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Broadbent Wins 2014 National Country Ham Association Championship

Filed under FOOD, The Rural South

At the big 2014 National Country Ham Championship held recently in the heart of the ham belt: Paducah, Kentucky; Broadbent Hams captured the title of Best Unsmoked Ham in USA.

Ham aficionados across the globe have had Broadbent on their radar for decades as the Kuttawa, Kentucky company has routinely seen their hams auctioned off for hundreds of thousands of dollars, including their alpha ham of 2010 that sold for $1.6 million. That is correct. Almost 100k per pound.

Meanwhile in the smoked category of the same competition, Tripp Country Ham of Brownsville, Tennessee was victorious.

Tripp is old-school when it comes to technique: when the ham arrives at the facility, it’s salted down and placed in a curing vat where it relaxes for five days before being salted down once more.

After that, the ham sits at 36 degrees for seven weeks before being cleaned and rotated to the Spring room where it hangs at 45 degrees for two weeks. Finally, the ham goes to the Summer room where it’s held at 80+ degrees for four weeks, a process that is crucial to the flavor and helps the ham reduce it’s weight by a minimum of 18%.

This is the defining characteristic of country ham, and it’s been codified into law as well. If the ham doesn’t drop that weight percentage, it may not be called “country.”

When a Tripp’s ham comes out of the Summer room it’s smoked for a solid week before being deemed ready for market. That’s a grand total of about 15 weeks devoted to getting that ham whipped into shape and ready for consumption.

And that’s a fair amount of time until you compare it to places like Benton’s down in Madisonville, TN where the ham undergoes a similar process but one that takes a minimum of 52 weeks.

It all comes down to the hog. Tripp’s uses commodity ham from pigs that have  had nearly all the fat bred out of them. If they were aging their hams any longer than they are it would not benefit the final product; it would be too dry.

Benton’s is using heritage pork, a much fattier pig whose hams can survive, and indeed thrive under lengthy curing.

There is no comparison between the two. A well nurtured heritage breed pig will always trump the flesh of a commercial feed lot creature.

Any good ham competition will also have reserve champions. They say a miss is as good as a mile but don’t sleep on either of these two purveyors as they are also putting out world class meat:

Unsmoked reserve champion: Goodnight Brothers of Boone, North Carolina

and

Smoked reserve champion: Harper’s of Clinton, Kentucky.

Now get out there and eat a big plate of country ham and report back.

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Scrumptious Chef Soul Food Pop Up Restaurant: Sun Aug 5th At 3 Little Pigs Food Truck

Scrumptious Chef Soul Food Pop Up Restaurant: Sun Aug 5th At 3 Little Pigs Food Truck After Scrumptious Chef Pop Up #1, barbecue edition we took the lay of the land and decided to wade back into the fray with Pop Up #2. This time we're tackling soul food. Adrian Miller, the soul food ... continue

Cocktails, New Orleans - 2012-07-30 - comment

The Art Of The Cocktail Part Two: The Old Fashioned

The Art Of The Cocktail Part Two: The Old Fashioned The Old Fashioned occupies that curious ground between being a grown man's drink, it's got a serious jolt of bourbon in it, and being sweet and fruity enough to appeal to beginning drinkers or folks who typically ... continue

New Orleans - 2012-07-27 - 1 comment

Melancholia Settles Over New Orleans: Hubig’s Pies Has Burned To The Ground

Melancholia Settles Over New Orleans: Hubig's Pies Has Burned To The Ground I have a list of things to do each time I'm fortunate enough to spend a few days in New Orleans. Upon arrival in the city I ride my bike out to Chalmette and purchase a muffaletta at ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-07-25 - comment

Turf N Surf Po Boys In Austin, Texas

Turf N Surf Po Boys In Austin, Texas Turf n Surf Po Boys in downtown Austin has a chef from the famous Gilmore cooking family. No, it's not Bryce Gilmore of Odd Duck Farm To Trailer and Barley Swine nor is it Jack Allen Gilmore ... continue

