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Is a pork hock the same as a ham hock?

Njchicaa Jun 23, 2012 04:06 AM

I have a corn chowder recipe that calls for a ham hock. I could only find raw pork hocks at the store, though. Can I use that or am I way off here?

  1. sunshine842 Jun 23, 2012 04:16 AM

    it's the same cut -- but a ham hock is salt- and/or smoke-cured...you might find you'd need to add more salt to your chowder (and/or a little liquid smoke) -- but other than that it will be no issue.

    1. k
      kengk Jun 23, 2012 05:08 AM

      I would substitute bacon myself if I couldn't find smoked hocks. Or jowl.

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      1. re: kengk
        Njchicaa Jun 23, 2012 05:20 AM

        We have a smoker. Smoking them isn't an issue. We can do that.

        1. re: Njchicaa
          k
          kengk Jun 23, 2012 05:27 AM

          Now that should be excellent. I wouldnt put a real heavy smoke on them Have to really be careful here with hocks from the grocery. Sometimes they are getting a little rancid. Can smell it through the wrapping.

          1. re: kengk
            Njchicaa Jun 23, 2012 07:08 PM

            Smoked them today over hickory. After cooling them, one went into the corn chowder and the other was frozen for future use.

            My husband was beyond thrilled with the corn chowder. He's already planning another batch since we have another smoked hock waiting in the freezer.

            Thanks for the advice everyone!

        2. re: kengk
          sunshine842 Jun 23, 2012 05:46 AM

          Or just ham...

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