I decided to have a little fun here. I have been seeing lots of folks smoking stuff that I normally would not think about. I did smoke some egg yolks as my last little experiment but I had never seen that one done. This time it was Spam! Mmm…that wonderful, salty, gelatinous, canned pork product! I love slicing and frying some Spam in a pan until it gets quite crispy and making a sandwich with it or eating it with some scrambled eggs and toast. That however, does not happen often though. (Which is probably a good thing). I keep forgetting to buy a can to try it but I actually remembered the other day. It’s on now!
I scored the top of the congealed meat block in about 1/4 inch squares and 1/4 inch deep then proceeded to add my rub mixed with equal parts brown sugar, making sure to coat all 6 sides nicely. It then got to chill in the fridge until the Weber was ready.
I was also smoking some bacon wrapped chicken thighs so I figured the timing would be close to the same. Turns out, I was right! I used some mesquite and apple wood this time. It took about 2.5 hours at 225-ish degrees. It would have been less time but I opened it up to glaze the chicken a couple times which cooled things down a bit. Once the chicken hit 165, I checked the Spam for the heck of it and it was about 170 (not that it mattered since it IS fully cooked anyhow).
It had rendered some its fat and had gotten a decent “bark” on it. I let it rest for about 15 minutes with the chicken. Not really sure that I need to say it was very tender, but it was! It had great smokey flavor and a little sweetness from the brown sugar on the bark which was nice. It seemed to me the saltiness of the Spam was subdued a bit by the smoke and the sugar which was not a bad thing. All in all a success. I will definitely do this again. I think with the next one I will stuff with some cheese and maybe some green onions or peppers and wrap it in bacon because that is kinda my thing. 😛
I then made a very healthy (lol) sandwich with jalapenos, scrambled egg and Cheez Whiz on a nice toasted English muffin. Mmm….move over Ronald! Well, thanks for checking out more of my ridiculous endeavors into smoking the unusual fare.