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Looking to buy a whole pigs leg (fresh ham)

  • j

I am just starting to try my hand at curing and smoking.
I would like to cure and smoke a ham.
Does anybody know where I could buy a whole pig's leg wholesale?

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  1. I'm not sure about the "wholesale" part, and I doubt that a single fresh ham would qualify for any wholesale-type price break, but I've had no trouble ordering a fresh ham from any butcher or just about any decent supermarket meat department. At times they've even had one in the cooler when I asked, and I've seen them in the meat case around holidays. I don't know where in the Boston area you are, but my wife bought one last week from Blood Farm in Groton.

    1. I think you could probably call Savenors (Charles St. in Beacon Hill and Cambridge St. near Dali in Camb/Somerville). If they can't do it, they should know where to send you. Or maybe call Hilltop Butchery conncect to the steak house on Rt. 1 in Saugus?

      oh -- I don't know about wholesale tho'

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      1. re: bee

        Similarly, John Dewar, in Newton and in Wellesley, can score anything you need, but it certainly will not be wholesale.

      2. This is not such an exotic item. Try HILO Market in JP.

        1. I have never seen a whole leg (minus the foot) at any of the supermarkets although I have seen fresh hams.
          I'm talking from the hip joint to the ankle with the rind and fat still on it. I can trim it and then use the lard after boiling the fat down. They average about 22 lbs. before curing and smoking.
          They end up about 15 lbs. after.

          1. As Flyfish said above, Blood Farm can accomodate most special orders. We got a whole pig from them last year, cut to our specifications. And we've ordered special cuts from them which they've accomodated.

              1. my local MarketBasket (Haverhill) has them right now.

                1. Janzy,

                  If you want to take the time to keep us updated on your process and progress, that would be great. I'm looking to start curing in a few months.

                  1. If you've got a local butcher, they might be able to get that for you. We have one in Malden that is great at requests....

                    1. The newmarket area in boston has alot of wholesale places that sell to the public. I am not sure of the name of the place but I pass buy it regularly - it's Opposite 1010 Mass ave down a small side street, you can see it from Mass ave and it has a large big pink pig on the sign. I am not sure of quantities they will sell but a friend of mine goes there and buys a case of chicken wings when she has parties so I know they sell to the public.

                      1. I was wondering about that place. It's close to home, so I'll check it out.
                        Taurus Meatpacking.
                        Is it the sign with the huge pig that attracted you :)?

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                        1. re: janzy

                          I have kids, it's a good eye spy item. The sign seems out of place and it's pink. And oh how I do remember the taste of pork, but ... it's been a while. Drool