How long does it take to smoke a country ham?
four to five hours
How long do you soak a country ham before cooking?
When preparing an uncooked country ham, it must be washed and soaked before cooking, since these hams are dry salt cured. Country Hams should be soaked 12-24 hours. Soak a Genuine Smithfield Ham for 24-36 hours. The length of soaking time is important and should be influenced by your taste for salt.
Can you eat country ham without cooking it?
Dry-curing with salt helps prevent bacterial growth, making the hams safe to eat uncooked. Since country hams have always been cooked in the Southern states where they are cured, most country-ham producers do not consider them ready-to-eat meat like prosciutto.
How do you get salt out of country ham?
The tendency in America is to take a country ham, soak it to remove the excess salt, rub it down with brown sugar or Coca-Cola and bake it or fry it until its as difficult to chew as a catcher’s mitt. In fact, cooking the moisture out of a ham actually increases its saltiness.