Will Cook for Foo: Week 14 – Method to the Madness and Hub’s Ham
Maybe it’s time I tell you what goes into my Will Cook for Foo posts…
It’s very important that if this is your first one you’re reading, you MUST read the very first one in the series. You can find it by clicking here.
I’ll wait….. *smiles*
I got up this morning and looked outside. I have Cinder literally laying on my arms as I attempt to type this with multiple backspaces being used when her head rubs up against the number pad trying to be cute. It’s rainy outside, there is a lot of cooking to be done, and there are two parties to attend tonight for Halloween (so excited!). The end of October proved to be quite busy, and free time became very scarce. My apologies for not putting out too much material right now, but November doesn’t seem to be shaping up to have much free time either. But, it’s a good reason to not have free time. *big smiles* There is a 311 concert we are attending, a Saint Hooligan concert we are attending, and there’s this little band I have been writing a post for each week….maybe you’ve heard of the Foo Fighters??? Their concert is coming up in less than two weeks!!! *absolutely huge smiles* My Tillamook Cheese Uncle is flying in for Thanksgiving, and another weekend trip is planned mid-November. A very exciting November to say the least.
With all of the information, I truly hope you accept my apologies for being distant. I’m here, and I’m still cooking! I actually have tons of dishes to put up here, just haven’t had computer time to type them all up and sort through the photographs. Which leads me to the method to the madness of these Foo Fighters posts….
It all starts with a dish…with the limited amount of free time I have, when I cook something delicious, I take photographs of it in anticipation of using it on the blog shortly. Sometimes I planned the Will Cook for Foo posts out and picked specific foods to match specific songs. The busier I got in life though, the harder it was to preplan. I ended up with various dishes, and Google. I would Google things such as “peach foo fighters lyrics”, “candy foo fighters lyrics”, steak foo fighters lyrics”, “grill foo fighters lyrics”, etc. Today I found myself googling “ham foo fighters lyrics”. (Everyone that knows me understands I am a huge Foo Fighters fan, but I’m unfortunately unable to know all lyrics and all songs, and this journey has introduced me to new songs I had never heard that just reiterates how brilliant I believe they truly are.)
Since I was unable to find lyrics that mention “ham” besides a song I had already used (after 30 minutes of googling), I’m just going to wing it. This ham the hub grilled is just too good not to go ahead and share. Let’s be honest, this ham and the Foo Fighters are neck and neck for brilliancy in my book. And yes, I said he GRILLED a ham. It’s the perfect thing to do on the holidays, because you don’t have to use up your oven space. That way the sweet potato casserole, the sausage-apple stuffing, the corn pudding, the pumpkin pies, and the cream cheese mashed potatoes can all bake in peace. (Yes, Mom. That was a hint of things I want this holiday season. *smiles*)
The song I am using today comes from their newest album “Wasting Light”. I adore this album, and I especially love the first track to it… “Bridge Burning”. Letterman recently did a Live concert with the Foo Fighters and it was filmed in black and white…the footage is just perfect. You can see it below…
The perfect song to kick off a kick ass album!
The selected lyric was “Oh won’t you let me twist your fate? It’s getting kinda late but I don’t wanna wait no more.”
My Twitter update “@foofighters …Oh won’t you let me cook for you? It’s getting kinda close, and I don’t wanna wait no more.”
Find the previous “Will Cook for Foo” posts by clicking here.
- 4 shallots (finely diced)
- 2 jalapenos (finely diced)
- 2 1/2 cups pineapple orange juice
- 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey (He used Maker’s Mark.)
- salt to taste
- uncooked or precooked (the precooked will take less time)
- Preheat gas grill on medium. Turn one burner off and turn the other down to low. Depending on the size of your ham, create an aluminum foil “tray” to catch the juices through the cooking time, or use a premade foil tray. Either works just fine.
- The ham he used was not pre-cooked, and has to reach an internal temperature of 155, and then while resting for the next 10 minutes after cooking, should increase to 160.
- Prepare glaze with the ingredients listed above, and reduce (simmer) on the stove until the volume is down by half and it resembles more of a thick glaze texture instead of a juice consistency.
- Place ham skin side up on the tray and place on the grill side that does not have the burner on…this is referred to as cooking by indirect heat.
- Score the surface of the ham all over so that the glaze will be able to penetrate through the fat to the meat.
- “Glaze” the ham every 20 minutes or so while it’s on the grill with a basting brush (I sincerely recommend a silicone basting brush, don’t learn the hard way when you pull bristles out of your teeth).
- The cooking time will take approximately 2 hours. When you get to the hour and a half mark, start checking your internal temperature (next to the bone of the ham). Depending on the size of your ham, it may take more or less time. The hub recommends using the same hole to check it’s temperature every time so as not to create extra holes for the juices to run out of.
- After the ham is to it’s internal temperature of 155, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
- After that time, proceed with slicing and enjoy!
Roll that beautiful ham footage…. *smiles*