Originally Posted by Uncle Bob
I know what you mean about the meat being tough (chewy) --- On a rare occasion or two I have run across that problem...It can be disappointing -- However I wouldn't give up on Smithfield...Their products are normally very good...As are the (Over priced IMO) Honey Baked...In my area the Cooks hams or mostly used around Holidays as "Promotional Hams" --- Front page, low price leader --- In store obvioiusly they have other pricer (better?) hams. I've never heard of the Schaul's, but I look forward to your report should you choose that route...I used to be able to buy a Bryan's Ham locally that was awesome -- Whole, Bone in, etc, that I would "double smoke" It gave me a somewhat more dense texture..Still moist and tender, but not that "mushy" "spongy" texture that some of the Water(added) Cured hams can have at times. I have enjoyed the Spirial Cut hams, but at the end of the day I"m like Miss Patty1 -- Give me the "Old Fashion" whole, bone-in ham...
I said I would report back about the ham and here it is... Andy had recommended the Carando Ham, but the hams were fairly large and I wanted something a little smaller.
So, I rolled the dice and purchased a Mash's Brown Sugar Ham. The company is out of Baltimore, so considering I live in the Washington burbs, it's a local ham.
I didn't do the spiral sliced, and the eight pound ham cost $11.70, which I thought was a good value. If I didn't like it, I would be out the cost of large pizza.
This ham was one of the best I have ever eaten. It was moist and the texture was almost buttery. I could not be more pleased. I followed the instructions and wrapped it in foil and baked it 325 for the required cooking time.
I would compare the texture of the meat to a Honey Baked Ham. It was that good.
I thank everyone for their input, and for reminding me to go back to cooking it the way my Mom used to. She never cooked a spiral ham, and hers were always great.
Needless to say, I am one happy camper. I got a great ham at a great price. It doesn't get any better than that!!