At Broadbent, we often get questions especially from first time buyers about the differences in our ham styles. We are best known for our traditional country ham which is salt-cured, but we offer multiple styles to accommodate differing palates. Below we’ll breakdown the details on each of our 4 main styles which we offer in sizes perfect for holidays and family dinners.
Our traditional country hams are smoked with hickory wood until rich in pecan color. After smoking is complete they are dry-cured and aged about 9 month to the peak of perfection. The style of curing came from a time prior to refrigeration but creates a unique taste that leaves the ham salty and rich in flavor. These hams are salty, they are quite different from those you will find in your local super markets. This style comes in boneless or semi-boneless, as well as it is also available in pre-sliced packages.
These mild hams are cooked and cured just as our Traditional Country Hams but aged only a fraction of the time. The shorter aging process lessens the saltiness letting it be closer to the traditional city hams. These are sold semi-boneless and come with the accompanying tub of honey glaze to add a layer of sweetness.
Traditional City Ham
City ham is a hickory smoked ham that is lean and sweet. We use a combination of wet and dry curing, then expertly smoke it over hickory wood for a tender ham. It is comparable to those hams you’ll find at your local grocery. The order will include a tub of honey glaze that will add an extra layer of sweetness to this Easter tradition. You’ll find this ham is available in the bone-in and boneless, choose whichever you prefer as both are fully cooked and ready to eat.
Our last style of ham is the Bone-In BBQ ham. These hams are smoked on a pit of Hickory wood bring out the sweet while adding an element of smoky. These hams are offered as bone-in only and do NOT include a glaze.
These hams are all cooked and ready to eat when they arrive. We do offer uncooked hams in our Country and Milder/ Less salty style of curing which can allow you to have more of a hand in the preparation of your meal. If you’ve never had a country ham before, we would recommend starting with -the milder/ less salty country ham. If you’re looking for that sweet flavor your used too, -go for the city ham style.
Don’t be afraid to ask either. Our customer service associates are available at 800-841-2202 to help answer specific questions so that you can choose the right ham for your family. Not only about style but size and delivery options as well.