2017 Kentucky Country Ham Grand Champion

Broadbent Country Hams of Kuttawa, Kentucky took home the Grand Champion prize for best in show at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair. It was their 17th victory.

That 21 lb ham was put up for auction this morning.

Central Bank submitted the winning bid of $325,000 with the monies then being donated to the University of Kentucky.

We live in the most fertile food region of the US but we suffer greatly when it comes to country ham. In spite of New Orleans status as being the finest eating city in the US, a country store in rural Kentucky will afford you a better chance of scoring pluperfect cured country ham.

This was a down year for the big ham auction. Last year’s winner brought in $600k.

How To Dry Cure 12lbs Of Berkshire Hog Jowls

In the 1894 Berkshire Yearbook And Breeding Herds tome, the Berkshire hog is lauded by W.H Embry and Gregory (livestock commission merchants) thusly: “We consider the English Berkshire, as a class, the best hogs for the market. The Berkshire is the best hog to follow cattle as you can make him weigh 300lbs in 10 months and he will walk farther to market than any breed of same fat and weight. Continue Reading

Louie’s Finer Meats

Louis Muench of Louie’s Finer Meats in Cumberland Wisconsin was elected president of the American Association of Meat Processors during the group’s convention in Lexington, Kentucky recently. Mr Muench is a member of the National Cured Meats Hall of Fame. I will consider my life complete if I can somehow, someday become a member of that august Hall.

The American Association of Meat Processors Cured Meat Competition awarded its Grand Champion trophy to Hermann Wurst Haus for its German-style bologna last week. The shootout took place in central Kentucky where the appellation ‘bologna’ sure raised some eyebrows. Lexington is deep in boloney country.

Bootleg charcuterie has always been a thing in the US where the government regulates all forms of meat processing. The Cleveland Scene lays out what it takes to go completely legal. It’s not cheap.

Benton’s Country Ham In The Texas Morning Light

Last night we put 10lbs of pork shoulder in a salty, sodium nitrite brine. It only takes 48 hours of wet-curing to turn raw pork into Cajun tasso ham. We’re penning a recipe later this week. The Tasso is our contribution to a wedding party. The couple are getting married on the 10th anniversary of their first date.

And they love ham. Continue Reading

Don’s Specialty Meats is one of the top charcuterie houses in all of Acadiana.

They produce 2000 pounds of boudin a day and that doesn’t even take into account all the cracklins, andouille, and chaurice that patrons queue up for out on the western prairies of Louisiana.

But the long-running concern has not had an easy go of it lately: Don’s Carencro outlet burned to the ground in October of 2016. That location had been running since 1993.

Then the feds came calling and walloped Don’s with a fine of $480,313 .

Don’s was a mite shaky when it came to properly compensating their workers and the feds had to have a come to Jesus meeting with them and their coffers.

Heart of Louisiana featured Don’s in the video above and it’s worth checking out if you’re into our state’s rural butchery scene.

NuNu’s is producing some of the best charcuterie in Louisiana

“When the Bavarian patriarch Oscar F. Mayer immigrated to the United States in 1873, he worked as a butcher boy in Detroit and then in Chicago’s meat industry. Oscar F. soon started his own company with his brothers Gottfried, well-versed in “wurstmaking,” and Max, who kept the books.” Continue Reading

T-Boy Berzas at his slaughterhouse in Mamou Louisiana

When T-Boy Berzas, owner of T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse in Mamou got diabetes he knew something had to change. The dread disease had killed his daddy and T-Boy had no desire to see the same fate befall him.

Enter cauliflower boudin.

Purists may be outraged but Berzas is a savvy businessman whose sausage making skills are nonpareil in Acadiana.

Cauliflower boudin has only been on the menu for a short time but the meat shop has already sold over a thousand pounds of the stuff.

Of course if you still want the genuine article, T-Boy’s will be more than happy to oblige.

On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: T-Boy’s Slaughterhouse In Mamou Louisiana