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