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Homemade Tasso Ham Recipe

Cajun-style tasso ham, a small spicy country-style ham, great with eggs, beans, and stew. Easy to cure, cheap to make, versatile, and very tasty.
4.88 from 16 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cure Time 7 d
Total Time 7 d 3 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 5 1 lb. packages




Curing Your Tasso

  • Trim excess fat off the outside of the pork shoulder.
  • Cut the pork shoulder into approximately 3 inch by 3 inch pieces, removing the shoulder-blade bone in the process.
  • Mix all seasonings with a wire whisk.
  • Roll each piece of pork shoulder-blade in the seasoning until fully covered. Place in a bowl and pour the remaining seasoning over the top. Toss to ensure that all seasoning is utilized.
  • Separate into three separate gallon-size zip-top bags. Remove as much air as possible using the water displacement method in your sink.
  • Place bags in your refrigerator near the back.
  • Cure for seven days, turning bags over once per day to keep liquid from settling in one spot.

Smoking Your Tasso

  • Set your grill up for two zone cooking and bring the temperature to 225 degrees.
  • Place wood chip pack on the hottest part of the grill and wait till it starts smoking.
  • Place all Tasso on the grill and insert your meat thermometer into the center of the thickest piece.
  • Smoke until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
  • Vacuum seal and freeze for up to four months.
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