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Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 2:02 PM
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1) Colonel Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Hams. Princeton, Kentucky, western part of the state. From the website “Newsom's ham was honored to participate in the 5th World Congress of Dry Cured Hams in Aracena, Spain, in May '09 and a two-year-old Newsom's ham was encased for continuing display in the Jamon Museum there... the only ham in the United States of America to be invited.”
 
Newsom's was established January 1, 1917, by H.C. Newsom. The business is now into year 96.
 
208 East Main Street, Princeton, Ky. 42445 ... Phone: 270-365-2482  M-F 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST and Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST) ... e-mail: newsomsham@yahoo.com
 
2) Broadbent’s. Kuttawa, Kentucky, western part of the state. Est. 1901. In 2010 a Broadbent ham brought 1.6 million dollars at the big ham auction in Louisville. From the website: On Feb. 27, 1974, the late James Beard wrote in his column, “It was only lately, while in Kentucky, that I became acquainted with these superb hams. There’s a company called Broadbent-Bingham that sells cured and aged country hams. If you visit them, you can also buy extraordinarily good ham hocks, thick ham steaks and hams, all cured the same way. I carried back a cooked ham for Thanksgiving which was much admired by all who tasted it”.
 
Winning a total of 15 Grand Champion Kentucky State Fair Ham Competitions since 1967, including being named Grand Champion six times since 2004. The American Association of Mean Processors has named Broadbent’s National Grand Champion Winners four of the last five years. 900 lb gorilla of country hams.
 
257 Mary Blue Road, Kuttawa, Ky. 42055. 1-800-841-2202. www.broadbenthams.com. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
3) Finchville Farms. Halfway between Lexington and Louisville. Est 1947. From the website: “Finchville hams are still cured and processed using the same recipe from 1947. In an age of fast food and artificial preservatives, these country hams are cured with only salt, peppers and brown sugar. All natural ingredients used throughout the centuries to preserve food before refrigeration”
 
Seen on Food Nation on the Food Network
 
5157 Taylorsville Rd, Finchville, KY 40022 (502) 834-7952
 
4) Scott Hams. Western part of the state. Est. 1910. From the website. 16 time national champion ham award. 2009 ham sold for 1.3 million dollars at the big ham auction in Louisville.
 
1301 Scott Road Greenville, KY 42345. Phone: (270) 338-3402 Phone: 1-800-318-8881
Email: scotthams@muhlon.com Website: www.scotthams.com 8am till 4:30 Monday thru Friday. 8-noon on Saturday. Closed Sundays.
 
5) Meacham Country Hams. Western part of the state. Est. 1932. The web page shows this concern to sell a lot more than just ham. They’ve got all manners of bourbon balls, jams, chow chow relishes and what have you in addition to smoked meats.
 
From the pen of Evelyn Meacham “Not unlike a fine wine, a good country ham can’t be rushed; it needs to age slowly and naturally. In 1932 William Meacham began curing hams for his family and friends using the cure handed down in the Meacham family for generations. When people tasted his ham, the word spread that he had a ham to delight the country ham connoisseur. “
 
Amen sister.
 
705 O’Nan Dyer Road Sturgis Kentucky 42459.  Mon-Friday 8:30-3pm. Open on Saturday during the holiday season. 800-552-3190
 
6) Father’s Country Hams. Western part of the state. Est 1959 with historical antecedents stretching back to the 1800s. In addition to country hams Father’s also sells 15 different kinds of bacon. Vanilla bourbon bacon? I like mine with salt and pepper but to each his own.
 
All the meats are dry cured the old fashioned way. Watching a youtube video from the business, I learned that you can take a pack of the cryo-vacced bacon and leave it on a counter for 90 days with no ill effect. That’s a serious cure.
 
