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Feb 24, 2008 05:29 PM

Great ham in Philly?

I have a hankering for a good ham for Easter. When I was a child we'd get ham from a butcher's shop near my house, but it closed many many years ago. Since reliable, trustworthy butchers seem to have gone the way of the dodo, I'm wondering if anyone here can point me in the direction of a really great ham - dense, rich, maybe a tiny bit smoky, salty (but not too much), with a decent amount of fat but not too fatty.

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  1. You might try Ernst Illg's out in Chalfont, PA as they smoke their own and can do custom orders. But IMHO, the best is a peanut-fed Smithfield ham from Virginia.

    1. Eugene Moyer's Blooming Glen pork products are the best. I believe they have a stand at the Reading Terminal Market. If not, their home base is a short drive (40 mins or so) from the city.

      1. Fair food farms in the Reading terminal market gets great pork products from Country Time Farm (a local farm that supplies many area restaurants.) They take orders for whole hams for the holidays (bone in or out) but in the meantime, you can sample the ham by purchasing a ham steak to see if it is what you are looking for. My guests have raved