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Jul 11, 2010 09:13 AM

Best Country Ham in the State of Kentucky

It can be served in a restaurant or you may shell out the big bucks and buy the whole ham to take to the house. I just need to know where the best ham in the state is located.

I got to thinking about this topic when a buddy of mine was on his way to the region and asked the question. I reflexively said Benton's in Madisonville Tennessee but realized I was giving short shrift to Kentucky ham.

Not only that, I didn't have a good answer as to where a good Kentucky ham off a well reared Kentucky shoat could be located. I know Father's is well revered but I've never tried their meat. How is it?

Where do you go to source a premium country ham in the great state of Kentucky?

Country Ham Restaurant
5421 US Highway 60 W, Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. Broadbent B & B Food in Kuttaw, KY at Exit 40 W of Paducah, KY. They have a small gift shop and tea room if you want a snack while you visit.

    Broadbent Hams @ 257 Mary Blue Rd., Kuttawa, KY 270 - 388 - 0609.

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      1. re: Littleman

        I will toss in a 3rd vote for Broadbents. I live on the West Coast now but order from Broadbents every year.

        The latest edition of Southern Foodways (SFA) "Cornbread Nation" has a good essay on country hams. My father sold country hams many years ago and I have enjoyed some good ones over the years.

          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            Yeah, but they do have cheaper ones ;-)

            I order from Broadbent's a couple of times a year, mostly for the slab bacon. One of these days I'll have to get a ham, not just a package of slices. We'll also need to make one of our Nashville trips a little longer than our usual three or four days, just to give us time to do the LBTL tour and visit Broadbent while we're in the neighborhood.

            1. re: Will Owen

              From the wayback machine:

              If y'all do choose to gas up the Taurus and go barelling through the Kentucky countryside in search of ham, you might want to start with a visit to Douglas Freeman who lives just outside the town of Cadiz at 605 New Hope Rd; 502-522-6145. He's a kind man, and a patient one, too, willing to confer with you about what to do when you get that hunk of hog flesh home. He makes great sausages too -- stuffs them in a croaker sack of sorts and smokes them as much as three weeks. I was just there last week and I've got one of his hams hanging in my attic.

              Please do note that he can't ship your ham. Govt regulations require that you purchase it on premises.

              By the way, thanks for the kind words about my post. I just like to eat...

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              By John T Edge on Jan 19, 2000 09:33AM

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                The WAYBACK machine! Oh, childhood memories!

                That all sounds amazing.

                1. re: LauraGrace


                  Celebrate ham at the above festival


                  Nibble on the worlds largest edible ham more about Douglas Freeman...anything is possible in the great state of Kentucky.

      2. I like Father's and Broadbent....with the edge to Broadbent.
        There is also Meacham,Gorgan's, Harper's, Newsom's, William's

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        1. re: LaLa

          Bumping the thread due to a pending visit to Kentucky.

          Good article above about country ham in Tennessee and Kentucky.

          It looks like all the good producers are in the western part of Kentucky.

          I'd love to know about some producers east of I-75?

          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            Broadbent's has its fans, and the guy in Trigg County [Cadiz] sounds like a true, old-time source, but you can get good country ham in Lexington at Critchfield's, see Sorry, unfortunately, all you can get in eastern ky [east of I-75] is meth, black lung and disability checks - spoken by a native!

          2. re: LaLa

            Harper's is the big popular country ham in Nashville/Middle Tennessee, partly I think owing to all those old commercials shot with Grandpa Jones. A studio I worked for used to shoot a lot of the stills for the print ads, and we'd all get to take home whatever the food stylist had not rendered inedible. It is perfectly decent ham, if not in any way magical …

            1. re: Will Owen

              No, no. Harper's is from Clinton Ky-- actually won this year's blue ribbon at the State Fair. We're having our first one for Christmas this year. Grandpa Jones shilled for Clifty Farm which is a Tennessee ham.

          3. I'm going to have to try Broadbent. My great aunt always sends Keene's Country Ham as gifts. For ham that's already cooked and sliced, it's hard to beat. My father-in-law always buys a Clifty Farms country ham and makes lard can ham. It's an old-fashioned recipe involving a big pot (or lard can) and blankets.