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Tasso Ham

Recipe from: DJFoodie
Servings: about 30

I used to make this in a restaurant where I worked. I have modified it for the home cook. You definitely need curing salt for this recipe. When you buy the pork butt, ask the butcher for the curing salt. Mine just gave me the salt I needed. I make this about twice a summer. It's the hit of any BBQ!

1¾ cups curing salt
1½ cups white sugar
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 gallon water
10 pounds pork butt roast
2 tablespoons ground mace
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons honey

To Make the Brine:
In a medium bowl, combine salt, sugar, pepper, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 2 tablespoons garlic powder and water. Mix until the salt and sugar are dissolved in the water.

To Make the Rub:
In a medium bowl, mix together the mace, ¼ cup garlic powder, ¼ cup onion powder, paprika, sage, thyme and honey.

To Make the Ham:
Pour brine over pork. Allow pork to soak in brine for one week in the refrigerator.

Remove pork from brine, then discard brine. Rinse and pat dry the pork.

Preheat an outdoor smoker for 200 to 225°F.

Evenly coat the pork with the rub and work it in with your fingers. Place a roasting rack in a drip pan and lay the meat on the rack. Smoke at 200 to 225°F for 12 hours, or until internal pork temperature reaches 160°F.


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