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.
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.