halloween party (1)Are you ready for Halloween? Just a week away but it isn’t too late to add some spirit to your holiday. We are bumping up the holiday spirit with food of course. If you’re not having a party, try just adding fun to your meals that day. These are also great recipes to teach basic kitchen skills, so get the kids involved.

Olive & Cheese Kabobs Serves 8

kabobs32 Black Olives
4 oz Hickory Smoked Cheddar
8 Skewers (themed if you can find them)

Cut your cheddar into small squares about the size of an olive. Layer olives and cheese onto the skewers. The coloring adds to the Halloween theme and if you can find themed skewers they can go add more theme. This is also a great treat to break up the sugar.

*This can teach counting, basic knife skills and patterns.

Halloween Shaped Pancakes

Halloween-pancakes-3Our Broadbent Pancake Mix with a little help from your favorite Halloween cookies cutters can bring the Halloween theme to the breakfast table. The both the shapes and anti-shapes to achieve the look. All you need is our Pancake mix and stir in water until it reaches your desired consistency (easily pourable).

*The best skills pancakes teach us is patience, set a timer or count down with your child to flipping and removing. Let them cut out their own shapes and decorate them with various toppings.


Bacon Jalapeno Dip in a Baked Pumpkin 

2-3 lb. pumpkin, cleaned out

16 oz. cream cheese
2 C. Monterey jack or Mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 T. finely chopped jalapeno
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. cooked and crumbed Broadbent Hickory Bacon
3/4 C. Salsa Verde

Heat oven to 350. Place the cream cheese in a large microwave safe bowl and soften
on high for about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

Place the dip in the cleaned pumpkin and place it in a baking dish with 1 inch of water. Lightly cover the pumpkin with foil. Place the pumpkin and baking dish in the oven and bake for about one hour or until the dip is hot and beginning to bubble around the edges. I put the top of the pumpkin in the oven for the last 20 minutes so it looked baked too.

*Let your children draw and decorate a small jack-o-lantern to store the dip inside. Let them shred the cheese, and don’t be afraid to them mix things up with their clean hands! Cream cheese is a great texture experience.

Kids in the kitchen always adds fun, passing on the love of food and cooking is a family tradition at Broadbent. Show us how your family spends time together in the kitchen. Pictures are loved and appreciate whether in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

5 Tips for hosting a Grown-up Halloween party

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Halloween is right around the corner, if you’ve decided (or decide at the last minute) to throw a party with an adult guest list we’ve got 5 Tips for you. We all know Halloween is associated with Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins but we forget that it doesn’t have to be all about the kids. No matter your age, Halloween can be a fun time to share in the spirit of all things spooky, eerie and creepy.

#1 Create a Spooky Atmosphere

Skip the cartoon version of Halloween instead, opt to create an eerie and spooky mood. Choose a simple color scheme that compliments fall, use a lot of candles to provide a relaxed and dim lighting scheme and use natural fibers in your décor to have an older feel throughout your venue. If you are having a party in your home, focus your décor in the main areas and go all out instead of trying to cover the entire house. Always bring personal touches to your decorating, it will help guests remember it was your unique party.

#2 Get Creative with Cocktailsdrink 

If you’re group doesn’t drink, embrace themed non-alcoholic drinks. Either way make the beverages part of the experience. There are a number of Halloween themed cocktails across the web, including these 27 inspirations from HGTV. Let your glassware and serving ware get the Halloween treatment by including vials, beakers, dry ice and interestingly shaped stemware. Crystal skull containers also add a chill and can be filled with any color to offer a variety of looks.


#3 Theme Your Food

spider-eggsForget filling bowls with chips and candy, instead opt to create themed but sophisticated snacks. Depending on your skill level, try different types of treats. These Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies are unique and delicious.  Deviled eggs get an extra creepy vibe with olives in this Spooky Spider Eggs recipe. Use small cookie cutters of fall or Halloween shapes to create cut outs from quality cheese, like our Hickory Smoked Cheddar. Our Summer Sausage pairs well with the hickory smoked cheddar and its simple round shape can frame the cheddar cutouts well.  If you’ve chosen fun dippables, then try offering a variety of dips. We offer several herb mixes that will spice up the party. Since it is Halloween, candy is often expected try our Old Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates. They offer a unique taste, and will be eaten so quick the kids will never find out.

If you are opting to serve a full meal, keep it simple with this Black Bean Pumpkin soup, it captures the spirit of the season and offers a canvas for decorating. Get colorful with spooky spaghetti and meatballs. Spaghetti noodles are easily dyed any color to fit your scheme. Be sure to dress the plates before serving, or serve family style from theme fitting bowls. If you don’t want to purchase all brand new dishware, try looking online or in local thrift shops to purchase low price but non-disposable items. Antiques can be of great use here, so you may check with family members to borrow as well.