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part One: The Lonely Bullfighter

The Art Of The Cocktail Part One: The Lonely Bullfighter I've had a long love affair with well mixed cocktails. The people who prepare them, bars stretching from rural Texas to Istanbul, and the culture that surrounds the art of the cocktail have long fascinated me. A perfectly crafted ... continue

FOOD, Rural Texas - 2012-07-23 - comment

THE DEATH OF A TEXAS STEAKHOUSE

THE DEATH OF A TEXAS STEAKHOUSE In 1972 in Pflugerville, Texas, Charlie Parker flung the doors open on a little roadside steak house in the middle of nowhere and prayed that business would come. And it did. But now, 40 years later, Central Texas ... continue

New Orleans - 2012-07-19 - 1 comment

New Orleans To Hold Largest Culinary Library In The South

New Orleans To Hold Largest Culinary Library In The South The Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The New Orleans Public Library are teaming up to found the largest culinary library in the South. Over the course of the last 2 months the New Orleans Public Library has ... continue

soul food - 2012-07-18 - 3 comments

Soul Food In Austin, Texas: Marcus Samuelsson Comes To Town

Soul Food In Austin, Texas: Marcus Samuelsson Comes To Town I spend a lot of time thinking about soul food. Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, country cooking, a cousin to the genre, was on my family's table 7 nights a week. We raised our own beef, our ... continue

Texas Barbecue - 2012-07-13 - comment

Austin Texas Barbecue Pop Up Restaurant At Three Little Pigs Food Truck

Austin Texas Barbecue Pop Up Restaurant At Three Little Pigs Food Truck Pop up restaurants are hugely popular in cities like New Orleans, San Francisco, Chicago and Portland, but Austin's largely been left out in the cold of this new phenomena. Til now. This Sunday, July 15th, Chef Raymond Tatum is ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-07-12 - comment

Round Rock Texas Your Prayers Have Been Answered: Jack Allen’s Kitchen Prepares To Open In Williamson County

Round Rock Texas Your Prayers Have Been Answered: Jack Allen's Kitchen Prepares To Open In Williamson County [caption id="attachment_2742" align="aligncenter" width="300"] picture: Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen's Kitchen[/caption] Update October 1st 2012: Jack Allen's Kitchen's Round Rock location is now open. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   I've had a love affair with Jack Allen's Kitchen since the day they opened at ... continue

New Orleans - 2012-07-09 - comment

The Barbecue Culture Of New Orleans Louisiana

The Barbecue Culture Of New Orleans Louisiana Saucy's BBQ is moving to Magazine Street from their current location in Metairie. They'll be tacking up their sign in the former Ignatius Eatery, which has shifted into the former Rue de la Course.I've been lucky and ... continue

Texas Barbecue - 2012-07-05 - comment

Daniel Delaney Of BrisketLab Sits Down With RL Reeves Jr

Daniel Delaney Of BrisketLab Sits Down With RL Reeves Jr I just got off the phone with Daniel Delaney of BrisketLab, the New York City brisket subscription service that has taken the Northeastern part of the United States by storm. Mr. Delaney, the founder of Vendr.TV, was kind ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-07-04 - 2 comments

Update: Amado “Mayo” Pardo, Two Time Killer, Texas Syndicate Member And Founder Of Jovita’s Cantina

Update: Amado "Mayo" Pardo, Two Time Killer, Texas Syndicate Member And Founder Of Jovita's Cantina The big, mean dog is going berserk. I'm standing on Milton Street where the FBI raid on the house of Amado Mayo Pardo took place, and the big shepherd is trying desperately to batter down the fence of ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-07-03 - 1 comment

Bridget Dunlap, The Tigress Of Rainey Street Set To Face Off Against Slew Of Entrepreneurs

Bridget Dunlap, The Tigress Of Rainey Street Set To Face Off Against Slew Of Entrepreneurs Javelina on Rainey Street On a recent sunny afternoon I went for a walk down beautiful and historic Rainey Street just south of downtown Austin. I've been following the media dust up over this neighborhood for well over a ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-07-02 - 3 comments

The Rise Of The Food Trucks: Can Chicago Be The Next Austin, Texas?

