HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
What's your latest food quest? Share your adventure
TELL US

Where can I get a nice meaty smoked ham hock? Midtown/downtown Toronto preferred...

t
tochowchick Jan 25, 2010 03:21 PM

Want to make some split pea soup this week and I don't have a ham bone on hand...would like to get a good smoked ham hock to use instead...where do you get yours??

Thanks.

  1. jayt90 Mar 8, 2010 06:04 PM

    I found a large pork hock, home smoked, at Bruno's, Kingston Road and Rosebank, Pickering, and have it simmering in pea soup now. A great smoky aroma.
    It was $5, and much larger than supermarket hocks. I had to cut into 4 pieces to accomodate the pot.
    This Bruno's may not be the same as, or related to the chain Bruno's.

    1 Reply
    1. re: jayt90
      Paulustrious Mar 11, 2010 04:19 AM

      I believe they are different...

      http://www.brunosfinefoods.com/locations.htm (The 'chain'

      )

      http://www.brunos.ca/location.htm (Pickering

      )

      Edit: Anomalous behaviour, When I edit this message the trailing right parentheses are in the right place, but when I 'Save' it appears two lines later.

    2. t
      tochowchick Jan 26, 2010 09:55 AM

      Thanks all...I'll be downtown tomorrow and will either go to SLM or European in Kensington...

      1 Reply
      1. re: tochowchick
        l
        LUV_TO_EAT Jan 26, 2010 10:04 AM

        European in Kensington.

        You could buy a smoked picnic ham/shoulder, cook it for a meal and then use the bone for soup (best ham I've ever had - make sure you soak it overnight changing water several times though). You can also try their hot dogs (they're crisp unlike other hot dogs) while you're there.

      2. Davwud Jan 26, 2010 07:11 AM

        I get mine from Kingsway Meat Products at Bloor W and Wyndermere.

        Nice and big and meaty.

        PS. you can also roast them in the oven and eat them. Mrs. Sippi loves them like that.

        DT

        2 Replies
        1. re: Davwud
          Davwud Mar 7, 2010 03:20 PM

          Just a little update on this.

          I picked two up this week. They weigh almost 4 lbs. each and are beautiful.

          I have one roasting in the oven right now.

          DT

           
           
          1. re: Davwud
            d
            Dean Tudor Mar 8, 2010 01:38 PM

            Try also Beretta Farms for organic smoked hocks.

        2. p
          pickalilli Jan 25, 2010 05:33 PM

          Try the Prague Deli on Queen Street West - west of Bathurst
          also El Gaucho purveyors of a plethora of fine fresh sausages frequently have smoked pork hocks too at the Saturday St. Lawrence Market - north building
          PS the Prague apparently has a Saturday lunch special of roasted- until -crisp pork hock served with sauerkraut the nice lady behind the counter told my husband recently - planning to check that out soon with mustard, and rye bread all washed down with a cold Chechvar beer ....

          1. b
            blogs Jan 25, 2010 05:01 PM

            European Meats in Kensington has smoked hocks and other smoked meats

            1. jayt90 Jan 25, 2010 04:27 PM

              The best smoked ham hock I have had came from Frey's an old order Mennonite butcher in Mount Forest.
              It was ordered through www.beefconnections.ca
              It was full meaty, and smoked, and fully 12 inches long, just able to fit into a Creuset vessel. This was hock and shank in one piece, and rare, hard to find. They are HACCP certified, as good as you can get.
              It was not expensive , just hard to get. Frey's will answer a phone call, but internet is out, too modern. Call Alice to see if you can get one, and pick it up there.
              http://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario...

              1. Kagemusha Jan 25, 2010 03:48 PM

                Though not close, Brandt Meats factory store in Mississauga has killer smoked hocks--best I've had.

                4 Replies
                1. re: Kagemusha
                  grandgourmand Jan 25, 2010 03:56 PM

                  I would suspect that most smoked hocks you'll find are made by Brandt.

                  1. re: grandgourmand
                    foodyDudey Jan 25, 2010 04:08 PM

                    That's correct. If you want those, they are even available at T&T. I still have a few vac-packed and frozen ones from Milbree-Viking, those are probably priceless now.

                    1. re: foodyDudey
                      Paulustrious Mar 9, 2010 04:00 AM

                      Most Asian supermarkets in the East End are hock stockers. And since they also have salted varieties they also have hock stock in barrels.

                      1. re: Paulustrious
                        Davwud Mar 9, 2010 07:30 AM

                        Stop that!!

                        LOL

                        DT

                2. grandgourmand Jan 25, 2010 03:42 PM

                  You can get them at a bunch of places. I've been smoking my own, but when I buy them, I usually pick them up at SLM. Forget the name of the butcher, but the one on the east side of the building at the South end has them. I don't recall any issues with the quality.

                  Show Hidden Posts