#4 Offer an Activitymurder

If you’re looking to take your party over the top, give everyone a focal activity. Making your party a scavenger hunt, a murder mystery, or escape room style theme. If you’re not ready to make the whole party around the activity, try offering a game station. Set up horror movie trivia, Guess the Villain (a twist on Heads Up!) or a scary photo booth. Choose the right activities based on the interests and size of your group. If your planning for a large crowd, you may offer a few game options so that those interested can play what they want.

#5 Dress Up!

Don’t forget to mention that costumes are a must on the invite! As the host, don’t focus so much on the party that you forget yours either. Choose something that fits the theme. (Maybe skip the banana costume this year) If your hosting as a couple, be sure to dress that way, it will solidify that guests can identify you as the hosts. If your party has a theme such as celebrity, or zombies let guests know. Some common themes for more elegant costumes could be steampunk, 20s, masquerade, mermaid, vampires, gods or royals.

Halloween parties in the end are all about the fun! No one knows you or friends better, so pick your theme and costumes accordingly. An organized party can knock the socks off your guests, and if you’re going for big impact don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a party planner or just making a small group of 2-4 of you it can really take the pressure off one person to bring so many elements together.

Unique Foodie Gift Ideas

Unique FoodieThis time of year, gets everyone thinking of gift ideas. We often want to give gifts that people will enjoy receiving and will make a lasting memory. If you’re looking for a unique gift to make that lasting impression on your foodie friend or family member we’ve got a few suggestions.

Milk Chocolate Bacon Barkbacon bark 

These treats combine two savory flavors, chocolate and bacon. The sweet and salty combination is made up of our hickory smoked bacon and a smooth creamy milk chocolate coating. The bag is the right size for the flavor packed in the punch. You’ll receive 2-5 oz. packages so you can spread the love among two individuals or perhaps keep one for yourself.


Marker’s Mark Bourbon Flavored Gourmet Saucemakersmark

This rich and savory sauce is made with America’s award-winning Marker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky. Let this sauce bring a traditional Kentucky flavor to your table. It compliments well to beef, poultry, seafood or BBQ. This gift is wonderful for grill lovers, Bourbon lovers, or just anyone who loves to try new things.


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This meaty combination offers the three top selling Broadbent products packaged in one delicious gift box. Containing 2- 14 oz. packs of Hickory Smoked Bacon, 2 lb. roll of Grandma Broadbent’s Smoked Country Sausage, and 2 lbs. uncooked sliced center ham steaks this box makes a wonderful gift for co-workers, bosses, and meat lovers.





Breakfast Combo

If you’ve got a friend or family member who is always raving about breakfast, this is the gift for them. Whether they decide to have breakfast or briner it will be a meal filled with flavor. This combination includes 10 oz. Country Ham Breakfast Steaks, 14 oz. Hickory Smoked Bacon, 14 oz. Peppered Bacon, and a 2 lb. roll of Grandma Broadbent’s Smoked Country Sausage. This combo makes a great family gift, company gift or just for anyone who appreciates high quality meats.


These are just a few of the products we offer, each of these offers a unique flavor that food lovers can appreciate. See all our gifts of great taste here, we’ve got products for any holiday budget. We aim for our products to reach each of our customers as soon as possible, for a better estimate of delivery times click here.  The holiday season is right around the corner, and we hope you can find a gift inspiration with Broadbent.

Crockpot Comfort Foods


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Here in Kentucky it is has just started to cool off. While it has not dropped to solid coat weather yet, we are looking forward to kicking up the use of our Crockpots. There is nothing like coming home on a cool day to the smell of a delicious meal filing your home. These 3 recipes are easy and will fill your home and heart with warmth. I have fond memories of coming home, after a long blustery day and enjoying even just holding the warm bowl and letting its scent fill my nose. As an adult, I love the ease that Crockpots provide along with that sweet aroma.

Ham & Cheese with Potatoes
4 medium Potatoes (russet, Yukon, red), sliced
1 C. Broadbent Ham Sliced into bite size chunks
2 tsp Garlic Powder
3/4 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Slices Muenster Cheese
½ C. flour
1 c. heavy whipping cream

In a large bowl, add potatoes, flour and garlic tossing until coated evenly. Layer half the potatoes into your crockpot, the next layer will be half the ham and cheese, repeat again potatoes-ham-cheese layers until you run out of ingredients. Pour the heavy whipping cream on top and cook for 4.5 hours on low heat.


