Tasso Ham


I used to make this in a restaurant where I worked. I have modified it for the home cook. I make this about twice a summer. It's the hit of any BBQ!!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
12 hrs
Additional Time:
7 days
Total Time:
7 days 12 hrs 30 mins
30 servings


  • 1 ¾ cups sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 gallon water

  • 10 pounds pork butt roast

  • 2 tablespoons ground mace

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon dried sage

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. To Make the Brine: In a medium bowl, combine curing mixture, sugar, pepper, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 2 tablespoons garlic powder and water. Mix until the salt and sugar are dissolved in the water.

  2. Pour brine over pork. Allow pork to soak in brine for one week in the refrigerator.

  3. Remove pork from brine, then discard brine. Rinse and pat dry the pork.

  4. Preheat an outdoor smoker for 200 to 225 degrees F (95 to 110 degrees C).

  5. To Make the Rub: In a medium bowl, mix together the mace, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, paprika, sage, thyme and honey.

  6. Evenly coat the pork with the rub and work it in with your fingers. Place a roasting rack in a drip pan and lay the meat on the rack.

  7. Smoke at 200 to 225 degrees F (95 to 110 degrees C) for 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 6665mg 290%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 324mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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