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diy essentials: spam, spam, spam

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Every time I ruminate on Spam, I think of the great Monty Python Spam sketch (check it out on YouTube). Spam is basically pork, ham, and spices. For this batch, I added the usual spices, and then some of my own. Have fun with it and add things that make you happy. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

(1 rating)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For diy essentials: spam, spam, spam

  • 2 1/2 lb
    pork shoulder, freshly ground, if possible
  • 1/2 lb
    ham, i used hickory smoked flavor
  • 2 tsp
    tender quick
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    sugar, granulated variety
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    potato starch
  • 2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 1/2 c
    filtered water, ice cold
  • cayenne pepper, for a bit of heat
  • ground cumin, for depth
  • nutritional yeast, for yumminess

How To Make diy essentials: spam, spam, spam

  • 1
  • 2
    The meat ratio in this recipe is 5/1… 5-parts pork 1-part ham
  • 3
    The type of ham you use will influence the overall taste of the final product. I choose hickory smoked over things like honey-cured, because I felt that gave the recipe a good depth of flavor and complimented the pork shoulder.
  • 4
    You can use potato starch (my choice), or you could use corn starch, or arrowroot powder.
  • 5
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 6
    Place a rack in the bottom position and preheat the oven to 250f (120c).
  • 7
    Cut the pork and ham into cubes.
  • 8
    Grind using a medium plate.
  • 9
    Chef’s Note: If you do not have a meat grinder, you can have your butcher do it for you. Or, you can purchase it pre-ground. In my opinion, freshly ground is the best way to go.
  • 10
    Mix the remaining ingredients into the cold water.
  • 11
    Add to the meat and mix with your hands. It should resemble a thick paste. YUMMY!!!
  • 12
    Add to a bread pan loaf, tightly cover with foil, and place into the preheated oven for 2.5 – 3 hours, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 155f (68c).
  • 13
    Chef’s Tip: To make it easy to remove the Spam loaf from the pan, I line it with some parchment paper.
  • 14
    Remove from the oven, place a foil-wrapped brick on top, and place into the fridge overnight.
  • 15
  • So yummy
    Remove from fridge and use like “normal” Spam. Enjoy.
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