Crockpot Corn Chowder

2 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 (16 oz) can creamed corn
6 slices of broadbent’s thick cut bacon crumbled, or end pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup half and half (can substitute cream or chicken broth, if desired)
additional crumbled bacon for topping, if desired

Combine the potatoes, corn, creamed corn, bacon, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and pepper in a slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours. Add in the half and half and cook an additional 15-20 minutes, until heated through. Serve topped with additional bacon, if desired.

Crockpot Split Pea Soup

1 lb. dry split peas
2 cups of Broadbent’s Ham, diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 cup celery, chopped
2 cups carrots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
32 oz. of chicken broth
2 cups water

Place all ingredients into a 6-quart crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

We absolutely adore these classic comfort foods. Plus, we love to add corn bread on the side. Our long standing corn bread mix is a rich and flavorful addition to the meal, but feel free to add some extra flavor to the mix with cheese or jalapenos. What is your favorite crock pot meal? Share in the comments below, we love to share recipes within our food loving community.

Game Day Appetizers


We are gearing up for Football season! One of our favorite things besides the game is the food. Whether you watch with friends or family it is going to be a great time. These appetizers are more for the indoor game watchers than for tailgaters, because well not all fans get to attend every game but they can still cheer from home. Below are 3 of our favorites to enjoy with family, trying to bring a gourmet feel to a game day of fun.

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce (Real Simple)


1 1/2 pounds new potatoes (about 15), halved

15 slices Broadbent Pepper Bacon, halved crosswise

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Steam the potatoes in a steamer basket in a large saucepan until tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Heat oven to 425° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wrap each potato with a piece of bacon and place, seam-side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crisp, 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, dill, caraway seeds, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the potatoes.


Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread cornbread


Broadbent Cornbread Mix

Water (add until reaching desired consistency)

Fresh Chopped Jalapenos

Shredded Cheddar Cheese


Place desired amount of cornbread mix in large bowl, stir in water to reach desired consistency. Add shredded cheddar cheese and finely chopped Jalapeno pieces (amount is based on preferences). Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees until golden brown, 30-40 minutes.

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Fresh Deli Style Spread

A great way to incorporate lots of fun items without cooking is with a simple a fresh food tray. Try loading a large wooden tray down with favorites including Summer Sausage, Ham Rolls, Olives, Crackers, Cheese slices, and on the side try a variety of pickles. Choose something extra special such as our Sweet Dillies.



When it comes to planning any party, simply think about your crowd & weather. Try not to get too specific, trying to please everyone can be overwhelming (except allergies like nuts) but if there are children try to avoid serving to many spicy foods. Always be aware of the weather simply because grilling in the rain is less than desirable.

What is a Game Day favorite in your household?

5 Tips for Tailgating

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Football season is about to ramp up and we can’t wait for one of our favorite traditions. Tailgating is an experience built around the community of fans. Each team has their dedicated fans who deck themselves out in team colors to show support. If you’re planning to enjoy the game from the stadium, check out these 5 easy tips to make your tailgating experience the best one yet!

#1 Skip The Traffic

Be sure to plan to reach the parking lot early for a stress free experience. For a noon game, consider arriving around 8:30 am. This will let you skip the traffic and allow ample time for setting up your game day feast and festivities. Skip the post-game traffic by hanging out longer. Chilling with friends beats traffic any day.

#2 Plan ahead

Know your party and plan how much food, drinks and space will be needed. Avoid being crowded in a small spot, or not have enough chairs for everyone. Designate a meeting space, or tactic. If several are meeting there bring a unique flag or balloon arrangement something to let your group find you easily in a large crowd.

#3 Ice Cold Drinks

Most tailgaters want a cold beverage during the experience, whatever the flavor. Try placing your beverages in a salt-water ice bath to get them cold quickly and chilling all day. The added salt lowers the freezing point of water, allowing the cold water temperature to drop below 0 degrees Celsius. If you plan to tailgate in the winter or just a chilly morning, remember to pack the coffee and/or hot chocolate to make the experience more comfortable.

#4 Don’t forget the food.

You may be there for the game, but the food is what makes it tailgating. Bring enough food to satisfy everyone in your party. Grilling is the most popular means of cooking, prepare the food ahead as much as possible and be sure to marinade any meats the night before. We highly recommend ham steaks, they are filling, easy to grill and break the norm of burgers and dogs. We also suggest, adding a bit extra in case you make new friends or your party unexpectedly grows.

#5 Bring the Shade

In Summer, the sun can shine strong and parking lot areas are notoriously hot. Besides the shade, a canopy or pop-up tent will offer shelter if unexpected showers happen. Don’t forget the stakes to keep your top down if it gets windy. We know the die-hard fans will be there rain, snow, sun, or wind.


