Homemade Tasso Recipe

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Homemade Tasso Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs Pork cut as described below
  • Seasoning:
  • 3 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tsp Cayenne
  • 4 Tbsp Paprika
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp White Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Mix the seasoning together well. Rub the seasoning into the meat, you want a lot on there, call it 1/8 inch, use it all. Place on a plate or tray, cover and refrigerate 3 days.
  • Before smoking put the Tasso on an elevated rack so that air can circulate around it, then put a fan on it for about 2 hours to dry it out. I also don’t use a water pan when smoking Tasso, this is something that I actually want to dry out during the smoking process.
  • Directions for barrel smoker using charcoal as the heat source:
  • (heated with a chimney starter, no lighter fluid or matchlight coals please.) I used Pecan chips that were soaked in water for 1 hour for the smoke.
  • smoke this a total of about 4 hours, the first 2 hours at about 150-160 degrees F. The second two hours at 180-190 degrees F.
  • The object is to get as much smoke into the meat, before cooking it all the way through
  • When finished I again put the Tasso in front of a fan for about 1 hour. Refrigerate. When completely cold portion and store the Tasso in vacuum sealed packages. Freeze.

Notes

History & TIPS: Tasso used to be made from the trim after an Acadian Hog Boucherie, thin strips, heavily seasoned, dried, then smoked for hours. These days however, most of the Tasso that is available is a little more fancy, more of a ham than the style of the old days, mine is somewhere in between. Tasso will keep in the freezer and is pretty easy to make, but you have to do a little planning.
A few Tips:
After seasoning it, I recommend keeping it in the fridge, at least 3 days to let it cure, look at how nice and pink the center is.
I used a Boneless Pork Roast cut into about 4-5 inch long, 1/2 to 1 inch thick slices. This is seasoning for about 5 lbs of pork:

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