6313 Kentucky 81, Bremen, KY 42325 (270) 525-3554 mon-fri 7am-3pm Sat 8am-noon.
 
7) Harper’s Country Hams. Western part of the state. Est. 1951. I wrote about Harper’s earlier this year when they had the winning entry in the big ham contest in Louisville. Their ham brought in 350k. A pittance compared to some years but still respectable. A fire destroyed the business in the late 70s but the family fought back and now they’re bigger than ever.Compared to a lot of the other ham producers, Harper’s product line is brief but apparently they’re about to launch a double smoked bacon.
 
2955 U.S. Hwy. 51 N. Clinton, KY 42031. 1-888-427-7377 Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
 
8) Browning’s Country Hams. Northern part of the state; east of I-75. Est. 1970. The business was sold by the Browning family in 2011 to David Sponcil, and has been moved from Paris, in Central Kentucky, to Dry Ridge. In addition to curing hams, the new Browning’s also churns and produces their own cheeses.
 
475 Sherman Newtown Road, Dry Ridge, KY 41035 859.948.4426  
 
9) Penn’s Country Hams. Central part of the state. Est 1957. Founded by Donald Penn who used an old time country ham recipe and proceeded to sell the meat out of his general store in Mannsville. Very little information on this business, which to my mind is good. Phone: (270) 465-5065 Email: pennshams@aol.com 8850 Liberty Road, Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718 8am-6pm Mon-Sat
 
10) Jim David Meats. Western part of the state. Est.1991. They boast of their salads which frightens the country ham lover in me. They also have an enormous line of prepared foods.196 Hodgins Rd Uniontown Ky 42461  (270) 882-4866  6 A.M to 5 P.M Mon-Fri 8A.M to 1 P.M Saturdays
 
11) Ballance Country Hams. Western part of the state. Est. 1948. Closed 2007.
 
12) University of Kentucky Butcher Shop. A collaboration between UK’s College of Agriculture and UK Dining Service. Central part of the state.  Est 2013. A brand new butchery that is practicing old school techniques in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky at the University. All butchered animals were grown on Kentucky soil.  Gregg Rentfrow, 859-257-7550. The UK butcher shop is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. It's behind Garrigus Hall, next to the loading dock. Garrigus Hall is on Cooper Drive, near the intersection with South Limestone. http://ukcc.uky.edu/cgi-bin/mapper?maps.391+campus+s=1+m=0+x=07+y=07 Building number 215 on the hotlinked map.
 
backstory + pic of a cooked ham from Benton's in Madisonville TN http://chowpapi.com/wordp...ntry-ham-buying-guide/
 
 

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 2:19 PM
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Those are some very reasonably priced hunks of porky love!

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 4:22 PM
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I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 4:43 PM
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I've been to Cadiz and I've been to Kuttawa. I never heard of the Country Ham Festival, and I'd never heard of Broadbent. I was in Cadiz at the Knight and Hale game call factory, and Kuttawa to get a houseboat for a couple of weeks on Kentucky Lake (the Tennessee River) and Lake Barkley. You must be making all this up.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 8:09 PM
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PP, Bushie, Jan and I visited Cadiz to see the Ham Festival a few years ago..Fun time but we were TTM'd trying to find ham at the Festival... So we went to the Broadbent Outlet Store and chowed down on snack packs and various pork products.
 
BTW  I woud put Alan Benton's Tennessee Hams and Bacon in a dead-heat at the top of my list...tied with Broadbent  !!

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 8:41 PM
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I tried to order stuff from Benton's a little over a month ago as Christmas gifts, and they couldn't guarantee delivery this year, let alone for Christmas.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 8:55 PM
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There is an outlet in Nashville for Alan Benton's products.
I wanted to take Buffetbuster and Mariton to Mitchell's Deli last week, but they were in the process of relocating to a new building.  Besides having Benton's bacon on the breakfast menu, the bacon is available for $12 a pound.  Benton's prociutto is $17.  Al and I have purchased the prociutto directly from Benton for $7,  unsliced.
Mitchell's also has Sprecher's soft drinks on draft, serve yourself in the dining area.  Al, you need to visit this place...Root beer, cherry cola, orange soda, creme soda, and more.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 9:02 PM
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Well, if you need to have it sliced I just happen to have an electric slicer. I don't charge much.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Wed, 12/11/13 9:23 PM
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We used Al's penknife, in a motel room in Sweetwater.  It wasn't a pretty sight, but we got the job done.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/12/13 11:57 AM
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I bought Newsom's "Preacher Ham" last year, excellent Ham!

