Would you pay right at $149k a pound for a genuine Kentucky country ham? The biggest ham auction in the USA takes place in Louisville, Kentucky in August each year to kick off the Kentucky State Fair.
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.
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.