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Country Ham for Christmas Dinner

My wife and her father believe the Christmas meal requires a country ham. Each year, I procure and prepare one. Most years, I'll boil it and slice it. Maybe this year, I'll add some hay, based on Fergus Henderson's techniques.

A special meal requires a special ham. Two years ago, I posted a similar thread and wanted to bring it up on the new Southeast board. Who makes country ham the old way?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/571192

So far, the contenders are A.B. Vannoy in Western NC, Felt's Packing in VA, and Benton's Ham's. This year, I'll most likely choose A.B. Vannoy, since I like their story. Any other good ham curers out there in the Southeast?

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  1. I have had slices of the vannoy and I like it. Not to salty but great flavor. THey sell it at my local farmers market in biscuit slices

    1. I like Johnston County Hams in Smithfield,NC. Just a short hop away for you. JCH has a shop on 301 Business. I've never been disappointed.

      1. Hello,

        I have just procured my fourth Ham from the kind folks at A.B. Vannoy and I don't think you can do any better.. As they say, it's made with three things: Sugar, Salt, & time (NO chemicals).. They get my vote..

        Good luck!

        1. If you are anywhere near Winston-Salem, NC and you don't know about this place, get in your car tomorrow morning and go to Ronnie's Country Store on N. Cherry St. downtown. Here's a link (sorry it's a pdf, but it's a good read. Be sure to scroll down to read the second article, too):

          http://www.ediblecommunities.com/pied...

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          1. re: arbyunc

            Ronnie's is an awesome place. They sell W.G. White & Co country hams from Mocksville, NC. Made right and tastes right.

            1. re: Bluemold

              ^ Yep, Ronnie's was W.G. White Grocery for years (the building still bears the White name). Ronnie bought it in the mid-90's and changed the name, but not much else.

          2. Do you want a sugar cured ham? Garden & Gun magazine had a gorgeous article in their latest issue on Country Hams in the South. Benton's was mentioned in the article, but I was intrigued by the folks using Berkshires and making proscuitto! Here's the link http://virginiatraditions.com/assets/...