The Rise Of The Food Trucks: Can Chicago Be The Next Austin, Texas? Austin, Texas is the leader in the United States food truck industry. We have more trucks than any other city. We have better trucks than any other city and we have more diversity in the foods offered ... continue

Istanbul - 2012-07-01 - 1 comment

Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat by RL Reeves Jr. Lentil Soup-Mercimek Corbasi

Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat by RL Reeves Jr. Lentil Soup-Mercimek Corbasi The Turks know their soup. Many restaurants open early in the morning so workers can dash in for a bowl of  çorbası before they begin their daily affairs. Every restaurant, no matter how humble or grand offers ... continue

Rural Texas, Texas Barbecue - 2012-06-30 - 1 comment

Food And Wine Compiles List Of America’s Best Barbecue Cities

Food And Wine Compiles List Of America's Best Barbecue Cities Jamie Feldmar of Food and Wine magazine was tasked with creating a list of America’s best barbecue cities. As is the case in all of these lists compiled by people who aren’t lifers {barbecue addicts who’ve given ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-06-29 - 2 comments

Iliana de la Vega’s Oaxacan Kitchen: El Naranjo Is Reborn On Rainey Street

Iliana de la Vega's Oaxacan Kitchen: El Naranjo Is Reborn On Rainey Street One of the most viewed articles I've ever penned for this site was a review of Iliana de la Vega's entry into  Austin's Mexican food scene with her Oaxacan cuisine  trailer; El Naranjo Mobile. {http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/el-naranjo-mobile-iliana-de-la-vegas-oaxacan-kitchen/} The chef  arrived ... continue

Rural Texas, Texas Barbecue, Texas Barbecue Photos - 2012-06-28 - 2 comments

Texas Barbecue Photos: Davila’s Barbecue Of Seguin Texas Enters The Food Truck Business

Texas Barbecue Photos: Davila's Barbecue Of Seguin Texas Enters The Food Truck Business Adrian Davila, son of family patriarch Edward, is entering the food truck business. The Eagle Ford Shale oil boom in south Texas is going to be his focus...for now. From the Seguin Gazette “The oil field lent itself ... continue

Austin Texas - 2012-06-27 - 1 comment

Operation Muerte Negra’s Heroin Bust Can’t Keep Jovita’s Closed. Amado “Mayo” Pardo’s Family Hopes To Reopen

Operation Muerte Negra's Heroin Bust Can't Keep Jovita's Closed. Amado "Mayo" Pardo's Family Hopes To Reopen Interesting developments in the south Austin heroin bust saga that we've been detailing for almost a week now. Amado "Mayo" Pardo, patriarch of Jovita's Cantina and thrice convicted murderer, sits behind bars accused of being an Austin ... continue

Istanbul - 2012-06-26 - 2 comments

Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat by RL Reeves Jr

Istanbul Restaurants: Where The Turks Eat by RL Reeves Jr You can't walk twenty feet in Istanbul without being presented with a glorious picture taking opportunity. If you enjoy urban hiking, eating street food and shooting endless photos, then Istanbul has no peer among the world's cities. We're ... continue

Texas Barbecue, Texas Barbecue Photos - 2012-06-25 - 3 comments

Texas Barbecue Photos: John Mueller. Pit Boss. Texan

Texas Barbecue Photos: John Mueller. Pit Boss. Texan It doesn't get any more Texas than this. Legendary pit boss John Mueller, framed by the flag of the great state. Mueller had just come off twelve hours of smoking an entire steer when I took this ... continue

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