Danny Gaulden's Easter Ham
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I'm assuming that you have a cured ham. If it's a bone in, cured ham, here is a good way to finish it. Most hams of this style are skinned in most areas, but will have a few sections where the skin (hide) is still on. Especially around the tapered end going toward the end of the bone. Cut the skin off with a good sharp knife, being careful not to cut or remove the fat under it. You're not really concerned about deep cooking since it is actually already cooked. What you are interested in is giving it a better and richer flavor. Therefore, you don't need a very hot fire, but a low to medium fire with good smoke. The reason I like to keep the smoke a heavy medium is because the meat won't be on the pit that long, compared to a raw ham. The reason I like a low to medium heat is to extend the smoking time a bit. Bring smoker up to about 225 to 230 degrees and try to keep it in that range. Make sure you have an oven thermometer placed about an inch or two away from the ham. This will guarantee accuracy. Smoke ham until it reaches about 150, no higher than 160 degrees internally. Prepare this finishing sauce: 1/3 cup prepared mustard, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 to 1/3 cup vinegar or beer. Mix these ingredience together in a large cup or bowl and bring to warm in a microwave, etc. Stir again. This will insure that all is blended well. If you feel you need more, just double the recipe. If you feel it is too thick, add more vinegar or beer...if too thin, cut these back a bit. You don't want it too thin. Baste ham with mixture about 30 minutes, then again at about 15 minutes, before ham is ready to be removed from smoker. If you like, you can mop ham one more time as soon as it is taken off the pit. Add pieces of pineapple and marichino cherries to top of ham about 30 to 45 minutes before it's done. You can hold these down with toothpicks. Makes it look real pretty!
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Posted to the AZstarnet BBQ Mailing List by email@example.com (Gaulden, Danny) on Apr 07, 1998, converted by MC_Buster.