March 18, 2021

Yes, Ham Can Be a Surprisingly Easy Spring Project

By Steven Raichlen

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A holiday ham, made at home, is within reach. You just need a bit of time, some wood smoke and a shoulder ham or pork loin.

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  When you cure and smoke your own ham, you control what goes into it. You’ll be joining a long line of ham makers and lovers when you lift the lid of your grill to behold your smoke-bronzed porcine masterpiece. There, you’ll also find satisfaction beyond compare.
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  Recipes: Honey-Cured, Hickory-Smoked Shoulder Ham | Ham-Cured, Smoked Pork With Cognac-Orange Glaze
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+ The wine you choose to drink with ham depends on what sort of ham you are serving and how it is flavored, and particularly whether it is glazed. With a fruity glaze, I would look for a fresh red with some fruit, maybe a cru Beaujolais, a softer Burgundy like a Savigny-lès-Beaune or Chorey-lès-Beaune, or, if you can find one, a Sancerre Rouge, which is made of pinot noir, or a pinot noir from Oregon, Germany or New Zealand. You could also drink a moderately sweet riesling, like a German spätlese or a well-aged auslese, which would be a rare treat. With a ham that’s more smoky and savory, with distinct umami flavors, a dry riesling from Germany or Alsace would be nice. Champagne would be great and, if you have embraced sherry, fino is a wonderful match for ham. ERIC ASIMOV
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