Don’t forget to have fun! Tailgating is meant to be an experience, so kick back with all the other fans and engage in the fun. No one will care if you do accidentally forget the napkins if the experience is positive overall. What is your favorite tip for tailgating? Share in the comments.

Broadbent’s 50th year Catalog Anniversary

It has been 50 yeafall catalogrs since the first Broadbent’s Food catalog was mailed to customers. That first catalog looked quite a bit different than our anniversary addition released this September. The first edition lacked color, prices and a few customer favorites. The black and white catalog featured slabs of bacon and large hams, those were the days when most slicing was done in the home. Since those days there has been a whole cultural shift, less time spent in the home and much, much more technology.

Our products and catalog have been shaped by these changes of the times, now customers often prefer convenient ordering and packaging. We are glad our business has been able to grow and to keep up with the changing lifestyles we have added 24/7 online ordering capabilities and pre-sliced ham. We have chosen not to change everything though. To keep with the tradition of being locally owned and operated though, we have continued to strive growing our facility in Kuttawa, Kentucky which employs several local residents.  At our facility we cure, process and package all our products then ship them out across the country.


Great workers packaging the individual ham slices at our facility in Kuttawa, Kentucky

Beyond our catalog and online sales, Broadbent Foods has increased considerably in the wholesale industry. Over the past few years, Ronnie & Beth have attended numerous food shows making connections with Chef’s and Restaurateurs throughout the culinary world. We proudly have our products featured in gourmet specialty stores and a variety of restaurants across the nation. There is a heavy focus in the northeast where deli style foods often fuel the busy masses. Having Chef’s use our products in such creative ways is also a unique part of owning Broadbent Foods.

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Ronny & Beth at Taste Creation in Nashville, TN

The years have been kind when we look back. We have been thankful to bring the Kentucky Proud tradition to the hearts and tables of families celebrating numerous special occasions. Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are special in this business, because we can just imagine all the hugs, kisses and conversations surrounding our products adorning lovely table tops.  We look forward to sharing in another 50 years of traditions.

Thank you for being a customer, and for letting Broadbent into your home to share in the tradition of your own family.

Combinations In The Kitchen


When it comes to food, sometimes an nontraditional pairing can bring out the best of separate flavors. Experimenting in the kitchen, whether it is trying something new and fanciful for date night or letting children blend their favorites can bring fun to the kitchen. We encourage any level of cook to look for ways to use common and familiar foods together to create something different.

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The five primary flavors are Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty and Savory. If you start by selecting two foods from different categories, you can begin to picture combinations. Think things through such as mixing milk with anything salty or bitter is unlikely to bring great results. Once you have a combination think of how you would put it together along with other complimentary flavors. Below are two fun and unique blends we found to offer a unique flavor experience.

Nontraditional Pairing Suggestions

The Tupelo Honey Café, a southern style restaurant in the Carolinas offers a great example of unusual pairings. They stack a sandwich high including: pimiento cheese, Havarti Cheese, caramelized onions, maple-flavored bacon, ham, fried green tomatoes and fresh basil on sourdough wheat bread. While this may seem like a combination that could even be overwhelming each elements brings its own exclusive flavor that is released during each savory bite. Try making your own version using your favorite elements such as Broadbent’s Maple Bacon.

Spicy, cheesy and savory come to mind with this recipe for Cheesy Bacon, Corn and Pepper Bread. This bread not only offers an unusual combination but the texture is then changed from a firmer bread to softer cake style. It can play to individuals who love a spicy kick but savory enough for those who aren’t keen on high heat.

Cheesy Bacon, Corn and Pepper Bread By LoveFoodies

3 eggs
1 T sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 cup Sweetcorn
1/4 Red Bell Pepper, cut small cubes
1/4 Green bell Pepper, cut small cubes
1 cup cooked and drained chopped bacon (cooled)
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
8 Tablespoons of milk (divided)
1 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 T Salt (reduce if your bacon is salty)
1 T Black Pepper


  1. Add BaconPlace the sweetcorn in a blender or bowl, add 2 T of milk, then blend or mash. You can puree until smooth, or just pulse to have a lumpy texture. I pulsed to leave chunks of sweetcorn. Chop the peppers and set aside.
  2. In a mixer, add eggs, sugar, oil and mix for 5 minutes. Switch off mixer and using a wooden spoon, add the sweetcorn, bacon, red and green peppers and cheese. Combine well. Then add remaining 6 T of milk.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder, salt & pepper then add that slowly to the wet mix and combine well.
  4. Pour the batter into the lined bread pan and bake at 325 F for 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick the center is cooked.


