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Jan 30, 2010 03:49 PM

Country Ham, Smithfield Ham in DTW area

Has anyone seen Country Hams (Virginia style) in the SE Michigan area. They are available mail order but I wanted to try a few slices first.

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  1. Zingerman's in Ann Arbor is worth trying. I don't know if they always stock it, but they had it over the holidays.

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    1. re: Jim M

      I thought of Zingerman's too since I know they carry some products from Edwards - bacon, sausage - but haven't seen the hams.

      1. re: gooddog

        OK, I was just at Zingerman's for dinner, and I asked. They do indeed carry the Edwards country hams from Virginia.

    2. These should be easy to find but they are not. I know that Papa Joe's doesn't carry them, and if memory serves me, I've also checked Whole Foods and Nino Salvaggio's. I had at one time seen one brand in Meijer, but perhaps that isn't up to the caliber you seek? I'll keep an eye out and report back. Hillers? Busch's?

      1. I saw one (Just one) today at Holiday Market in Canton. $53

        Although....I believe it was brown sugar cured. I will get some more details tomorrow.

        Lilly and Cherry Hill.

        I was thinking of going back to pick it up...might wanna call another the other Holiday markets to see if they have any left.

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        1. re: JanPrimus

          This is what the Canton Spartan Holiday Market has...

          $53 bucks

          # Southern Smokehouse Whole Ham
          # Uncooked
          # Aged 4 - 6 months
          # Hickory smoked

        2. I'm not sure I understand your post, but if you want to "try a few slices" of country ham, it's on the menu at the excellent Betty Ross II on John R.

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          1. re: mrfinewine

            Thanks for the lead. I have been going to BRII for breakfast for the last 8 years. That was until they switched from American fries to hash browns.

            Their ham is the midwestern "wet" cure. I am looking for the Smithfield style salt cure. It has to be soaked for 24 hours before eating. The whole ham is easily available on the internet but I wanted a smaller quantity.

            1. re: goatgolfer

              Last time I was at BRII, a few months ago, I thought I saw both kinds of ham on the menu. What we'd consider "regular" ham was what you'd normally get with your eggs, but thought sure they also had a side of country ham listed. It was quite a bit more than the regular ham, like maybe $7 for a side. Was I dreaming?

              1. re: gooddog

                I don't think you were dreaming, gooddog, unless they've changed in the last 6 months. I had country ham there before which actually cured me (no pun intended) of ever ordering it again.

          2. I'll go there for lunch today and report back. I hope you're on to it. Maybe I will get my curiosity cured. I hope it doesn't kill this cat!

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            1. re: goatgolfer

              Pleased to report that Mrfinewine, gooddog and coney with everything were spot on about BRII having country ham on the menu. Seeing that I had not looked at the menu it is under breakfast ($8.50 with eggs, toast and potatoes). You get the whole slice (~.75 lb) and they tell me it comes directly from TN (thus all the TN license plates) but didn't know the brand name.

              It satiated my hankerin' for country ham and I appreciate the responses and leads. That's the best part about Chow. Sharing resources and experience. Thanks again.

              1. re: goatgolfer

                I take it that you are pretty impartial about the taste then?

                How thin was the cut?

                1. re: JanPrimus

                  The taste was drier, denser and just slightly saltier than a dearborn style ham. It was cooked on the flattop grill and so had a bit of carmelization on the surface. I have had ham & biscuits in Nashville that were far saltier than this one so it was a good breakfast meat. The cut was .25 inch thick but the slice is as big as the dinner plate (9x12in). As a change of pace and a little chunk on rye toast it was quite tasty.

                  1. re: goatgolfer

                    To finish this thread for good I have found an invasion of Williams and Thomas Bros. Country have odds & ends (hock slices, center cut trimmings, and skins) in several markets in the last month. No full slices retail yet but a couple of recipes for country ham can be satisfied with bits. Thanks for the inputs.