole Cloves, if you like, and drizzle with reserved Marinade. Smoke at 200 degrees for five hours over 3 ozs. Apple Chunks. Tent with Foil and let rest for 30 minutes. Spoon Pan Sauce over Slices when serving.
Brine: 1 gallon water 6 ounces kosher salt 2 ounces Prague powder 2 ounces powdered dextrose 2.5 ounces pickling spices
Rub: 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup paprika (Sweet Hungarian Paprika if you can find it) 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder (I use McCormick California blend or granulated) 1 tablespoon granulated onion (I have used McCormick California blend powder) 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp ginger 2 tablespoon raw sugar Combine all ingredients together, using a whisk and transfer to an air tight container.
“Local butcher had eye of round on sale. Picked up a 2lb roast. Rubbed down with a rub of garlic, salt and pepper. Sliced a large onion in half and placed the roast on top. Added some beef stock to the pan. Loaded up the smoker box with some cherry chips and a couple charcoal briquettes. Smoker set at 225°F. Shooting for an internal temp of 130°F-140°F.
I’ll slice it really thin on the meat slicer. And yes there will be horseradish. I love horseradish on my beef. I’ll agree eye of round can be really tough as leather sometimes. It’s not my preferred choice to make pit beef, but I couldn’t turn it down for the price.”
Into the smoker at 140°F w/o wood for the first hour.
13 hours later the internal temp reached 154. Removed sausage and placed in an ice water bath to stop the cooking.
4lbs. Ground chuck
1lb. Ground pork shoulder
7.5 teaspoons Morton Tender Quick
2 tablespoons mustard seed
3 tablespoons garlic power
2 tablespoons 1/4 cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon salt.
5 – 2.4″ X 12” MAHOGANY FIBROUS SUMMER SAUSAGE CASINGS (soak in warm water 30 minutes before using.)
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for 3 days, mixing well once a day.
On the forth day stuff your sausage casings with the mixture. Place the sausage on a rack in your smoker, make sure they are not touching one another. Set your smoker to 140 degrees and remove any wood from the smoker. After one hour add your wood to the smoker and increase the temp to 150. I like to use hickory. Raise your temperature by 10 degrees every hour until you reach 170. Continue to smoke at 170 until you reach an internal temp of 154. Once the sausage has an internal temp of 154, remove from the smoker and place in a ice water bath for 20 minutes to stop the cooking process. Remove from water and dry the casings with paper towels. Hang to air dry for about 2 hours to let it blossom.
Notes: I buy chuck roast and pork shoulder and grind my own using the grinder attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer.
The 6 lb batch I made took 13 hours to reach the internal temp of 152°F.
Clean and pat dry your chicken then rub inside and out with oil.
Stuff pats of butter under breast skin.
Salt and pepper.
Stuff cavity with quartered orange. Don’t stuff too tightly as it will lengthen your smokin/cooking time.
We smoked with only a quarter cup of cherry wood chips because our smoker is well-seasoned. You can use any wood you like. Just remember if you are new to smokin start out with a small amount of wood. You can always add more on your next smoke.
We also smoked a couple of potatoes too!
Smoke at 225°F until the breast reaches an internal temp of 165°F-170°F. We always recommend using aninternal thermometer. Smokin by time is imprecise and hit and miss.
Most important tip: Always give yourself plenty of time!