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/12/13 5:38 PM
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MH- The Penknife that PP refers to is my 55 year old KaBar. No telling what else it has sliced over the years, but it did  "do the job".

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/12/13 5:41 PM
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Now that's what I call a penknife. You could hunt Russian boar with one of those things.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/12/13 8:08 PM
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Bobs cousin visited us from Raleigh, NC one Christmas and brought us a gorgeous country ham......huge, and we ate off of it for months. I will have to find out which brand.........

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/13/13 6:35 PM
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For the last 35 or 40 years, our family has always purchased Meacham Country Hams.  It's just down the road from me, about a 30 minute drive.  Meacham supplies The Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, Kentucky with their country hams.
 

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/14/13 8:08 AM
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Michael Hoffman


I tried to order stuff from Benton's a little over a month ago as Christmas gifts, and they couldn't guarantee delivery this year, let alone for Christmas.


I called ahead before I ordered a country ham on Nov. 18 and was told there was at least a 5 week wait but to put a request in the order comment box for delivery before Christmas. I received a shipping notice yesterday and it is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday. That's great customer service!
No, I wouldn't have ordered it if it was a gift. Also, I have a Scott's country ham hanging in the closet so I had nothing to lose.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/14/13 5:11 PM
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I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.
I had my first taste of a Broadbent ham over Thanksgiving. I've lived all over the South and have tried numerous varieties from the "country ham famous" states. Broadbent was by the far the best I've ever had. My wife had been a "city ham" woman all her life and has not stopped talking about the Broadbent.
http://www.broadbenthams.com/

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 12:06 PM
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Who's bought their country ham for the holiday feasting? What was your source?

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 12:23 PM
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scrumptiouschef


Who's bought their country ham for the holiday feasting? What was your source?
I ordered one from Broadbent for Thanksgiving. It was here in three days. Best country ham I've ever had.
http://www.broadbenthams.com/

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 2:19 PM
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Poverty Pete


I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.

How far & how much Drive Time would it be from Franklin TN Pete?

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 3:01 PM
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Poverty Pete


I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.

How far & how much Drive Time would it be from Franklin TN Pete?
Since I know, I'll answer for Pete...it's right at 2 hours just up I-24W all the way.


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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 3:32 PM
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Pancho


Foodbme


Poverty Pete


I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.

How far & how much Drive Time would it be from Franklin TN Pete?
Since I know, I'll answer for Pete...it's right at 2 hours just up I-24W all the way.

   Right on the money, Pancho.  Two hours from Franklin will do it.  The Broadbent outlet there also serves sandwiches and snacks.  They still have the outlet in Cadiz, which is 30 or 40 miles closer to Nashville, if all you're doing is picking up the product.  If I were going up that way, I'd try to get to Knockum Hill for lunch, then hit the Broadbent store on the way back.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Thu, 12/19/13 4:24 PM
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Poverty Pete


Pancho


Foodbme


Poverty Pete


I've been a Broadbent customer for nearly forty years.  A few years ago, they moved to Kuttawa from Cadiz, Ky.
Anyone who has ever been to the Country Ham Festival in Cadiz knows how special that can be. 
I'm convinced Broadbent is the best ham, bacon and sausage in the USA.  I have a two pound sleeve of pepper sausage in my reefer at the moment,  but I doubt it will last the weekend.