Sharing Experiences

Without experiments (sometimes accidental) we wouldn’t have some of the best combinations like chocolate and peanut butter, or the more recent addition of the doughnut burger. While some things should be eaten in moderation, we encourage you to try new things bringing fun and flare to your kitchen. What are your favorite flavors?  If you have a great combination please share it below, we love to learn more about what our customers like and what we can try in our own kitchens.

Kentucky Farm Bureau Ham Breakfast Review

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Every year, Kentucky Farm Bureau hosts a traditional Kentucky ham breakfast. The event takes place roughly one week after the Kentucky State Fair begins. “The Ham Breakfast celebrates agriculture and brings together urban and rural Kentuckians from every part of the state.” (KFB) This year, the tradition celebrated its 53rd anniversary, and had 1,600 attendees. The breakfast tradition began back in 1964, and to date has raised nearly $9.3 million dollars for organizations and charities across Kentucky.

Broadbent’s B & B Foods has won the Grand Champion Ham Blue Ribbon 17 times including our latest win this year. The wins have not all been consecutive but the bidding prices for these hams continue to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kentucky charities. This year’s buyer was Central Bank, with a winning bid of $600,000 which they decided to split among 6 organizations and charities. Some may not realize but, it is actually the auction winner who decides which organizations the money bid is donated too.

Throughout our purple ribbon success (in this contest the blue ribbons are participation ribbons), we have set multiple records for the dollar amounts of the winning bids. Back in 2005, just a decade ago our ham broke a new record by bringing in $500,000 from First Southern Bank. Then that record was smashed by the $1,600,000 paid for the 2010 Grand Champion Ham. The record didn’t last long before in 2014, the Grand Champion Ham fetched a whopping $2 million dollars when purchased by Hermitage Farm, LLC and Republic Bank. That record has yet to be broken. Each year it is anyone’s guess as to what dollar amounts the bids will jump to during the Ham Breakfast auction, but we look forward to it each year.

Just for fun, let’s put a little perspective on this year’s winning bid. At $600,000 for a 17.38-pound ham, it comes out to right at $34,522 per pound. Online at broadbenthams.com you can purchase a similar ham cured in the same fashion and around the same size for merely $72.00. That means to get that same dollar amount we would need to sell 8,334 hams, and that’s not considering our initial cost for the hams. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think of how much money our ham’s fetch, but then again it is all for charity and that kind of money can bring some pretty amazing changes for those Kentuckians touched by this blessing.

Kentucky State Fair 2016

Beth & Ronny Drennan with Judge Tony Snow & The Grand Champion Ham

The Kentucky State Fair has been around since 1816, but Broadbent came onto the scene a bit later. It has been a tradition to enter a ham in the commercial Grand Champion Ham Competition for several years. Broadbent’s first entered in 1967 and also claimed their 1st Grand Champ Award. This year was our 17th win. It was the 10th win for Ronny and Beth since owning Broadbent B & B Foods. We feel it is a tremendous honor to be named Grand Champion. The Kentucky State Fair Country Ham Competition is second to none. Judge Tony Snow from Goodnight Brothers in North Carolina said “this competition was intense; judging was much harder than I had anticipated it would be”.

August 25th our winning ham will go up for sale at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast. The winner of the ham will choose a charity to receive the money from the winning bid. Contrary to what some may think, we do not actually receive any profits from a winning ham. Instead we receive the accolade, bragging rights, and knowledge that we helped gain a large contribution to a charity that is usually based here in Kentucky.

This year we entered all five country ham classes. Four of the five hams we entered went on to place 1st in their class. The winner of classes 1-4 go on to compete for the Grand Champion and we had three hams in this phase of the competition with our Class 2 ham coming out victorious. Our Grand Champion Ham was put into cure before Jan. 1st, 2016 and weighed approximately 17 lbs. The fifth class is the cut class and we placed 1st in this class. The last class is the Group of Five. Scores for all 5 hams entered by a producer are totaled and the producer with the highest score will place 1st in this class. We continue to enter every year to maintain high level of quality as well as being a part of the Kentucky proud community.

Kentucky State Fair competitions aren’t just for companies or adults. Every year we work with children from local 4-H chapters and assist them with curing their own hams for the fair. This year we worked with 60 children who started curing 2 hams months in advance. Then, roughly a week before the fair they choose the best of their 2 hams then cleaned and shined the hams to be sent in to competition. There were several winners. We are fortunate to be able to give back to the local community in such a fun and rewarding manner.

Watch next week for more information on the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Charity Auction.