Horse Racing & Country Ham, Kentucky Traditions

Churchill DownsBroadbent Award Winning Country hamTradition is one of the great aspects of the Kentucky Derby. Since 1875 Churchill Downs has been the home of the Derby.  It was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  England’s horse racing inspired him to begin this famous Kentucky tradition.  Broadbent’s methods of Dry-Curing Hams come from those same English roots and have been handed down many generations.  Country Ham and the Derby are a steadfast Kentucky Tradition.


Over 150,000 people will attend the derby each year.  The attendees will be quite a mix of celebrities and commoners. Ladies and Gents alike will be sporting the latest fashionable and trendy spring attire.  Country Ham will definitely be on the menu.  It is a time honored tradition that is always in fashion.


Another common fact about the derby and country ham:  The derby is often called the “run for the roses” because the winner is blanketed with 554 red roses.  Kentucky’s annual Grand Champion Country Ham is surrounded by a dozen roses each year at the Famous Charity Auction at the Kentucky State Fair. Broadbent Country Hams have been named the “Grand Champ” 16 times.


In 1973 Secretariat ran the fastest race ever coming in just under 2 minutes at 1:59.4.  But your party is guaranteed to last much longer than that when you serve up Broadbent Derby party selections such as:  traditional country ham, mint julep, bourbon chocolate and Kentucky’s Derby Pie®.  Infusing Kentucky traditions into your derby party allows you and your friends to enjoy the entire race day experience.

Churchill Downs & Country Hams: What do they have in common?

Broadbent Award Winning Country hamChurchill DownsChurchill Downs and Country Hams:  What do they have in common?


Churchill Downs will be the venue for “The Run-For-The-Roses” at the 140th Kentucky Derby on May 3rd and Country Ham will be the main entrée.  If you are unable to attend, don’t miss out on the fun just recreate the atmosphere in your home.  What do you need?  Here’s your check list:  TV to watch the race; Fancy hats to look the part; and Traditional Kentucky Derby Foods to enjoy the taste.    We can’t help you with the TV or the Hat, but you are sure to Win, Place and Show with delicious Derby Party Winners from Broadbent’s.


 The Country Ham needs to be sliced delicately thin and placed on traditional Beaten Biscuits.  Never heard of them, well they are more like an English Biscuit rather than a southern breakfast biscuit.  They are designed to take on the flavor of the ham.  Slice open and fill with the thin sliced Country Ham, let set a couple of hours at room temperature, add a little mustard and they will be ready to serve. 


 Kentucky Hot Brown is another Kentucky delight sure to show up at the Derby.  Check out the recipe here.  Kern’s Kitchen Kentucky Derby Pie® is the perfect desert for your party along with Kentucky Bourbon Chocolates and Pulled Creams. 


Last of all Mint Julep’s are a must.   The mint julep has been promoted by Churchill Downs in association with the Kentucky Derby since 1938. Since 2006 they have served extra-premium custom-made mint juleps at a cost of $1000 each. These mint juleps were served in gold-plated cups with silver straws. They were made from Woodford Reserve Bourbon, using mint imported from Ireland. If you can’t afford that mint julep; try our version made using Old Honey Barn Mint Julep Mixer.


Visit Broadbent Kentucky Derby Party Foods page for quick and easy Derby Party shopping. 



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