How far & how much Drive Time would it be from Franklin TN Pete?
Since I know, I'll answer for Pete...it's right at 2 hours just up I-24W all the way.

  Right on the money, Pancho.  Two hours from Franklin will do it.  The Broadbent outlet there also serves sandwiches and snacks.  They still have the outlet in Cadiz, which is 30 or 40 miles closer to Nashville, if all you're doing is picking up the product.  If I were going up that way, I'd try to get to Knockum Hill for lunch, then hit the Broadbent store on the way back.
Hey Pete...what ham do you generally get from Broadbent? I got a 4.5-5 lb. semi-boneless cooked this last time. There's just the two of us, and we had plenty for a few days. Are the uncooked more flavorful? I almost felt like I was cheating it was so easy just to warm up. Open for suggestions and I sure do agree with you about Broadbent. I even sent them a thank-you note telling them how much we liked it.


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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 11:06 AM
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An uncooked, fully cured country ham provides far more pleasure than it's brethren. But, and it's a big but; you have to breathe life into the brick hard beast. Here's how http://www.scrumptiousche...to-A-Cured-Country-Ham

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 12:27 PM
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I always go with the Grand Champion uncooked ham, sliced and repackaged, two or three slices to a pack.  That way, I get the real McCoy, with no waste.  I also highly recommend the breakfast sausage, and the pepper bacon is to die for.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 12:34 PM
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scrumptiouschef


An uncooked, fully cured country ham provides far more pleasure than it's brethren. But, and it's a big but; you have to breathe life into the brick hard beast. Here's how http://www.scrumptiousche...to-A-Cured-Country-Ham

 
Very good info.  I always viewed country ham a bit like jerky and the info you provided gave me a totally different view.
Thanks
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 12:39 PM
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Can't wait to run down to Madisonville and visit a spell with Allan Benton-and of course pick up a 16lb country ham and a big sack of grits.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 2:11 PM
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Chef,
When you stop in at Benton's, please pass on our personal greetings and Best Wishes to Allan. He is a fine gentleman who has built a reputation for providing excellent Pork to some of the better restaurants in the Eastern USA...Plus he is a very nice person to chat with and swap stories...Former Teacher's tend to be good talkers !
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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 3:18 PM
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scrumptiouschef,
   Are you familiar with Rice's hams, in Mt Juliet, Tn.?
  I nearly always have one or more of their products in the house.  I especially like to use their hocks for cooking beans and split peas.
 
http://www.ricescountryhams.com/

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 6:57 PM
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I am now. Just watched a video with the patriarch. Good story.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Fri, 12/20/13 8:08 PM
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Poverty Pete


scrumptiouschef,
  Are you familiar with Rice's hams, in Mt Juliet, Tn.?
I nearly always have one or more of their products in the house.  I especially like to use their hocks for cooking beans and split peas.

http://www.ricescountryhams.com/

 
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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 4:44 PM
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When I was at the Glee Club meeting in Mobile, Poverty Pete brought me a package of Rice's Ham. It looked beautiful to begin with. 

 

It definitely looked different than what I'd had before, having only had "regular" hams.
 

I fried it up and had it with toast. The ham was saltier than I was used to but had wonderful flavor. The smoke was very light on it. I actually took the toast and wiped up the fat/juice from the cooking pan after, it was so good! For a first time with a real country ham, it really opened my eyes to what a good ham could be. I think the most amazing thing is, it was so much richer that two pieces were more than enough.  By the second time I made the ham, I knew that two pieces and some grits would be a heavenly meal.
Thanks Poverty Pete! 
 
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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 7:22 PM
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Ed,
 
   Had I known it was your first country ham, I would have brought you something a little less hard-core. Rice's is excellent ham, but it's extremely salty to the uninitiated.  Kudos for getting beyond the first wave of sodium.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 7:39 PM
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Poverty Pete


I always go with the Grand Champion uncooked ham, sliced and repackaged, two or three slices to a pack.  That way, I get the real McCoy, with no waste.  I also highly recommend the breakfast sausage, and the pepper bacon is to die for.


