Cure: In a bowl combine salt, sugar, maple syrup and liquid smoke. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. In a baking pan pour 1/4 of cure into the pan, place hock on top of cure. Pour the rest of the cure onto the hocks and distribute it evenly. Cover the hocks with plastic wrap, refrigerate for 3 hours.
Pork Stock: In a stock pot saute celery, carrots and white onion until browning begins to occur. Add red wine, bay leaf and parsley stems; on high heat reduce the wine by half. Add water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 4 hours.
Smoke/Braise: Preheat your smoker to 350 degrees. Pour beer into spray bottle. Once smoker has heated place ham hocks in the smoker on the side closest to the fire box. Smoke hocks for 1 hour and 30 minutes, spray the hocks with beer every 30 minutes.
In a large pot add fennel seed, rosemary, liquid smoke, white wine and pork stock; bring to a simmer and add smoked ham hocks. Cover and let hocks cook for an additional 1 hour and 30 minutes. Once the hocks are fully cooked and tender remove them from the pot and strain the remainder of the cooking liquid into a sauce pan. Reduce the liquid until it reaches a sauce like consistency. Serve hocks with a smoked vegetable of your choice and top it off with the pork jus.
Raw hamhocks tend to find their way into deep south cooking and soul food cooking. Chicken gizzards, chicken feet, liver, chitterlings, trotters, snouts, ears, neck bones, hocks are all items that down home country folk have a taste for
A local butcher regularly sells cooked hamhocks. I often buy them as the ham picked off the bones is great in sandwiches or soup and the dogs love the bones which keep them entertained in the garden for hours
"Ham and Beans," as we all called it. 1 bag of dried pinto, northern or navy beans, soaked overnight and drained2 smoked hamhocks1 onion, choppedWater1 dried bay leaf, optionalSalt and pepper, to tastePlace beans, hamhocks, onion, salt and pepper and bay leaf (if using) in slow cooker. 2 smoked hamhocks
Are you a fan of ham and cheese sandwiches. This “one-baking dish” Ham and Cheese Baked Rice Casserole is just one of those dishes — and even better, is dinner made easy… with the added plus of leftovers, if desired