PP, I checked Broadbent's website and they say their sliced and packaged Grand Champion uncooked ham comes in three packages rather than two or three slices to a package. Do you have to do something special in ordering to get it the way you get yours?

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 7:55 PM
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Poverty Pete


Ed,

  Had I known it was your first country ham, I would have brought you something a little less hard-core. Rice's is excellent ham, but it's extremely salty to the uninitiated.  Kudos for getting beyond the first wave of sodium.

 
Steve,
As I mentioned, I wound up using the toast to lick the juices off the pan. I guess I'm a hardcore kinda guy! It really was delicious.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 8:03 PM
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Poverty Pete


I always go with the Grand Champion uncooked ham, sliced and repackaged, two or three slices to a pack.  That way, I get the real McCoy, with no waste.  I also highly recommend the breakfast sausage, and the pepper bacon is to die for.


PP, I checked Broadbent's website and they say their sliced and packaged Grand Champion uncooked ham comes in three packages rather than two or three slices to a package. Do you have to do something special in ordering to get it the way you get yours?


   Michael, you have to be charming.  I think you're SOL, but Lisa could probably pull it off.
 
Seriously,  if you're buying online, the three packs is probably correct.  I buy mine at the facility, where they'll pretty much package it any way the customer requests it.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 8:34 PM
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Steve,
Thanks. I can always repackage it with my Foodsaver. After the holidays I'll go ahead and order. We both love country ham, and if it's good enough for you to buy I'm sure we'll love it.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 9:07 PM
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Michael,
 
What say we have a short road trip?  We could hit Broadbent for your ham order, stop in Princeton to check out the barbeque, then have a steak dinner in Padukah at Doe's.  I'm open for the week after Christmas.  Are you up for it?

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 12/21/13 9:52 PM
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A ROADTRIP?


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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sun, 12/22/13 1:56 AM
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Allan Benton Cutting my Proscuitto (SP?)..
1. The Hams Smoked and unsmoked in the aging room

2. The Master shows his skills

3. Chunk-cut ready for finish slicing.

 
 

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Mon, 12/23/13 5:55 PM
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Poverty Pete


scrumptiouschef,
  Are you familiar with Rice's hams, in Mt Juliet, Tn.?
I nearly always have one or more of their products in the house.  I especially like to use their hocks for cooking beans and split peas.

http://www.ricescountryhams.com/

 
PP - You beat me to it!!
They have some great stuff and they are really pleasant to talk to.
I was just in there in November and they were slammed with their busy season
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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Mon, 01/6/14 12:16 PM
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On the ground in KY where it's currently ZERO.  Austin's got me spoiled, glad I brought my lapin hat. Hitting Penn's, Benton's and UK Meat dept later this week, will report back.

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Mon, 01/6/14 5:11 PM
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An uncooked, fully cured country ham provides far more pleasure than it's brethren. But, and it's a big but; you have to breathe life into the brick hard beast. Here's how http://www.scrumptiousche...to-A-Cured-Country-Ham

 
I hear of people doing similar things...but I have never soaked a ham (except for soaking a hunk in a pot of collards for a few hours). 
 
We slice, toss in a frying pan for a couple minutes, and eat straight up or in a biscuit.  No soaking necessary!

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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Mon, 01/6/14 7:17 PM
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I got a Broadbent catalogue in the mail today.  I'm really tempted to buy some country ham and pepper bacon. 
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Re:Country Ham Buying Guide - Sat, 01/11/14 10:28 AM
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I spent yesterday at the UK Meat Science lab in Lexington where they sold me a gorgeous, year old, country ham. The butchery will reopen to the public in March after a big renovation. Lots of cured meats for sale, all pastured on a UK farm in Woodford county.